Sunday, June 24, 2007

Internet or Lack there of….

It has been awhile since I have written or we have been able to update the Bike and Build site. It turns out that the life of a traveling cyclist is very busy, and that fact combined with the lack of wi-fi in many small towns has made posting difficult. We are already through our first solid week of riding and first build day. The first week was a long one with over 450 miles of riding. Even for me this was a little over the top. The longest week I’ve done previously was 330 miles back in January of 2006. With all the riding there have been a few mishaps. I hit the deck a few days ago and came away with a few scrapes and a really nice bruise:

Cooper hasn’t faired so well and had his second trip to the hospital today after a crash that gave him a concussion. The crash shook the group up, but Coop is in good spirits and is recovering well. All of this riding has led to quite a few pictures here are a few:

Ride groups have also formed, although people are pretty mobile between groups depending on the day. I’ve been riding a lot with the David’s, Joseph, Eric, Mariah and Katie, but have also spent time scattered with a few other riders.

The food and hospitality of our hosts has been amazing, with everything from great home cooked pasta dinners after long ride days to the opening of their homes for 32 of us to shower each evening if a YMCA is not available.

Only a few more days and we’ll cross another two states, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, off of our list of 15. The ‘mountains’ of Pennsylvania have dished out their fair share of pain, but also a lot of great memories, trials, and photo ops.

For now life on the road stays packed with riding, packing, unpacking, repacking and sleep. I will keep posting as we find internet access.


Anonymous said...

What a joy to find new postings to your blog. Looks like you've had great weather. The pics are a wonderful way to illustrate this incredible experience. That bruise is horrible! Stay safe!
Love you,

Anonymous said...

Nathan: Great postings and wonderful pictures. Keep up the good work. Take care of that bruise. Love ya, MeMe

Heather said...

Whoa! Keep those pants on! (My virgin eyes!) Thanks for calling from Fallingwater -
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