Sunday, August 13, 2017

On The Road

It's been quite some time since I posted. We sold our house in New Jersey, packed 26 years into a small box and headed out as Full Time Rver's on October 4, 2016.  It has been 10 months and we are currently in Oregon. We have traveled through approximately 19 states  and I have pedaled in most. In preparation of this journey we had to purge much stuff, including some beloved bikes. The 2 keepers where my ICE T trike and my Xootr Swift folder. The trike took up much room and did not always work in areas visited. In November of 2014 I sold it in Lake Worth, Florida. It was a said day for I had that trike 12 years and 35k miles. Be that as it may I have thoroughly enjoyed my Xootr Swift and it currently has 4k miles for the year. It sits in the back of my CRV with room to spare.
We Wintered in Florida for 5 months and it was great for bike trails. Wherever we went there seemed to be a designated bike path nearby. Alabama, Gulf Shores was another fine area to cycle. Other states where hit or miss but I always managed to find something. Ohio is not my most scenic state but the people are the friendliest and it has many designated paved bike trails. Iowa and Illinois had some great trails along the Mississippi and rural roads with little traffic. Although I did not pedal in Nappanee, Indian it would have been a great place to ride. It has flat scenic roads with friendly Amish. The locals are accustomed to Buggy's and cyclist. One of my favorite places to date is La Grande, Oregon. It is situated in a flat valley surrounded by beautiful foothills. It has miles and miles of scenic bikeways. Another week here in Oregon and off for new adventures. I'm looking forward to Utah and Colorado for more miles of smiles.
See you on the road!!!



La Grande, Oregon




Old RV

New RV

Alabama

Gulf Shores Alabama Trail




Lunch!!!


Birthday ride.
Birthday
Alligator sighting.



Cranes







Ohio












Rural Georgia

Pennsylvania


Ohio

Illinois

That's not good, Iowa

Took up too much room
Sadly had to go

Not my best look

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January Mileage

Pedaled all 31 days this month.
755 miles
Gotta love SW Florida in the Winter.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Annual Birthday Ride


Since age 50 I have been riding my age annually in the month of my birthday, January. This year I finally got the opportunity to do it in warm sunny Florida. We are now "Snowbirding" in Ft Myers and thankfully there are many cycling routes available. With the help of the local bike club, Caloosa Riders, I was able to obtain cue sheets for a 40 mile ride onto which I was easily able to add another 25 miles. It was a perfect sunny day with temps in the upper 70's and winds under 10 mph. Wind is the issue in Florida. You would thing that pedaling flat Florida would be easy but it is not. You must constantly pedal without any relief from coasting downhill. With that, there is still little to complain as Florida invests in it's parks and biking/walking paths.
Being on the road made it difficult to store multiple bikes, so all are gone except for my Xootr Swift folder which I have become quite fond of. My daily rides have not been more than 28 miles and I was a bit concerned about 65 miles. In the past few years my high mileage day has been my birthday ride.
Be that as it may, I managed to do the ride and with an additional 3 unplanned miles. I am happy to accomplish this milestone at Medicare eligibility. I suspect this will be my last time. I have accomplished more personal cycling goals than I could have imagined. I will continue to go about pedaling and enjoy everyday I get to ride.

                           

Monday, January 2, 2017

2016 Stats and Year in Review

It has been an interesting and exceptional year. My total mileage was 6493 with 254 riding days. Surprisingly my rides have been for the most part, evenly divided between my Fuji, Xootr Swift and my ICE T. My wife and I decided to live our dream of living on the road and sold our house of more than 26 years.  October 4 we loaded up our then RV and headed south for the Winter. Living in a 240 sf box has it limitations and one sacrifice I had to make was to downsize my bike collection. I decided my must haves would be my forever trike, my ICE T and my newly purchased folding Xootr Swift. After 2 months I found myself riding the Swift and the trike was taking up precious cargo room in the back of my Honda CRV. After careful consideration, I decided to simplify things and sold my trike. I thought it would be a difficult breakup but as it turns out I am really enjoying the Swift and don't at present miss my trike. We have since bought a new larger RV with large basement storage so it is possible to stow a folding trike.
My goal for the road was to average 100 miles/wk and I am pleased to say in the last 3 months I have accomplished that. We are currently Wintering Snowbirds in Ft Myers, Fl and surprising it is a great cycling area. It seems Florida invests in it's parks and bike paths. Almost every major road is accompanied by a bike lane, bike path or cycling friendly sidewalk. You can pretty much cycle anywhere in SW Florida. Florida is flat and you would think it is easy pedaling but you actually never have the ability to coast. Also it is made up of right angles and lots of wind making for some monotonous rides. I do miss the rolling, winding, back roads of Jersey. All in all we are blessed to start this next chapter in our lives and I look forward to exploring new roads.

Don't miss the snow

Grandson first big ride












New RV