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03/13  Your present plans...
03/14  Unscenic Lands
03/15  Arizona
03/19  Into the desert
03/20  Painted Rock Petroglyph Site
03/21  Canal Roads
03/22  Yuma
03/26  Border Town
03/27  Yuha Desert
03/28  Otay Mountain Truck Trail
03/29  San Diego
04/02  Traffic
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04/05  Camarillo
04/09  Los Padres National Forest
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04/17  Cows
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04/19  That Bridge
04/23  Milk Cows
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04/25  Mendocino Coast
05/06  Fort Bragg
05/07  Usal Road
05/08  Honeydew
05/09  Humboldt Redwoods State Park
05/10  More Big Trees
05/14  Crescent City
05/15  Oregon
05/16  Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
05/17  Shady Cove
05/20  The hub is dead
Biking West 2015
Chickens and Pheasants 2016
Biking About 2016
New Zealand 2016
Kayak Trip 2017

The hub is dead


tl;dr: My hub is done for. Rather than wait around trying to fix my bicycle, I decided to head home.

I'm almost caught up with work, so I decided to take an extra-long weekend. There are five days of biking ahead of me!

And my hub is dead. Well, it's not technically dead, but it isn't all that useful. I was willing to live with the grinding, but now it slips when I peddle. I can barely get up a hill. I obviously made something much worse. I stopped at an abandoned house along the Rogue River to once again rip the rear tire apart and see if I had done something more stupid than usual, but everything looked right to me. I put it into highway gears, but that didn't help. This hub is done for.

Ironically, all the gears now slip except fifth gear. Fifth gear works well.

So I had some choices. I could peddle south to Medford where there are some bicycle shops and hang out for a week or two while new parts were ordered and my bicycle was fixed. Or I could just be done with another trip. I've seen most of what I wanted to see on this trip, and I had little save for miles and miles of high desert ahead of me. I decided on the latter.

I biked into Medford, anyway. I rented a car and began the long drive back to Arizona where my van still sits.

mostly unusable bicycle

fishermen on the Rogue River

barely peddling in the rain

I haven't seen a Walmart in a month or more

elk? here?

loading up the bike

Interstate 5

done bicycling

Lassen National Forest


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