James Rosenburg Astoria, OR

The Pedalshift Project 135: Lessons from riding the TransAm across America

He’s no longer a beginner, but Pedalshift Beginners Series alum James Rosenberg checks in after his (spoiler alert) epic and successful ride across the United States on the TransAm. We cover his favorite experiences, best and worst gear choices, and much more.

Lessons from riding the TransAm across America

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  • Oregon Coast Loop Videos
    • Look for one more to finish up the trilogy before the end of the month, but check them out on YouTube or pedalshift.net.
  • Tropical C&O Ride
    • I’m doing an overnight (maybe 2) on the C&O this weekend… the hurricane nearly washed it totally out, but it’s going to be rainy enough that Belle Starr is getting the hose again. More on next week’s show

The Journal: Lessons from riding the TransAm across America

  • What is the biggest thing you experienced that you had zero preparation for?
  • What was the essential piece of gear for a cross country trip? What is the thing you beg people to leave at home?
  • What kind of mapping and direction system did you settle on? 
  • Relationships
  • Connectivity
  • Dogs
  • Kentucky
  • Missouri
  • Route?
  • Best stop?
  • Ride for Kore
  • Links

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