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Tales From the Back Seat


A Tandem Tour of the Southern Tier from San Diego, CA to St Augustine, FL

2,966 miles (4,773 km) over 64 days from February 11, 2010 to April 15, 2010

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Equipment lists, Recumbent, Tandem, 1-3 months, Southern Tier, USA Coast to Coast, USA West to East, West to East
Locale: North America, United States
Year: 2010
Keywords: Recumbent, Coast to Coast, West to East

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/southtier2010

Copyright © 2010-2014 By Marilyn Swett - (contact)

Status: Completed Apr 2010
Last update: Thursday April 22, 2010 18:48 (US/Pacific) (edited Thu 10 Feb 2011 16:13 (US/Pacific))
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Table of Contents

Introduction: We're Doing it Again!
Wasabi Peas: Wasabi Peas by Stuart Black
Equipment List: A Few Changes
The Route
Bon Voyage: Changes to the Schedule already.
Day 1, San Diego to past Alpine, CA: We're Finally Underway!
Day 2, Past Alpine to Live Oak Springs, CA: More Mountains
Day 3, Live Oak Springs to Brawley, CA: We conquered the mountains
Day 4; Brawley to Palo Verde: Bucking a Headwind
Day 5, Palo Verde, CA to Quartzite, AZ: Stronger legs than we expected, and a new state
Day 6, Quartzite to Salome, AZ: Cactus, cactus & more cactus
Day 7, Salome to Wickenberg, AZ: The long and straight road
Day 8, Wickenberg to Glendale, AZ: Down to the big city
Day 9, Glendale to Gold Canyon, AZ: From one side of town to the other
Day 10, Gold Canyon to Globe, AZ: Some days are diamonds, some days are coal
Day 11, Globe to Thatcher, AZ: Swetts - 3, Apaches - 0
Day 12, Thatcher, AZ: A day of rest
Day13, Thatcher to Duncan, AZ: What a difference a day makes
Day 14, Duncan, AZ to Lordsburg, NM: Into another new state
Day 15, Lordsburg to Las Cruces, NM: Rollin, rollin, rollin, keep them doggies rollin
Day 16, Las Cruces, NM to El Paso, TX: Don't mess with Texas!
Day 17, El Paso to Fabens, TX: They call the wind Mariah
Day 18, Fabens to the Border Patrol Inspection Station, TX near Sierra Blanca: There and Back Again, by Bilbo Baggins or in this case, us
Day 19, El Paso, TX - A Forced off Day: Best to put it to good use.
Day 20, El Paso, TX - Sightseeing and waiting: Hopes dashed
Day 21, El Paso to Van Horn, TX: Finally we make progress
Day 22, Van Horn to Balmorhea State Park, TX: A visit to an oasis
Day 23, Balmorhea State Park to Alpine, TX: Back into the mountains
Day 24, Alpine, TX to Marathon, TX: A leisurely but windy day
Day 25, Marathon to Sanderson, TX: Ahhh! the fresh smell of rain, until there is a dead skunk in the road.
Day 26, Sanderson to Langtry, TX: Roll on, Roll on
Day 27, Langtry to Del Rio, TX: Blue skies smiling at me
Day 28, Del Rio to Fort Clark Springs, TX: An easy day for a change
Day 29, Fort Clark Springs to Montell, TX: Up into the Hill Country we go
Day 30, Montell to Lost Maples State Park, TX: We found the "hill" in Hill Country
Day 31, Lost Maples State Park to Kerrville, TX: A busy day for cyclists and other wheeled folks
Day 32, Kerrville to Blanco, TX: A time change day - the lost hour
Day 33, Blanco to San Marcos, TX: A shorter but still hilly day
Day 34, San Marcos, TX: A rainy day off
Day 35, San Marcos to Bastrop State Park, TX: Happy St Patrick's Day - ridin' into the green
Day 36, Bastrop State Park to the countryside outside of Burton, TX: Going off route is not always a good idea
Day 37, The countryside near Burton to Navasota, TX: A scenic, hilly and historic day
Day 38, Navasota, TX: Another rainy day in Texas
Day 39, Navasota to Coldspring, TX: A COLD first day of Spring!
Day 40, Coldspring to Kountze, TX: Finally, rolling down a flat road
Day 41, Kountze to Merryville, LA: Free of Texas at last, another state under our belts
Day 42, Merryville to Oberlin, LA: Jambalya, crawfish pie, billie gumbo......off into Cajun country
Day 43, Oberlin to Opelousas, LA: We dodge the rain storm
Day 44, Opelousas to Morganza, LA: Cycling along the bayou
Day 45, Morganza to Jackson, LA: Crossing the mighty Mississippi
Day 46, Jackson to Holden, LA: Off route to visit a friend
Day 47, Holden, LA: A day off, shopping
Day 48, Holden, LA: Another fun day off
Day 49, Holden to Fontainebleau State Park, LA: Having a GPS and maps don't stop you from getting lost
Day 50, Fontainebleau State Park to Bay St Louis, MS: Another state, another milestone
Day 51, Bay St. Louis to Sheperd State Park, MS: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
Day 52, Sheperd State Park to Dauphin Island, AL: The stars shine on Alabama
Day 53, Dauphin Island to Pensacola, FL: We finally make it to the sunshine state - Florida
Day 54, Pensacola to Milton, FL: A more leisurely day
Day 55, Milton to DeFuniak Springs, FL: Over the hills and through the woods, to another town we go
Day 56, De Funiak Springs to Chipley, FL: From boiled peanuts to worm fiddlin' to alligator creek, just another day in Florida
Day 57, Chipley to Chattahootchee, FL: Momma, don't let the rain fall down
Day 58, Chattahoochee to Tallahassee, FL: Over hill and dale
Day 59, Tallahassee to Monticello, FL: Just another day on the road
Day 60, Monticello to Live Oak, FL: Today our journey is touched by music
Day 61, Live Oak to High Springs, FL: Sometimes more of the same is different
Day 62, High Springs to Gainsville, FL: Florida Gators, Rah Rah Rah!
Day 63, Gainsville to Palatka, FL: Singing the windy road blues
Day 64, Palatka to St Augustine, FL: Taking it to the coast - the finale
Day 65, St Augustine to Denver, CO: Taking the long way home
Home at last: Final comments on the tour


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