|Grandpa Lost His Mind|
A Journal - Crossing America by Bicycle
|March 2, 2007
My training has slowed for the last couple of months because of the weather. We have had ice and snow this winter which we don't normally have. It has been very windy so far this year but I can't use that as a reason to skip riding. Wind is everpresent in Oklahoma. I have ridden over 1,200 miles on Ol' Blue and I ordered a new set of chainrings (lower gears) which I hope to have installed in a week or two. This should help climbing in the mountains. I saw a mountain lion last week on one of my rides and today I saw a beaver and wild turkey. Also, earlier this week I was interviewed by two lovely young ladies named Tara and Jessica, for a segment on one of the cable tv channels. I hope they edited that film so I don't look as dorky as I felt. Ha!
|January 6, 2007|
I started planning this trip last May. It took me a while to decide to spend the money and just go for it. A trip like this is quite expensive when you consider I bought Ol' Blue and accessories, camping gear, appropriate clothing, and then there are still camping fees each night if I camp out, motels on the nights I stay in motels, food, getting to Oregon, and getting home at the end of my trip. Time is going by quickly and I still have a lot of things to get ready. I found that most camp grounds along my route in Oregon don't even open until the end of April. I am putting waypoints into my GPS of camp grounds, eating places, and also libraries so I can upload information to my journal. We are supposed to have 30 mile per hour winds tomorrow, here in Oklahoma, so I decided to set up my tent to see how it handles the high winds. Since this will be my home for nearly three months I need to see how it will hold up in high wind conditions.
|December 31, 2006
It is the final day of 2006 and the coming year is bringing a lot of excitement for me. The weather in the high country in the west and midwest has been heavy with snow. If there isn't a considerable warm up in the next few months I may have to delay my trip until early May. I put over 800 miles on Ol' Blue as of this week. I am on my monthly training goal of riding a couple hundred miles per month between now and my cross country ride. I hope to make a shakedown trip between now and then so I can see what I am missing or needing in the way of camping gear or equipment for Ol' Blue. That will be a trip of several days duration where I will ride 45-55 miles per day and camp at night. I have had a lot of support from people I have met online who give me great tips and I appreciate them tremendously. Most of my daily rides have been around 20 - 25 miles per ride and in January I will try to inch closer to 30 miles on my rides. I spend a lot of time pouring over maps and finding camp sites near my route. I don't feel particulary strong in my riding but I hope that will change. I hope everyone has a great New Year!
|December 4, 2006|
It seems a bit early to start my journal entries since I will not begin my trip until the end of April but I have had numerous hits on this site so I will try to give a progress report every couple of weeks until then. I am hoping to put at least another 1,000 miles on Ol' Blue before I leave for Oregon. I am not in the best shape so I don't want to begin my journey totally wiped out at the end of each day because I didn't prepare. A trip like this takes much planning and thanks to the internet I am able to do a lot of researching. I have already begun to collect some of the necessary things I will need such as my tent, sleeping bag, spare parts and tools which I will carry. I will start logging my training rides which will force me to work harder at reaching my stated mileage goals. It is possible to train even in the depths of winter in Oklahoma but it can also turn bitterly cold. The one thing I will not be able to prepare for will be the mountains since Oklahoma is relatively flat. I will cross three mountain ranges which will be a test of my will over my strength. To the right is the road where I train. The route you see is 19 miles for one lap.