Bicycle Touring

Why Ride a Bicycle across the Country?

in trans-am     7 min. read

December 4, 2007

I have been asked many times why I wanted to ride a bicycle across the county. Having completed the trip, the question became easy to answer. Before I left, I’m not sure I even could answer it. I am a bicentennial baby, born in 1976. This is the same year the Bikecentennial route was created as a celebration of our 200 years as a country. Thousands of cyclists rode across the country on that route during the inaugural year.

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Creating a Dry Bag for my Martin Backpacker Guitar

in how-to     11 min. read

December 1, 2007

I searched without success for a lightweight, waterproof bag to protect my Martin Backpacker Guitar. Typical dry bags used for water sports are overbuilt for bicycle touring and backpacking use, where weight is a very large factor. They use clear vinyl or heavier vinyl coated cloth and weigh many pounds.

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Day 13 - Christiansburg, VA to Newbern, VA

in trans-am     7 min. read

June 1, 2002

We both woke up early, but slept in. It is hard to leave a cold, paid for motel room. We managed to get packed up and out by 10:30. The climb up into town was moderate, but much better than climbing Danger Hill. We were heading out of Christiansburg before noon.

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Day 12 - Troutville, VA to Christiansburg, VA

in trans-am     8 min. read

May 31, 2002

The alarm went off at 5:45 and we started getting things together. After looking at the route last night, we knew that today was going to be hard. We rolled out of Troutville at 6:30 and Adam started in the wrong direction. I agreed with him, because my GPS was set to inside mode (GPS radio off) and was pointing west.

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Day 11 - Lexington to Troutville, VA

in trans-am     6 min. read

May 30, 2002

Adam and I both woke up a few times and went back to sleep. We finally started getting up around 8:45. We grabbed our things and got out of the motel room at check-out time (11 AM). As the trash can indicates, we might have over done it a little, staying right next to a Wal-Mart.

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Day 10 - Vesuvius to Lexington

in trans-am     6 min. read

May 29, 2002

I had gotten up and to on the rain fly, because the water in the stream and the trees blowing both sounded like rain at times. This gave me some comfort to sleep more soundly, but I still slept in a little. I started pedalling up and out of the Tye River Gap Campground just past 11 AM.

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The Conversation

in trans-am     1 min. read

May 29, 2002

I have been having the same basic conversation over and over again. I really thought that Trans-Am cyclists would have already answered them all before, but I guess there aren’t all that many of us. Well, not all that many of us that look like a cross between a wheel chair and a NASA satelite.

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Day 9 - Afton almost to Vesuvius, VA

in trans-am     4 min. read

May 28, 2002

The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense. –Thomas Arnold Bennett I woke up at 6 AM, reset my alarm, and went back to sleep. Then I woke up a 7 AM and I felt a little better about it, so I didn’t reset the alarm and I got up.

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Day 8 - June Curry's Bike House

in trans-am     4 min. read

May 27, 2002

This post is almost entirely pictures. I spent two days at the bike house and filled up my 1 GB memory cards more than a few times. Yes, yes. Those of you from the future are rolling your eyes at 1 GB. Even I am a little as I’m posting this to the new site.

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Day 8 - Memorial Day in Afton, VA

in trans-am     8 min. read

May 27, 2002

I woke up at around 8 AM, when June came into the bike house. She told me not to get up, but I told her to come on in. We sat and talked for an hour about some of the people that had come through before and about how modern times are so much different than old times.

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