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    Thread: My first tour starts tomorrow, Help me make it through the first stroke

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      03-21-2012 12:51 AM #141
      Yes, got rescued laast night per a host from Warmshowers.org. and today treated to a free room at a motel by fellow from Couchsurfers. heading out in the morning for US-87. Bought a new rear rack, the original one I started wit was rated at 25lbs...lol. The new one is designed for MTB with disk brakes and has a rating of 50lbs. still trying to figureout the more water issue. the desert is closing in on us.

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      03-24-2012 02:17 PM #142
      Current location: SAn ANgelo, TX
      Finally back to civilization. We made it out of Hill Country. But Ralf decided in EldorAdo to go North versus West. tons of pictures coming as soon as we find the one and only McDonalds in town. The we are going to shuffle to San Angelo State Park for the night. Texas is huge. Averaged 17 mph today, flat land a few hills and a 5 mph head wind. 43 miles in 2:44 minutes.

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      03-24-2012 02:58 PM #143


      could not figure out how to turn the image



      We met a couple who was traveling the Hill Country.

      More pics later, and I have a wack video too.

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      03-25-2012 11:23 PM #145
      Few $$ in your paypal buddy, keep it up.

    6. 03-26-2012 08:57 AM #146
      When will you be hitting ABQ?

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      03-26-2012 11:08 AM #147
      Quote Originally Posted by byemaxima View Post
      When will you be hitting ABQ?
      Should be in NM Thursday or Friday. Coming through Roswell up to Socorro. Is it true in NM, it is legal to ride a bicycle on the interstate??


      in other news
      ...Rear tire blew apart last night around 10. I waited out the heat to travel in the cool temps. I had to push the bike 20 miles to Big Spring, TX. Found a Walmart with some poor excuse for tires. No bicycle shop located.

      at first, I tried to hold the tire together with an inner tube and tape, but the TX shoulder was vicious. I unhooked the rear brake cable (i never use it anyhow) and had to remove the rear brake pads to keep them from rubbing. By then the tire became useless.

      My friends all rallied together last night and sent us money for a new set of tires. Now just have to find a shop.
      Nearest bike shop is 40mile Southwest in Midland, TX. greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaatttttttt

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      03-26-2012 11:09 AM #148
      Quote Originally Posted by thecorradokid24 View Post
      Few $$ in your paypal buddy, keep it up.
      Thank you to all my friends

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      03-26-2012 11:25 AM #149
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      Thank you to all my friends
      10.400@139.32mph - Full Weight

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      03-27-2012 12:49 AM #150
      Good to hear that you were able to get a new set of tires and got rolling again. Looks like things are going pretty well besides that little hiccup, but that 20 mile push I bet was frustrating. Keep your head up, and I'm sure things have been better since then. You must be super fit now. I saw somewhere you were avg'ing 17mph, that's damn good, even on a Road Racing bike. It will be interesting to see what your numbers are like when you complete your tour and see how fast you can get that sucker unloaded.

      Take care man, and we are all enjoying the updates!

    11. 03-27-2012 01:01 PM #151
      Quote Originally Posted by woodrowstar View Post
      Should be in NM Thursday or Friday. Coming through Roswell up to Socorro. Is it true in NM, it is legal to ride a bicycle on the interstate??
      I am not 100% sure about that as I tend to do more mountain biking than road. Having said that...I do see bikers on the (far) shoulder of the interstate every once in a while but thats between santa fe and albuquerque...I dont frequently go south past ABQ.

      Good luck on the trip up here. I'll look ya up when you're here..maybe meet up for lunch or something.

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      03-28-2012 01:14 AM #152
      Enjoying the thread. Good luck in your travels.

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      03-29-2012 04:01 PM #153
      Thank you Josh!!!!

      80 miles East of Roswell, NM.
      Picture of temp while riding today so far

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      03-29-2012 05:43 PM #155
      Quote Originally Posted by woodrowstar View Post
      Thank you Josh!!!!
      No worries Brother. You and Polo stay safe!!

