Stories of Grace

November 9, 2013

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

36 miles – Total so far: 1580 miles

A relatively short ride today, all things considered, but no less invigorating. We left the campground in Lakeside knowing this trip’s final destination was well within our grasp, but also sober to the fact that we had lots of logistics to deal with upon our arrival.

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November 8, 2013

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

56 miles – Total so far: 1544 miles

This is a day that we took two rides, together totaling 58 miles. The day started at the Jacumba Spa and Resort after an altogether too-brief respite. The first 30 miles west consisted of four separate climbs, each in the 1000 foot range (give or take). After each climb, we...

November 8, 2013

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

60 miles – Total so far: 1488 miles

We predicted today was going to be difficult, and it was. We left our Warmshowers’ hosts, Bill and Theresa, at 6am after a wonderful breakfast of chorizo y huevos minus the chorizo. Another quick acknowledgement of our hosts. Absolutely outstanding couple who are a credit t...

November 7, 2013

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

68 miles – Total so far: 1428 miles

A good run today. The day started before sunrise as it was imperative to hit the road before the sun and winds made their presence felt. It was going to be an arduous journey across the southern California desert with almost no services. Our host, Nancy, was up earlier than...

November 5, 2013

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

26 miles – Total so far: 1360 miles

Woke up a bit under the weather today, but nothing overly serious. Today was, by design, a short day in preparation for tomorrow’s big ride across the desert with no services to speak of. There was a nice chill to the air when we started the ride, made colder by the st...

November 4, 2013

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

65 miles – Total so far: 1334 miles

High 30’s when we left Salome at 7am. Jim experienced his first flat tire right out of the gate, and of course it was on a nice downhill run. After fixing the flat, we resumed the downhill into the brisk morning air.

The day turned out to be a “chamber of commerce” day. Blue...

November 3, 2013

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

55 miles – Total so far: 1269 miles

Woke up in our grassy campsite with frost on the pumpkin (ie. it was pretty dang chilly). We ate with our new friend Matthew, broke camp, said our goodbyes, and were immediately greeted with a nice little climb west out of Wickenburg. My legs seemed heavy and a little dead...

November 2, 2013

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

63 miles – Total so far: 1214 miles

Woke up early and got a good start out of downtown Phoenix. We stayed about 8 miles off of the ACA Southern Tier Route, so we had to rely on the native iPhone map application to navigate to the beginning of the ACA route. Frustration set in immediately as “Stubborn Siri” de...

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