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Crazy Guy On A Bike


A personal account of a bicycle ride across America during the long, hot summer of 1998

5,312 miles (8,549 km) over 114 days from May 29, 1998 to September 19, 1998

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Equipment lists, 3-6 months, Atlantic Coast, TransAmerica Trail, USA Coast to Coast, East to West, USA East to West
Locales: North America, United States, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Oregon
Year: 1998

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/neil98

Copyright © 2000-2014 By Neil Gunton - (contact)

Status: Completed May 2000Featured Journal #1
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Nice high plateau between mountain ranges in the Rockies. No humidity, big sky, few cars, I'm happy


Table of Contents

Foreword: Start Here!

Introduction: Philosophical Rant

New York

      Day -1: The Long Goodbye
      Day 0: Procrastinations, Angst, Last Dinners, etc

New Jersey

      Day 1: NYC to Lambertville, NJ - A Police Escort, Hurrah

Pennsylvania

      Day 2: Lambertville, NJ to Phoenixville, PA - Civil War & Calzone
      Day 3: Phoenixville to Kramer Hill Road - Of Heroes and Amish
      Day 4: Kramer Hill Road to Wrightsville
      Day 5: Wrightsville - The Saga of the Prostate

Maryland

      Day 6: Wrightsville to Houcks Mill Road - Roughing it
      Day 7: Houcks Mill Rd to Brighton Dam Rd - Gracie the Dog

Virginia

      Day 8: Brighton Dam Rd to a Small Abandoned House
      Day 9: Small Abandoned House to Howard Johnson Motel
      Day 10: Motel to Another Small Abandoned House, in Chilesburg
      Day 11: Chilesburg to Glendale, and a small dog
      Day 12: Glendale to Jamestown, Campground Hell
      Day 13: Jamestown to Ashland via Humidity Central
      Day 14: Ashland to a building site, via Friendly Virginia Society
      Day 15: Building site to A Farm With A Very Large Dog
      Day 16: Large Dog Farm to The Cookie Lady, Hurrah
      Day 17: Cookie Lady to the Nice Police Officer's House
      Day 18: Lexington to The Cafe in the Middle of Nowhere
      Day 19: Cafe to Yet Another Abandoned House
      Day 20: Abandoned House to Radford Motel
      Day 21: Radford to Wytheville Pizza Hut
      Day 22: Wytheville to The Place
      Day 23: The Place to Davenport, Tornado Alley

Kentucky

      Day 24: Davenport to Elkhorn City, and Water from Hell
      Day 25: Elkhorn City, It Ain't New York
      Day 26: Escape from Elkhorn City (to Pippa Passes Hostel)
      Day 27: Pippa Passes Hostel to The Campsite from Hell
      Day 28: Buckhorn Park to A Hayfield, Complete with Cows
      Day 29: Hayfield to Chimney Rock Campground, via Soda Machine
      Day 30: Chimney Rock to My Old Kentucky Home Campground
      Day 31: My Old Kentucky Home to A Tobacco Barn via Fruitcake Monks
      Day 32: Tobacco Barn to One Helluva Bad Dog Story
      Day 33: Fordsville to Sebree - The Pepper Spray Kid

Illinois

      Day 34: Sebree to Guy Rose - A True Gentleman
      Day 35: Guy Rose to Carbondale via Short Bout of Insanity
      Day 36: Carbondale, a Day Off From the World
      Day 37: Carbondale - Of Tammy Hats, Tents and TV
      Day 38: Carbondale, um, again
      Day 39: Carbondale Just Won't Let Neil Go
      Day 40: Carbondale to Chester - The Mighty Mississippi

Missouri

      Day 41: Chester to Farmington - Neil Pampers Self, Sprays Dogs
      Day 42: Farmington to Ellington - The Tale of the Confrontation
      Day 43: Ellington to Houston - A Big Idea and The Family Kress
      Day 44: Houston to Marshfield - Religion, Cheerleaders & Tree Frogs
      Day 45: Marshfield to Ash Grove - The Kids Pass the Conch

Kansas

      Day 46: Ash Grove to Pittsburg - The Diarrhea Song
      Day 47: Pittsburg to Chanute - Water Shortages and Baseball
      Day 48: Chanute to Eureka - Highway 54, Sun, Heat, O Joy
      Day 49: Eureka to Buhler - via the Prairie Chicken Capital of the World
      Day 50: Buhler to Hutchinson - Neil Checks In, Tunes In, Turns Off
      Day 51: Hutchinson - When the Going Gets Hot, Neil Takes Cover
      Day 52: Hutchinson to Larned - Daydreams & Pickled Eggs
      Day 53: Larned to Dighton - Gone with the Wind

