Almost There!

Wheel full 70px This is another- the last, actually- of the occasional posts I’ve been putting up as we ride to explain why there have not been any ongoing posts during our ride down the Mississippi River. I’m pleased to tell you that you won’t have to wait much longer. Gary Schmidt and I have reached New Orleans, Louisiana right on schedule. We have just a little less than 100 miles/160 kilometers left to ride. As I’ve noted before, I have taken tons of photos- close to 3,000- and have made many notes along the way. It’s just been almost impossible to post to WordPress efficiently from my iPhone. So things here have been on hold until I make it back to Alaska in about a week.

Wheel full 70px In the meantime please check out the public Facebook group Mississippi River Ride, where Gary and I post pictures and occasionally a short narrative of the day’s ride. It’s open to all and we check it every day for “join” requests. Thanks for following along.

Wheel full 70px Again, see you here in about a week.

David

A Quick Update

Wheel full 70px Hey, sorry once again for the lack of blog entries. Their absence, though, means nothing. The ride is going great! Gary Schmidt and I are currently in Grand Tower, Illinois and we are right on schedule, about 1,250 miles/2,000 kilometers into the ride. And I have taken tons of photos and made many notes along the way, but find that it is simply impossible to post to WordPress efficiently from an iPhone. So this blog will have to wait until I make it back to Alaska towards the end of October.

Wheel full 70px In the meantime, we continue to post some pictures and occasionally a short narrative of the day on the public Facebook group Mississippi River Ride. It’s open to all and we check it every day for “join” requests. Thanks for following along.

David

Hey, Hello!

Wheel full 70pxGary Schmidt and I have been on the road for about two and a half weeks as this is written.  I have found it almost impossible to post updates here at the blog from my iPhone- it does not seem to like WordPress very much, and dodgy wi-fi really complicates things.  Never fear, though, I’m keeping lots of notes and will catch things up both here and in my crazyguyonabike journal.

Wheel full 70pxIn the meantime, though, for more or less daily updates you are welcome to join the public Facebook group we’ve created

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Wheel full 70pxPictures we’ve taken will be posted there as we go along, and I’m adding narrative as time and connectivity permit.

Wheel full 70pxThanks for following along!

David

Itasca State Park

Wheel full 70px The source of the Mississippi River took a while for the early explorers of the North American continent to find, apparently. I can’t imagine being out in what must have seemed to them like a vast trackless wilderness trying, without aid of GPS or aerial photography, to figure which little brook flowing out of one of an innumerable number of similar-looking lakes was the start of a river the mouth of which was thousands of miles/kilometers away.

Wheel full 70px It’s a lot easier today. Those guys decided on Lake Itasca, and who is to second-guess? Then, I guess so we wouldn’t lose track of it, the State of Minnesota established in 1891 Itasca State Park. My guess is that the park was not very busy for its first half-century because driving out here seems like it’s still sort of a haul from anywhere with a McDonalds.

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Wheel full 70px But here we are, modern day adventurers following in the footsteps of a lot of intrepid folks who pretty much sorted all of this out for us in advance.  All we had to do was get here, set up our tents and then wait out the rain which at six in the morning on the first day of our ride, is streaming down pretty hard.

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Wheel full 70px But, just like those early explorers, we won’t melt.  In a couple of hours we’ll end our short stay at this place and be on our way.  Thanks for coming along with us in the ride.

David

Good Morning, Minnesota!

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Wheel full 70px Tomorrow morning Gary Schmidt and I will wake up, take down our tents, pack our gear and set out on our 2,400 mile/3,550 kilometer or so ride down the length of the Mississippi River. After getting to St. Cloud from Minneapolis very early this morning and spending the remainder of the night with friends, I’m up early to get gear out of the boxes and repack it in the panniers.

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Wheel full 70px We’ll head out to Bemidji to pick up my bicycle around noon and them it’s on to Itasca State Park to meet up with Gary.  So all that’s left is a wake-up.

Wheel full 70px Time to get this show on the road!

David

 

 

 

If it’s Thursday, I must be in Seattle

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more days!

Wheel full 70px I’m transiting Sea-Tac International Airport. Gosh, it’s been a long time since I’ve been in the “D” gate area.

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Wheel full 70px I’d kind of forgotten how difficult posting to a WordPress blog is since last fall. By November I’d pretty much become a whiz at it, but today it seems like I’m all thumbs.

Wheel full 70px My flight to Minneapolis boards in about an hour, so I can stretch a bit and get the Alaska Airlines-induced kinks worked out a bit. Big guys just aren’t really meant to fly these days, I guess. My flight to Minnesota is about 15 minutes longer than my flight from Anchorage to here. Oh well.

Wheel full 70px I had a bit of a bad moment when they weighed my two boxes of panniers and gear this morning. 36 and 24 pounds/16.33 and 11 KGB respectively.  Sixty pounds/27 kg total.

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Wheel full 70px The boxes, both heavy-duty duty double thickness cardboard, weigh about 10 pounds/4.5 kg together.  So that’s still 50 pounds/22.5 kg of stuff. It looks like there will be some culling needed before I start out on Saturday.  I’d hoped to be a lot closer to 40 pound/18 kg, which was my panniers and gear weight on the Atlantic coast ride last year.

Wheel full 70px Minneapolis, here I come!

David