Well that didn’t take long. I was out on day 3! Geeezzz! So I did lose my mind. On a good note I met the most amazing people. They are superhuman to put those crazy miles on a bicycle in such a short time. Maybe next year I’ll just follow in a car and post updates and some fun live coverage. We’ll see. It’s still a good trip. A short trip to California and then back across the country. I’m the flake I was always meant to be. Cheers!
East Coast Bike Tour 2014
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
4FEB17 The start of my Journal for TABR 2017. I signed up for the race this year. Not that I think I have a chance at winning or placing in a respectable spot. It’s more for the adventure and my personal best.
I’ve been a dot watcher since the first year. Watched “Inspired to Ride” many times. Read past riders journals and it is all so inspiring. A chance of a lifetime for most. So why not? What else do I have to do? Might as well take a very long bike ride.
My trusty steed will be my Surly Long Haul Trucker. I’m still debating on Revelate bags or use front Ortlieb panniers in the rear. I want to pack light but right and be comfortable for the trip. I removed the drop bars for Wald touring handlebars. It gives me a upright comfy ride. I will be adding Aerobars for another hand position. The front rack is the Origin8 Cargo classique rack 14×12. I plan to carry my camping gear on that and unload most of it in Pueblo Colorado. I’m still looking around for a bag so I can put my gear in one place.
So here is my bike to date. I will be loading it and taking some test rides packed up to see how it feels weight wise. Living in Florida with no hills to climb is a challenge for the mountain ranges. If I can get my endurance up the rest will come…I hope!
Ignore the lights on there. It will all change. My friend Jodi Ashley wanted to know if I was going to BBQ for everyone with that front rack! It’s a thought.
2APR17 Two months to go before the race. Sad news the other day. Mike Hall was killed in a car accident during the Indian Pacific Wheel Race. Just devastating. He was truly an inspiration to so many people around the world. Mike Dion made the movie “Inspired to Ride” which was by far inspiring. Mike went on to win the inaugural Trans Am Bike Race in 2014. He also won the Tour Divide 2 times and started the Trans Continental Race. These races are opportunities for anyone to do their personal best. In the end everyone cheers and encourages everyone involved in the race. A great community of people to belong to.
So in the meantime I have decided to change up bikes and take my Trek 520. It has 700cm wheels compared to 26 inch on the surly. I put 700×28 Schwalbe Marathon plus tires on. I’m changing the handlebars to Jones H Loop bars with trigger shifters. When it is complete I will post a picture. I decided to go with some creature comforts since I know I have no chance of being top ten. At least I’m a realist. So I’m taking a 1 man tent. It’s all about the adventure….right?
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24APR17 Ok final setup. I decided on the Trek 520 due to the 700cm wheels. Tires are Schwalbe Marathon Plus 700×28, Jones H Loop bar and Brooks b17 saddle. I will be taking a 1 person tent. My thought is if I am comfortable and pain free my endurance will be much better. I’m shooting to complete the Trans Am in less than 45 days. Ultimate goal would be 30 days. We shall see. Then again I may not be back east until February…haaaa! I crack myself up.