Thursday, May 14, 2015
Adventure is Adventure!
One of the things that makes an adventuresome trip across America more palatable is the prospect of traveling on a new bike. I ordered the bike a couple of months ago, and it is set up and ready to go once I get to Astoria, Oregon. Two people have already commented on my new bike after seeing it in Bikes and Beyond. One said it looked "wicked," which I assume is meant in the positive slang meaning of the word. My old bike, the one I've been training on, is a steel-framed Bianchi Volpe, made for touring. But it is several years old, and to fix it up for a long (3500+ miles) ride would require a de-rusting, a new chain, a new cassette, a new chain ring, new cables, new handlebar tape, new wheels ... in short, new everything, from the ground up. It was great for training, because I've gotten to push steel up the hills, and try to keep up with all the carbon-fiber framed bikes with electronic shifters, which only makes me train all the harder. I'm just too competitive. Gotta keep up. First, let me show you what my new bike doesn't look like. On this morning's ride, we came across these two adventuresome souls: Bike Trip America, although it will be more like a walk in the park, when it's compared to an arduous multi-year journey around the world. But hey, adventure is adventure!