Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Today was the first day this year that I got to ride in decent weather. It was high 50s low 60s which was pretty raging compared to the garbage days zach and I were riding in a few weeks ago. Still a little cold while riding in a hoodie, but much better than the days of yore. Anyway, so I decided to just go out and aimlessly ride around the clarksville / wilmington area. I rode about 20 miles up and down some mega appalachian border zone hills and I must say it was pretty easy. I guess I didn't lose any stamina from the previous weeks of training. But yeah, I rode past many of my high school friend's houses including those of tara harbert and dean johnson. Popped by robert's arena. Then from there took a bunch of back roads that I had no idea existed and thought for sure I was going to get lost. Fortunately I popped out on some road that I drove on during drivers ed. and found my way back to civilization upon stopping at my sister's house. I then ran in to old high school chum brooke crane at the family dollar in clarksville who I don't think I had seen in 10 years.
here is my route
Tomorrow zach and I will be continuing our training by riding from clarksville to xenia and back. This will be about 52 miles or something. THAT'S ALL FOR NOW!!!! WHERE IS LENORA?!
Monday, March 22, 2010
For why? You have forsaken me so and after all I did for you. The endless searching, the tireless nights awake to find just you, the right fit, the right amount. Yet here I remain longingly awaiting your arrival nearly a month after we met. You said you would be here for me so we could begin our life together. I beg you please, please come soon the time for departure is nigh!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
fetching groceries w/ my panniers yesterday, i decided to go ahead and get front panniers as well. dont like the feel of the bike at all with all the weight in the back. feel like that shit will get squirelly for sure. brian doesnt want to hear that mess but i just dont like it ok?!
got a letter in the mail confirming my unemployment which i was banking on for this trip. FEELS GOOD.
OK.. well need to get some rest.. tomorrow morning is United v Liverpool get the f in.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
anyway, here's Deuce with the huge winner today over Juve! god bless america. XXX
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
A couple of days ago zach and I rode from cinci to my parent's house in clarksville. This was basically just the opposite way as the ride I took the day before. Anyway, I am not sure if we were just tired from the day before, but this ride seemed a bit more tiring than the way down. I think it was probably more uphill on the way back than down, also it was like 39 degrees out and we were all layered up and shit. Also, shit got real dumb once we got off the bike trail and had to bike up all the hills around fort ancient. We were already pretty faded by the time we got off the trail, so hitting those hills killed us. One of them was so steep we ended up getting off and walking the bikes (which I am not sure if it sucked more or less).
Due to me getting kind of tired by the end of the trip down to cinci, we decided to try taking a break in the middle and see if that made things easier toward the end. However, our break may have actually back fired on us because it was so damn cold. We stopped to eat lunch about 2 hours in to the ride but it was not quite the relaxing stop we had hoped for as we spent the entire time freezing our asses off and stiffening up. We sat and ate for maybe 15 minutes until we couldn't bare the cold anymore and just started riding again. At this point my finger tips felt like they were going to fall off. I feel like that particular weather is the worst shit to ride in. It isn't quite warm enough that you don't want to wear multiple layers... but it isn't quite cold enough that you don't sweat your ass off. Halfway through the ride I was feeling pretty warm and good... but then by the end I was so drenched with sweat that I was cold again because I was soaking wet.
By the end of the ride (and after all the bullshit hills at fort ancient) we were both pretty exhausted. After making it to my parent's house and sitting still for a minute I was feeling pretty all right and could have ridden some more... however, poor little zach hasn't ridden as much as me in recent months so he was feeling a bit sore. On that note here is a picture of zach eating my dust:
I think that is about it for now. I'm about to go to mexico for a few days then get back at it. I leave you with some lovely pictures of bikes:
zach's rig (yeah he wants to be just like me):
here is a cow:
here is our route:
Sunday, March 14, 2010
So today was my first real day of training. rode from my parents house in Clarksville to Cincinnati. This was about 43 miles. I must say it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I rode the entire 43 with only one 5 minute break and a couple stops to take pictures of weird animals and shit.
I rode about 3/4 the way there by myself before meeting up with Zach toward the end. About 29 miles of the ride was on the little Miami bike trail which I got on around fort ancient. However, Zach popped on the trail at the other end down in mt. Lookout and we rode until we saw eachother.
