Entries for month: September 2013
There hasn't been a Bike Overnight posted for the state of Arkansas yet, so I'll describe the route of my favorite one. The ride originates from my home near Russellville. The destination is the highest point in the state at Mount Magazine, 65 miles away. I return via another route on day two, approximately 57 miles.
Would you believe we have 160 members at our Bike Overnights Flickr Group?
People always ask me how many bikes I have. Right now, it’s the bare minimum. Three. When I follow that answer with something like, “Well, one of them is my touring bike,” I get all nostalgic and guilty because I haven’t put in the miles on that sucker that I should. I’ve logged a few thousand miles on my Long Haul Trucker, on everything from rando-style road rides to a month-long hump down the Pacific Coast. But here in Chicago, it’s tough.
We have 159 members at our Bike Overnights Flickr Group. Click your way on over to view some more great photos.
High on my 2013 list of adventures was a bike overnight – my first since our 2008 three-day trek from Boston to Provincetown, Massachusetts. Though I was longing for an extended trip, an overnight was much more manageable with our busy schedule. The Adventure Cycling Association’s Bike Overnights page really pushed the point further with the tagline “Don’t wait to go cross country. Go overnight."
Visit the Bike Overnights Flickr Group to scroll through some of the photos posted by our 159 members. You'll find shots of bicycles, phone booths, hammocks, tents, food, fields of green, and a whole lot more.
Someone recently asked me about our anticipated bike adventure, which led to me trying to explain the concept of ultralight bike touring. The following exchange ensued:
Q. So, you like, carry all your stuff on your bike and go camping?
A. Yeah, that's generally the idea.
Q. You ever done this before?
A. No, not at all.
Q. But you basically refinanced your house in order to buy two titanium mountain bikes?
A. Yes, correct.
Q. So you bought these bikes, plus a bunch of equipment, but you've never toured, nor do you know if you'll even enjoy it?
A. Yeah ... (awkward silence)