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Peninsula Weekend


I got a new whip (Fairdale, Weekender) last week from Seth. I rode it out to Forks, WA and Neah Bay this weekend to christen it as my new touring bike. The route climbed and descended mini-mountains all the way out to Port Angeles and continued on the 101 to La Push. I had planned for a more challenging route and it paid off. Along the way there was some sweet single track along the North Shore of Lake Crescent that was maxing out what this new bike was intended for, but it stood up to the roots and rocky sections. The route was then supposed to climb up a tapeworm shaped road as an alternate to Forks, but at 2200 ft. there was 6 inches of snow I couldnít get through. By this time the sun had set and it gets very dark in the undergrowth of the rain forest. My lights suck so riding down the mountain was a slow process hitting potholes, long dirt sections, and small streams. Luckily I had on pretty warm clothes that hold up to the rain. Youíd think that Iíd need to seek out a podiatrist, but those are just boot covers that are a warm 3/4 inch thick on all sides. They turn a lot of heads.

Hung out in the Forks 24 hour transit center for a while eating food out of the vending machine and warming up my layers at the bathroom hand dryer. At 3AM I got back out on the road for Neah Bay, stopping in La Push along the way. It was a drizzly night complete with Native American chanting in some sections of the woods. The route I had planned for this section didnít work out so well. The route, which turned into a cul-de-sac, was not what I wanted to see. My GPS kept saying ďTurn LeftĒ, but that way was a slippery mud slide down a steep hill into pitch blackness. With the spook factor already pretty high, there was no way I was going down there so I turned around. Dammit, 25 miles down a dead end. I made it back to forks by 7:30 and hung out in the transit center some more, ate more from the vending machine, and used the hand dryers again.

There was one bus at 8:30 going from Forks to Neah Bay that day! There was one passenger (me). And, it only cost $1 for the 50 mile drive! The driver reminded me of the seemingly suicidal bus drivers in Thailand. She must have been time trialing. From that fishing village of Neah bay back home was a beautiful, winding, hilly, straight shot (in the long run) along the Strait of Juan De Fuca back home to Seattle a little muddier than when I started. And, there was a little sunny beach riding to top it all off. (374 Miles Friday 15-Saturday 16)

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Carol said:

Sounds like you had another good ride! Its beautifully out there. Something to get your mind off studying for a bit. Pigging out at a vending machine doesn't sound that appetizing though...but it must not have been too bad if you rode an extra 25miles for seconds! Love You!
6:47pm on Mon Feb 18th, 2013

Johnkevin said:

The first aircraft Fast 8 Vin Diesel Jacket were intended for the group of the planes they get their name from. The style hasn't changed much since.
9:01am on Thu Feb 16th, 2017

Johnkevin said:

The first aircraft Fast 8 Vin Diesel Jacket were intended for the group of the planes they get their name from. The style hasn't changed much since.
9:01am on Thu Feb 16th, 2017

Johnkevin said:

The first aircraft Fast 8 Vin Diesel Jacket were intended for the group of the planes they get their name from. The style hasn't changed much since.
9:01am on Thu Feb 16th, 2017

Johnkevin said:

The first aircraft Fast 8 Vin Diesel Jacket were intended for the group of the planes they get their name from. The style hasn't changed much since.
9:01am on Thu Feb 16th, 2017

Johnkevin said:

The first aircraft Fast 8 Vin Diesel Jacket were intended for the group of the planes they get their name from. The style hasn't changed much since.
9:01am on Thu Feb 16th, 2017

Johnkevin said:

The first aircraft Fast 8 Vin Diesel Jacket were intended for the group of the planes they get their name from. The style hasn't changed much since.
9:01am on Thu Feb 16th, 2017

Johnkevin said:

The first aircraft Fast 8 Vin Diesel Jacket were intended for the group of the planes they get their name from. The style hasn't changed much since.
9:01am on Thu Feb 16th, 2017

All I Can Think About....


All I can think about is riding this bike really fast. All day at work I'm daydreaming about going down mountains; I'm trying to sleep, but I'm working out the little details in my head keeping me up half the night. Immediately after work I go home, eat dinner, then start grinding and welding metal. Luckily the neighbor said he's really excited about my bike even with all the noise. Will it go 50? 60? 80? Who knows...

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Brandon said:

I have no doubt that you will make it go incredibly fast. But um, how do you pedal it with the handlebars so close to the pedals??
9:47pm on Wed May 16th, 2012

MarkO said:

It looks like it is front-wheel drive? I would like to see you on it!! It looks pretty cool so far. But don't daydream too much at work or you won't have any income to finish your project...
2:30pm on Thu May 17th, 2012

MNAntgo2 said:

Hi there, looks like another adventure to me! I would need written
10:34am on Mon May 21st, 2012

Wrenchwebber said:

Hey!
4:44am on Fri Jun 1st, 2012

It Rolls!!!


I've been making some pretty good headway and it actually rolls now!

I don't really know how to weld; i'm just winging it, but the welds seem to be holding- that's all I'm going for. I figure I'll learn as I go and they'll continue to look better with practice. Here I am playing on my monstrosity.

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Aaron123r said:

Nice work... I hope you are well!!!
10:35pm on Sat May 5th, 2012

Wrenchwebber said:

More pictures dude!
8:24pm on Sun May 6th, 2012

New Bike


So I'm back in South Seattle in a little duplex that has quite a bit of work space in the basement. I've started a new project building my own bike. Hoping it turns out likeone of these ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V2FgwN_re4 ). Right now though it looks like this.

I've picked up a welder and some tools to do the work so I've been practicing by replacing the bottom bracket and adding a support pipe to my tall bike. It's good to be riding that old thing around again.

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Brandon said:

Haha, I can't wait to see what kind of bike you come up with!
9:13pm on Mon Apr 30th, 2012

Argentina


Well, Liz and I are in Argentina now after I had a short stint as a bicycle messenger in Seattle. The job was fun. I got to work with some friends that I havenīt been able to spend much time with while I went to school.

Now in Argentina Iīve been looking hard for work with several opportunities available. Lots of people ride bikes here in the city of 15 million and the year to year increase in commuters was over 100%! Everybody here has a beach cruiser with crazy long handlebars that they ride vertical so it looks like theyīre working out on a stair stepper or something. I put out a post that Iīm a bike mechanic and have already had 3 hits in 2 days for some paid bike repair jobs!

I have yet to get a bike of my own because we are strapped for cash until we get more work. When we do Iīm set on getting a foldable fixed gear bike. Itīll be a lot faster than those cruisers and easier to get in the house since everything is smaller here, there are no garages, and we live on the third floor. Plus, our apartment is only 9 x 12 feet. Thereīs not much space in there; I can touch three of the walls at the same time.

