I’m going to have a slide show of 100+ photos from my NY to LA ride this past summer on display at Bike Shorts this weekend. I’m not sure if Ken is going to play it before or after the short films but it’s always a good idea to show up early and get a good seat. From what I hear this installment is to be a good one.
Previously: Bike Shorts 10 …or 11, I’m not sure anymore
A couple of fellow 42 Ride endurance cyclists kept going. Now they are in Mexico somewhere and Raffling off a frame from Soma, who is apparently one of their sponsors. Check out wekeepgoing.com for all the details.
We’re living the simple cycle-touring lifestyle, but still need funds for boat passages, visa costs, vaccinations, innertubes and patches, and of course, lots and lots of rice and beans.
This is our first fundraiser and it’s an awesome one indeed. For every $10 US donation to WeKeepGoing we will enter your name for the frame and fork raffle. The winner can choose any frame and fork, in any size, produced by SOMA Fabrications.THE MORE DONATIONS YOU MAKE, THE BETTER YOUR CHANCES.
More info: wekeepgoing.com
For our first 53 miles of the day we were on AZ 60, a long straight two lane desert highway. No shade no services. I rode the first 40 solo and didn’t see any other riders till I was rolling up to the support van at about the 20 mile mark. I saw them ride away as I rolled up. I made a quick stop at Judy’s van and got back on the road to maybe catch up but that didn’t happen till just before Nick’s van at about the 40 mile mark. Chad and I caught up to Allison and Blaise. Still no shade. But now with more sun and wind. We rode the next 13 or so miles to where we were about to turn onto the I-10. I was really hoping the interchange would have an over-pass that would provide us some shade to take another break under before riding the last 15 miles to the hotel. But the ramp was more of a merging lane and I just looked way over to the over pass and thought it was too out of the way to suggest to the others we backtrack for a bit of shade. So, while traversing the 0.4 miles of road between AZ 60 and I-10 proper I was scanning the roadside for a bush or scrub large enough for the three of us to set behind and have a break from the sun for a few. No such luck. We rode to what was the shoulder of I-10 and that gave us a hill to cross over with the hope of maybe some shade on the other side. That was the majority vote. Get over the hill, look for shade. But I was hot, tired and felling sunburnt and dehydrated. At about the midway point up the hill at what was Mile Marker 30 of the I-10 in Arizona I talked the two into stopping.
This sign was our shade. The only sign I’ve seen along our entire trip that listed 3 cities we would be staying in. Yes it’s a short ride from Quartzsite to Blythe. The shortest day of the entire ride. But for us it’ll be more miles than that to Los Angeles because we will only be on the interstate when we have to be and we are hitting the coast at San Diego then riding up to LA.
While in the shade I called Judy to see where she was because all the water I had left was at least 85 degrees and I knew we still had a case of monkey pickles we needed to eat before the group of us crossed into California the next day. Judy was about 5 miles away driving towards us. She brought us some ice cold water and fruit and that made the last few miles into town a breeze. By breeze I mean a 100+ degree headwind.
Edit: yes this is old, I just got around to uploading some of the many photos I still need to work with.
I’m still in CA for another day. This bike made it strong from NY to LA and then some on a few rides up over 9000 feet elev. in and around Mammoth Lakes,CA. Now it’s packed up in a box and I’ll be on a flight back to the East coast time zone by this time tomorrow. Being away from the riders I spent the last two months with feels weird at first. Like it felt strange to always be around them at the beginning. Back to real life soon. But lucky for me I’m going back to getting paid to ride a bike after getting paid to ride my bike so the transition will be a smooth one. Maybe the biggest difference will be that I’ll know where I’m going and I won’t get lost getting there. And I’ll be able to play bike polo on the weekends. I’ve played just 3 time since June 21st. Once in AZ and twice in CA (a full day with 818 and one single game in Long Beach) I have photos from all three that I’ll get around to posting here after I get back to my own computer.
Well, I just have a few minutes here so I just wanted to remind my friends I’ll be adding a load of ride photos soon.
