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Following the Sun Across


Finding shade trees from DC to San Francisco

5,112 miles (8,228 km) recorded so far over 133 days from June 30, 2008 to November 9, 2008

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Custom bikes, Equipment lists, 3-6 months, USA Coast to Coast, USA East to West
Locales: North America, United States, District of Columbia, Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California
Year: 2008
Keywords: Aaron Solo Coast to Coast Bicycle Tour

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

Copyright © 2008-2014 By Aaron Waxman - (contact)

Status: Unfinished, not updated for 1713 days
Last update: Saturday August 15, 2009 21:06 (US/Pacific) (edited Thu 16 Dec 2010 14:28 (US/Pacific))
59,773 hits since June 22, 2008 (hitcounts updated nightly)
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My reward after a long hard climb. My first glimpse of the Grand Teton's while descending.


Table of Contents

Introduction: A little bicycle adventure.
      Route: The Big Plan
      Equipment List: Wow this is a lot of stuff
Haven't Left Yet: Flood Control
Hooray! My Tour Starts Today: A Long Days Journey Into Night
      Rural Backroads: Courteous Drivers
      A Touring Cyclist, A bad Driver and A Paramedic: My Hit and Run Story
      Recovery From The Crash: First day back on a bike!
Crash Recovery
Following the Sun Take 2: Getting back on The Road Tomorrow
      Wrong Turns That Lead To Luxury: Oh my gosh today was long.
      Nice Roads Good Riding: Made it past Fredriksburg!
      Smooth Rolling into Bumpass: Really thats the name of this town.
      Yummy Potato Wedges: Becoming an Uncle
      Heading into the Foothills of The Blue Ridge Mountains: Thanks goodnessfor Mt. Cove Vineyards.
Day off at the Winery: Pictures!
      Climbing Up to the Blue Ridge Parkway: Snails can go faster then this.
      Long Day: Ending with a hard slog to the finish.
      Hard Hilly Haul: Meeting lots of cyclists.
      Great Day of Riding: FInding a new rythm.
      Over the River and Through the Woods To a Day Off We Go: Camping alongthe Creeper.
Day off in Damascus: Camping and relaxing sort of....
      Up and Down and Around and Around: Losing things left and right.
Kentucky
      The Heart of Appalachia: Hello Kentucky.
      Deeper Into Coal Country: Southern hospitality
      What Goes Up Must Come Down and Then Back Up: Nice riding in pretty mountains.
      Transitioning Out of The Mountains into Rolling Hill Country: I'm a headwind magnent.
      A Long Days Ride To the Home of The Simpsons?: Tomorrow is a day off!
Day Off in Springfield
      Turning to Whiskey!: Touring includes the occasional tour
      A Challenging Day into Central Time: Riding with a cold
      A Good Day of Recovering On The Great Blue Whale: Its starting to look a lot like the Midewest.
      Eating Watermelon: Crossing lots of water.
Illinois
      A So So Day: Meh.
      Thai Food in Southern Illinnois!: A shocking and unforgetable experience.
Day Off in Murphysboro and Carbondale
      The Peleton is a Dangerous Place: And then there were three.
      A Nice Flat Ride: Waking up sore.
Unplanned Day Off in Cahokia.: Saying goodbye to Julien and Zack.
Missouri
      St. Louis to the Katy Trail Almost: Good route, bad luck.
      Getting Stranded: More bad luck then I could possibly imagine.
      Taking My Time On the Katy Trail: Car free bike touring!
      Wildlife: All the I've seen along the way.
      So Much To See and Do Along The Katy Trail: Taking it all in.
      Still on the Katy Trail: Getting sucked into Sedalia history
      Bye Bye Katy: Back to the land of cars whizzing past my left elbow.
Kansas
      Good Morning Kansas!: A new state with friendly people.
Day Off in Paola
      Tailwind Cruisin': Kansas fastlands!
      2 Softball Tournaments, 1 Festival, 1 Tailwind and 1 Headwind: Kansas is not flat.
      A Tough Day: Crosswinds and headwinds.
      Full Tilt Tractor Racing
      Taking The Great Blue Whale For A Swim: Achieving balance
      Procrastinating Like A Champ!: Ending in a beautiful spot.
Day Off in Cedar Bluffs: Meeting a cyclist from the road ahead.
      A Nice Surprise: Great winds equals longest ride ever!
      Waking Up Sore: Chasing touring cyclists.
Colorado
      Back on the Trans America Trail: Touring cyclists everywhere!
A Quick Update: Sorry for not keeping up with the journal.
      The Great Blue Whale Turns 5000!: Kung Fu Biking!
Day Off in Pueblo: A spot of good luck.
      A Small Warm Up Climb: Breaking 6000'
      Its Good To Be Climbing Again: High class living.
      When Climbing The Rockies is Easier Than Descending: How many ways can a day be hard?
      Climbing To The Top: Reaching the highest point of the trip.
      Hooray for Bike Paths!: A safer more enjoyable detour off the trans-am
      A Beuatiful Ride Where Everything Works Out in the End: A few hickups along the way.
      A BIG Climb Back to The Trans AM: The detour was totally worth it.
Wyoming
      Life As A Solo Touring Cyclist: The full gamut of human emotion.
      Great Roads, Boring Roads: Weird day.
      The Magical Great Basin
      A Rough Start With A Good Ending: Arriving in an Oasis
Day off in Lander
      The Windy Wind River: Riding in slow motion.
      One Long Windy Climb: How slow can I go.
      The Disconnect Between Cars and The Natural World: A cycling manifesto.
      Riding in Yellowstone: Something better than cars in national parks.
Montana
      Fast Riding Along The Madison River: Meeting 6 touring cyclists!
      Lethargy On A Bike: Not wanting to go far.
      Losing My Bearings: Not getting lost.
      The 9th Crossing of The Divide: By far the most beautiful.
      Long Ride into Missoula: Am I there yet?
Day off in Missoula
Idaho
      To The Land Of Tall Trees: Where are all the potatoes
      Early Fast Riding: Lazy day on the Lochsa River
      Leaving the Trans-Am for the last time: A change of route plans.
Washington
      Tour Magic: No wands required.
Oregon
      Glorious Day of Riding: If only the days were longer.
      The Headwind Gods Are Out to Get Me: My plan to avoid them is working brilliantly.
      The Cell Phone That Made a Good Day Go Bad
      Snow Riding!: An early winter?
      Riding In A Winter Wonderland: Getting snowhere.
      The Snowy Blue Mountains: 2, Aaron and The Great Blue Whale: 0: Hunting for a ride.
      Its Good To Be Riding a Long Distance Again: Making it to the land of warm weather!
      Headwinds At The Wind Farm: Making it to the gorge.
      Full Moon Riding in the Gorge: Long scenic wonderful day.
      Waterfalls Are So Gorges: Riding into the Bike friendliest city in the country.
Day Off in Portland: Some bike friendly sights.
      Bike Lanes, Freeways, Bikepaths and Back Roads: The less traveled route to Astoria sort of.
      I Can Smell The Ocean From Here!: Making it to the Pacific!
      Sunny Songs By the Coast: A nice first day along the Pacific.
      Soggy Shortcuts: Passing up some beautiful roads.
      Stop and Go Cycling: 3 months on the road.
      5000 Miles Behind Me: Riding on the first familiar roads since Virginia.
      A Short Day of Familiarity: Long walks on the beach and thai food!


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