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LUVteam said:

Hi Daniel: What an adventure! Best wishes to you and Liz!
6:59am on Thu Oct 20th, 2011

Shellfishlady64 said:

So glad you have made it--hope the Spanish is going well. Might be handy with your "new" customers for bike repair. What's the pay scale there? No free bikes behind bike shops? Have Fun! Love, Gram O
8:38am on Thu Oct 20th, 2011

MATERK said:

Good to hear from you , Daniel. Lizzie you were busy learning the Spanish for Bike parts.... That WOULD no dfoubt be helpful in your chosen labor efforts. Good luck finding people with broken bikes.
9:46am on Thu Oct 20th, 2011

MNAntgo2 said:

Hey there special Dude
1:46pm on Thu Oct 20th, 2011

Triciawt said:

The raspberries are still coming. Sounds like things are opening up for you. Good luck. Love, tricia
3:08pm on Sat Oct 22nd, 2011

Made it


Liz and I rode fast the past couple days trying to get to the end. 113 miles then 80. We saw another cyclist with worn out invisible butt spandex along the way. He helped us to go really fast; once we passed him we did not want to see that again. There was also a bunch of tailwind in there to help us out. Glad to be home and glad that Liz is already bringing up new ideas for future bike trips.

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Aaron123r said:

YEAH!
3:44pm on Mon Aug 22nd, 2011

MATERK said:

Maybe RAGBRAI next year ?
4:25pm on Mon Aug 22nd, 2011

Aaron123r said:

BRAN?
4:26pm on Mon Aug 22nd, 2011

Jnhms_stmary said:

YIPEE SKIPPIE. Congratulations and best wishes for a great party with friends and family. I've loved the posts from both of you. Thanks
7:49pm on Mon Aug 22nd, 2011

Home stretch


We are now in Pierre, SD. Soon we'll be passing through substance abuse row. The neighboring towns of Blunt, Highmore, and Miller. The end is in sight and that helps to get us through the endless rolling plains. We were spoiled with the devils tower, deadwood & the blackhills, and (especially) the bad lands. After those sights we rode a scenic byway that was 39 straight miles with nothing except grass and one marginally interesting abandoned town. The headwinds on roads like this seems like they could cause permanent brain damage from the frustration it creates, but it helps to have a good companion and being so close to the end.

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Triciawt said:

Daniel, why does yours say you have only gone 1400 miles and lizzie has gone 2100? Did you drive part way, while she rode? Just kidding. Looking forward to seeing you in Minnesota. Love, tricia
8:12am on Thu Aug 18th, 2011

Aaron123r said:

Eh... Pierre SD isn't DuBois WY. I think Daniel is just tired and suffering (hopefully just temporary) brain damage from the head wind frustration. :) Take care!
9:51am on Thu Aug 18th, 2011

MarkO said:

Hi Mark, I can't get logged into Daniels blog and leave him a note. If you have a chance, let him know they are both thought of and I think that they are both amazing, brave and maybe a little crazy----but I guess a person(s) would need to be to get these trips completed! Go for the green
5:59am on Fri Aug 19th, 2011

MarkO said:

Hi Dan
6:05am on Fri Aug 19th, 2011

Where are we?


Well... We're in Buffalo, WY. (response) Dad1: to be honest, I've never heard of any of the places you've been. Dad2: Ummmm...Okay. I have no idea where that is. We're kind of a moving target so to best triangulate our position we are somewhere between "I'm never doing this again," "It's incredible out here!," and "rejoice!" To locate our vertical position were right up near "if there is one more hill I'm going to cry."

Out of Dubois we had our biggest day, 104 miles. We had to do at least one of those. We camped in boysenberry state park on a sandy peninsula in the reservoir. It was a warm paradise. The next morning we traveled through the Wind River Canyon. It was cozy in there with those tall steep cliffs.

In Thermopolis we went to the public bath house and sat in "The Worlds Largest Mineral Hotsprings." The next day we traveled 89 miles from Worland to Buffalo. This included a pass. 9666 ft to be exact. We started at 4600 ft and rode 29 miles to the top. Unfortunately the pass was not cyclist friendly. The descent was 3 miles down 1 mile up and repeat. It did this for about 25 miles until the final drop into town where we earned our stay at the arrowhead motel and consumed a large thick crust grease pizza and breadsticks. We slept in and treated ourselves at the diner where Liz has just inhaled a large stack of French toast and eggs before I finished my coffee.

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Aaron123r said:

I am glad Liz is eating. Food is really needed to ride bike and build muscle. You two are amazing! It sounds like a pure unadulterated adventure! :)
10:06am on Thu Aug 11th, 2011

Triciawt said:

Everyone seems concerned that lizzie is eating. Daniel, how are you holding up? No more giant passes sounds good. See you in Minnesota. Love, tricia
5:34pm on Thu Aug 11th, 2011

LUVteam said:

Hi Daniel and Liz! Wishing you a safe journey! LUVteam
9:42pm on Thu Aug 11th, 2011

Aaron123r said:

It isn't that I am concerned... just in awe. Liz is skinny and typically doesn't eat a large stack of French toast and eggs in the time it takes someone to drink a cup of coffee. :) Hi Daniel!!!
9:46pm on Thu Aug 11th, 2011

Wyoming


We're in DuBois now having taken our time though Yellowstone to see some of the sights. Artists point and the Mammoth Hot Springs were the highlights. Throughout the park there was always a dull underlying fear that the super volcano may erupt turning the surrounding 5 states into a fireball; we slept 2 nights in the caldera! What was surprising about the park was that once you're in bicycling has an advantage over cars in nearly all aspects. Car camping is full throughout the park by 11 am. We rolled into each spot to an empty hiker/biker section around 6 pm. Parking cars and stopping to see wildlife was always congested, but we'd just keep rolling. Our parking spot were better than the handicap spaces.

The Grand Tetons make a pretty surreal landscape with jagged mountain tops falling right into a lake with no foothills to block to view. We began to see a lot of other cross country cyclists there. In Colter Bay we talked with a guy Missouri who near the end of our conversation asked if he could sing us a song. How could we say no? This silver haired old man belted out a classic Italian opera right there in front of the grocery store.

