The road is calling, and I must ride

(With apologies to John Muir…)

While I enjoy Saturday rides with the Phoenix Metro Bike Club, it’s the long rides that speak to me.

Riding out where there are few people, and (hopefully) fewer cars is what I most love about cycling. I have been truly blessed by having the opportunity to be retired at an early age, when I still have the health to go explore. My first long ride was in the year 2000. I rode down the pacific coast from Portland, Oregon to San Francisco, California. I had always had the dream of riding across the country – or at least after reading about “Bikecentennial” back in 1976. But life and family meant that such a dream had to wait. My Portland to SF ride had to meat that dream for the time.

But the dream wouldn’t end. I had to do more. So when I retired in 2014 the fun began. Since I was no longer married, and my children were grown, long rides were a possibility. So off I went.

If you wonder why I do this, read “Why I Tour” to see why I like to go on long bike tours.

The links below connect to Crazy Guy on a Bike (a fitting name if there ever was one!).

Journey Title Miles Status
  Unfinished Business 285 Completed Sep 2016
  Trans Am Reboot 4108 Completed Sep 2016
  Pacific Coast 2015 499 Completed Sep 2016
  The Lemonade Tour – Part II 110 Completed Sep 2016
  From Father’s to Son’s 520 Completed Sep 2016
  The Lemonade Tour – Part I 1965 Completed Sep 2016
  Portland to SF (no journal) 930 Completed Sep 2000
  Total Touring miles 8417 With more to come…