Colorado

      Day 54: Dighton to Eads - Racing the Storm
      Day 55: Eads to Pueblo - Good Food, A Horse and a Storm
      Day 56: Pueblo to Royal Gorge - I dink I hab a cold
      Day 57: Royal Gorge to Fairplay - Great Water, Big Climbs, Boro Races
      Day 58: Fairplay to Heaton Bay Campground - Hoosier Pass, Chipmunks
      Day 59: Heaton Bay Campground to Kremmling - Fruit, Poetry & Bruce Lee
      Day 60: Kremmling to Walden - F.M. Light is On My Mind

Wyoming

      Day 61: Walden to Riverside - Lightning, Sheepdogs & Guinness
      Day 62: Riverside to Rawlins - Racing the Storm and an Antelope
      Day 63: Rawlins to Jeffrey City - The Great Divide Basin
      Day 64: Jeffrey City to Lander - The Dreaded Shimmies
      Day 65: Lander Day off - Smelling the Roses, but they're too expensive
      Day 66: Lander to Red Rock Campground - Nazareth & Midnight Horses
      Day 67: Red Rock to Black Rock - Togwotee Pass, Grizzly Country
      Day 68: Black Rock to Grant Village - Neil Finally Goes Completely Insane
      Day 69: Grant Village - Battling the Shimmies, Guitar Assholes
      Day 70: Grant Village to Madison Junction - Old Faithful, BFD
      Day 71: Madison to West Yellowstone - Open Bike Surgery and HBO

Montana

      Day 72: West Yellowstone to West Fork Madison River - No Speed Limit
      Day 73: West Fork to Virginia City - Vegans, Harleys and a Ten Mile Hill
      Day 74: Virginia City to Dillon - Man Feeds Dog, Highpoint of Day
      Day 75: Dillon to Wisdom - I Got The Headwind Blues
      Day 76: Wisdom to Darby - Meet Chief Joseph, and Bud & Shirley
      Day 77: Darby to Missoula - The Quest for Wired
      Day 78: Day off in Missoula - Paradise is a Junga Juice
      Day 79: Another Day Off In Missoula - And Why The Hell Not
      Day 80: Missoula - Neil Apparently Really Digs Missoula
      Day 81: Missoula - The Road Beckons, Neil Gives Road The Finger
      Day 82: Missoula - Almost Got Out, But Nope, Still Here

Idaho

      Day 83: Missoula to Powell - Not in the best of moods, Neil shimmies on
      Day 84: Powell to Lowell - Just cruisin' down the river...
      Day 85: Wild Goose Campground to Grangeville - Hills, Rain, Laughs
      Day 86: Grangeville to Riggins via the Fiddle Creek Fruit Stand
      Day 87: Riggins to Council - Cherries, Peach Cobbler and Ice Cream

Oregon

      Day 88: Council to Richland - Praying Mantises, the ATC and Hell's Canyon
      Day 89: Richland to Baker City - Neil Retreats From The Heat, Again
      Day 90: Baker City to Prairie City - The First Flat Tire
      Day 91: Prairie City to Dayville Hostel - Safe in the House of God
      Day 92: Dayville Hostel to Ochoco Campground - Cowbabes and Flat Tires
      Day 93: Ochoco Campground to Sisters - Or, How Not To Pick A Tent Spot
      Day 94: Sisters to McKenzie Bridge - The Big Climb to the Lava Field
      Day 95: McKenzie Bridge to Eugene - Neil Stands Up For His Bike
      Day 96: Day off in Eugene - Laundry High Spot of Day, Says Area Cyclist
      Day 97: Eugene to Corvallis - Sore Butt Spoils Otherwise Rivetting Day
      Day 98: Corvallis to Van Duzer State Park - O, What A Lovely Car You Have
      Day 99: Van Duzer State Park to Cape Kiwanda - The Sea At Last
      Day 100: Cape Kiwanda to Cape Lookout State Park - Of Hikers And Bikers
      Day 101: Cape Lookout to Nehalem Bay State Park - Baby Powder Rules, Dude
      Day 102: Day off in Nehalem Bay State Park - Marshmallows, Campfire, ahhhhh
      Day 103: Another Day Off at Nehalem Bay State Park - More Marshmallows, hmmmmmm
      Day 104: Nehalem Bay to Astoria - The End of the Trail At Last
      Day 105: Astoria to St Helens - Feelin' Good, Tailwinds Finally
      Day 106: St Helens to Portland - Last Day On The Bike (sob)
      Day 107: Day off in Portland - Area Man Wastes Time In Charming City

The Empire Builder

      Day 108: Empire Builder train from Portland to New York City
      Day 109: Hell is an Overnight Bus Ride
      Day 110: Trains are Great For Getting To Meet People
      Day 111: Finally Back In New York City
      Day 112: Well, I guess That's All Folks...

Conclusion: Tedious Moralizing

Afterword: Fatuous Observations

Appendix A: Bicycle Touring Equipment List

Appendix B: Useful Contacts and Links

Related pages:


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