We crossed 96 hundred ft pass this morning with at least 6 miles of steep dirt road. The downhill was mellow and long with a big tailwind. When it began to thunder when we were at the top of the mountain Liz wanted to beat the storm for fear of it snowing at the top (the temp. was dropping quickly). I've never seen her move so fast we averaged over 30 mph, but got caught when the pass curved and turned the tailwind into violent, scary sidewinds. We stood under the awning of a log cabin and Mark invited us into his workshop where he was rebuilding a cement mixer semi truck. While we were there he insisted on cleaning up our bikes so I told him cleaning the claim would ne the most helpful so he brought out a couple cans of ether and made them look brand new! I gave him a clamp A d his nephew a cycling cap both which I found on the road. That's been fun. I gave away a 12" crescent wrench to another guy in Bozeman which I had found outside Helena. I wish I had picked up that nice life jacket and motorcycle gloves.

Comments

Triciawt said:

Daniel, I am glad to hear yellowstone and grand Tetons were so beautiful. Makes me want to go there ( in a car). Love, tricia
8:40pm on Sun Aug 7th, 2011

Shellfishlady64 said:

I second the car idea!! Even with traffic, better than 6 miles of dirt road on a bike! Dan, you have the Olsen scavenger trait-- never know when that 'found' object will be handy!! Love, Gram Schar
9:25am on Mon Aug 8th, 2011

B1a2r3b4 said:

Daniel: After feeding 750 bike riders on a ride over Snoqualmie, Blewett, and Stevens Passes this weekend (I just had the Blewett Lunch Stop), I am convinced that bike riders who enter a ride to raise money for a charity have got to be the most big-hearted and unselfish people in the world. However, that doesn't trump the fact that they also seem to be slightly insane!! I don't know where you fit into this mix but anyone who takes their life in their hands and goes out on the highways, auto vs bike, is not on the same wavelength as the rest of us. On the other hand, the rest of us envy you for your spirit of adventure AND your physical fitness. You are an example of a modern-day explorer or trapper in the west 200 years ago! More power to you both and I hope your trip is better than you hoped for. Have fun, Cuz Barbara
12:24am on Tue Aug 9th, 2011

traveling along


From Missoula we stayed the night in Ovando where we were greeted by the town mayor who gave us a walking tour and showed where there was free bicycle camping. He even offered to us a covered caravan to camp in rather than our tents, but since he didn't own it and he was in an inebriated state we politely declined his offer. We slept good though knowing that he lived in the heart of downtown and kept his eye on things.

We landed in the capital city (of 27,000) Helena the next night after crossing a large pass. It was fun to cruise into town at 40+ miles per hour for 6-7 miles. We did the tourist thing in that city seeing all the pioneer mansions and visiting the museum. We stayed in a downtown hotel that night and watched the deer walk around in the streets!

Our next night was in Townsend where we found a free campground. It didn't have running water, but it did have clouds of mosquitos. We used our bug spray and tried to smoke them our by burning piles of grass in the grill to no avail. The bugs beat us so we ate dinner inside the tent.

From there we pretty much made it to Bozeman in a single shot where we are now after camping at a rest area for the night. We didn't get much sleep there. The motorcycles entering the onramp, the trains blowing their horns, and the sprinkler system pelting the tent woke us up on a regular basis.

Comments

Shellfishlady64 said:

Great pics! Sounds like a great adventure. Keep up the good spirits, you have lots of people cheering for you. Love Always.
8:59am on Tue Aug 2nd, 2011

Northbranch said:

Loved your comments about Helena. We have very good friends who live there so we try to get there often. We have been when it is 90 degrees and -6 below, and always have seen deer and/or elk. Love your blogs. Keep them coming. Ride safe. John and Lee
7:24pm on Wed Aug 3rd, 2011

Taking it easy


We made it into Missoula after a couple hellishly hot afternoons and three shower-free days. Needless to say we wanted a break so we decided to stay. Our first night in town we saw a bunch (too many) bars with another cyclist (Greg) we have been riding and camping with for the past few days. He showed us the cool part of town since he had arrived before us and we booked a cheap motel for a couple nights.

We'll head out tomorrow for Helena with a new plan to beat the heat. We want to be rolling by 7 am and take a siesta from 3-5 then ride until 7 or so with several breaks in between to see the sights. Liz and I have gotten a lot stronger and the roads have gotten a lot flatter so from here on out we'll be making good time and taking longer breaks.

The bag of food has expanded to include bell peppers onions tomatoes cheese cinnamon bears decried beans black beans and on the hot days we'll try cooking burritos in our back pockets. It's getting heavy. Yesterday I ran over a 5 mm Allen wrench and that somehow punctured my tire.

We picked up some more stove fuel some soap and new panniers for liz's bike to make things easier to access. We previously had two dry bags on her rack tied on with spent inner tubes which worked great but took forever to get at what was inside.

Comments

Aaron123r said:

I like the plan to escape the heat; glad you are getting stronger. Best luck.
9:23am on Tue Jul 26th, 2011

MATERK said:

I sure hope our 95 degree weather cools down before you get to the Mid West !
11:36am on Thu Jul 28th, 2011

Newport WA


After 2 80 plus mile days we stopped at the Newport motel and treated ourselves to a can of Jeremiah Weed's Roadhouse tea. A can of which I had been seeing on the side of the road for the past 30 miles. Coleville was kind of cool little place. We met a cyclist from Norway that started his ride in Maine. He and most of the other cyclists comment on how light we're traveling which helps to ease my worries about the frame collapsing under pressure. There must be about 50 lbs of stuff on it.

We have become very tired of the oatmeal breakfasts and couscous dinners so I have ended up carrying jars of peanut butter, salsa, and I've got bagels and tortillas. We've also got candy bars and in the past 10 days alone we have exceeded our average annual consumption of confectionaries.

Comments

MATERK said:

It sounds like you are having a GREAT time but 2 80 mile days uphill must be exhausting. The Motel must have felt like the Honeymoon Suite !
10:03am on Thu Jul 21st, 2011

Triciawt said:

I am so happy you are feeding my daughter well! I am sure you are burning off a lot of calories. Hope younhave a good rest in Newport. Love, tricia
11:40am on Thu Jul 21st, 2011

B1a2r3b4 said:

I'm delighted to be able to follow you across the country on another of your insane rides. I hope your new wife is strong enough to keep you within human limits instead of "ironman-type" adventures!! When you get back to God's Country I'm going to put together a picnic in the back yard and invite you and Schar and whoever else she thinks should be there. We can all get acquainted again. The last time I saw you was about 25 years ago!! Have a wonderful, safe, and sane(!!) ride and don't forget to enjoy the sights along the way. Say hello to Liz for me - I'm looking forward to meeting her. Cuz Barbara
12:27am on Fri Jul 22nd, 2011

Aaalouie said:

Salt water taffy - light and SWEET!!! You guys are doing awesome!! Cyu soon........Love from the AZ crew
9:53am on Sat Jul 23rd, 2011

Kooky bikers


Since the last post it began to rain. It rained and rained. We stayed in our tent until 2:30 waiting it out. When we left the raining was not yet through so I put on a rain poncho that was a sad example of a glorified garbage bag. While this was happening a senior citizen couple touring through the region dropped us after they had already knocked out 30 miles in the rain. Later on that day a man tried to convince me that his schwinn (which was rusting) was made of aluminum and a Jack Nicholson lookalike/actalike told the pass we were about to climb was the biggest he had ever seen.

