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      10-28-2013 09:57 PM #1
      Are you folks ready for another expedition? Pup and man are out to do it all over again. This time much wiser. There are some changes made to our trusty bicycle you all granted us with, who is known as "Ours".
      First we streamlined the overall appearance of the bike. No items hanging off the side. Still 2 bags and same other crap. One bag holds dog food and my clothing. The other stores the tent and sleeper. The handle bar bag will keep current map and snacks. We have installed a Surly “Nice" front rack using 5 supporting points. All gear is being carried up front. I figure my and pup weight on the back out to make a great front to rear balance this way. The front wheel is replaced with Peter White help. Son 28 dynamo hub in black, Velocity Dyad rim in black, and Wheelsmith 14 gauge spoke in silver. If the firm allowed a 29er tire would be awesome. A Rohloff was figured for the rear but required a guide pulley. It just looked out of place on the Trek.
      We are dealing with some chain stretch currently, but the plan is dirt, snow, and rain. Just doesn't make sense to filthy up a new set.

      The ultimate goal is Alaska by July of August. Until then the long way around. Leaving from D.C. heading north on the C&O trail to the Allegany Pass into Pittsburgh. From Pittsburgh on the Underground Railroad route spur to Erie. From there we will be going back to good ole Buffalo for a winter spill to test out living up there. Then had back South following the Underground Railroad route to Mobile, Alabama. There will be a long stay there to take in all the NASCAR museums. Somewhere in there is odd things for strange change.... lol.

      If you have followed any of the previous outings, then you know nothing is a straight line or timely. We just wing around. I still have the crap camera phone from the original trip..... Don't worry, not using it. Currently waiting on the new lights to arrive and if we go. This Sunday is launch day. I will post some links of the route I'm referring to in a bit.

      Still can be reached at 3012002193 or [email protected] or just Google "teamdarb"
      ...I find cool stuff linked to that search all the time.

      Yes, I wear Patagonia base layers.
      He wears Polo fur and more.
      Last edited by woodrowstar; 10-28-2013 at 10:11 PM.

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      10-28-2013 09:59 PM #2
      Quote Originally Posted by woodrowstar View Post

      Yes, I where Patagonia base layers.
      I'm not worried about you, I'm worried about the dog. Make sure he has the proper gear for that weather too.

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      10-28-2013 10:02 PM #3
      You bet he does.

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      10-28-2013 10:07 PM #4
      Somehow I bypassed German Auto Parts last year.

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      10-29-2013 01:11 AM #5
      Nice, have fun

      Quote Originally Posted by woodrowstar View Post
      Allegany Pass into Pittsburgh.
      I have spent many sad hours on the Crush The Commonwealth route which uses part of that. Urgh. Hopefully it's not raining when you're on the crushed limestone, or more importantly, hopefully your spirits are higher than mine

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      10-29-2013 08:28 AM #6
      Haaaaa, I will have some spirits with me to keep the water from freezing and me warm.

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      10-29-2013 10:50 AM #7
      Saw the post on facebook. Have a great ride. I wish life would let me take off like that.

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      11-15-2013 12:26 PM #8
      We are currently in HAncock, MD on the C&O toward Cumberland. Good riding, cold weather, and turnip greens.... No idea what that means. Facebook has been updated. I am still addign some videos to Youtube. Thank goodness for libraries. I'm doing this with the use of no camping stove. That idea may end tomorrow in Cumberland. I need some warm food. I have made one fire in 3 days. Reason, i really do not understand the reason for fire. You put it out to sleep and wake up cold anyhow. Cold was a soft word last night... we awoke to snow.

      We are only doing 6-8 hours ridingm which equals 60miles roughly on off road for me. Roots and branches can beat you up. Then add cold and wind. I am on 700*32 Bontrager Hardcase tires runnging 45 front/60 rear psi. The front rim is a Velocity Dyad 36 hole and the rear is a crappy Botrager Camino 36 hole. the difference is the width. The front will hold a 29er tire.

