Commit and Figure It Out

Commit and Figure It Out

"We go out in this world and take our chances. Fate is just the weight of circumstances. That's the way lady luck dances. Roll the bones." ~ Neil PeartThe documentary film maker and professional climber Jimmy Chin was told this when he first started out...

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What Am I Doing Now?

What Am I Doing Now?

I thought it might be a good idea to catch everyone up on what I am doing and where I'm at. First of all, I suspended my ride around America in July of 2012. For a variety of reason I decided it was best to move to Arizona and be near my father and his...

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Gathering clouds

Gathering clouds

Each afternoon, warm moist air comingles with colder air and thunderstorms are born. Towering cumulous clouds begin to build tens of thousands of feet into the sky. It’s a sight to behold and one I’ve seen time and time again. This dance plays out nearly...

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On the road again…Sumpter, Oregon

On the road again…Sumpter, Oregon

Greetings from Sumpter, Oregon. Yes, this is only my first blog entry since my journey started. It’s been a whirlwind the last few weeks in the run up to my departure. The last time I rode across the U.S. it was for only four months and really no big deal....

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A simple gesture

A simple gesture

Shortly after joining the Share board a few years ago I was on a business trip up in Anchorage. One evening I decided to indulge in a little fast food so I headed to the local McDonald’s. When I was walking in I noticed a man in a wheelchair outside but didn’t give it...

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Are you hungry?

Are you hungry?

As a kid my step dad used to say this to me – “You cry because you have no shoes until you see the man who has no feet.” He said this so often that it became a phrase with no meaning. It wasn’t until I became a more traveled adult that it began to make sense. And over...

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Coming together and picking up speed

Coming together and picking up speed

Things are picking up considerably over the last couple of weeks as I plan this next journey. I’m a bit overwhelmed by the outpouring of support as we move from the “dream” phase to the “execution” phase. Jack Hardy did a press release last week and my website,...

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Around The Edges

Around The Edges

Well, I am now actively planning my next journey. I've decided to embark on a one year long bicycle adventure around the United States. Literally. It will total nearly 12,000 miles when all said and done. For those of you who followed last years trip you will recall...

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Once more unto the breach

Once more unto the breach

"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more....."  Henry V Life has a funny way of revealing itself. I've been thinking about the next great adventure and what that might be and now I know. A couple of weeks ago my brother Mark called me and told me he wanted...

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So now what?

So now what?

One year ago I celebrated July 4th in Yellowstone and was well into my journey. Today I am working with my friend Scott on a couple of projects related to internet marketing. I've joined the Vancouver Bicycle Club recently and am starting to do some of the club rides....

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The end of the road

The end of the road

I arrived home late Monday night after completing my journey in Wilmington, North Carolina on Sunday, October 10th. That last weekend I rode from my brother and sister-in-law’s in Hope Mills down to the coast without my trailer and was grateful the entire way....

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Bowling Green Kentucky…wind sprints

Bowling Green Kentucky…wind sprints

I’ve made my way to Bowling Green, Kentucky after taking a rather circuitous route since leaving Missouri. As you recall, I went off the TransAm Trail awhile ago and am now blazing my own path across the United States. A few days ago I crossed the Mississippi River...

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Is this thing on?

Is this thing on?

I have to apologize because apparently an email I sent out some time ago didn’t actually get sent. My laptop went south after I left Colorado and I didn’t have internet access for awhile. I tried to send an email blast out from a public library in Kansas and it didn’t...

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Horace Kansas

Horace Kansas

I’m sitting in the Barrel Springs Hunt Club in Horace, Kansas. Today I bid adieu to Colorado and for the next five hundred miles will be in Kansas. After leaving Kremmling, Colorado I headed to Frisco which is a nice little town near Breckenridge. I’d met the...

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Kremmling Colorado

Kremmling Colorado

When we last left our intrepid cyclist he was in Lander Wyoming…… I have made my way down the Rocky Mountains and am now in Kremmling Colorado. As always, it’s been an adventure the last week and a half. In Lander I made the mistake of eating at a Thai restaurant and...

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Divide…..and conquer

Divide…..and conquer

Where’s Waldo? That’s what my daughter asked me when she called the other day. Well, Waldo is in Lander, Wyoming. It’s been awhile since I sent out an update so thought I’d better catch everyone up. Over the last week and a half I’ve toured Yellowstone and am nearly...