This post is kind of sporadic because Liz has been great company and I haven't had time to think about what I should write about so I just piled all the weirdoes we met into a paragraph.

Comments

LUVteam said:

Daniel
8:59pm on Fri Jul 15th, 2011

Shellfishlady64 said:

Hi Dan and Liz, The sun will eventually shine again--keep the faith. I think the rains have passed up here to La Conner, raining every night, but not stopping the hardy souls around the campfire. Remember those kookie people you meet might have a comment about a biking honeymoon too!!!
8:58am on Sat Jul 16th, 2011

JMC_No2ant said:

Hi Daniel
9:54am on Tue Jul 19th, 2011

LUVteam said:

Incredible couple! Wishing you a safe
11:20pm on Mon Aug 1st, 2011

Rockport WA


We're 100miles in still looking for tail wind. I think we're going to try free camping tonight near the Rockport county park. That what was suggested by the park manager. Anywho, today was a pretty excellent ride along the river and through the woods.

Comments

Aaron123r said:

Nice!
7:11pm on Wed Jul 13th, 2011

Aaron123r said:

Nice!
7:11pm on Wed Jul 13th, 2011

Johntut said:

Highway 20 to 2! That's how i rode to Minnesota! See how fast you can get going coming down from Washington pass.
2:05pm on Thu Jul 14th, 2011

The Honey Mooners


Well... Liz and I will be leaving today on a 7 week (or so) bike ride to get as close to Minnesota as we can. We'll see all the sights and take it easy as we go. Our point of embarkation will be from the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle, WA. I have packed differently for this trip. I'm hoping the bikes can handle all the weight. This will be Liz's first big tour so we've erred on the side of caution. Hopefully we'll be getting rid of some things as we go (like the several pounds of extra food).

It's my first non-solo tour since I rode with Nels (Cacao bicycle) years ago and it is my first tour with a lady. (If you have any good advice to help me with this last detail I would probably find it very helpful)

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Brandon said:

That sounds super fun! Enjoy your trip and your time together!
8:11am on Tue Jul 12th, 2011

Shellfishlady64 said:

Good luck and have lots of fun. On the last item in your post, remeber Dan, it's not how fast you get there this time. Just enjoy the journey together.
8:31am on Tue Jul 12th, 2011

MarkO said:

Congratulations again on your marriage! What a way to test that commitment ‚Äď 7 weeks on bikes and thousands of miles (lots of hills too). Upload pictures when you can, and let Liz add to the blog once in a while ‚Äď it will be fun to get a second opinion on the trip, or does she have her own blog? Enjoy your adventure and your time together, and we‚Äôll see you in MN. Lots of love!
8:32am on Tue Jul 12th, 2011

MATERK said:

bless you both and may St. Christopher ride with you !
10:11am on Tue Jul 12th, 2011

Joeandkaren said:

Have a great trip! Might see you on the road somewhere. I'll be on my Harley, you know, a bike with a motor. It was terrific spending your wedding day with you both. Enjoy the ride!!
10:59am on Tue Jul 12th, 2011

PCBScotty said:

Good luck! Please be safe out there on the roads too.
6:08am on Wed Jul 13th, 2011

Triciawt said:

Have fun along the way. Watch out for avalaches. love, tricia
3:14pm on Thu Jul 14th, 2011

Moving on


Today was the last commute to school along the Burke Gilman Trail. I put quite a bit of miles on that bumpy old thing over the past couple years and took it slow coming home to take in what I could. Itís sort of like an old friend moving away; youíll still know each other and when you get together you connect like there hadnít been any time apart, but Iíll no longer be involved in its daily life. Sadly, I wonít be the first to know when a tree falls down or when a pothole forms; I wonít be the first tracks in the snow. Among others Iíll mostly miss seeing the morning Zen exercise man, the little Asian lady on the big Mt. bike with built-in handlebar gloves (whom I think rides 24 hours a day), and the guy who walks down the trail holding up a pole with a bird standing on the end of it. Iíll miss you bumpy old Burke.

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Aaron123r said:

It is always a melancholy time realising that the rides that characterise our daily lives are changing. However, as my cousin's cousin says; "We ride and we ride and we'll never subside and we'll ride till the planets collide!".
2:52pm on Sun Jun 12th, 2011

Marko_80 said:

I lived in Redmond, WA for a number of years and used to ride over the U of W extensively on the trails. B-G Trail was an old line trail 12 years ago. I found it an interesting ride and always enjoyed the variety that it presented. And when my friends and I would feel ambitious, we would continue on around Lake Washington.
5:45pm on Wed Jun 15th, 2011

Hey I made it into Key West!


I made it into Key West yesterday afternoon! It's a beautiful town, but unfortunately, like many places has its own set of problems. I have to worry at night about being hasseled by the police. In a conversation with an officer I was told that I'd be arrested if I was found sleeping within the city limits. Key West has a pretty bad homeless problem and a police force ill equipt to deal with it so they act like tough guys. Everyone acts hard here. Shaving the ball of hair off of my face has slightly improved the situation helping to distance me from a group of people that is frowned upon. One person suggested that the best option would be to stay up in that bars until closing (4 AM) then walk around for a couple hours. When the parks open up again I'm safe to take a nap. Can't wait to go home, I long for Seattle and to see my fiance.

But, as the days pass people begin to recognize me and my bike. Most bikes are cruisers and department store brands so the TT Tarmac (my bike) stands out and with the people who know bikes it becomes a great ice breaker. Last night I got a free meal and drinks at Margaritaville because of a contact through a friend. It's a big drinking town, in fact that's almost all there is to do, and I've got a pocketfull of numbers from various bike riders from around town that want to show me around.

My parents are very proud so put me up in a hotel for the rest of my stay. Having a home base where I can leave my things behind really increases the freedom to move about and has made my stay much more bearable. Thanks

Reminder: I can't check my phone messages (the phone is 1/2 broken). If you need to get a hold of me call without leaving a message. That way I'll be able to see the number I missed and I'll return your call. Or you can send me an email. I've been able to look at that a couple of times per day. Thanks.

