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Traveling by Bicycle Across America

Month: March 2016

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

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.

Day 9 – Beginning the Second Segment of the Southern Tier

Second Map

Second Segment Southern Tier

Day 9- March 22, 2016

Today I head out of the Phoenix area, following the second map.

Riding the Southern Tier 2016

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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.

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