Category Archives: Summer 2011 Tour
My Tour and Instagram

I joked with Matt Lingo that I could just shoot Instagram during my next tour and most people wouldn’t know the difference. Here are a few images that made their way onto my Twitter feed during my trip. Some of my favorites are the shot of the trooper pulling me over for running a red, the crab shell and various landscape shots.

Be warned, this image is 40″ wide when clicked. You might want to just download it and look at it in Photoshop.

Sep 21, 2011 Comments are OFF
Touring: My Epilogue

So this is way, way past due. I was planning on posting my post-tour thoughts immediately after my tour. Makes sense right? Well, after getting over salmonella poisoning and then Interbike, I finally have time to sit down and post about it.

My head was racing before I left. I must have sat all my equipment out on the ground and put half of it aside at least a dozen times. Traveling minimally is not my forte and neither was touring at the time. I had done a series of centuries and have done countless road rides but an unsupported and solo tour was foreign to me.

After a few weeks, I’m ready to share with you what exactly I learned from this trip. What to take, what not to take and how much this all cost me.

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Sep 20, 2011 Comments are OFF
Touring Essentials 05: Kershaw Knives – Made in the USA

I was really bummed when I got to Portland and wasn’t able to pick up a Kershaw knife in time to leave for my tour. Instead, I bought a Gerber, which is a perfectly fine knife but there’s nothing like an American made product like a Kershaw. I picked up one at the Mash store yesterday and while the “limited edition” anodizing might not be everyone’s cup of tea, these knives are a quality product. You’ll find yourself using a knife more often than you’d think while on tour. From cutting fruit to trimming rope down to hang your food and even the occasional splinter, having a sharp and solid product like this is well worth the money.

Check out the entire Kershaw line here and there are more photos at my Flickr!

Sep 1, 2011 Comments are OFF
Post-Tour Self

How I really feel!

A few people have asked for a photo of what I look like after touring for 850 miles. While these photos can’t really show how I feel, you can see my busted blood vessel in my eye and blonding of my beard. Sunlight’s a great thing!

Alright, out to get some lunch! I have an insatiable appetite.

There’s one more below.

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Aug 31, 2011 Comments are OFF
A Day in 10 Photos: 08.30.2011 PDX to SF – Day 09

Well, I made it. In one piece. Actually, more like 1,000 pieces held together by a dirty jersey and smelly bibs. I know I say this a lot but yesterday was a real bitch. I started out at Fort Ross and had about 90 miles to get to SF. Around mile 70, I decided to continue on HWY 1, instead of splitting off through the back country roads.

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Aug 31, 2011 Comments are OFF
A Day in 10 Photos: 08.29.2011 PDX to SF – Day 08

Yesterday was the suck. The definition of the suck. The suck in concentrate. Unfiltered, organic, free range suck. After pulling a 120 mile day on Sunday, I did another 100 yesterday. Unlike Sunday’s route, Monday was all about the rolling hills. Not even an extra strong dose of Heart coffee could make that feel ok.

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Aug 29, 2011 Comments are OFF
A Day in 10 Photos: 08.28.2011 PDX to SF – Day 07

It’s hard to comprehend what exactly this means. I’m sitting at the top of Leggett, the gnarliest climb on my route. I hit it at mile 95 and little did I know, there was still many more miles (and climbs) to go. Today was a beast but somehow I managed. When I hit that hill, I was down to one water bottle and no food. My hopes of restocking at the two towns prior didn’t happen and I was stuck with very little daylight left so I hauled it to the coast.

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Aug 28, 2011 Comments are OFF
A Day in 10 Photos: 08.27.2011 PDX to SF – Day 06

Yesterday was supposed to be my “slow day”. I woke up in my tent by the Big Lagoon to the crackle of crows and the smell of a camp fire. After a quick cup from my AeroPress with my neighbors, I began to explore the surrounding area in the early morning light.

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Aug 27, 2011 Comments are OFF
A Day in 10 Photos: 08.26.2011 PDX to SF – Day 05

Yesterday was the most fun I’ve had on my bike yet. What’s not to love about the Redwoods and beastly climbing? I began in Brookings and ended up in Big Lagoon. It was a haul up and out of Crescent City but the Newton B. Drury Parkway was incredible.

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Aug 27, 2011 Comments are OFF