did you figure out if you're heading to San Antonio or not?
Woke up to this. Had no idea what was around when i went to sleep on the picnic table. Sleeping bag only. it was so nice.
We made it into Austin finally at 10am. The wind for the last 2 day has been monstrous. We had a great meet up with Brent yesterday and found out this morning my Austin location for a library was right across from his couchsurfer host house. Go figure.... instead of inviting Polo and I over he D-bags by splitting without saying nada. Karma gonna get him soon enough.
It is funny meeting other touring cyclist out here and some of them are so selfish. I have given numerous time and my own supplies to help these folks out. At the end of the day I look at my gear and wonder what was I thinking. One particular thing which stands out is my bicycle being 30+ years old compared to most of these guys riding on just bought rigs. My Trek420 makes all kinds of noise and keep trucking.
The weather in Austin is overcast and drizzling off and on. I'm sitting in a library. Polo is outside with the hang around gang. We are next to the George Washington Carver Museum. Oh, lots of Fixxed Gear riders out here.
Glad you made it to Austin! I think you'll find our city is pretty cycle friendly.....or at least we're getting there with all the nice designated bike lanes (drivers are another story!!!).
We would love to have you over this weekend for the GTG i'm trying to plan with the rest of the .:512 crew ( fancy way of saying Volkswagen and Audi folks ). I hope the weather cooperates so we can have the fire pit going. If so it will be a good time and folks i'm sure will be intrigued to meet you along your journey.
As I mentioned in our Austin GTG's thread. I'm working on my aggressive Catahoula (dog) as she loves people but not so much with other dogs so I will let you know what we can do
I'm known as the dog whisper. I bring many dogs together. It is another part of the trip I do not talk about- Polo and I stop at many Vets and Boarding places. I already ran into a puppy mill a ways back in AL. I think the owner got my point, and I found out the locals are already watching the place.
Today's interesting bit of happenings:
*Weather has turned nuts
*Library closed on Thursday on the West side of Austin
*Southern hospitality only comes from people who are not from the South but live here now.
*Austin is easy to bike, once you figure out the bicycle signs.
*SxSW started today (that is cray)
*Austin has a great VW salvage yard
*Mellow Johnny's is owned by Lance Armstrong, and his personal bikes are hanging everywhere- including one with wooded wheels. http://www.mellowjohnnys.com/
*Kyle's roommate Charlie gets a huge thank you... he fixed something that i did not realized until I went through the gears going up hill.
*I keep running into Brent
*I wish i had a mountain bike.
Wooden wheeled bike
I've enjoyed looking at this thread from time to time. You've sparked that curiousity and I want to research this summer and find a fun tour to do once I graduate, or maybe during summer vacation next year.
Keep up the awesome work! IIRC, you weren't going through the midwest, but if you ever are touring and need to crash in Minnesota hit me up!
EDIT, well I looked again and it said all of the US. If you need to crash in Minneapolis my phone is 763-657-six7seven7. My name is Steve, if it isn't obvious by my profile.
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I am sure it is pretty rough at first, I've done a few century rides, but I cannot imagine doing them back to back for as long as a week or whatever. I've been looking at a few other touring sites, and was curious if you have a paypal setup for hospitality? There's always **** that pops up that wasn't budgeted for and if we can help you with your journey it would be awesome. I cannot imagine trying to budget 6-12 months out! Be sure to let us 'texers know if you need any assitance wheter monetary, a bite to eat, or a roof over your head.
I've been in the market for a commuter for awhile now, but rather than going with a recreational touring city bike, I am thinking about pulling the trigger on a 2012 Trek 520, adding fenders for all-weather commuting, and then I don't have to buy another bike in the future if/when I plan to do my tour. I'd probably get new wheels since I don't know if I would trust the hubs from wintery salty commuting for thousands of miles.
Checked FB and saw it was raining like crazy. Stay warm and dry dude. Take care
...wish I had a new bike. lol. Just make sure you get a bike with wheel with at the least 36 spokes of thick gauge.
Paypal info is in the first post and the info section on Facebook.
Lemme know if you got my paypal, should buy polo a nice t-bone or a new tire.
What is your next destination? By the look of things I hope you plan on going to cali then going north along the west coast, should set you up to hit Seattle, WA in the summer which is absolutely gorgeous during that time of year!
They have an awesome curiousity shop with tons of weird **** in it, not to mention the market downtown or whatever where they toss the fish across the market and everything. Such a cool thing if you live in-land and aren't used to that stuff. Seafood is also crazy good in that area.
I did a tour of the Oregon coast and it is very bike friendly. There are a ton of state parks along the coast, all of which have hiker/biker camps for $4 a night. Depending on when you get to this area crater lake is worth a stop if you have the time. It is one of my favorite rides, I try to do it once a year.
You should totally hit the mcdonald observatory near fort stockton in west Texas!
*edit* Marfa lights? Carlsbad caverns?
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if it's a old diesel, change the fuel filter FIRST!
wanted: dead cabriolet. working tdi motor. in texas