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      03-30-2012 01:15 PM #156
      Current location: Tatum, NM

      The original plan was tossed out last night for making the trek to Roswell due to high winds. This morning we went to the local library, which doubles as a Visitor Center, for a free map of New Mexico. I grab a map and thought "man this is detailed". Then the librarian makes the statement to check the date of the maps ...this one was from 1988!!!!!!!!!!!!! . Every map was from the 90's, and these are NM DOT distributed maps. We find one from 2010. Fingers crossed. Going to head out this evening, trying again with Roswell as the goal.

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      03-31-2012 01:08 PM #157
      Roswell here we are you freaking aliens!!! Now point me to the SouthernPlayalisticCadillacMusic.
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      03-31-2012 04:07 PM #158
      Checking in. Glad to see your still trekking!
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    19. 03-31-2012 07:42 PM #159
      Welcome to nm!

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      03-31-2012 07:49 PM #160
      Thanks.
      some pictures coming into Roswell, NM.
















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      04-01-2012 10:48 AM #161
      Good pics! Glad things are going well!!

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      04-01-2012 01:39 PM #162
      Quote Originally Posted by skydaman View Post
      Good pics! Glad things are going well!!
      I owe much to you for me keep going. After the whole truck hit issue I was pretty broken.

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      04-01-2012 03:56 PM #163
      UFO Museum pics and street. Rotate pictures and some doubles, sorry.































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      04-01-2012 08:03 PM #164
      Polo in front of the Alien Autopsy = AWESOME!!!

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      04-01-2012 08:42 PM #165
      The weather is turning.... snow, rain, high winds. Great, of course, ABQ gets further and further away. On top of that, the person i was going to visit moved, WTF?!!

    26. 04-01-2012 11:41 PM #166
      That's a bummer man. Where ya at currently?

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      04-03-2012 02:00 PM #167
      Just read this whole thread. Good luck man and I hope everything is going well
      I don't think you'll be coming to Ohio anytime soon.. haha
      Lowered Expectations

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      04-04-2012 03:46 PM #168
      MADE IT TO ALBUQUERQUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      3 days stuck on the side of the road 20 mile shy of Vaughn, NM. Not one person stopped to assist us!!! The bicycle has met its match ....Mountains. Not sure what to do now.

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      04-04-2012 04:22 PM #169
      Quote Originally Posted by woodrowstar View Post
      MADE IT TO ALBUQUERQUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      3 days stuck on the side of the road 20 mile shy of Vaughn, NM. Not one person stopped to assist us!!! The bicycle has met its match ....Mountains. Not sure what to do now.

      Well first congrats for making it! Whats wrong with the bike?

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      04-04-2012 04:28 PM #170
      Mountains is what is wrong with the bike. Not a low enough gearing.

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      04-04-2012 04:38 PM #171


      joy-lesssss

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      04-04-2012 05:25 PM #172
      Quote Originally Posted by woodrowstar View Post
      Mountains is what is wrong with the bike. Not a low enough gearing.
      Ohh gotcha, doh.


      Quote Originally Posted by woodrowstar View Post
      joy-lesssss
      Melissa watched this with me and said party for you upon your return!

    33. 04-05-2012 09:38 AM #173
      lol, welcome to ABQ/NM man. The weather here is a tricky bitch. I was rollin around in the jeep with the doors off Friday/Saturday then Monday/Tuesday we had snow And I am sure we'll have another storm before summer is upon us.

      Anyway, glad you made it safe and sound...I'll be available this weekend if you can meet up for lunch or something. PMing number

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      04-05-2012 04:54 PM #174
      Quote Originally Posted by byemaxima View Post

      Anyway, glad you made it safe and sound...I'll be available this weekend if you can meet up for lunch or something. PMing number
      Roger that. Sent you text. Bicycle being worked on - some much needed upgrades in order to keep rolling.

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      04-06-2012 11:11 AM #175
      The bicycle has a new lease on life! -Wider gearing for these long inclines. We had breakfast at Frontier Resturant ...mmm, yesterday. Going to find a library to upload pics and a park to hang in.

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