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Weekend mileage: 300 miles (ride report with pictures)(13 posts)

Weekend mileage: 300 miles (ride report with pictures)PeterRider
Sep 23, 2003 6:50 PM
Los Angeles to San Francisco with a bike... well, it's more than 300 miles, but I got a lift :-) I was tired, and depressed from getting lost many times.

The whole ride report with plenty of pictures, is a mouse-click away on

I'm green with envyScot_Gore
Sep 23, 2003 7:49 PM
I love bike trips with a purpose. Looks like a great trip. Except the Super 8 would be looking pretty good if it was me.

Thanks for the report

re: Weekend mileage: 300 miles (ride report with pictures)aliensporebomb
Sep 23, 2003 7:55 PM
Freaking awesome.

I also liked the poem the 90 year old cyclist gave you.
Very entertaining, thx. (nm)MKD
Sep 23, 2003 8:03 PM
Great adventure! I loved the poem and the star shots. Thanks nmrwbadley
Sep 23, 2003 8:18 PM
your granny is proud of youcyclopathic
Sep 24, 2003 5:26 AM
good job! Maybe you won't chicken in '07 and pull me through Bretagne 8-P
Great report.Do you plan on trying again? (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Sep 24, 2003 6:39 AM
I saved that poem...biknben
Sep 24, 2003 8:23 AM
Sleeping on the side of teh road in th emiddle of nowhere is pretty sick. I'd love to try it. :-)

A very courageous effort. Sorry to here you weren't able to ride the entire way.
Hey, it seems this old dude is a celebrityPeterRider
Sep 24, 2003 2:12 PM
Looking on the web for Dan Henry:

"Those of you who have been around cycling for awhile will remember that back in the 50's, 60' and 70's the legendary Dan was one of the major innovators behind many products and activities that are commonplace today including bicycle suspension systems, pavement route marking for cycling events, lightweight butyl tubes for racing tires, etc., etc. "

Thanks for the report...Lon Norder
Sep 24, 2003 9:55 AM
I love reading about people who just strap their sleeping bag to their bike and ride - ride long distance. That's randonneuring!

I often see bicycle tourists riding down the coast with at least a hundred pounds of gear strapped to their bike. People, it aint an Antarctic expedition. Light and fast is the way to go.
Sleeping gear is not heavyPeterRider
Sep 24, 2003 11:45 AM
I have good camping gear:
- 20 degree down sleeping bag: 2 lb 12 oz
- ultralite 3/4 pad: 580g
That's less than 2kg ! And I'm too cheap for paying a motel room. Hey, 2 nights at a motel and I can buy that nice sleeping bag I was using :-)

First night was pretty lousy, there was light rain so I just wanted to be as fast as possible in the sleeping bag. Second night was nice, not too cold, no cars on the road, and the Milky Way was so bright I almost got blind, while here in LA you cannot see it even on top of Mt Wilson.

I like to stargaze when I ride at night.Lon Norder
Sep 24, 2003 12:26 PM
Early last Saturday morning, during the Knoxville Double Century, I stopped in the middle of nowhere under a clear, dark sky just to look at the stars. I could barely make out M31, the great spiral galaxy in Andromeda, with averted vision. Kind of cool seeing something 2.5 million light years distant with your bare eyes.

Death Valley Double is also a great ride for stargazing.
Hard core!mugg
Sep 24, 2003 11:52 AM
Wow, lots of miles and smiles before you sleep. Thanks for the trip report.