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      11-18-2013 11:22 AM #9
      We left Cumberland, MD yesterday under the warning of thunderstorms. I had decided to go all the way 148 miles from there to Pittsburg in one spit. But as we rode into Ohiopyle mile marker 62 the "little voice" told me to stop. I went into the market and they offered us a room above the place for the night. What luck!! Great riding this morning. We are currently in Connellsvilles, PA mile marker 87~. Probably going to go ahead into Pittsburg tonight or somewhere near. I have seen numerous red fox running through the woods. Pretty cool. hopefully this good weather holds on.

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      11-18-2013 03:41 PM #10
      20 miles from Pittsburgh. Going to take tomorrow off at this point. There seems to be a ton of warm showers host here. Cross fingers....

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      11-19-2013 03:05 PM #12
      photo test

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      11-19-2013 04:40 PM #13
      I enjoyed following your journey the last time around... here and on FB. I'll surely be following this one as well.

      Wishing you happy and safe travels!

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      11-19-2013 05:49 PM #14
      here is the fire I created out of magic. There was a warm spot in the ashes. I kept poking and blowing at it until all of a sudden it lit. The video is on YouTube, user name: ratswordoow.

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      11-19-2013 05:50 PM #15
      camping like a..... camper

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      11-19-2013 05:52 PM #16
      half dog, half bionic Polo Austin

      easy on the crack rock

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      11-19-2013 05:54 PM #17
      half dog, half bionic Polo Austin

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      11-19-2013 05:57 PM #18




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      11-19-2013 11:44 PM #19
      half dog, half bionic Polo Austin



      let's see if these post

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      11-20-2013 01:16 AM #20


      easy on the crack rock

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      11-20-2013 11:37 AM #21
      We are still in Sewickley doing nothing. I'm a terrible adventurer. The houses in this part of PA are very unique. Outside they look like barns or small castles. I'm going to attempt to add more pictures here.
      Google + updated automatically everything for me there. Facebook and YouTube take some time.

      easy on the crack rock

    24. 11-20-2013 01:36 PM #22
      I just want to say that I grew up in Sewickley although i have not been back in many many years. Great place.

      BRENT

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      11-22-2013 11:20 AM #23
      And there is a lot of great riding in this area. If you need to stretch your climbing legs while in Sewickley check out Red Gate Road.



      Ride Safe out there....

      If...for some strange reason you are in Pittsburgh for the next week....the Saturday After Thanksgiving is the annual dirty dozen bike ride/race up the steepest hills of the City of Pittsburgh.


      Upcoming 2013 Dirty Dozen on Saturday, November 30th (http://www.dannychew.com/)

      The 31st Annual Dirty Dozen up Pittsburgh's 12 (The old 6th hill - Rialto St./Pig Hill in
      Troy Hill has been eliminated) steepest hills will be held on Saturday,
      November 30th at 10am. Anticipating another large crowd this year, please show up
      as early as 8-9am to start registration early. Meet at the Bud Harris Cycling Track
      (Where the ACA holds weekly criterium races in the summer) at 1401 Washington Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Overflow parking is the gravel lot to the North - between the oval/track and Allegheny River Blvd.
      I recommend a low gear of 39x27 for racers, and 34x28 or lower for recreational riders.
      The route is 50 miles, but will take at least 5 hours because we go neutral between the hills,
      and there are 2 stops (Millvale's Riverfront Park on the Allegheny River at the bottom of the
      5th hill Logan, and at the top of the 8th hill Canton Ave. in Beechview) where I offer
      snacks and drinks. We will ride neutral (no racing) between the hills, and I will blow a whistle
      at the bottom of each hill start. The two exceptions to this rule are before the 3rd hill
      (Berryhill), and between the last two hills where I blow the whistle early (miles before the last hill).

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      11-22-2013 06:33 PM #24
      Dang it, I just saw this information! We left Sewickley yesterday morning and landed in Erie last night. All wet and cold, all day. 124 miles completed. We are only 80 miles from Buffalo. Not doing anything today, I had plenty of rain. Speaking of which, I need a good bicycle friendly cold weather boot- any suggestions? I prefer something with a long top, durable, and must be ready for snowy conditions.

      easy on the crack rock

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      11-22-2013 06:46 PM #25

      Thank you Beer Genie

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