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Across 2011


A modified East-West TransAm ride

4,205 miles (6,767 km) over 92 days from May 1, 2011 to July 31, 2011

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Equipment lists, Road bikes, 1-3 months, TransAmerica Trail, USA Coast to Coast, East to West, USA East to West
Locales: North America, United States, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Oregon
Year: 2011

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/8087

Copyright © 2011-2014 By David Goodrich - (contact)

Status: Completed Sep 2011
Last update: Tuesday September 6, 2011 12:28 (US/Pacific) (edited Fri 17 Oct 2014 07:54 (US/Pacific))
61,873 hits since January 4, 2011 (hitcounts updated nightly)
358 pics

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Sam's directions for getting across


Table of Contents

Motivation

The Route, and Some Choices: A modified TransAm, following a few pioneers

Equipment: Basic, sturdy, fixable

Points of My Compass: Of readings and companions during a long winter

Preparations: The route as a voyage; the smell of land; stops along the way

Training Days: Preparing lungs and legs

Kansas Dreams: Of Catherine the Great and the Dust Bowl

Prologue Day 1: Rockville, MD to Annapolis, MD: Not quite a day at the beach

Prologue Day 2: Annapolis to Denton, MD: A day both nautical and wet

Prologue Day 3: Denton, MD to Lewes, DE: Fair winds and following seas

An Atlantic Tire Dip: And a few thoughts on heading west

Special Purpose Playlists: Because you need certain songs for certain things

Advice from All Sources: Lots of Good Omens

Packed and Ready: Nine Hours to Go

Stage 1: To the Mississippi

      Rockville-Sharpsburg, MD: Mud, sweat, toil, no tears

      Sharpsburg-Hancock, MD: Through the battlefield, and a easy day up the Canal

      Hancock-Cumberland, MD: The turkey chase

      Cumberland, MD - Rockwood, PA: Peloton shattered by brutal climb

      Rockwood - Connellsville, PA: A glorious day on the Great Allegheny Passage

      Monroeville - Connellsville, PA: Up an old coal valley

      Connellsville - Waynesburg, PA: A short slug through PA hills

      Waynesburg, PA - Moundsville, WV: The battle of Wind Ridge

      Moundsville, WV - Marietta, OH: Rolling on the river

      Marietta - Athens, Ohio: Ready for a rest day with old friends

      Rest Day: Athens, OH: Coffee shops, a seminar, and a TV studio

      Athens - Chillicothe, OH: Getting ready to rumble, or not

      Chillicothe - Hillsboro, OH: Wandering through a lost civilization

      Hillsboro - Batavia, OH: The power of chile

      Batavia, OH - Lawrenceburg, IN: The big city in the rain

      Lawrenceburg - North Vernon, IN: A remarkable kindness

      North Vernon - Bloomington, IN: Gnaw Bone and Stony Lonesome

      Bloomington, IN - Rest Day: A school and a bike shop in the college town

      Bloomington - Sullivan, IN: The weather breaks, for now

      Sullivan, IN - Altamont, IL: Across the Illinois prairie

      Altamont - Greenville, IL: Searching for Lincoln on Jefferson's Road

      Greenville - Alton, IL: The Father of Waters

Across Missouri and the Great Plains

      Alton, IL - Lake St. Louis, MO: Into the West

      Lake St. Louis - Hermann, MO: Following the Captains

      Rest Day (sort of): Hermann, MO: Tornado Party

      Hermann - Huntsdale, MO: Coyotes and distant trains

      Huntsdale - Sedalia, MO: A last day on the Katy Trail

      Sedalia - Harrisonburg, MO: One pack a day will be fine, thanks

      Harrisonville, MO - Ottawa, KS: Big winds in Kansas

      Ottawa - Council Grove, KS: On the Santa Fe Trail

      Council Grove - Hesston, KS: The Tallgrass Prairie

      Hesston - Nickerson, KS: Showing third graders a grain elevator

      Nickerson - Larned, KS: The city of gold

      Larned - Ness City, KS: Moving into the High Plains

      Ness City - Scott City, KS: Kansas uphill

      Scott City - Tribune, KS: At sea on the High Plains

      Tribune, KS - Eads, CO: Into the Centennial State

      Eads - Hugo, CO: A spinnaker day

      Hugo - Watkins, CO: On approach to DIA

      Watkins - Boulder, CO: As fine and full a day as one could want

      Boulder, CO: Rest day

Into the Rockies

      Boulder - Ft. Collins, CO: A sweet ride looking out on the Front Range

      Fort Collins, CO: Another one of those rest days

      Fort Collins - Rustic, CO: Climbing into the Rockies

      Rustic - Gould, CO: Over the top at Cameron Pass

      Gould, Co - Riverside, WY: Nowhere to hide

      Riverside - Rawlins, WY: Encounter with a real cyclist

      Rest Day - Rawlins, WY: Big Nose George meets The Wizard of Menlo Park

      Rawlins - Jeffrey City, WY: A ride on the Oregon Trail

      Jeffrey City - Lander, WY: Lord Byron's domain

      Lander - Dubois, WY: The Wind River run

      Dubois - Lava Mtn Lodge, WY: A bright clear day in the mountains *

      Lava Mtn Lodge - Flagg Ranch, WY: The Grand, straight up and straight ahead *

      Flagg Ranch - Old Faithful, WY: A ride through Yellowstone

      Old Faithful - West Yellowstone: Showdown on the Madison River Road

      West Yellowstone - Ennis, MT: Decision at Quake Lake

      Ennis - Twin Bridges, MT: Road agents and vigilantes

      Twin Bridges - Dillon, MT: Back with the Captains

      Dillon - Jackson Hot Springs, MT: The Road to Wisdom

      Jackson Hot Springs - Sula, MT: A great sadness

      Sula - Hamilton, MT: A small town Fourth

      Hamilton - Missoula, MT: A surprisingly urban part of Montana

      Missoula, MT - Rest Day: Surf's up in Missoula

Into the Northwest

      Missoula, MT - Powell, ID: On one of the most beautiful roads in America

      Powell – Syringa, ID: A kayak race

      Syringa - Grangeville, ID: A passing grade, and an rest day with new old friends

      Grangeville-Riggins, ID: Baked Salmon

      Riggins-Council, ID: Around the Seven Devils

      Council-Brownlee Reservoir, ID: First view of Oregon

      Brownlee Reservoir, ID – Halfway, OR: An evening in the Pine Valley

      Halfway - Baker City, OR: The warm-up climb

      Baker City - Sumpter, OR: A ship lost on land

      Sumpter - Mount Vernon, OR: The ears get a workout

      Mount Vernon - Mitchell, OR: A side trip into the past

      Mitchell - Prineville, OR: The whole package

      Prineville - Sisters, OR: Four thousand down

      Sisters - Rainbow, OR: A day of three lands

      Rainbow - Corvallis, OR: The Great Valley

      Corvallis - Waldport, OR: The Coast is toast

Thoughts on the Ride

      Impressions (1): On riding across the country

      Impressions (2): Epiphanies


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