Archive for August, 2009

Bikeless in Brooklyn

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

School is out, training is over. The bikes got dropped off at the shop and are on their way to San Francisco by now. The only way they’re coming back is by pedal power.

Orientation

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

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8 weeks, 9 states, 3 mountain ranges, and about 3800 miles. For those who don’t already know, the long haul is a self supported (we’re transporting all of our gear on our bikes) cross country bike tour, starting from San Francisco and ending in Yorktown VA. The first portion of the tour follows Adventure Cycling’s Western Express. On the second day out of San Francisco we’ll be climbing our first mountain range. Once over the Sierra’s we’ll be descending into Nevada to follow what has been described as America’s loneliest highway. As we approach Utah, we’ll be faced with our second mountain range the Rockies.
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At mile 1,589 the route ends in Pueblo, CO and meets up with the classic Transamerica trail. From there it will be about 2196 miles to Yorktown. To complete the trip within 8 weeks we hope to average about 75 miles a day. We expect to be camping 5-6 nights a week, saving hotel stays for foul weather days and the occasional reward of a matress and hot shower. For anyone considering a tour of their own either long or short, the maps published by Adventure Cycling are a fantasic resource. The routes primarily use small US highways and county roads, doing their best to keep the route bike friendly. They are chock full of detailed service information such as camp sites, hotels,  gas stations, and of course bike shops.

Training

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

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Scenes from our various training rides this summer.

Stolen Bike Remembrance

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Back in April when we were in the early stages of tour preparation, our plans took a serious blow. While having dinner in the east village with our friends Meredith & Adam both of our bikes were stolen. We were bummed to say the least, but immediately made plans to replace our bikes, and not let our plans get spoiled. Sarah got a Surly Long Haul Trucker and I completed a long ongoing project of building out a Jamis Aurora frame I had purchased off ebay about four years ago. Our friends felt so bad about our loss that they requested a song written in our honor.

Day 1, leaving San Francisco

Monday, August 24th, 2009

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After a quick bacon & eggs breakfast at Steve & Cathy’s we headed down to the ferry terminal to catch the first ferry to Vallejo. We were running short on time so we didn’t get a chance for a group photo & sparkling cider toast before we had to board the ferry. Thanks to Steve, Cathy, Mike & Maggie for taking care of us and helping us get on our way. We decided to be ambitious on our first day and set west sacramento as our destination for the day.

About 10 miles out of Vallejo we ran into a couple from London who were tranaming east to west and were just about to complete their journey. They started they’re journey in Yorktown in late May. Harry & Celia had some good advice for us about the terrain we’d be facing ahead.

As we moved inland the terrain was amazing, reminiscent of the set of There will be blood. Gradually the landscape changed as we moved into more fertile valleys dotted we farms and orchards.

Due to not getting a super early start, a couple wrong turns, and an ambitious goal we ended up getting to our campsite after the sun had gone down. Sarah shattered her previous one day mileage record of 55 miles as we put in over 80 today. Exhausted and sore she is already passed out. Tomorrow we start to climb, as we begin to make our way into the foothills of the Sierras.


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