Every inch 1

Every inch
Right here is where I began bicycle touring, 7,500 miles and 2 years ago. This bicycle tour is finished. 2,600 miles, from San Francisco to the middle of Wisconsin by way of many forests and mountains, many long roads. I’ll see about working up a summary tomorrow.

99 miles to go 1

99 miles to go
And a rough start to my last day… the rear tire is torn from repeated flats. These heavy tires and extremely well built wheels don’t leak, so when your innertube leaks, it fills the tire with air and blows a big bubble through the weave. Now one of those spots is ripped pretty thoroughly. I ...

A rage for distance

A rage for distance
This is a photo of some mountains in the Absoroka range, just east of Yellowstone. I write this to you from South Dakota. There is no more keyboard, no more tripod, no more pauses to find the view that would make a photo look good. There is just miles now. 790 more miles, and the ...

An Eagle, A Moose, An Antelope 1

An Eagle, A Moose, An Antelope
Some wildlife photography from the past couple of weeks…

A Day in The Life

A Day in The Life
I wake up at about 9:30 AM, sun blazing. My chosen campsite is a fishing access road as well as a sand depot for the Montana DOT. Part of the reason for my late start is that I lost an hour crossing from Idaho into Montana at Lolo Pass, part is because I crossed over ...

Mt. Hood 3

Mt. Hood

Crater Lake 2

Crater Lake
I followed the Smith River inland toward Grants Pass, where I met the Rogue. The ride to Crater Lake is a gradual climb. Envision a massive stratovolcano like Mt. Hood or Fuji, with a huge cindercone. As you approach the volcano, you’ll start to climb a steepening slope of lava rock, pumice, ash, tuff, and ...

Volcano

Volcano
I just wanted to share a couple photos from today…

Toward the Cascades

Toward the Cascades
I camped out in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park for a few days. This campground has an area off to the side, away from the RV crowd, for hikers and bicyclists. There are individual sites with Siskiyou Stoves, which are rock ovens that were built by the CC’s in the 30’s. It’s possible I got ...

Nine Days Later

Nine Days Later
After nine days, I left the forest. The deciding factor was that my phone stopped communicating from the ridge where I got reception. I confirmed it would work a couple of days ahead of time, and when last Wednesday came, suddenly the service cut off. Meanwhile, I’d left a notice with someone of my location ...

One Week in Isolation

I arrived at the end of the logging road around sundown, Wednesday, April 22nd. Three years has elapsed since I first found this nice spot in the woods. As before, today there has been some recent activity, and that’s good to see. During a continuous 30 day period in May / June of 2012, two ...

Proof of Life 1

Everything is going very smoothly. Today was the first whole day of clear weather, from dawn til dusk. It was downright hot. I baked in the sun while cleaning and maintaining camp, then took a long hot shower. At some point today, while listening to the radio, an astrologer told me all about my life. ...

Attempting a long stint in the woods 2

Attempting a long stint in the woods
Back in 2012 I hiked from central Oregon to the coast and down to the border with California. After some trips on foot, I was managing 2 weeks between re-supply just with what I carried. I got curious, so I packed as much as I could, and went 30 days between a resupply. This is ...

Repair, Rear Rack

Repair, Rear Rack
Shortly after beginning my route through The Lost Coast, I noticed my rear rack rubbing on the tire. This probably happened as a result of metal fatigue, the rack is very light weight. The fix was instantly apparent, I should simply splint the fracture with a couple of hose clamps. As an added bonus, while ...

Erik’s First Nature Video 2

Tom, thank you for your hospitality and help. You’ve given me the tools I need to succeed. Also, editing video is FUN! Holy smokes. I think we hit on a great idea of having an extra couple of memory cards for video only, to be edited and voiced over in the future, when I can ...