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Bicycle Trip 1999
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Texas 2003
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02/08  Sumpter National Forest
02/09  Newberry, South Carolina, Sir
02/10  Brute force; then optimize
02/11  Ninety Six
02/12  Aiken, SC
02/13  Through Columbia, South Carolina
02/14  It's not so much the cold but the gosh dern humidity
02/15  Whooeee yaa ha ha ha ha c'mon gul
02/16  Isle of Palms
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02/17  Another day at the office
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02/18  Gear, part 1
02/20  Cold day colder night
02/21  Truly in "The South"
02/22  Rain, wind and hills
02/23  Gear, part 2
02/25  I lost my pants
02/27  Eighty-mile week
02/28  Montezuma
03/01  Snow day
03/02  Calico cats and pumpkins
03/03  Ashburn
03/04  Mosquitoes!
03/05  So what's up with those shoes?
03/06  Would you like rotten bacon with that?
03/07  Claim your lane
03/09  I talk a lot
03/10  Ocala National Forest
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03/17  Withdrawal
03/19  Ping, clack, tink be gone
03/20  Everglades National Park
03/21  I walked this?
03/22  "Just like a plane."
03/23  Technical difficulties
03/26  Nothing is simple
03/27  Oranges for miles and miles
03/28  First Century
03/29  Withlacoochee I barely knew you
03/30  Cedar Key
03/31  Feral Cat Capitol
04/04  Cramping my style
04/08  Still in Cedar Key
04/10  Going again
04/11  Stop poking me
04/12  Back roads rule
04/15  What time is it?
04/16  Another day in AlaBAMa
04/17  All you guys look the same to me
04/18  (pictures)
04/19  Feedback
04/22  Wanna see our shrimp?
04/23  What goes down must go up
04/24  One of these customers is not like the others
04/25  Have a safe ride
04/26  Broad shoulders
04/29  Observe that the tower is closed
05/02  Rain rain don't bother going away now
05/03  Water water everywhere and I'm not even thirsty
05/04  Training
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Liverworks Productions
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Observe that the tower is closed

2009-04-29

I am still in Hot Springs working. It has been raining all week, so it's just as well that I stopped.

After work today I rode my bike to the top of a local "mountain" only to find that the observation tower was closed.

More questions have come my way:

Bicycle maintenance survival kit? So after at least twenty-five hundred miles of wear, I decided it was time to trade in my back tire. Actually, the lack of tread and near-constant flats decided it for me. I visited the local bike shop which obviously caters to tourists more than hard core. I purchased a tire from their limited selection, pumped it to its maximum recommended PSI, and it exploded. The manager exclaimed, "that shouldn't happen!" It is hard for me to fault his sentiment, because I say the same thing to customers every week.

I do have a tool kit with me, but it's pretty standard and I'm too lazy to list everything out. Maybe at some point I will lay it out and snap a picture.

what do you need most? Water bottles. And not yuppie cycle dweeb water bottles. One is a recycled container that still bears the logo "GLACEAU smartwater". The other is a 32 ounce Rubbermaid container from K-Mart. Both are better and cheaper than anything you'd ever pay for at a cycle shop, imho.

Also, never underestimate the usefulness of baby wipes. I take them out of their original container and jam them into a small peanut butter jar. Actually, most everything I carry is jammed into some sort of plastic jar.

Dead weight? I carry some nuts, bolts, etc, just in case. I've thrown everything else away. Even after two months of cycling I bet I'm still ten to twenty pounds overweight, though. Too many breakfast buffets I guess.

Contraptions? I built a palm-grip for my BlackBerry. There's a picture on the site someplace. I use a narrow pill bottle to hold change; it's hard to describe how useful this is. I use my own easy knot for tying my hammock to trees, and bungie cords are used to hold the rain fly tight instead of just tying it down. I have a mirror that I use to check my face for bugs that is just a piece of automotive mirror-repair kit with tape around the edges--flexible, but light. Nothing impressive, really.

observation tower is closed


decent view

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