Images and Thoughts - The Southern Tier
Wow, I am still decompressing and resting from the final push across California, up and over the mountains and down into San Diego. The entire trip across the country was truly amazing, something that words can never fully describe. I will be posting my thoughts over the next several days as I continue to do bike repair and Glenn repair in anticipation of the next leg of the Bike Around America tour. For now, I have added additional pictures to the Bike Around America image gallery in hopes that from these you can get a sense of what this trip was like. All total, I am now over 8,800 miles of human powered adventure travel and still counting.
The Salsa Fargo and the BOB trailer really performed amazingly well. The bike is such a comfortable setup that biking long hours in that relaxed position really made for more enjoyment than pain. Pulling the trailer, now that I have the load just right, is really a joy as well. There is no doubt that going up hills you feel the trailer, but I imagine the same is true with fully loaded panniers. I suspect that the trick to real enjoyment is finding a way to travel as light as you are comfortable with and making sure that your pace is one that is repeatable, day after day. The use of my large, 2.35 Schwalbe Big Apple Tires must have also contributed to my overall comfort and pace. I find that the large size not only provides comfort over the varied surfaces, but provides me with all the speed and stability that I want pulling my load. I managed only 4 flats the entire trip which is a true testament to the durability of the Big Apples.
More thoughts and opinions to come but in the meantime enjoy the images.