Updates from the road

The blog didn’t make it, but I did

October 2, 2011 9:13 pm

we must pass
through solitude and
difficulty, isolation and silence
to find that enchanted place where
we can dance our clumsy dance and sing our
sorrowful song. But in that dance, and in
that song, the most ancient rites of conscience fulfill themselves
in the awareness of
being human

- Pablo Neruda

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Fireworks and fellow cyclists

July 4, 2011 11:54 am

My riding goal for Independence Day was Meagan and Evan’s home in northwestern Cleveland, around 60 miles. Anticipating bad (possibly drunk) drivers on the road, I got an early start.

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Degrees of separation

July 3, 2011 11:30 pm

Towards the end of my ride yesterday, I was excited to run into a group of long-distance cyclists—four Canadians doing the loop of Lake Erie. I wondered whether I’d encounter them again today, especially since they said they’d be starting early and I didn’t hit the road until 9:30—but after only an hour’s riding, I turned a corner and there they were!

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Hello, Pennsylvania!

July 2, 2011 11:30 pm

After a quick breakfast of Cheerios (thanks again, Don & Betsy!) I left Dunkirk early to try to beat the heat. I rode along routes 5 and 20, following the Lake Erie shoreline.

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Wine, wine everywhere but not a drop to drink.

July 1, 2011 11:30 pm

My lovely hosts in Buffalo had to hit the road early this morning, so we said goodbye around 7am. After picking my way through a mostly-deserted downtown, the road brought me alongside Lake Erie and route 5. From there, the day was smooth sailing.

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June 30, 2011 11:30 pm

The Internet brought me lodging with some lovely folks in Syracuse. In Buffalo, the Internet brought me Bill.

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Rollin’ from Rochester to Buffalo

June 28, 2011 11:30 pm

When I packed my panniers in Rochester on Monday night, I spent a good half hour looking for my left cycling glove, with no success. I resigned myself to having lost it, and resolved to stop by Full Moon Vista again in the morning on my way out of town to pick up another pair.

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Bike fittings and other acts of kindness

June 26, 2011 11:30 pm

I’d needed the extra rest day in Syracuse to prepare for my biggest push so far: Syracuse to Rochester, a distance of seventy-five miles, in a single day. I hit the road well before 8am and biked a few miles north to Baldwinsville, where a stop at the B’Ville Diner netted me french toast and good conversation with the houseboat-dwelling, motorcycle-riding Nelson. Meet Nelson:

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Maps for the data geeks

June 26, 2011 11:02 am

It’s been quiet around here ... turns out it’s hard to type and bike at the same time. But I’ve just finished processing a batch of photos, and blog posts covering this week in New York will be up later today. In the meantime, I’ve mapped each of the days that I’ve ridden so far. Data geeks, enjoy!

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Impromptu cyclocross to Syracuse

June 24, 2011 11:30 pm

After a delicious breakfast of croissants with Yves and Mary, we loaded my bike and panniers in Mary’s car. She dropped me off in Utica, my original intended destination, where I stopped into a bike shop and picked up a replacement water bottle. I also picked up a helmet mirror to try out, but ditched it after only a few miles—couldn’t get the darn thing adjusted properly; too much fiddling for me.

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Rain, cows, flats, oh my

June 22, 2011 11:30 pm

The forecast for today: Rain. Rain rain rain. Oh well, had to happen eventually!

Jace dropped me off in Fonda around 8am at a Stewart’s gas station/convenience store, where I waited out a thunderstorm and got some work done. The rain stopped and I’d finished my work by 10am, so I hopped on Peg and set off along the canal bike path.

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Bonk

June 21, 2011 11:30 pm

Bonking on a bicycle is not nearly as fun as Urban Dictionary may have you believe. Basically, it’s what happens when your body runs out of quick energy to burn, and you feel as though you’ve hit a wall. Today I learned an important lesson in how to avoid bonking: don’t ever be caught out without a snack.

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Interviews and barbeque

June 20, 2011 11:30 pm

Today was a rest day in Troy, and after running a few errands in the morning, I biked over to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

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Hello, New York!

June 19, 2011 11:12 pm

When I feel down in the dumps, it helps to be around other people. So when I’d had enough of moping late in the afternoon yesterday, I wandered down to the ranger station, thinking maybe they’d have a book or something to borrow. Instead, I met scoutmaster Dan.

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A hard goodbye

June 18, 2011 5:43 pm

Today was supposed to be a short but hilly bike ride through the eastern part of the Berkshires. I cheated and didn’t pedal a bit of it, but I don’t feel guilty at all.

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And we’re off!

June 17, 2011 5:07 pm

This post comes to you from Northampton, Massachusetts, my first rest day. In the past 48 hours, I’ve biked 111 miles, pitched a tent in a thunderstorm, cursed at Google Maps, met some friendly people, and proposed to a bicycle path. Happy Friday!

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Gear spotlight: Tarptent Scarp 1

June 13, 2011 3:40 pm

Though I’ll be staying with friends and acquaintances a fair bit, there will be many nights this summer where home is a tent.

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Gear spotlight: TiGr bike lock

June 11, 2011 12:04 pm

To the extent that it’s possible to have a cool bike lock, I have the coolest bike lock ever.

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Leaving Bob at home

June 9, 2011 8:21 am

Last night I pulled the trigger on a big change in how I plan to tour: I’m leaving Bob the trailer at home, and taking racks and saddlebags on Peg this summer.

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Staying healthy on the road

May 30, 2011 3:41 pm

I’m now 17 days out from my departure date, which means it’s the perfect time to come down with a cold.

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Shakedown Cruise: Success!

May 23, 2011 5:56 pm

On Saturday morning, I hauled Peg and Bob (the bike and trailer, respectively) down three flights of stairs and hit the road. Fifty-three miles and seven hours later, I rolled into my destination: the Myles Standish State Forest campground, where I spent the night before heading back to Boston on Sunday. The goal? To give my legs and my gear a full test run prior to setting out west. Mission accomplished.

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Project: Stories of Web Tech across America

May 17, 2011 10:53 am

Living in Boston sometimes feels like living in a tech bubble. There’s so much innovation happening here, and such a vibrant tech scene, that it’s easy to overlook or ignore what’s going on in web technology elsewhere in the country. My side project this summer is to collect and share the stories of how people use web technology across America. My goal? To burst the bubble.

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That Adventurous Streak

May 9, 2011 10:04 am

Though I’ve been planning this trip since the beginning of this year, I didn’t work up the gumption to tell my folks until mid-February. I feared they’d disapprove, or worse, try to convince me not to go. Man, was I ever wrong.

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Training

April 17, 2011 3:06 pm

When you tell people that you’re biking across the country, people immediately share stories they’ve heard about other cycle tourists. Here’s one of the better stories I’ve heard.

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Packing Peg and Bob

June 9, 2011 12:52 pm

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April 17, 2011 4:30 pm

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