On this episode we’re watching 2014 shrink away in the rearview mirror as we enjoy an hour-long show chronicling the top moments from this year’s big tour from Canada to Mexico along the US Pacific coast.
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Looking ahead to 2015
- The Lab and Pedalpreneur will return…
- More Bike Touring Stories…
- The Pedalshift Project goes bi-weekly…
- Friend of the show Johnny K on… lots of things
- New listener Jim Giddens on starting off and Surly LHTs
- Brock and Aaron over at The Sprocket Podcast with an update on the Amtrak baggage cars… ( see also, rumor and speculation from my Amtrak update post )
- Friend of the show Scott Morgan – just because he’s a retweeting machine. Thanks for listening and supporting Scott!
Bike Touring Stories
Border to Border
In the summer of 2014, I took 6 weeks to ride the Pacific coast from Victoria, BC to the US-Mexico border. I recorded a 2-5 minute audio entry every day for the Tour Journals podcast to share the more detailed aspects of the ride, but always intended to edit and condense it into a more manageable length to share here. I recorded almost every entry while rolling, usually in the morning. Listeners of The Pedalshift Project will definitely recognize some of the anecdotes, especially mention of the “United Nations delegation” in central and southern CA.
As I edited the story, I found myself transported back to each spot on the tour. I remember fine grain details of pulloffs, tide levels, and how I felt every time I called back home. The sounds of the waves, the seagulls, the ravens, and the traffic of US 101 and CA 1 help transport you to those spots as a listener. Ever want to bike the Pacific coast in under an hour?
I mention two people I virtually took along with me. They were:
- my grandmother who I lost at the beginning of the year… I think I might be taking her with me around Lake Ontario this spring too.
- a buddy of mine who took a big spill on his own adventure and hasn’t been able to tour since…