Life on a Bike and Random Observations from the Past few Weeks

Yes, I know. I have been slacking on the Blog. 

I have been wanting to blog more, but as I mentioned in the previous blog there isn’t really a lot of time left in the day after all is said and done. 

If you have been following along you can see on my Strava that I am now sitting in Wheeling, WV. And if you have watched my Instagram story then you will know that I have had some of the finest food one can have from a gourmet convince store (sacarism).  

 Historical Notes: 

I saw the Home of Patrick Gass, who was the carpenter for the Lewis & Clark Expedition.

AND, I was in the town of Newcomb, NY, which is where Theodore Roosevelt became the president. Neat, right?!

 

Okay, Oaky, so here are a few things I would like to know:

 - Why do New Yorkers call Firewood ‘Campwood’ or ‘minglewood’?

- Why does everyone leave their car idling all of the time, even when there is no one in the car?!

- why do dogs hate bikers? 

-Why do drivers in Pittsburgh really hate bikers? 

 - Why can’t I bike back into the USA from Canada? (I was made to take a shuttle)

 - Why it cost $1USD or $1 Canadian Dollar to enter Canada on a bike when the currencies are worth different amounts?

 - Why does the girl at Duncan Doughnuts think her water is better because there is chlorine in it?

- Why is hard to find postcards in New Hampshire and West Virginia? 

 Obeservations

Ive also discovered that headwinds can help keep bugs away, which is THE only good thing about headwinds. 

i’ve gotten really good at doing laundry in the shower, and I’ve gotten even better at guessing what kind of road-kill is coming up by the smell.

The big-rig truckers and the Harly Davidson Bikers are becoming my friends. We wave at each other, and I have even gotten a few truckers to use the air horn!

AND, the best deal going at all convince stores is 2 large Gatoraides for $3. Also, let it be noted that you can stand in walk-in coolers to cool off during your ride. 

Ive also rediscovered a love for nachos from 7/11, and ice cream in any variation.

Its also been great chatting with locals and local bikers. They generally have good advice, and when it’s not it makes it all the more fun.

Thanks for reading:) And, apologies for the poor grammar and spelling. *I just rode 70 miles and I’m still hungry, plus I need to figure out where I am staying tomorrow! 

 

 

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It’s not summer in Maine

What’s up guys!!

*So as I blog from my phone I warn of bad grammar and spelling errors 

 

So as the title says... ITS NOT SUMMER HERE. But windy and rainy days make for some good biking. The people have been the best part, and the diner food is a close second. 

 

As I am quickly learning about self-supported bike touring all you really are time to do is: wake up, eat, prep bike, break down camp, bike, eat, bike, drink huge amounts of liquids (not beer;)), bike some more, get to your next camp, setup camp, shower, laundry, eat, plan the next day, then sleep. 

Yup, thats the bare bones of it.  But, the days are always incredible with meeting new people, riding new roads, seeing the most random things, and learning about a corner of our country that I know little about. 

 

Did you know that the black flies here are worse than mosquitos and that they love biting and swarming cyclists from California. Who would of thought:) My waitress yesterday said they are considered to be the State Bird here in Maine... great sense of humor.

 

ill blog when I can, but if you really want to follow along add me on Strava for the biking, and on Instagram for most of the things inbetween.  

 

Ill post highlights from each state on my Instagram Profile, and will most likey have a daily story going on. Only posting my fav pictures.

 

There is so much to tell, but there will be time later:) 

 

Well know now that you know what a typically day looks like for me, it’s time to go to sleep! 

 

Here are some fun random pics of Maine, and it’s cusine from the last few days.  

 

Until next time when I have time, I’ll catch ya later

 

-Andy

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Mini Tour of California’s Central Coast

Planning a cross country bike ride takes a lot of planning, as you could probably guess. I finally have the bike and all the gear I will need to bike across the US starting this May, and I really wanted to test it out! So, earlier this week I drove up to Pismo Beach and left my car there with a super nice guy named Andrew that I met on WarmShowers.

From there I got my bike packed up and headed for the San Simeon Campground. I met some really nice people at the campground and they kept an eye on my tent as I headed up to check out the elephant seals. I saw some whales along that way, which made the day for me! 

Upon returning to camp I realized that my neighbor in camp had a screw loose, so I opted to move my tent a bit further away haha. The evening was nice, and some other campers even invited me to hang out next to their fire:)

The next day I was off to Paso Robles to meet my good friends Toby and Mel. We rendezvoused at the Firestone Walker Brewery for a quick lunch and to share some stories. Love you guys!! 

From there I was headed down to camp in Pismo Beach for the night. The ride was beautiful, and I even spotted some wild turkeys and a few deer.

That night I treated myself to some Tacos for Taco Tuesday at a great local restaurant called Old Juan’s. Highly recommend it if you’re in the area! 

The test ride was a success and all the gear worked wonderfully. I am even doing this video and blog all from my phone just like I’ll be doing on the ride! 

Great riding and great people! Now, I really cannot wait to get up to Maine and hit the road.  

 All routes were recorded on Strava, so if your curious exactly where I was you can see it there. 

 -Andy

Blow is a picture of my 1st WarmShowers Host! Thanks Andrew:)

 

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I need a name for my bike!!

Today was the 1st day I got to ride my new Specialized AWOL Expert ! What should I name this beauty??

 

Did an extenteded version on the classic San Diego ride: The Great Western Loop.  The views were amazing, as I got to pedal past some of my favorite hikes here at home.

 

The bike is solid! Rode like a tank and feels ‘bomb proof’. Can’t wait to load it all up with gear and to embark of the test ride in a few weeks, which will be up the California Coast line. 

 

More blogs to come soon as the ride gets closer:) 

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