Day 4…long and flat

Day 4…long and flat

As I rode down the Towpath yesterday, I started to dread today. Not that I don’t enjoy riding in the woods, but the prospect of riding on a completely flat trail with minimal turns and few chances for any kind of refueling/sight seeing was ...

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Day 3…up and down

Day 3…up and down

 Today turned out to be a really beautiful day in many ways. From the gun, however, it was a steady climb for 20 miles. Granted, it was only a 1-2% grade, but with a loaded bike, and no downhill relief at all, climbing for 2 + hours really ...

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Day 2…up we go

Day 2…up we go

My goal for day 2 was to see Fallingwater, the famous masterpiece by Frank Lloyd Wright. According to the literature, it is 6 miles from the trail. The Fallingwater site highly recommends making a reservation in advance, but because I had NO ...

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And we’re off!

And we’re off!

The trip is fully and completely underway! Tuesday afternoon I had some time to kill, so I walked around Oak Park, IL a bit and walked by the Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio, as well as some of his other houses. I thought it would be a ...

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Friday ride 8/14

Friday ride 8/14

Meet, if you haven’t already, Adam Haines: Adam is a BGI Sales Consultant, father of two, and the owner of the most color-coordinated bike I know.  He will also be your ride leader for the Friday morning ride on 8/14.  ...

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Eagle Creek Fast Crit report

Eagle Creek Fast Crit report

Well, I broke my personal record this Saturday by doing my seventh race of the year.  Which pretty much sums up the kind of not-that-serious racer that I am.  Don’t get me wrong, I like it, and I take it seriously, but serious ...

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Bags packed, ready to go!

Bags packed, ready to go!

 This will be a relatively short update, as I still have plenty to do. It’s Tuesday afternoon (August 11) and everything is pretty much all set. My bike is boxed, my bags are organized, and everything’s loaded in the van. ...

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Broken Bike Parts – A Posthumous Product Review

Broken Bike Parts – A Posthumous Product Review

I keep breaking stuff on my bikes. I’ve broken chains, seatposts, and (mostly) saddles. I’ve broken stuff when I’ve weighed 235lbs. and also at my current 265lbs. I’m 6’3". It often seems that most bike parts ...

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Chicago–The Staging Area

Chicago–The Staging Area

Well, the trip is drawing ever closer! So how does a person who lives in Indy decide to ride from Pittsburgh to DC, and how could those logistics be easy? Here it is…I have family in Oak Park, just outside of Chicago. My wife and kids and ...

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Bicycle Touring in Indianapolis

Bicycle Touring in Indianapolis

GAP Tour Preparations On Wednesday, August 12th, I’ll begin my solo, self-supported bicycle tour from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C. The ride will take place along the Great Allegheny Passage railtrail and the C & O Towpath for ...

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