'tanks, y'all. Appreciate the well-wishes and suggestions (and guest-book signings and "beer me?"s!)
Char: I think all of my riding from Barstow through Laughlin will be at night. If I leave at midnight (with temps still in the 90s for Barstow, Baker, Nipton, and Laughlin), the temps will drop until around sunrise (6am-ish) where they'll then be in the low 80s. If I've ridden 6 hours, that'll put me at least 50 miles towards the day's ride. (Baker to Nipton is only 50 miles, so I'm liable to make the whole trip in the dark.)
Mank: The only time I've really suffered from saddle sores was during my ride to the top of the lower peninsula of Michigan last year. The more I studied why that happened, the more I came to the conclusion that it was my old arch-enemy wind. Even more so than climbing a hill, wind really puts pressure on my legs, back, and butt. Three straight days of fighting 20+ MPH headwinds was a literal pain in the ass.
Cheers, y'all. Here's to hoping the coyotes and rattlesnakes are looking the other way . . .
I sent the link to the website to a friend who is a bit of a bike nut and this was his reply:
Looks like it's going to be a great trip wish him luck for me. My last trip was from Canada to Mexico off-road through the mountains along the continental divide pulling a trailer and I was 59 and it was the greatest trip I've ever made so I'm sure his will be too
Inside every old person is a young one wondering, What the Hell Happened!
That's what confused me. The timer says he started 4 days ago, the comments say he just crossed the start line.
Yup, it was a little confusing. Delving into the website more, I finally figured out that he was DRIVING to L.A. first with Cate & her boyfriend, while taking in some sights. Upon reaching the west coast, they're taking a short jaunt to Hawaii (which will allow Ray to include that state in his "collection" of states he has ridden in). Once back to L.A., then the actual "CA to SC" solo bike ride will begin on September 4, according to his earlier post "The Route".
Thanks to everyone who signed the guest book. Mega thanks to everyone who "Beer'd Me." I'm very grateful!
It's my last night in Hawaii. Leaving tomorrow evening from Honolulu at 10PM HI time. Arriving at LAX @ 6AM. I'll grab my bike from where it's stored and launch out towards Rancho Cucamonga about 50 miles away. The second day of the ride will be the longest and most arduous. Nearly 90 miles from Ranco Cuc to Barstow. 12 miles of it are a steady climb through that section of the Rockies. Most of the trip that day will be ridden on Interstate 15. As I was driving out to Los Angeles last week I was keeping a steady eye on I-15. Trust me when I tell you it gives me great pause to put my fat ass on that road.
Ah well. Only live once and all that.
Cate will be in Hawaii until she flies back on Monday. She and Craig (her sig oth) will be leaving in my car on Tuesday headed towards Vegas. On Wednesday our paths may just cross as I trek from Laughlin, NV to Kingman, AZ.
I've got a day off scheduled once I reach Kingman. And based on what I saw on the trip out west, I'm going to need it. About 30 miles east of Kingman are some horrendous mountains that just don't show how brutal they are on any map. The hills go on for what looks like 4 or 5 miles.
Then, the only other area I'm dreading is leaving ABQ. ABQ is the only area of New Mexico that I can't ride on I-40. There's plenty of work-arounds, but they're all significantly hilly. Leaving ABQ is a pretty steep climb, too.
One day at a time, y'know. Slow and steady. Bla bla bla.
I'll check in when I can. Everything's going on the blog, so you can always scope out what I'm doing there.
I've been checking in 3 or 4 times a day. Wonder how many Tweet followers he will have by trail's end.
Way less than Kim Kardashian. Hell, probably less followers than Pablo Kardashian. (Whoever the hell he is.) Ain't that sad?
Hanging out in Laughlin, NV. The temp outside right now is 104 degrees (at 10PM).
I'm strongly considering giving myself a day off tomorrow. While today was the 5th official day of the cross-country ride, there were four riding days in a row before it. One day in Los Angeles, then I rode all three days in Hawaii. My body is telling me, "We're going to kill you, old man. 57, dude. Not 27."
While the reviews of the Pioneer are pretty scathing, I look at it from a different perspective: I've got air conditioning, a bath (ohhhhhhh, God, a *bath*!), a great internet signal (BYOI), 24 hour restaurants within walking distance . . . and all for $19 a night. Nope, that's not a typo. One buck less than a Jackson.
While Kingman is only 36 miles from here, in the first ten of those miles I have to climb nearly 4000 feet. I probably should just get it over with . . . but for $20 I'm happy to delay it by another day, too.
Thanks for y'all's wishes, prayers, emails, and "beer me's". They are much obliged!
Post by martycanuck on Sept 9, 2015 23:56:02 GMT -5
Ray, so impressed and even jealous! I would ride it with you if I could. If it's any comfort my riding has slipped a lot because real life got in the wsy. Sigh! Bot Godspeed to ya and if you need a day of rest then by God take it!
I spent about 3 hours today in a driving rain on I80. Then I watched the weather channel and wondered what type of rain plans Ray has.
Just missed the rain in Flagstaff this evening. It came in a couple of hours after I was well into a nap.
I've got rain gear to deal with it. Frankly, up until today, I would have welcomed a big ole' thunderstorm. Tomorrow . . . not so much. The temperature tomorrow morning when I had planned to leave for Winslow is going to be . . . 50 degrees. Compare that to the 108 in Laughlin a few days ago. Not ready to break out the foul weather gear just yet.
I figured I'll have to use the rain gear extensively through hurricane season in October.
Been a while since I stopped in to say, "Howdy, y'all!"
Currently hanging out in Vernon, TX. With the revision I made to my route I *think* I'm at the half-way point today. Still have to look it up, but I'm pretty close.
Mama Nature did her utmost to prevent me from getting a second 90ish mile day today. Wind. Rain. Nuisance hills. I made it through, tho. Will get up tomorrow and see how bad my old fat body is feeling. Then will decide whether to toddle over into OK to claim that state or take a layover here in Vernon.