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This page contains information on a cross-country cycling trip I hope to take. As I don’t have any details planned at this moment, it is pretty general about the topic. Once something is in the works, I will post much more detail here.
Who? Me. I’ve been a off and on again cyclist since I was a kid. I’m addicted to blogging and this will be much more interesting to write about than my life of late. I have always wanted to travel and see the country. I’m a Ham Radio operator and a tech nut. I sometimes help build robots.
What? A long-distance self-contained ride around the country on my recumbent trike. I’ll spend as much of the time as I can camping, or staying in places offered to touring cyclists. In the event of bad weather, physical illness or just for a rest, I’ll do an occasional hotel.
The Spring/Summer of 2011. Soon. It’ll last until I either get tired of it, feel I’ve reached the end, need a break, or something interrupts it.
Where? Yet to be determined. I have several routes in my mind, but nothing definite planned yet. The longest trip I’ve ever taken has been about 100 miles and included one night of camping. I basically proved I could do it, but that’s far from actually taking a real trip. I may start with a reasonable length trip (1-2 weeks) and see how it goes. The most I ever rode in one day was just over 200 miles but that was a long time ago… 50-75 miles a day is plenty to see the country.
How? I told you, on a recumbent trike! I’ll be carrying everything with me, camping gear, food (stopping at stores along the way) and the tools I need to capture this adventure and share it here: camera, computer, Ham Radio gear, smartphone, etc. Also, to power all that, a solar panel and storage battery to keep it running. (No, no electric motor on the bike!)
Why? Why did the mountain climber climb the mountain? I’ve wanted to do this for years, but work and a family came first. Now, I’m retired, the kids are grown to the point of near self-sufficiency and it’s time to do this. My wife probably has no interest in doing this. She’s also still employed. I may not be physically able to do this by the time she quits or retires. So, it’s now or never.
Getting out of the house and doing something will probably mean I can do something like this later, because I hope it will keep me fit longer. I know for sure, if I don’t, I won’t be.
More Why? I’ve read a number of accounts by people doing variations of this. It’s not at all new and therefore is very doable. I hope I have learned a little from those who have gone before me. I’ve certainly been inspired by them.