March 29, 2016
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.
Pizza in Duncan
March 28, 2016
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.
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.
The added material probably helps. It isn’t perfect.
March 22, 2016
Second Segment Southern Tier
Day 9- March 22, 2016
Today I head out of the Phoenix area, following the second map.
March 22, 2016
I started on this section of the ride on Monday, March 14, 2016. It took eight days to ride to the Phoenix area. So far most of my updates have been on Facebook.
November 4, 2014
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
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
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
Comments Off on Day 38 – the Mexican Border
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
October 22, 2014
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.
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
October 18, 2014
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.
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
I rode past the Hearst Castle this morning, stopping at the Hearst Beach for lunch. The views along the coast were great.
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.
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
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
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.