The ride is about over and I have a list of cities I’ll be visiting in the next month. Mammoth, Dayton, Philly, Madison, and of course NYC. I can’t wait to be back in New York.
I want to say thanks to 42 Below for putting on a great ride. This was a great way to spend the summer. Some highs, some lows but it was something different. I met my goals of getting tons of photos, Getting paid to ride my bike, and traveling with a group (vs. traveling alone). The support was above what I expected. I started out riding with my panniers but since the half way point those things never left the truck. The hotels we stayed in were great. Holiday Inn *Express* were the best by far. Killer beds and the breakfast was on point! Even some of the dumpy (Guin, AL) motels were pretty great in the way crappy motels can be. The Hostels (Austin, Tuscon, and San Diego) were the best indoor places because of the people and the community feel of them. More camping would have been fine by me, but that’s just because I like my tent and like to camp. Also the food and water. I must have drank and ate about $1000 in snacks and H2O along the way. Never expected so much support like that. It made the ride so much easier. Thanks. I guess some of that came from the sponsors, Arizona Vapor Water, Clif Bars, and E-Boost (I boosted some E’s for sure). The crew made sure the vans had fruit for us and bought water to fill the big jugs in the vans. I probably drank tap water 5 times in the last month. Where as with my other rides (tours really) I drank strictly tap water and some of it was nast. And the Rapha Jacket. I saw one for sale at Mellow Johnny’s for well over $200. So thanks for that hook up. I don’t think I wore it more that twice (on the SOUTHERN route) but still, I’m sure I’ll wear it a ton in New York. I guess the tire sponsor fell off before this ride even started but 42 Below picked up the bill on tires for each rider (up to $40 each tire) so thanks again for giving us a re-up on rubber. After 4000 miles (give or take) new tires are a good idea.
Mostly I just want to say I had a good time. Sometime a mid-level mood. Sometime mad or depressed of lonely but when it was fun it was really fun. I won’t ever look back and say I wish I didn’t do it.
I missed a lot of New York in the summer and some events in other cities that were really important to me. I missed keeping in touch with friends (sort of my fault for not calling them more but I was told we would be getting internet phone to blog and upload photos with and that never happened) I wish the events we did to promote the ride and product were better attended but it seemed like nobody even knew or cared that we were around. I think if this kind of thing happens again it would be the first thing 42 below does is give everybody internet phones and has them blog about the ride/events on their blogs. Forty three blogs talking about a cross county ride is better that one.
I guess the last thing I need to thank 42 Below for is my flight home. It was a great summer and it’s about over…
Also I did have some personal sponsors I want to bring a little attention to. Ben’s Cycle for setting me up with a brand new bike. Kennedy wanted to look at my bike to see how it held up after the ride and I told him the only thing I did was lube the chain (like 2 times max) and swap out the back tire. Also the only “adjustment” I needed to do was turn the barrel on the rear derailleur cable to shift better. I spun the rear wheel for him and his words were “like an arrow”. So that brings me to Squid at CycleHawk for the tires, Brooklyn Machine Works for ordering me a bomber Phil hub and ZACH at Trackstar for the build. Wheels = no problems = happy riders. Thanks again. Kyle at DQM for the kicks and Raw Revolution for the box of bars. By far the best on-the-bike snack. I want more. Damn good.
Outlier. This is a local New York City clothing company that for some reason wanted to set me up with some really nice clothes. And even though I was required to wear a branded 42 Below jersey every single day, there was not one day that I did not wear some, or all of the gear Outlier set me up with. I wore the shorts a ton. The hat was on my head every day and the pants a shirt were what I wore when we went out and didn’t want to look like I was riding a bike across the country like a dirty hippie. Some of the girls on the ride were jealous that Outlier didn’t have a women’s line.
One more thing. Nick, you look good!
So for any polo players out there in LA that want to come drink for free, watch me goldsprint, and dont mind telling me about all the polo tournys I missed this summer…. here’s where I’ll be.
Orange 20 Bike Shop
4351 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Date: Saturday, August 22
-Complimentary food and drinks for all 21+ guests