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LUVteam said:

Hi Daniel: Yes, you made it! Congrats~~~~~~! C.U. in Seattle!
3:40pm on Sun Sep 19th, 2010

Shellfishlady64 said:

Those who know you, knew you would make it!! We are all glad you could do it safely, and can't wait to see you safely home. Enjoy the beaches and sights during your wait for your flight home on Wed. We all want to hug and hold you soon.
8:51pm on Sun Sep 19th, 2010

LizWT said:

I can't wait to see you too! I love you.
9:12pm on Sun Sep 19th, 2010

MarkO said:

WooHoo! What a ride! Now you can relax a bit before heading home. Take a hot bath, eat a good meal, and get a good nights rest - Hopefully you will get a better response from the police as a tourist than as a transient. Hopefully you will be able to post some pictures and some more stories of your adventure! Lots of love!
6:23am on Mon Sep 20th, 2010

Aaalouie said:

Rich and I both say HEY!! Congrats!! Glad you are safe and will be heading back to Seattle soon!! We're proud of you............
1:17pm on Mon Sep 20th, 2010

Aaron123r said:

Just a short time until you fly away home!
6:37pm on Mon Sep 20th, 2010

JMC_No2ant said:

Hi Daniel---wow, I knew you'd make it. What a journey you've had. I can't wait to hear of some of the other stories that you didn't post. Thanks for including all of us in your thoughts and giving us a chance to "see" what it's like on a trip like this. Get some rest and eat some regular food---CONGRATS! Love
7:07am on Tue Sep 21st, 2010

Bobhall said:

Yo Featherhead, give me another call and leave your phone number in the voicemail this time :)
11:57am on Tue Oct 5th, 2010

CacaoBicycle said:

Well done! The coolest guy on two wheels does it again, another solo, cross country tour! It sounds like this was your best one yet. Keep it up; pedal, pedal, pedal, pedal pedal, pedal, pedal. . . pedal
12:09pm on Sun Oct 10th, 2010

Day 25


I'm in Florida City tonight staying at a hostel. I was fighting with the head wind and the traffic all day today, but I kept telling myself to just keep going. Now I'm only about 100 miles from Key West! I should get there tomorrow afternoon or evening. I'm looking forward to my meal at Margaritaville this week, thanks to David! I'll write more when I get in tomorrow.

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Bugmenot said:

Headwind vs. downpour? Not the usual Seattle mist, downpour. I think I'd choose sunny Florida.
2:03am on Sat Sep 18th, 2010

Day 24 - Part 2 "The suspected rapist"


This happened in Apachicola, FL.

Clerk at gas station: "Mumble, mumble, mumble. They haven't caught that rapist yet." And then I said, "Wait, there's a rapist out there?" And she said, "Yeah, 5 women in 5 days, right over there." (Guy walks into the store) Me: Oh my god! Are they patrolling the area? Do they know anything about him?" Clerk: No, they haven't found out anything, but keep your eyes out for some guy with a mask, or fishy vehicles, or anything out of the ordinary." Me: "Okay, I'll look for that."

(Outside the store) Guys walks outside with me and says. "You want to know what I think? Me: "Sure." Guy: "I think it's some guy whose just passing through, a traveler or a tourist." He looks at me with suspicion and says, "Because there ain't no one from 'round here smart enough to be able to rape 5 girls in 5 days." Me: "So you're dumb and you think that raping girls is the smart thing to do????" Guy glared at me and drove off.

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Aaron123r said:

Hey keep safe; you are almost there... don't get arrested. Seriously, people are nuts...
8:23pm on Thu Sep 16th, 2010

B1a2r3b4 said:

I seem to remember hearing about how southern guys tend to beat up on "dirt ball punmker bike riders", or other odd types. Maybe you shouldn't tempt them with your comments? I believe your Grandmother Schar wants you back in one piece - - and so do the rest of us. Restraint is the better part of intelligence, dontcha think? Drive safely and be nice.
1:53am on Fri Sep 17th, 2010

LUVteam said:

Daniel: You are almost there! Praise for your determination and survival skill from the bugs, rain, wind, etc. Looking forward to seeing you soon! May God be with you wherever you are!
1:58am on Fri Sep 17th, 2010

JMC_No2ant said:

I'm reading the posts and looking at a map of Florida--wow you've come a long way there babe! I didn't realize that Florida had that much coast line, with a bit of a drive yet for you to Key West. Hang in there and stay safe. How's the butt so far? Buns of Steel! Or had better be. Keep on moving and grooving, and may all the roads be smooth!!! will watch for your next post. Hugs…
7:11am on Fri Sep 17th, 2010

Day 24


"Sarasota and all those coastal towns below it are such nice and perfect places, except for that dirt ball punker riding his bike through town." "Oh yeah, I saw him at the grocery store eating watermelon and an energy candy bar." "Ewww, that's gross!" "Yeah! Even the neighborhood patrol car moved his car because that guy was sketchy looking!"

From inside the patrol car: "Oh Linda, look at thaaat guy! We should move the car." "Why? This is a PT crap Cruiser and it has an alarm." "I know people, Linda, and that guy's a thief. Those guys can steal a car in 10 seconds. I saw a special on Fox News."

"And did you see the poor, scared cashier boy run out to check on his bike? It's a good thing he moved his bike when he did." "I don't think this town is safe anymore. I mean, they let people like that in here."

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Day 23


I don't have a lot of time to write, but I thought I'd check in with you all. Things are going well in Florida. The people are really nice, the bugs not very nice. I'm stuck in Tampa Bay because the traffic is very busy, so I'm waiting until it calms down a bit. I'll write more soon.

Also, my phone got soaked in a rainstorm. I can't check messages, get phone numbers or make new calls. If you need to get in touch with me, please call Liz at 206-849-9336. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Aaalouie said:

What a trip!!! Keep those backpacks dry - beach in Mississippi. That's one of our favorite places - but not sleeping on the beach, huh???? Take care. Thinking of you and hoping all is well. Love from the Arizona gang!! L
8:08pm on Wed Sep 15th, 2010

MarkO said:

Ahhh..Florida, my favorite state! I hope you find time to visit some of the beaches, pick some citrus fruit - and the coconuts should be about ripe now! Nothing like building something out of sand on the beach and decorating it with flotsam to relax. Enjoy the last state in your journy - especialy the people! Wish we could enjoy it with you (except for the butt condition). But keep posting so we can at least enjoy it vicariously! Lots of love from the north!
6:50am on Thu Sep 16th, 2010

MayorOfCoolCity said:

Dan - I know your phone doesn't work but if you can call me when you get to Key West, please do. David DeRoma
1:06pm on Thu Sep 16th, 2010

Day 22


Florida has been fantastic. I think itís called the Sunshine State because of the people. Another great place was New Orleans where I met up with a very cool crew of cyclists for an alley cat (bike messenger race). Because of them, I was able to see the city in a couple of hours.

