• Who? Chris & David Culvern • What? Bicycle Tour of America • When? Right After Graduation, May 23, 2009 • Where? • The Trans America Bicycle Trail Start at the Atlantic Coast - Yorktown, VA End at the Pacific Coast - Florence, OR • Why?Create Value, Explore America, Relax, Enjoy Life, Exercise, Learn, Meet People, Celebrate, Father & Son Adventure
Mind, Body, and Spirit“When I was a kid, I used to pray everynight for a new bicycle. Then I realizedthat the Lord doesn’t work that way, so Istole one and asked Him to forgive me.”- Emo Philips
Mind, Body, and Spirit• "Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of mankind“ ~ H.G. Wells• "Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.“ ~ James E. Starrs• "Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live.“ ~ Mark Twain, Taming the Bicycle• "The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.“ ~ Iris Murdoch, The Red and the Green• "It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.“ ~ Ernest Hemingway
Mind, Body, and Spirit• Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving. ~Albert Einstein• A bicycle does get you there and more.... And there is always the thin edge of danger to keep you alert and comfortably apprehensive. Dogs become dogs again and snap at your raincoat; potholes become personal. And getting there is all the fun. ~Bill Emerson, "On Bicycling," Saturday Evening Post, 29 July 1967• Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride. ~John F. Kennedy• Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia. ~H.G. Wells
Q & A Touring 101• How far is your trip? We rode 3416 miles by bike, and about 900 by car and U-Haul• Where have you been? Yorktown, VA to Eugene, OR…(We skipped KS, and took a car up the Pacific Coast.)• How did you plan your route? We have maps purchased from Adventure Cycling Association. The route and town information is on each map.
Q & A Touring 101• Why are you doing this? Explore, Exercise, Enjoyment, Experience, Enlighten, Education…(Mind, Body, Spirit)• Are you going to ride back home? What? Are you serious? No, we are flying home. (Wings)• How do you get your bike back home? UPS… in a used bike box from a retail bike shop
Q & A Touring 101• Do you need a special bike for touring? Yes, touring bikes are extra strong with pannier racks, fenders, and lights, but you can ride most anything. One guy rode a fixed gear.• Have you ridden bikes for a long time? Not really. We just got these bikes a couple of weeks prior to the trip.• Doesnt your “seat” hurt? Yes, it takes a good saddle, and time to get used to sitting all day on a bike.
Q & A Touring 101• Are people/motorists nice to you? Yes, only a few times did we experience any rude people. One “car” threw money at us.• How many miles did you ride in a day? We tried to average at least 60 miles per day.• Isnt it hard to ride up hills? Long gradual mountains are not difficult, but steep grades can be tough. The east is the hardest.
Q & A Touring 101• How fast do your bikes go? We averaged between 12 - 14 mph. Down hill max for Chris 47. A few days we averaged 16+• What kind of bike do you have? We have steel touring bikes. Chris has a heavy touring/off-road Fargo by Salsa. I have a medium weight NorWester Tour by CoMotion• How much weight did you carry? I dont know, but a good guess is between 40- 50 pounds. It could be more with extra water.
Q & A Touring 101• How does one pack gear on a bike? We pack in 4 panniers, one on either side of the wheels, and long stuff on the top rear rack.• What about all the traffic? We look in our rear mirror constantly. Cars and trucks pass sometimes too close, and too fast for safety.• What part of the highway does one ride? We stay on the side of the road as much as possible…on the shoulder or near the white outside line.
Q & A Touring 101• Did you train to get into physical condition for the ride? No, but for the first few weeks we were sore.• How long did you ride each day? We rest when we want and take long lunch breaks. Riding time is about 6 hours.• Where did you sleep? We decide ahead of time where we need to stop for the night. We mix camping and hotels.
Q & A Touring 101• What about your work? I took accrued vacation combined with an unpaid sabbatical. I spent 2 full days in a hotel dedicated to work. I took a net-book to control my office computer via cell phone web access, and solar charger.• Did you have any wrecks? No, but we rode only a few inches from the edge of the road, and Chris would sometimes put on his jacket or do something while riding, and run off the road. No harm done, but he sometimes scared me when traffic is only inches away.
Q & A Touring 101Any lasting health effects from the ride?• Well I did get into good shape, but now my pants are a little loose. Susan is feeding me too much, so I won’t buy a new wardrobe.• Three of my fingers on my right hand went numb for most of the trip. I am better now. This is a common problem, caused by supporting too much weight on your hands, and all the road vibration. I fixed most of that by changing the way I rode (use aero bars more), plus double wrapped tape, and gel pads on the handlebars.• My super biker tan is now faded. Chris had dark tiger stripes on his feet from the Keen sandals he wore.
Q & A Touring 101• Any health issues on the road? I got a very slight case of food poisoning that lasted about 6 hours. We had to adjust to riding in the altitude, and dry air out west. Insect bites were not too bad, but they took a while to heal.
Q & A Touring 101What state did you like the best?• The west as a whole was more interesting. (different for us)• We had a very good time in Montana, so we really liked it. Oregon was also very interesting. HOT and DRY in the eastern section, and green in the west.• Idaho was beautiful…some spots were very hot though. CO and WY were both great.• VA was by far the best eastern state.
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My Statistics: Parts Worn Out 2 sets of pedals (1 broken, 1 upgraded) 2 chains 2 sets of tires 1 seat (broke, replacement ups from home) 2 sets brakes 2 bar wraps (cushion gone) Flat Tires 2 puncture flats David 3 pinch flats due to rotating Chriss tires 1 pinch flat early in the trip Chris
My Statistics: Number of Nights for each Accommodation Type 29 Camping 24 Hotel/Motel 4 Hostel 3 B&B 2 church 4 Hotel touring by car 62 Nights while biking 66 Nights away
My Statistics: Miles Per Day 46.4 Average of < 60 mile day 69.0 Average of > 60 mile day 54.9 Average of < 60 mile day & No half days or 0 days 77.5 Average of 15 days over 70 miles 92 Highest mileage: Powell to Stites, ID 12 Lowest mileage: Yorktown to Williamsburg, VA 58 Most mileage in a half day: Missoula, MT to Powell
My Statistics: Trip Mileage and # of Days Data 3113 mileage total for a full day 48 no. of full days 64.9 average miles per full days ride 303 mileage for part days 10 partial days 30.3 average mileage per partial day ride 58 days on the trail riding 4 "zero" days while riding 5 "zero" days car & plane 67 Total trip days
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