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Traveling by Bicycle Across America

March 29, 2016
by Shular
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First Two Weeks of Bicycle Travel on the Southern Tier

US 70 north of Duncan, AZ

US 70 north of Duncan, AZ

My journey began in San Diego, California on March 14. Total miles ridden are 738. I have taken one rest day. Today I averaged 10.1 mph while riding. It is deceiving, since I was not riding for about an hour while I patched an inner tube. When I stopped at Main Street in Duncan, a man ask where I was headed. I told him Saint Augustine, Florida. He asked if I was looking for a place to stay. I told him I was going to the park. He told me he was a warm showers host. I I have a bed and a shower! The fellows name is Clayton. He owns the hotel.

He told me he had thee cyclists at the hotel. I met Vance, Terry and Fritz. We had pizza (excellent) together. It is great meeting new people and seeing how the Lord provides for my needs.

US 70 north of Duncan, AZ

Pizza in Duncan

March 28, 2016
by Shular
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Day 15 on the Southern Tier

Steel removed from Tire

Steel removed from Tire

Schwalbe Marathon Tires are puncture resistant, not puncture proof. I had to pull that little piece of a steel belted radial tire from my tire this afternoon. It was my second flat of the day. I could not find a leak in the tube or feel anything in the tire after breakfast. That was only one problem. The other photo shows the hole in my Park frame pump where it should slide over the tube valve. If I had been out away from town this would have been a huge problem. Sac ford, Arizona has a Walmart (my only choice since the bike shop was not open). I would like to have found a better pump.

Park pump missing valve head

Pump missing valve head

When the puncture came this afternoon I had to remove the panniers an lay the bike on the ground. It took nearly an hour to find the leak, remove the steel, reinstall the wheel and put everything back to ride again.

Schwalbe tag

Schwalbe tag

The added material probably helps. It isn’t perfect.

November 4, 2014
by Shular
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Bicycle Travel on the Southwest Chief – Amtrak

Amtrak bicycle box

Amtrak bicycle box

This is the box my Bianchi Volpe touring bicycle traveled in from Los Angeles to Chicago. I had to remove the handle bar from the stem. It was then taped to the frame. I also removed the pedals. Because the bracket for the handle bar bag was in the way, I removed it also. Then the bicycle just rolls in to the box. There was not much space left at the end. I was able to leave the saddle in place.

Amtrak charges $15.00 for the box plus a $10.00 check in fee. On my trip to Seattle, I used a box from a local bike shop. I had to remove the front rack and fender, the handle bars, seat post and saddle. It took a long time to dismantle and a long time to reassemble when I arrived. The Amtrak box is much easier to work with.

Rolling the bike out of the box

Rolling the bike out of the box

With the bicycle out of the box in Chicago, I just reassembled the handle bar to the stem and put the bracket for the handle bar bag back in place. Then I put the panniers on and I was ready to take the bike home.

Assemble touring bike

Assemble touring bike

If you are at Union Station in Chicago in the afternoon, you will find that you cannot take a bicycle on a commuter train between 3pm and 7pm. That left me with a long wait for the 7:40pm train.

Traveling with your bicycle on Amtrak works well. It is likely to cost less than taking a bicycle on an airplane.

October 25, 2014
by Shular
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Day 38 – the Mexican Border

Mexican Border Flag

Mexican Border Flag

I am thanking the Lord for an amazing and safe trip touring by bicycle the last 38 days.

Shular Scudamore at the Mexican border

Shular Scudamore at the Mexican border

October 22, 2014
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Day 36 – Malibu to Huntington Beach

Morning sky Malibu

Morning sky Malibu

This was a long day, starting as day light began to appear, ending about 75 miles later. The beaches along this stretch seem endless. I was glad I was not riding the paths along the beaches on a weekend.

I saw an interesting flower at Will Rogers State Beach.

Flower

Flower

I met Dave on the right and his friend from the Netherlands about lunch time near Lax, but on the beach path.

Dave and friend

Dave and friend

October 18, 2014
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Day 32 – Leaving Big Sur Country to Morro Bay

View from my tent

View from my tent

This is the view from my tent this morning at Plaskett Creek Campground, looking out at the Pacific. I needed to take the tent down to finish packing, so there is less light than later in the morning. The day started with a climb, a descent with switchbacks and curves then a steep climb. After 15 miles the serious climbing was finished. I rode a little over 60 miles today. Another sunshiny day.

Elephant seals

Elephant seals

I stopped a few times to watch elephant seals today. These are large, but not as large as the full grown males.

Near Hearst Castle

Near Hearst Castle

I rode past the Hearst Castle this morning, stopping at the Hearst Beach for lunch. The views along the coast were great.

old ford

Old Ford

This beautiful old Ford was one of the cars I saw at lunch time. a car club had stopped for lunch creating an impromptu car show.

Mark

Mark

At Cayucos, a stopped to check my book for the route into Morro Bay. Mark pulled up on. Carbon fiber road bike, asking if I needed directions. I followed him in to Morrow Bay along some scenic and some nice residential areas. it kept me off of a busy section of Highway 1. He was near the end of a hundred mile ride for the day. Thanks Mark.

October 18, 2014
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Day 31 – Plaskett Creek Campground

Sunset Plaskett Creek

Sunset Plaskett Creek

Right after sunset, the sky became much more brilliant. It has been great to see the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean. While there was a lot of climbing in the days cycling, it was another beautifully sunny day along the coast.

October 18, 2014
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People You Meet

Shular and Ken

Shular and Ken

I met Ken Bettencourt at Bodaga Dunes last week. We have camped in the same campground many times in the last week. He is an experienced bicycle tourist eventually headed to Costa Rica. We had many chances to exchange stories of our bicycle travels. he has been out seven months one.