I felt pretty solid until maybe the last 10 miles where I started losing some steam. Just my luck... Right when I started getting tired was at the end where we had the pleasure of riding uphill for about 4 miles. That shit sucked.
Anyway, that was the longest ride I have ever done and it really wasn't that bad. Shit will be cake once we become mega bike warriors.
Oh yeah, after all was said and done Zach and I were both the hungriest we had ever been in our lives. We went to the Indian buffet and it was a 3 plater.
Tomorrow will be round 2 of mega ride. We shall see how far we can go.
Friday, March 12, 2010
with tomorrow being my last day of work and brian being back from new york we can finally start hitting the road hard as all get out. sunday we'll ride the little miami trail to the top (approx. 70 miles), camp out, and ride back home on monday. should give us an idea of our fitness situation and we can see how we like camping in the rain. debating strapping a soccer ball to my rear rack. hmmm...
Thursday, March 11, 2010
:: PART 1 :: SAN FRANCISCO TO SAN DIEGO ::
// DAY 1 : 04.19 // SAN FRANCISCO - HALF MOON BAY
-31.5 miles ( depending on where we leave from in san fran)
// DAY 2 : 04.20 // HALF MOON BAY - SANTA CRUZ
// DAY 3 : 04.21 // SANTA CRUZ - BIG SUR
-77 miles (maybe a little less depending on where we camp)
// DAY 4 : 04.22 // BIG SUR
-chillax at big sur
// DAY 5 : 04.23 // BIG SUR - SAN SIMEON VILLAGE
// DAY 6 : 04.24 // BIG SUR - OCEANO
// DAY 7 : 04.25 // OCEANO - GAVIOTA STATE PARK
// DAY 8 : 04.26 // GAVIOTA STATE PARK - VENTURA
// DAY 9 : 04.27 // VENTURA - LOS ANGELES
// DAY 10 : 04.28 // LOS ANGELES
// DAY 11 : 04.29 // LOS ANGELES - SAN CLEMENTE
// DAY 12 : 04.30 // LOS ANGELES - SAN DIEGO
// DAY 13 : 05.01 // SAN DIEGO
-hang out in san diego
:: PART 2 :: SAN DIEGO TO AUSTIN ::
// DAY 1 : 05.06 // SAN DIEGO - LIVE OAK SPRINGS
-70.5 miles ( depending on where we leave from in san diego)
// DAY 2 : 05.07// LIVE OAK SPRINGS - BRAWLEY
// DAY 3 : 05.08// BRAWLEY - EHRENBERG
// DAY 4 : 05.09// EHRENBERG - AGUILA
// DAY 5 : 05.10// AGUILA - PHEONIX
// DAY 6 : 05.11 // DAY OFF
-rage in pheonix
// DAY 7 : 05.12 // PHEONIX - SUPERIOR
-67 miles (mostly up hill)
// DAY 8 : 05.13 // SUPERIOR - THATCHER
// DAY 9 : 05.14 // THATCHER - NEW MEXICO
-59 miles (this is supposedly the steepest portion of this leg)
// DAY 10 : 05.15 // NEW MEXICO - SILVER CITY
-68 miles (more hills)
// DAY 11 : 05.16 // SILVER CITY - ARREY
// DAY 12 : 05.17 // ARREY - EL PASO
// DAY 13 : 05.18 // EL PASO - SOCORRO
// DAY 14 : 05.19 // SOCORRO - VAN HORN
// DAY 15 : 05.20 // VAN HORN - FORT DAVIS
// DAY 16 : 05.21 // FORT DAVIS - SANDERSON
-110 miles (all down hill)
// DAY 17 : 05.22 // SANDERSON - AMISTAD
-109 miles (all down hill)
// DAY 18 : 05.23 // DAY OFF AT AMISTAD
-let's take a day off to rage at amistad!
// DAY 19 : 05.24 // AMISTAD - CAMP WOOD
// DAY 20 : 05.25 // CAMP WOOD - HUNT
// DAY 21 : 05.26 // HUNT - BLANCO
// DAY 22 : 05.27 // BLANCO - AUSTIN