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Caution: Cows On Road

Caution: Cows On Road

Well, that doesn’t happen every day. Being stopped by a herd of cattle that is. Today as I was riding from Jackson Montana to Dillon I came upon a sign on the side of the road - CAUTION: COWS ON ROAD. I moseyed on down the road a piece and yep, there were cows in the...

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Muh-zu-lah Montana

Muh-zu-lah Montana

Greetings from Big Sky Country, Missoula Montana. I made it here yesterday after a three day, 173 mile push from Grangeville, Idaho bringing my total mileage to 986 since leaving Astoria. My back gave out on me after the grueling climb out of White Bird so decided to...

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Grangeville Eye-dee-ho

Grangeville Eye-dee-ho

Greetings from Grangeville, Idaho. I’ve been in Idaho for a few days now and only 172 miles from Missoula, Montana. It’s been a treat getting out of the rain now for the last week or so and in fact got sunburned one day while riding from Halfway, Oregon to Cambridge,...

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Halfway Oregon

Halfway Oregon

Walking into the saloon I tell the barkeep, “Hi, my name is David Jones and I have a room upstairs reserved tonight, number ten.” An older dignified gentleman was sitting across the room at the video lottery machine, Stetson sitting squarely on his head. A...

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John Day Oregon

John Day Oregon

Well, yesterday I rode 70 miles from Mitchell to John Day. I was in the saddle for 8 hours total over one 4,300’ mountain pass. It was like and 8 hour spin class. Needless to say when I rolled into town I was spent. I stopped at the summit of the pass and watched a...

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Prineville Oregon

Prineville Oregon

Well, I’ve made it to Prineville Oregon. So far I’ve gone 374.24 miles since I started on May 18th. It’s been an adventure to say the least. Yesterday I did a little 43 mile sprint from Sisters to Prineville in just over 3 hours. It was the first day with no rain...

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Blue River Oregon

Blue River Oregon

Greetings from Blue River, Oregon. Mile post 40 east of Eugene. So far I’ve covered 267+ miles since leaving Astoria and am now beginning to do some real riding. If you look at my trip log I’m averaging now well over 40 miles per riding day which is a far cry from how...

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Corvallis Oregon

Corvallis Oregon

I made it to Corvallis yesterday after a nearly 47 mile ‘jaunt’ from Grand Ronde and taking a rest day. Needless to say, it has been an interesting first week. The Oregon coast was grueling. A couple of days I was battered about like a rag doll by 50+MPH winds on the...

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Against The Wind

Against The Wind

Against the wind A little something against the wind I found myself seeking shelter against the wind -  Bob Segar The first week is behind me now. I’ve peddled some one hundred and eighty two miles. I’m in Corvallis Oregon at least for another twenty four hours when...

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The Perfect Storm

The Perfect Storm

These first days have been a little more grueling than I thought. My daughter Jennifer took me to Astoria on Tuesday to get underway. It was great that she was with me as I embarked on this journey. I made it to Cannon Beach after a little more than twenty five miles....

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Departure

Departure

Well, it looks like I'll be leaving on Tuesday the 18th.  A few days later than I wanted but no harm. It's taken a little longer than I thought to wrap things up, get everything into storage. It may sound a little trivial but when one is going to be essentially...

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Preparation

Preparation

I went over to Portland today to a bicycle show at the convention center. Lots of bikes and accessories. I connected with a woman who provides bicycle repair classes and workshops. Her name is Tori Bortman and she's the owner of Gracie's Wrench. I'm in the process of...

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Miles and miles

Miles and miles

I picked up my trailer from River City Bicycles on Saturday and took it out for a little 15 mile jaunt on the Sweetwater Corridor along the Willamette River. It's really easy to pull when it's empty. I didn't even know it was behind me for the most part. I decided to...

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Training and equipment

Training and equipment

I've started training in earnest the last couple of weeks. Getting out most every day and putting in a few miles. I'm getting used to my new bike and love it. The muscles used to ride a bike are different than running so it's taken some time to get used to that. I'm...

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And so it begins…

And so it begins…

This is the first of what promises to be many posts. Today I bought a new Surly bike from River City Bicycles in Portland. Stefan over there has spent a fair amount of time with me the last couple of weekends and today I took possession of my new Surly...

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