Let the Games begin. Rider Start peddling

The intention was to drive far enough South so that it would be warm enough to ride my uni each day along the way to San Diego.  We turned right at Memphis and drove route 40.  Every town with a stop sign advertised we were along old Route 66.  Joan wanted to verify this but the cold, snow and blustery winds kept us in the truck.  Consequently I wimped out on riding until I got to my friend Ric’s house in Newhall CA on Saturday Feb 23.

Camped overnight in roadside rest East of Oklahoma City

Camped overnight in roadside rest East of Oklahoma City

Snowed on us again in Tucumcari

Snowed on us again in Tucumcari

Finally the temperatures fought their way out of the 30’s, so we drove to Santa Monica and      rode 15 miles along the beach bike path to warm up for the main event.  The path was windy and windy and full of pedestrians and bikes going as slow as pedestrians.  I did see one unicyclest.  At the end of the day my experience told me I should have no problem starting out with 5 to 10 miles a day.

Passing slower two wheel contraptions on the bike path in Santa Monica

Passing slower two wheel contraptions on the bike path in Santa Monica

On Wed Feb 27, After a great effort to extract Joan from Ric’s Jacuzzi and we headed to San Diego.

Joan get out of the Jacuzzi.  Now which on is Joan again?

Joan get out of the Jacuzzi. Now which on is Joan again?

Arrived in San Diego on Wed Feb 27th.  Joan wanted to experience some of the West coast “wild life”

Sea Lions in La Jolla

Sea Lions in La Jolla

Joan wanted to Join the sea lions but I told her it was not a good idea.  I was getting hungry and so were the sea lions.  Hey Bill, what kinds of birds are those.

I didn’t start the trip yet and I already had a blowout.  I filled the tire at sea level in 63 degree temperatures.  In the back of my truck at 1300 feet in got warm enough to blow.

Blowout

Blowout

After trimming some spokes and reinforcing the rim strip I put the new tube in and started hand pumping.  Before I got to 45 lbs the tire blew again.  I put a new tube in and a new tire on.  I’m down a tire and two tubes and I haven’t started the ride yet.

March 1st today is the day.  Its a perfect day to ride.  Forecast 79 dgr, light WNW winds, sunny.  Goal for today is a modest 15 – 20 miles, out of shape and there should be some climbing.  I will touch base again next time I have internet.

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3 Responses to Let the Games begin. Rider Start peddling

  1. Eric says:

    Dave, Glad to hear you are finally on the road. What brand of tires and tubes do you use? I want to buiy stock in the company. We left Mt Hartman Bay Grenada on Feb. 9. We are now in Saline Bay, Mayreau (part of St. Vincent) We have travelled 70.9 miles. Let’s see who covers the greatest distance by the time we stop for hurricane season. Eric

  2. Dennis Carr says:

    Good luck Dave, sounds like you’ve had a pretty memorable trip already. Tell Joan hello and to keep posting on fb.

  3. that’s funny, Ric has the same kind of jacuzzi that we have.

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