FB POST: I’m making this event for people when they are bored to read my posts that i will try to make weekly about this trip.I am not copying Heath Kirchart, i came up with this idea before he did! I encourage words of discouragement (shit talking), music suggestions, and betting on when ill pussy out. If you don’t wanna get a notification from some douchebag (me) every week or so, delete this event. I am on 350 dollar budget which means no hotels, no campgrounds, no showers, no luxuries. I will be sleeping in a tent on the side of roads, under bridges, in the mountains, and in the desert. I’m not doing this for charity but donations are more than welcome. Almost a 1000 cyclists die each year, so lets hope I’m not one of them (unless you hate me, then its ok to hope i am). catch y’all on the flip side.
June 9, 2011 at 10:34am
HOW TO READ THIS BLOG: I intend this blog to benefit no one. It is merely a shitty account of my journey across this great country. I created to a facebook event to let my friends and family know how I was doing during the trip. I have now taken those posts and created a blog illustrated with some of the photos I took with my iPhone. The facebook posts that I made during the trip start with “FB POST:” then end with the date and time in blue. I then made some “AFTER THOUGHT:” remarks that shed some light to my posts and add some anecdotes that I still remember.
DISCLAIMER: I will be adding “After thoughts” continuously. I am very busy with school and work, so they will trickle in slowly. I will also eventually add all the comments that people left of the event page. I am sorry if this causes any inconveniences.
AFTER THOUGHT: I really didn’t have time to think about my trip just before I left because I had finals. After my last final I loaded all my crap into my mom’s car and she left. Then began. The entire quarter I would ride my bike around in the Santa Cruz mountains as much as possible. This really was not even close to the amount of training I should have been doing.
A few months before I left I got really fucked up skateboarding. Not once, but twice. Back to back. The first one I smashed my knee cap (pretty sure I cracked it because I can feel the crack, and its huge and painful still!). A month or so later, on the first day of skating, I rolled my ankle super bad. There’s another few weeks gone. That was pretty much end of my skateboarding career. From injuries then my bike trip then summer school then directly to Nepal to climb Mera Peak then work in the fall and harder classes then previously I could barely fit skateboarding into my schedule. It was worth it though.
FB Post: So I lied to y’all cuz I actually started in santa Cruz when I left my dorm on thursday sorry! Well now I’m in nevada and I’m looking at 500 miles of absolute nothing. small towns are spread out along life magazines “lonliest road in America” at an average of 70 miles in between them with temps reaching 100 degrees and about 12 1500 foot to 3500 foot climbs. My bike weighs almost a 100 lbs with the water and the wind seems to be blowing against me. My butt hurts really bad. It seems to me going another 100 miles today is gonna be a peice of cake.
June 13, 2011 at 10:07am via mobile
AFTER THOUGHT: I left my dorm in Santa Cruz immediately after my last final and went to the beach. I dipped my feet in the freezing water and then headed to my house over the hill. I spent the next two days preparing and making my to the Sierras. My dad joined me in Arnold, California. We rode to Ebbetts Pass and stayed at the coolest campground. It was technically closed, but since there was still tons of snow and nobody around we thought it would be fine.
The next day (6/13) we rode through Markleeville and crossed into Nevada in the afternoon. The Camel pack I bought was broken (missing a rubber seal) so we went to an auto parts store and purchased one that fit perfectly. I remember hurting my hip really bad when we stopped to take pictures at the Nevada border so I was going pretty slow for the next hour after that. But after an hour the pain went away and we were flying. Pretty soon we were pretty much at Fallon. We stopped at Lake Lahontan so I could set up camp and my dad could be picked up by mom. I washed off in the lake and went to sleep promptly, even though the wind was blowing like crazy.
FB POST: Today is gonna suck. All uphill all day . I saw badger that was cool i thought they were fake. I also thought after brutal Utah and Colorado it would be easy but apparently there are mass t storms lots of tornadoes flooding and golf ball sized hail directly on my route. I cannot wait for that fun! See ya on the flipside.
June 18, 2011 at 10:33am via mobile
FB POST (6/23/11): So I got John Cardiel’d and messed my knee up pretty bad. I just got into Colorado and I’m really hoping to be in pueblo Colorado by July. The other night I stayed with BMW rally race group, really interesting people and they gave me free, cold beer, warm food, and a shower. I got really badly sunburned in Utah near lake Powell, I was low on water and I barely made it to the next town. Utah is an incredible place and highway 12 has truly amazing scenery. I only got two more mountains both around 11000 ft then it’s flat tornado alley.
FB POST (6/23/11) : So I got John Cardiel’d and messed my knee up pretty bad. I just got into Colorado and I’m really hoping to be in pueblo Colorado by July. The other night I stayed with BMW rally race group, really interesting people and they gave me free, cold beer, warm food, and a shower. I got really badly sunburned in Utah near lake Powell, I was low on water and I barely made it to the next town. Utah is an incredible place and highway 12 has truly amazing scenery. I only got two more mountains both around 11000 ft then it’s flat tornado alley.