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JMC_No2ant said:

Hey there Daniel, New Orleans in two hours-what a trip that must have been. No one else would be seeing it the way you did! Can't imagine anything getting wet while biking across the United States and only 3,999 miles-NOT! I can see MarkO has been to Florida before, so take his advice and get to see
7:51am on Thu Sep 16th, 2010

Day 20


I arrived in Florida today. I rewarded myself with a stay in a cheap motel. It was also a treat because last night, I stayed on the beach in Mississippi. It sounded wonderful and was, until I woke up to hundreds of fire ants biting me! I ran into the water to get them off of me. Then I spent the next hour cleaning out my bag, backpack and all my belongings. I was also smacking the little guys as they courageously continued to bite me. It was quite a night and I decided that a motel would be a nice change. Since this is my last state, I'll be looking for flights home soon. Thanks for checking in on me and for all your comments.

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Ben739 said:

when are you back in Seattle? I am from florida, and live here in Seattle now
6:11pm on Mon Sep 13th, 2010

JMC_No2ant said:

Hey Daniel, Hope all is well. Glad you made it through Texas. Been thinking of you every day and hoping all has gone well. We were out camping this weekend, so missed your posts. Will be in-house to follow now and will keep an eye out for any news. Lots of folks in your cheering section, Steve says hello and Grandma A. loves to hear any news of your trip. Stay safe and as MarkO says, "May the wind be at your back!"
6:17pm on Mon Sep 13th, 2010

PCBScotty said:

Daniel, It was really cool to meet you today at the gas station in Panama city Beach. I hope to see you on the return and have more stuff to give you other than a spare tube.Good luck, ride fast, God Speed.
6:56pm on Mon Sep 13th, 2010

JMC_No2ant said:

Hi Daniel, Looks like you are bumping into some nice folks out there! They far outweigh others. What have you been doing when you need some repair or tires, etc. The challenges that you are facing are probably far more numerous than I can imagine. Thinking of you lots and stay safe. And as MarkO says, "May the wind be at your back!"
6:16am on Wed Sep 15th, 2010

Day 17


The never ending head winds and the bumpy Texas roads gave the Devil two claims on my soul because of the flurry of cuss words that came out of my mouth today. Thereís nothing more demoralizing when all you want is a snow cone in town, youíre nine miles out of town and youíre traveling at nine miles per hour. Then, when youíre seven miles out of town, the conditions worsen and you can only go seven miles an hour. After fifteen slow minutes, still an hour to go.

I got pulled over for the second time on this trip for not having my headlight on. And before you send me a slew of comments about how Iím being unsafe, the country roads are different. In the city, bright flashing lights, neon jackets and safety gadgets are a good thing. I donít ride with my light on all the time to save the batteries for when I really need it and once my eyes dilate, the night sky is bright enough to see everything. And most importantly, little blinky lights tend to attract drunk drivers towards you (which the officer agreed with), as well as bugs, some of which were grasshoppers that grabbed onto my face. After explaining this to the police officer, he said that if I roll off into the ditch, no one will ever find me if I donít have my light on. I looked at my light, then I looked at the ditch, which was about two feet deep with about three inches of grass and had been the same for pretty much all of Texas. As I unsuccessfully tried to hold back a smile, I looked at the officer and said, ďokay.Ē

I'm in Louisiana now and the people are very friendly. It's a nice change from some not so friendly people in Texas. I'm definitely more than half way and am excited to keep going. It's been very hot and humid, I even slept with a bag of ice to keep cool! I woke up very cold, but warmed up quickly when I got out of my bag. I have to keep it all zipped up to keep bugs and other crawling beings out. I got soaked in the tornado warning storm the other night, so I spent half a day drying all my stuff at a laundry mat. I had been wishing for rain, but that was rain like I'd never seen before! Well, back to it! Thanks for checking the posts

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LUVteam said:

Hi Daniel: I am relieved hearing from you and happy for you that you arrived at Louisiana. I worried you a little bit because the weather in the mid-west area seemed very unstable during the past a few days. I can understand both you and the policemen’s point of view on the head light. Your safety is the most important matter during your bike trip. I will keep on praying for you and follow your Blog during my trip to Asia. Take care… May God be with you! Kyung
10:37pm on Fri Sep 10th, 2010

Mdknauss said:

Too bad about getting pulled over for not having a a blinking light...lame. You're doing great brother! Keep it up! The Louisiana/Mississippi/Alabama/Florida portion of the trip should be great! Eat some seafood for me!
10:38am on Sat Sep 11th, 2010

Heidip said:

Hey Daniel via Lizzie! I'm glad you made it out of TX alive. Keeping having fun man!
9:50pm on Sat Sep 11th, 2010

Shellfishlady64 said:

Daniel, don't get discouraged with the setbacks (like the wind and rain in Texas). Just look what you have accomplished so far! We are all proud of you and wishing you the best for the rest of your journey. Can't wait to give you a big hug when you get back!!!
7:57pm on Sun Sep 12th, 2010

MarkO said:

Hi Dan, Its 3 days since your last post...We're all anxious to hear what your latest experiences are! Watch out for the gators if you get near the swamps. Maybe you could put your headlight on a stick and keep it 3 to 4 feet off to the side, overhead, or behind you to avoid attracting some of the bugs to your teeth. I hope you get some wind at your back for a change! Keep enjoying yourself! Love from all of us in the north!
7:11am on Mon Sep 13th, 2010

Day 13


I'm still in Texas and Liz may be worried about my sanity since I have seen two possibly new animals. I have named one, that looks like a dog, but walks like a monkey, as a "dunkey." There is another one that looks like a small deer with a big head, that I'm calling a "didget" (like a deer and a midget). I'm hoping a good subway sandwich will restore my sanity, although the new species are quite interesting. I've started traveling at night since it is getting over 100 degrees during the day. The roads are a bit bumpy, but much better than before. Talk to you all soon.

