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Adventures in Snowbirding


One Queer Girl's Adventure through the Deep South

2,888 miles (4,648 km) over 121 days from December 4, 2012 to April 3, 2013

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Philosophy & Poetry, Tour diaries, With pets, Equipment lists, Road bikes, 3-6 months, First tour, Southern Tier, East to West
Years: 2012, 2013
Keywords: trans aca southern tier first

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

Copyright © 2012-2014 By Jessamine Bristow - (contact)

Status: Completed Apr 2013Featured Journal #551
Last update: Wednesday April 10, 2013 14:53 (US/Pacific) (edited Wed 2 Apr 2014 17:38 (US/Pacific))
157,866 hits since December 5, 2012 (hitcounts updated nightly)
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Table of Contents

Who I Am

Why I'm Doing This

Link: Virsaviya's Blog

Track My Tour: Follow My Progress In (almost) Real-Time!

Prelude: The Long Drive Down: Hitching a Ride in a Budget Moving Truck
Prelude: Pushing on to St. Augustine: Finally I get to see the East Coast!
Prelude: Seeing the Sights: Exploring St. Augustine and Hitting the Beach!
Riding: St. Augustine to Florahome: So this is what touring feels like...
Riding: To Gainesville: Good Riding, Unexpected Blessings.
Layover: Gainesville (day 1)
Layover: Gainesville (day 2)
Riding: Gainesville to White Springs: My First Real Riding Day?
Riding: White Springs to Monticello: When It Rains, It Pours...
Riding: Monticello to Tallahassee: Relentless Miles of Hills
Layover: Tallahassee (day 1): Better Harder Faster Stronger
Layover: Tallahassee (day 2): Art and Exploration
Riding: Tallahassee to Carrabelle: The Straight Shot Down
Riding: Carrabelle to St. Joseph's Peninsula: Windswept and Wondering on the Lonely Coastal Highway
Riding: St. Joseph's Peninsula to Parker: Inconstant Weather, Long Dull Stretches, Uncertain Destinations
Riding: Parker to Fort Walton Beach: Hell of a Ride on "Killer 98"
Layover: Fort Walton Beach
Layover: New Orleans (12/22-1/1): Creole Holidays / So Much Love
Riding: On The Road Again: Following The Mighty [dirty] Mississippi
Riding: To Baton Rouge: Down To B.R.A.S.S. Tacks
Riding: Rural Louisiana: Holy Headwinds
Riding: To Chicot State Park: Pass The Painkillers, Please
Riding: To Deridder: Drenched and Shivering
Emergency Layover: Deridder: Infections Suck!
Riding: To Kirbyville: Helloooo Texas!
Rainover: Kirbyville: Because if CARS can get swept away in flash floods, I'd hate to be on a BIKE in one!
Riding: To Romayer: Flying Along
Riding: To Shepherd, Coldspring, New Waverly, Coldspring, Shepherd, Coldspring: I'm Not Even Kidding
Riding: To College Station: It's days like this that make you feel like a badass.
Riding: Halfway to Austin: Hilly, crazy highways, 30mph winds, freezing temperatures.
Riding: To Austin: Halfway to Cali!
Layover: Austin (1/14-1/26): Shoulder injury and recuperation, making fast friends, unexpected city love.
Riding: Out of Austin: Finally back on the road... with a few mishaps.
Riding: To Blanco: Welcome to Hill Country.
Riding: To Comfort: Amazing Hill Country Scenery, Brutal Hill Country Climbs.
Layover: Comfort: Hiding from 40mph Headwinds with a Cycling Family
Riding: To Lynx Haven: Guadalupe, Guadalupe, Guadalupe...
Riding: To Rocksprings: Detouring around Leakey and "the bowl of doom"
Riding: To Del Rio: Flying through Desert (but never deserted) Checkpoints
Layover: Del Rio: Housekeeping, Catching Up, Planning Ahead.
Riding: To Langtry: Where the Desert Begins
Riding: To Marathon: Well that was fast!
Layover: Marathon: "The Gateway To Big Bend" and the eccentric La Loma Del Chivo ("Hill of the Goat")
Riding: To Stillwell: "I've got a great idea: let's mow the sides of the road so millions of thorns lay ON TOP of it!"
Riding: Big Bend National Park and Terlingua: Mountains, Mountains Everywhere...
Layover: Terlingua Ghost Town (2/9-2/14): Basking in Life, Laughter, and Endless Music.
Layover: Lajitas (2/15-2/16): The Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest!
Riding: Elephant Mountain: Halfway to Alpine, climbing the whole way.
Riding: To Alpine: Hellish Hills and Headwinds
Riding: To Marfa: Upkeep in Alpine/Onwards to Art Town
Riding: To Saragosa: Endless Prairie, Untouchable Tailwind
Riding: To Pecos: The derelict desert and the disowned dog.
Layover: Pecos / Red Bluff Reservoir: Okay, I have a puppy... now what?
Hitching: To Carlsbad / Riding: To Hope: Texas didn't want to let me go... but I finally escaped.
Layover: Hope: Family
Hitching: To Alamogordo / Riding: To Raptor Lake: An afternoon with Diana Kie / a trailer for Peca
Riding: White Sands: Playing in sand dunes, hiding from sand storms.
Riding: To Las Cruces: Over the mountain and through the desert, to the animal clinic we go!
Riding: To Hatch: Beautiful Surprises
Riding: To Deming: The joys of companionship.
Riding: To Faywood Hot Springs: A good soak is worth a short day!
Riding/Hitching: To Silver City: Hitching is hard with two bikes, two people, and a dog... but headwinds are harder.
Layover: Silver City: 'Tis the season for high winds.
Riding: Over the Continental Divide: Canyons and Companions
Riding: To Safford: Through forests, over mountains. 50 across, 3000' up.
Riding: The San Carlos Apache Reservation: Stunning Scenery, Sloppy Shoulders, Stressful Stretches.
Rescue: To Superior: Passing on the snow-blocked passes / Thanks Mari Jackson!
Riding: To Phoenix: The Parting Pass
Layover: Phoenix (3/10-3/13): Catching my breath, planning my return / Reunited!
Riding: To Whittmann: The Escape from Phoenix
Riding: To Aguila: Along the Mountains of Rural Arizona
Riding: 60-10-60: Highways and Highways and Highways
Riding: To Palo Verde: California!
Riding: To Glamis: Near-Death Experiences on 78.
Riding: To Plaster City: The Windy Fields
Riding: To Cleveland National Forest: Summiting the mountains... one way or another.
Riding: To Ocean Beach, San Diego: Exhausted/Exhilarated/Ending
Epilogue: San Diego: Relaxing / Rideshare Roadtrippin' / Saying Goodbye.
Epilogue: Los Angeles: Waiting To Take Flight


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