Thanks to my brother Dave and Laura for taking care of my property and getting me to my friends for my ride to Orlando.
Thanks to Jean and Lisa for the send off in Orlando. You two are too funny!
Thanks Lenny and keep riding that bike until I get back!
Last but not least Thanks Aunt Marge and Uncle Frank for taking good care of Jack (my puppy)
Yesterday was a long day. Up at 3AM to get the shuttle to the airport. My flight left Orlando at 6:30AM with a layover in Houston, then off to Portland. 8 hours of flying and only had pretzels, peanuts and Fritos on the plane. I was starving!!!
Once in Portland I had another wait at the train station for the bus into Astoria. One thing I have to say about Portland is they have great restaurants. I found a place by the train station called “Pints”. They had microbrews and specials of the day. Not much of a choice but what I had was great. Best chicken wrap ever. I eventually made my way to the train station and rested for a few more hours. The bus didn’t leave until 6:30PM. I finally pulled into Portland at 9PM which is midnight east coast time. So yesterday was a 24 hour day.
Today I go to the bike store to get my bike and assemble it. Hoping all goes well! 🙂
I would like to give a big shout out to Jonathan and Sharon at Brevard Bicycle and Locksmith in Melbourne, Florida. Jonathan did a fantastic job setting my bike up with Jones H Loop bars and trigger shifters. My comfort level just went through the roof. www.locksmithandbicycleshop.com
For the next couple of days I just need to go through what I have to take with me on the plane. My bike is in Astoria waiting for me. It’s looking chilly out west so I’m going to pack a heavy jacket. I can always mail it back. Follow us live on the Trackleader Map. WHEREISBROWNIE <<click
It looks like we are all making our last minute journeys. Mine was a 2,200 mile roadtrip for my puppy. He is with my Aunt Marge & Uncle Frank. The little guy has no loyalties so he will be just fine. I’m actually still on the road at this time.
My bike has made it to the bike shop in Astoria so that’s a good thing. Now to put it back together.
Another day of driving to go. Cheers
I’m spreading my gear out and packing my bike up today. The Trek 520 will be my choice of ride. His name is Capt. Cook, after my old friend Brandon Cook, one of the best bike mechanics I know.
I changed Capt. Cook up a bit and had Jones H Loop bars installed with trigger shifters. The days of drop bars are over for me due to upper back pain. Now days I’m into comfy cozy all the way. My saddle is a Brooks B17 standard. I swear by leather saddles. After touring down the east coast with my son we figured out the trick to a Brooks saddle….don’t wear padded shorts. My choice of cycling shorts are Tri-shorts or regular street clothes. I will be using the tri-shorts for this event.
I also decided on taking a 1 person tent. It only weighs 3 pounds. My frame is small so I decided to go with 2 rear ortlieb panniers. I’ve been watching the weather and it still looks like it is crazy cold out west. Much different than past years. So my clothes will be a merino wool sweater, merino wool undershirt, my old gloves from living in Colorado. Once I get past the mountain ranges I will ship my warm gear home and lighten my load. I’d rather be safe than sorry. It’s just a bike ride…right?
During the ride I don’t know if I will be able to log much but will be posting pictures on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
I am riding for a cause and please check out Corey’s story.