Monthly Archives: April 2012

Tucson: Sandy Leaves the Trip; Friend Matt Picks Us Up; Embarrassing High School Memories

The occasional car ride does wonders for a bike tour. I had started out a purist, adamant about staying on my side of the highway and keeping the bike trip separate from the world of automobiles. I abandoned this foolish … Continue reading

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Road to Tucson: Snow; Saguaro Cactus; A Town Called Punkin

Over the next few days, we headed due south to Tucson. I had a friend there at the University law school who was going to put us up for a few days and then take us on a road trip … Continue reading

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Flagstaff: A Mighty Wind; Guy Biking through 48 States; Percussion Band-Dancing

Coming into a city on a bike is always a white-knuckled experience. With traffic, a new street system to decipher, and no place to camp under the stars, I always feel like a country cousin, coming down from the hills. … Continue reading

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Road to Flagstaff: Vermilion Cliffs, Freezing Downhills, Navajo Rez

During my trip, I lost many items. The first week I lost a cell phone, and every week after it seemed some small trinket went missing never to reappear. To slow the hemorrhaging, I became meticulous in my packing and … Continue reading

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The Grand Canyon

A bike trip is the perfect vacation for the impulsive non-planer. Two days before, the Grand Canyon, big as it is, hadn’t even been on our radar. Once we decided to pay it a visit, however, our whim developed into … Continue reading

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Out of Utah: What Does Sandy Eat? Arizona’s Cold? Beef Jerky

Two months into the trip, I’d arrived at the realization that getting places by bike was difficult and entering and exiting National Parks, doubly difficult. From the crushing hills leading into Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon, Jeana and I felt … Continue reading

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Zion 2: Angel’s Landing, Big Arch, Sandy Joins the Trip

Over the next few days, we explored Zion. We went on lots of hikes, including the famed Angel’s Landing, a winding trail that climbs up switchbacks and cliff edges to a big, flat outcropping of rock where hikers can view … Continue reading

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