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JMC_No2ant said:

Hi Daniel! Texas is big? Ah...watch out for the animals. Do you have headlights on the bike? Traveling by Moonlight? Hope you find a cool spot to rest if it's 100 degrees out during the day. How's the tush? Stay safe...watching your posts! Love
6:17am on Mon Sep 6th, 2010

Becky said:

HI Daneil, I heard about you through you Grandma, Schar, her cousin, John Ellman and I have been helping her on her house!!! Its down to the last few things to do and the sign off is done, a few more weeks, YEA!!! You sound incredible, good for you for following you dreams, its fun reading about all your adventures, Schar is so proud of you.. be safe!!! Becky Ellman
8:28am on Mon Sep 6th, 2010

Carol said:

Hi Daniel, Dejah and I justed wanted to say "HI". We miss you and hope you are having a great time on your trip. I need to figure out what these animals are you've been seeing...Take care and keep pedaling....and keep eating. Love from MOM and DEJAH :-0
9:41am on Tue Sep 7th, 2010

Day 12


I'm in Texas! It's not very exciting here, but there are nice rolling hills and people are nice. A nice old lady gave me a hug yesterday and another older couple was very excited to hear about the trip so far. I've seen two tarantulas, one alive and one dead. The live one was pretty big, but it seemed more interested in crossing the street than having me look at it. Texas is a big state, but I've got my state map and have figured out my route for the next couple days. More to come. . .

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Aaron123r said:

Hey!!! Don't forget to sleep! I cannot wait to meet you and hear your stories.
8:51pm on Sat Sep 4th, 2010

LUVteam said:

Hi Daniel: If I were to meet you and know your tremendous plan, I would give you a big hug, too. Keep it up! As one of your friends Aaron 123r said, and I think, you need to have sufficient sleep, rest, and meal to keep your health. Take good care of yourself.
9:23pm on Sat Sep 4th, 2010

B1a2r3b4 said:

Daniel: Your Grandmother Schar and I discussed your trip. I had one question. Do you ever get lonely? On those wide open expanses, with all the time in the saddle, what is going through your mind? What's the best and worst part of this particular experience? You amaze everyone with your zest for adventure. There are some, tho, who wonder about your sanity. I'm keeping you in my prayers. Stay safe and have fun. BS
3:12am on Sun Sep 5th, 2010

JMC_No2ant said:

Hi Daniel, Texas---already!!?!!! Hugs work really well, take all you can get! That was pretty neat getting a hug on your trip, they are everywhere, watch out!! Your in my thoughts and prayers. Hope you are thinking good thoughts, have good roads and no potholes in Texas! Or by now your probably in Tenn!!? The Minnesota Cheering Section is raising a ruckus! Go Daniel Go! Love you lots--go for it!
7:00pm on Sun Sep 5th, 2010

MATERK said:

Hi Daniel, Greetings from Iowa Strange animals ?? Not riding too lon in the sun are you ? But it all sounds so amazing ! It's been fun following your blogs. Also wondering what goes through your mind on those long rides. Probably missing "someone" back home ? But the adventure goes on, as do our thoughts and prayers for your safe journey.
7:50am on Mon Sep 6th, 2010

JMC_No2ant said:

Hi Daniel---you've been on the road for quite a while. What is the most "tired" part of you? I am amazed that anyone can go that far on a bike. Is it holding up to your expectations? Grandma A. read a copy of your blogs, she didn't set it down until she read all 13 days of your adventure, and wondered about you and your bike holding up. I'll keep checking your posts. Thinking of ya…
7:00am on Tue Sep 7th, 2010

JMC_No2ant said:

Hello Daniel, Thinking of you again today, and hoping you're doing well and seeing some good sights. I'll watch for your next update it's always fun to read the news you come up with! I talked to my sons and they had a surprised reaction and said "Wow, What a challenge, hope he's okay. He must be 'driven' to drive on a bike so far!!" We're all thinking good thoughts and hope all is well. Hugs…JMC
9:53am on Wed Sep 8th, 2010

Untitled


Here's a picture of my alarm clock going off.

Here's the view from the saddle. Somewhere HWY 395 CA.

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LUVteam said:

Hi Daniel: I can only say that you amaze me, thus sending you an applause. I am sure that you know how to take care of your health and energy level. Praying for your safe journey! Kyung
9:32am on Fri Sep 3rd, 2010

LizWT said:

Hey! You are incredible and I love you so much. Be safe and talk to you soon. :)
10:08am on Fri Sep 3rd, 2010

Shellfishlady64 said:

Thanks for the call, I was so glad you are doing so well. Really enjoying your blog. Sounds like you deserved a good bed!! Everyone is cheering you on.
9:09pm on Fri Sep 3rd, 2010

Day 11


The last few days of difficult weather, rough roads, and animal crushing traffic has really been browning my bananas, but riding into NM on route 66 was excellent. I was able to get in about 185 miles before 4:30 this afernoon so rewarded myself with a night in a hotel. (picture: my seat is doing a fantastic job of this)

Last night I slept on the front steps of a church on the AZ NM border, reservation land. There were billions of barking dogs. If stars barked this is what the night would probably sound like, some distant and faint, some close. The sound filled the night in every direction. (picture: those damned midgies)

I'm enjoying the variety of camping spots, last night at the church, the night before that on the table of a Navajo bead stand and before that I stayed in the stands of a rodeo arena. A bed will be a nice change.

I'm just sitting in my hotel room now stuffing my face with peanut butter sandwiches, these are my first because the peanut butter is too heavy to carry. For breakfast I'm usually having a liter of chocolate milk and an energy bar and banana. If its a hot morning a fresh can of cold baked beans will put some power back into my pedal. For hot times of the day I'll also pick up a couple frozen bean burritos and put them in my back pocket to keep me cool, then in about 2 hours they're ready for eating. Yummy. I've also been trying to eat fatty foods because I'm losing lots of weight, maybe 15 lbs so far. Even my spandex are getting kind of baggy.

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Brandon said:

I just have to say my friend, that you are inspiring and amazing. Seriously. I didn't know you had 15lbs you could loose though...
8:23pm on Thu Sep 2nd, 2010

Andrea said:

Oh I love your posts...so funny. Thanks for sharing the details about the food. I was wondering what you might eat. But the burritos in the pants is a little gross sounding :-) Keep it up!!
8:28pm on Thu Sep 2nd, 2010

Pattysweetpea said:

Hey Daniel...I love that you are your own human microwave, warm up those burritos!
9:06pm on Thu Sep 2nd, 2010

NJ said:

Hello Daniel (I am your fiancee's mother's father's brother's wife, following your progress from afar): Did you ever read "Murder on the Iditerod Trail"? It tells a lot about how the Iditerod drivers survive and they, like you, need mega fatty foods. Only they eat actual sticks of butter. Not suggesting that. Yuck. Your peanut butter sandwiches sound a lot better. Safe journey. NJ
5:30am on Fri Sep 3rd, 2010

JMC_No2ant said:

Hi Daniel, I see the note above and agree, that the food topic is interesting-if I don't have to eat it! Please let me cook for you next time you're in MN, I promise not to warm any of it in MY Spandex! Your posts are fun to read and where did you hide 15 extra pounds? Keep your energy high and know you're thought of often. I hear your Dad's on an adventure too. Can't wait to hear his story!!! Love you much
1:47pm on Fri Sep 3rd, 2010

August 29


The past couple of days have been good, very hilly. I left Fallon NV on Friday and headed over a bunch of mountain passes. I tried to keep track of how many, but there were a lot and I canít remember exactly. . . I do remember that many were over 7,000 feet. On the rides down, I got going really fast and enjoyed the trips down! I stayed in Eureka, NV on Saturday night and broke 1,000 miles so far on this tour. About a quarter of the way done. . . I got lucky through the desert because it was only about 70 degrees and overcast. On Sunday, I rode from Eureka to 30 miles outside of Pioche, NV. There were more mountain passes and more nice descents. My spirits are good and Iím ready for more!

