April 18, 2014

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

51 miles – Total so far: 2259 miles

Today was a day that was not unlike the last stage of the Tour de France (well, not really, but it sounds cool), riding down the Champs-Élysées in Paris, almost purely with a ceremonial mindset. This day was about riding 25 miles from San Diego down to the U.S./Mexico borde...

April 17, 2014

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

27 miles – Total so far: 2208 miles

The thought of flat riding in Southern California beach country quickly evaporated by mid-morning as we came upon the first of many steep grades in La Jolla. The first was on Torrey Pines Road coming in to the city. The grade was steep, and the climb ended up curling up the...

April 16, 2014

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

64 miles – Total so far: 2181 miles

The day started out with a bang, as I immediately climbed about 15 miles of hills south of Newport Beach. After settling in to what was to be a 64-mile jaunt, I found myself at the gates of Camp Pendleton, a massive 125,000 square mile marine training facility, where countl...

April 15, 2014

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

80 miles – Total so far: 2117 miles

Today was a day I had been dreading since researching this route months ago. The challenge was straightforward: cycle the long, urban sprawl from Malibu CA, through the heart of L.A., and out the other side, hopefully intact.

Leading up to today’s run, virtually every blog I...

April 14, 2014

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

50 miles – Total so far: 2037 miles

The day was punctuated unlike any other on the trip with terrific smells. Yes, smells! And they were quite diverse. We smelled the salty air from the Pacific surf, we smelled pungent pine trees, and we smelled distinctive raspberries. But the best smell of all emanated from...

April 13, 2014

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

69 miles – Total so far: 1987 miles

“Bonking” (official definition) – a cyclist reaches a point of exhaustion that makes him unable to go farther. More on this in a bit. I left Lompoc CA pre-dawn so that we could make up the 20 miles lost yesterday. On the way out of town, I stopped at a small grocery store t...

April 12, 2014

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

46 miles – Total so far: 1918 miles

The very thought of climbing a series of hills that locals have coined “The Harris Grade” was a little disconcerting. That, together with the legend of an apparition that apparently haunts the hills, was enough to give my tummy butterflies. Let me explain. First, we decided...

April 11, 2014

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

56 miles – Total so far: 1872 miles

Some days just seem to exist in almost perfect equilibrium; the kind of equilibrium usually reserved when eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Today was one of those days. The day started on the right foot when we pulled into an “almost-ghost town” rightfully named Ha...

April 10, 2014

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

42 miles – Total so far: 1816 miles

Much of the scenery today reminded me of the Scottish Highlands. Thousand foot cliffs overlooking the thunderous waves below, rolling green and grassy prairies, huge boulders, and fog banks creeping inland over the ocean, kissing the cliffs and then rolling over the top of...

April 9, 2014

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

61 miles – Total so far: 1774 miles

“Spectacular” is a word that doesn’t do today’s ride justice.

At the outset, when I meandered around Monterey California, I thought to myself that it couldn’t get any more magnificent. Then, I was completely awed by Carmel, then astonished by Big Sur. You get the point. The...

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