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Dan's Solo Southern US Coast to Coast Bike Ride


From St. Augustine, Florida to San Diego, California

2,039 miles (3,281 km) over 59 days from April 25, 2008 to June 22, 2008

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Equipment lists, 1-3 months, First tour, Southern Tier, East to West
Locales: North America, United States, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California
Year: 2008
Keywords: SouthernTier, Giant OCR Touring

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

Copyright © 2008-2014 By Dan Altenburg - (contact)

Status: Completed Jul 2008
Last update: Wednesday November 26, 2008 09:52 (US/Pacific) (edited Fri 13 Apr 2012 16:41 (US/Pacific))
67,451 hits since April 26, 2008 (hitcounts updated nightly)
461 pics


Table of Contents

Charity:Water: A Good Cause
INTRODUCTION: Who is Dan, What is he doing, and Why is he doing it?
FLORIDA
      Here in St. Augustine, Florida
      St. Augustine, FL to East Palatka, FL: Ride #1: No Experience
      East Palatka, FL to Gainesville, FL: Ride #2: Glad to see the Hawthorne-Gainesville Trail
      Gainesville, FL to Ichetucknee Springs State Park near Fort White: Ride #3: A Late Start, But I Still Got to Pioneer Days!
      Rest Day: Ichetucknee Springs State Park
      Ichetucknee Springs State Park to Suwanee River State Park: Ride #4: Tight Quad and Suwanee Newspaper Interview
                              Suwanee Democrat Newspaper Article
      Suwanee River State Park, FL to Monticello, FL: Ride #5: Wild Basset Hounds, a Broken Chair, and an Overflowing Toilet
      Monticello, FL to Crawfordville, FL: Ride #6: The Woodville Diner Crew
      Crawfordville, FL to Chattahoochee, FL: Ride # 7: Crossing into Georgia
      Chattahoochee, FL to Bonifay, FL: Ride #8: Highway 90
      Bonifay, FL to Crestview, FL: Ride #9: From Dog to Dog Along Highway 90
      Crestview, FL to Pensacola, FL: Ride #10: Meeting Ed Hobbs
ALABAMA
      Pensacola, FL to Fairhope, AL: Ride #11: Mile 583 was today's reward.
      Rest Day: Chillin' in Mobile, Alabama
MISSISSIPPI
      Mobile, AL to Poplarville, MS: Ride #12: The Power Boost to Larue, MS
      Poplarville, MS to Amite, LA: Ride #13: Three States Down!
LOUISIANA
      Amite, LA to Baton, Rouge, LA: Ride #14: Beating the Clock
      Staying Put in Baton Rouge
      Baton Rouge, LA to Kinder, LA: Ride #15: Staying on Highway 190
TEXAS
      Kinder, LA to Beaumont, TX: Ride #16: 30 miles on a flat
      Beaumont, TX to Houston, TX: Ride #17: How did I get on the Freeway?
      Houston, TX to Bellville, TX: Ride #18: Me gustan los Mexicanos.
      Bellville, TX to La Grange, TX: Ride #19: Highway 159
      La Grange, TX to Bastrop, TX: Ride #20: My Legs Kept Their End of the Deal
      Rest Days in Austin & San Antonio
      San Antonio, TX to Bracketville, TX: Overheating chocolate milk
      Bracketville, TX to Amistad Nat'l Rec Center near Del Rio: Ride #21: A Waitress, a Hitchiker, and a Bachelor walk into a bar...
      Del Rio, TX to Langtry, TX: Ride #22: Border Patrol, The 7-Truck House, Brokering a Deal
      Langtry, TX to Sanderson, TX: Ride #23: Immodium, Dryden Oasis, Ssssshhh!!! Pizza
      Rest Day in Sanderson: 120 mile walk? He must be crazy (said the guy riding his bike across the country)
Newspaper Article from My Hometown Paper
      Sanderson, TX to Marathon, TX: Ride #24: Local Interaction
      Marathon, TX to Alpine, TX: Ride #25: BaƱo de Guadalupe
      Alpine, TX to Marfa, TX: Ride #26: A Neat Little Town
      Marfa, TX to El Paso, TX: Barely Ride #27: The Ramon Hinojos Express
      Newspaper Article from Marathon, TX: Biker rides for water in Africa
NEW MEXICO
      El Paso, TX to Las Cruces, NM: Ride #28: Pecans & Alpacas
      Las Cruces, NM to Deming, NM: Ride #29: Close to Heat Exhaustion
      Deming, NM to Lordsburg, NM: Ride #30: Crossing a Dusty Continental Divide
ARIZONA
      Lordsburg, NM to Safford, AZ: Ride #31: Two flats to start my day...
      Safford, AZ to Globe, AZ: Ride #32: Heat & Hills
      Globe, AZ to Mesa, AZ: Ride #33: Mountain Passes, Tunnels, and Top Speed
      Rest Days in Mesa, AZ (NEW PICS)
      Surprise, AZ to Aguila, AZ: Ride #34: Heating up on the way to Burro Jim Motel
      Aguila, AZ to Quartzsite, AZ: Ride #35: Record AM start.
CALIFORNIA: Finally!
      Quartzsite, AZ to Palo Verde, CA: Ride #36: A 'short' fun ride.
      Palo Verde, CA to Brawley, CA: Ride #37: The infamous Pete & Ryan (NEW STORIES AND PICS)
      Brawley, CA to Jacumba, CA: Ride #38: 120F, and a Unique Public Speaking Offer (NEW STORIES & PICS)
      Jacumba, CA to Pine Valley, CA: Ride #39: Gonna Catch Me a German (NEW PICS & STORIES)
      Pine Valley, CA to San Diego, CA: Ride #40: The Final Day and a Great Welcome Home! (NEW STORY AND PICS)
CONCLUSIONS
      Lessons Learned
      What's Next?
APPENDIX A: Cities On The Route: Anyone you know have a couch I can crash on?
APPENDIX B: Equipment List


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