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LUVteam said:

I am glad that the weather is cooperating with you. In fact, it is cooler in Tucson than Seattle nowadays. Will you be heading for Utah after Nevada? I found out that Utah is one of the most beautiful states in the U.S., when I drove to Seattle from Tucson and vice versa this summer. Pray for your safe journey! Kyung Keep your spirit up!
12:10am on Tue Aug 31st, 2010

B1a2r3b4 said:

Hi Daniel: I see that Schar is following you too and I have to keep up with my cuz. Along with all your supporters, I'm praying that you have a great ride and a safe return home. It's an adventure just hearing your comments. Look out for the 4 wheelers!!
1:36am on Tue Aug 31st, 2010

MarkO said:

Butt Condition...And you laugh at my supper spring loaded sheepskin covered gel seat! Life...Enjoy the ride!
7:28am on Tue Aug 31st, 2010

JMC_No2ant said:

Hey there Daniel, thinking of you again-of course! What a ride you're on! I tried going two blocks with my little bike last night, I made it! But my butt was sore and I thought of you as I bumped over every little filled pot hole. YOU are so amazing! Keep safe and know that you're in my prayers and thoughts. Looked at the map yesterday and wow you've gone a long way already! (I had never heard of Fallon, NV before! LOVE_No2ant
7:38am on Tue Aug 31st, 2010

Shellfishlady64 said:

Your trips from British Columbia to Mexico; Seattle to Nova Scotia; and Seattle to New Mexico and Phoenix,NV were outstanding,BUT this trip is AWESOME!Travel with our love.
9:59am on Tue Aug 31st, 2010

August 27 Post


Today started in Susanville, Ca where I did a moonlight ride all the way to the Sierra Mountains. Then I climbed up to Lake Tahoe and jumped in for a swim. After that I bombed down into Carson City where I turned the headwind around and grabbed onto the tail and it pulled me all the way to Fallon, NV. Spirits are pretty good.

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LUVteam said:

Hi Daniel: Keep it up! Will keep on praying for your safe journey! Kyung
9:24pm on Sat Aug 28th, 2010

Mdknauss said:

Wow Brother! Keep it up, I can't believe it!
9:46pm on Sat Aug 28th, 2010

Shellfishlady64 said:

Keep up the good ride, and keep safe!
10:30am on Sun Aug 29th, 2010

Northbranch said:

Daniel - We thought you were fantastic riding from Seattle to Noacres! Wow -- are you on a roll. Stay safe and keep writing. We really enjoy hearing from you along the way.
6:46pm on Sun Aug 29th, 2010

Joeandkaren said:

Hi Daniel, got your info from tricia and are following your progress. I lost weight just thinking about your trip!! Keep pumpin'.
7:44pm on Sun Aug 29th, 2010

Aaalouie said:

Hey Daniel - the Arizona team is rooting for you! Keep safe - you think those "midgies" are bad - wait til you get to the "chiggers" in the south. HA! Keep those wheels a rollin........call if you need help. L
10:48am on Mon Aug 30th, 2010

Danielfeatherhead said:

Chiggers, midgies, and skeeters oh my.
7:44pm on Thu Sep 2nd, 2010

Day Three


It was a difficult morning.

Today started in Chemult where it was very frigid with bumpy chip-seal roads making all of my joints inflamed. As I approached Klamath Falls, I was bombarded by midgies. What in the hell are midgies, you might ask? They are green little mosquito like bugs and north of Klamath Falls was like a blizzard of midgies. Unfortunately, I got a flat in the thick of it and had to run up and down the highway swinging my arms to keep them off of me as I changed my tire. And then came the Modoc National Forest where Modoc laid down a pair of super hot heat cards and I answered back with a pair of stubborn bastards. But I didnít know he had an uphill card, a head wind card and a chip-seal card. I lost all my chips. Iím looking forward to tomorrow because it can only get better from here.

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Brandon said:

Daniel, you are hilarious! Definitely looking forward to more posts.
12:53am on Fri Aug 27th, 2010

First Post - August 24, 2010


Day two: Everything is going good so far. The battleship of a bike is running a lot of miles. Yesterday there was a strong headwind that made riding quite a challenge. Today was easier. My spirits are okay and I'm ready for more tomorrow. I should make it to California tomorrow. Thanks for checking in. More to come. . .

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Bugmenot said:

Hey I'm super curious about what gear you're carrying! A cross country tour without panniers or even a giant seat/frame bag? Can you provide a full list of equipment?
11:51pm on Fri Sep 10th, 2010

Pre-Trip Post


Now that Iíve got a month or so off from school I have time for a bike ride! Iíll be biking to Key West, Fl from Seattle starting on the 23rd of August.

The route goes through many parts of the country I havenít yet seen. Nevada, Louisiana, and Alabama are some places Iíve wanted to visit for a while now. Nevadaís super hot temps, low population density, and wide open spaces are intriguing. Iím curious about the state of Louisiana, post-storm-spill. The route goes through Roswell, Mobile, and Miami. Then Iíll come home.

Iíll try to keep the posts interesting for you. My capacity for writing might be limited after day-long exhaustion devolving the posts into incoherent ramblings, but hopefully the idea of a lunatic bicycling across the country, being completely out of place, and irritating locals with his spandex, is enough to keep you reading.

Thanks for checking out the blog. You can subscribe, if you like, to get an email when I make new posts.

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Aaalouie said:

Night biking??? Hmmmm...........you be careful out there. The burrito idea is awesome!!! You're amazing!! Love, from you Arizona fan club!!
12:26pm on Tue Sep 7th, 2010

Aaalouie said:

Hey Daniel and Liz - Have a safe, fun, romantic and wonderful bike ride!!! Sorry we missed the big day, but Rich is getting better and hopefully we'll see you at the reception in MINNESOTA!! Much love, Laurie
8:21pm on Tue Jul 12th, 2011

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