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Mom, Dad, don't freak out... I'm cycling from Oregon to Georgia


A new grad cycles across America

2,439 miles (3,925 km) over 89 days from June 15, 2011 to September 11, 2011

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Philosophy & Poetry, Solo woman, Tour diaries, Equipment lists, Road bikes, 3-6 months, First tour, TransAmerica Trail, West to East
Locale: North America, United States, Oregon, Benton, Corvallis
Year: 2011

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/OR2GA2011

Copyright © 2011-2014 By Diana Johnson - (contact)

Status: Completed Jan 2013Featured Journal #499
Last update: Friday January 25, 2013 08:31 (US/Pacific) (edited Fri 25 Jan 2013 08:36 (US/Pacific))
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The ceremonial wheel-dip in the Pacific Ocean.


Table of Contents

Introduction: Mom, Dad, don't freak out...
The Equipment List of the Gods: In which our heroine overcomes her distaste for details
My family is having a heart attack: I'm getting to know my new bike
The heart attack continues: Telling my dad
Thank you, dear readers
The only thing that could stop me: An injury
Eastern Oregon: Where I don't train and eat lots of dessert
OH MY GOD: T-minus 40 days
Cycling on eggshells: T-minus 30 days
Shakedown ride - Corvallis to the Oregon Coast and back: T-minus 20 days
All systems are 'go': T-minus 1 week
Do I look like a veterinarian?: Do I?
Graduation weekend: T-minus 2 days? 3 days?
Days 1 & 2: Corvallis - Eugene - McKenzie Bridge: Everything is fine and I'm perfectly safe
Day 3 - Crossing the Cascades: I'm on a bike.
Day 4 - Sisters to Bend: Rest Day
Day 5: Bend to Prineville: Rain and baby calves
Day 6: Prineville to Mitchell: I am not alone
Day 7: Mitchell to Dayville: So many cyclists!
Day 8: Dayville to Prairie City: Good days end at brew pubs
Day 9: Prairie City to Baker City: 3 peaks in one day!
Day 10: Baker City to Oxbow: The wind as friend and foe
Day 11: Oxbow to Cambridge: Solo in Idaho
Day 12: Cambridge to Riggins: A long day with a happy ending
Day 13: Riggins to Kooskia: Another long day
Day 14: Kooskia to a campground: The climb to Lolo begins
Day 15: A campground to Lolo Hot Springs: I'm not the only solo girl cyclist in Montana
Day 16-17-18: Missoula: Rest days in Missoula
Day 19: Missoula: Rest days in Missoula, II
Day 20: Missoula to Darby: Pissing off drivers from Oregon to Georgia
Day 21: Darby to Wisdom: Crossing the continental divide, part 1
Day 22: Wisdom to Dillon: A lucky 4th of July
Day 23: Dillon to Twin Bridges: Hobbling along
Day 24: Twin Bridges to Virginia City: Couchsurfing is great
Day 25: Virginia City to West Yellowstone: Hitchhiking is faster than biking
Day 26: West Yellowstone to Grant Junction: Meeting a friend
Day 27: Grant Junction to Moran Junction: The Tetons!
Day 28: Moran Junction to Lander, WY: 122 miles with company
Day 29: Lander to Jeffrey City, WY: I'm on mars
Day 30: Jeffrey City to Rawlins, WY: Wind!
Day 31: Rawlins to Saratoga: The fellowship is reunited
Day 32: Saratoga to Walden, CO: Crash!
Day 33: Walden to Fort Collins via Peutre Canyon: The last mountain pass and a sudden change of plans
Day 34-35: Fort Collins to Sterling to Ogallala, NE: Queen of the heat
An aside: A plea to the good citizens of Nebraska
Day 36: Ogallala to Lexington, NE: This sucks
Day 37: Lexintgon to Grand Island, NE: Thunderstorm #1 and some great CS hosts
Day 38: Grand Island to Lincoln, NE: A race to the finish
Day 39: RAGBRAI!!!: I made it!
Day 40: Atlantic to Boone, IA: RAGBRAI day 3 / this is me complaining and being negative
Day 41: Boone to Altoona, IA: RAGBRAI day 4 / The healthiest Asian vegetable
Day 42: Altoona to Grenell: RAGBRAI day 5 / I love Team Roadshow
Day 43: Grennell to Coraville: RAGBRAI day 6 / Just do it
Day 44: Coraville to Davenport: RAGBRAI day 7 / Goodbye Iowa, Hello Illinois
An interlude
Day 45: Davenport to Dixon, IL: A new friend
Day 46: Dixon to Chicago: Am I in Chicago or New Orleans?
Day 47: Chicago, day 2: The solace of Starbucks
Day 48: Chicago to Zion: Biking in the dark
Day 49: Zion to Waterloo: And then I biked some more
Day 50: Waterloo to Scandanavia, WI: Barn Dance!
Day 51: Scandanavia, WI: A lazy rest day
Day 52: Scandanavia, WI: A less lazy rest day
Day 53: Stevens Point to Wausau, WI: Maple syrup and small planes
Day 54: Wausau to ?: Tri bars and semi-stealth camping
Day 55: ? to Green Bay, WI: Don't read this aloud to your 5-year-old
Day 56: Green Bay, WI to Ludington, MI: I'm on a boat!
Day 57: Ludington to Grand Haven, MI: Where I become obsessed with getting free food
Day 58: Grand Haven to Battle Creek, MI: Old friends
Day 59: Battle Creek, MI to Angola, IN: That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet
Day 60: Angola to Roanoke, IN: In which I evangelize about the wonder of bike touring
Day 61: Roanoke to Noblesville, IN: Perhaps I should be a detective
Day 63: Noblesville to Indianapolis, IN: Am I in the South yet?
Day 64: Top Ten Questions I Am Asked On The Road
Day 65: Indianapolis to Bloomington, IN: Bike shop, coffee, steak
Day 66: Bloomington IN: Bloomington is invaded by students
Day 67: Bloomington to Salem, IN: PEANUTS
Day 68: Salem, IN to Louisville, KY: Rally the troops!
Day 69: Louiseville to Columbia, KY: Flat tire numero uno
Day 70-77: Somewhere outside of Columbia, KY: Waiting out the storm
Day 70-84: 14 days in south central Kentucky
Day 85: Columbia, KY to Jamestown, TN: Back in the saddle again
Day 86: Jamestown, TN to Knoxville, TN: Prisons and grievances
Day 87: Knoxville: Revelations in Knoxville
Day 88: Knoxville to Chattanooga: Wise words from a robed woman and a chance to handle snakes
Day 89-90: Chattanooga to Atlanta: And so it ends, not with a bang but with a whimper
Where is she now?: 6 months later...


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