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The Pedalshift Project 370: Oregon Coast Remix - Part 1

The Pedalshift Project 370: Oregon Coast Remix – Part 1

A big day of travel from DC to Oregon and then on to the coast… it’s not hassle-free, but the coast and its cooler temperatures await for a grand adventure celebrating ten years of the pod. But wait… who’s that in Lincoln City?

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Oregon Coast Remix – Part 1

Introduction

•Opening remarks from Tim in Washington D.C.

•Packing and preparation challenges.

•Importance of cable run for bike handlebars.

Travel Troubles and Adjustments

•Delayed flight and rebooking with Alaska Airlines.

•Adjusted travel plans leading to an early morning departure.

•Personal updates: spending extra night with family and dealing with remote family health issues.

The Journey Begins

•Revealing Mysterious James as a trip companion.

•Anticipation for the 10th-anniversary trip of the podcast.

•Details of the bike setup and packing.

•Weather conditions and impact on travel.

Flight to Portland

•Flight experience: busy airport and smooth connections.

•Challenges with TSA and bike packing.

•Arriving in Portland and rebuilding the bike.

Portland to Tillamook

•Riding through Portland to brother’s place.

•Adjusting the bike setup.

•Detailed plans for the next day’s travel to the coast.

•Reflections on using local transit systems.

Arrival in Tillamook

•Experience at Tillamook Safeway.

•Bus journey details and using transit apps.

•Mysterious James’s progress on the coast.

Lincoln City Campground

•Campground features and setup.

•Ratings and comparisons of the camping experience.

•Discussion on the evolution of cycling tourism post-COVID.

Wrapping Up

•Final thoughts on the day’s travel and setup.

•Looking forward to the ride through Newport to Beachside State Park.

Statistics

Miles Biked 2.5

Bike tourists in camp 0

Wine-based Choclotinis purchased 2

Mysterious Jameses encountered 1

Flats 0

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this summer’s upcoming bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Mr. T
Nathan Poulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
Sandy Pizzio
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Joseph Quinn
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Keith Spangler
Greg Towner
Dan Gebhart, RIP
Jody Dzuranin
Lucas Barwick
Michael Baker
Brian Bechtol
Reinhart Bigl
Greg Middlemis
Connie Moore
William Gothmann
Brian Benton
Joan Churchill
Mike Bender
Rick Weinberg
Billy Crafton
Gary Matushak
Greg L’Etoile-Lopes
James Sloan
Jonathan Dillard
John Funk
Tom Bilcze
Ronald Piroli
Dave Roll
Brian Hafner
Misha LeBlanc
Ari Messinger
David Gratke
Todd Groesbeck
Wally Estrella
Sue Reinert
John Leko
Stephen Granata
Phillip Mueller
Robert Lackey
Dominic Carol
Jacqi McCulloch
John Hickman
Carl Presseault
David Neves
Patty Louise
Terry Fitzgerald
Peter Steinmetz
Timothy Fitzpatrick
Michael Liszewski
Hank O’Donnell
David Zanoni
David Weil
Matthew Sponseller
Chad Reno
Spartan Dale
Carolyn Ferguson
Peggy Littlefield
Lauren Allansmith
Eric Burns
Thomas Pearl
Darrin McKibben
Richard Stewart
Dave Fletcher
Jack Smith
Luke Parkinson
Ryan Patterson
Cyrus Farivar
John Gardiner
Sam Scruggs

Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Jason has a new solo album available NOW. Go listen to COMMON TONGUES wherever cool music is available! 

The Pedalshift Project 369: Oregon Coast Remix Preview

The Pedalshift Project 369: Oregon Coast Remix Preview

Ten years ago, I embarked on one of my biggest adventures… cycling the entire Pacific Coast, from border to border. Since then, I’ve revisited sections of that ride time and again. And to be honest, I have some habits… tried and true places to camp and eat and even throw back a few. So to celebrate ten years of the pod, the Oregon Coast makes a lot of sense. But celebrating the past sometimes means looking forward, so maybe we shake it up…. remix the ride. On this episode, a preview of the tenth anniversary ride, the Oregon Coast Remix.

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The ride

Lincoln City – Crescent City

A couple of fast forwards (PDX-LC, Port Orford-Brookings)

Reasonable mileage

The remix – new to me campsites each night (except the last one – more in a moment)

Pros – even though this a familiar ride, the tick tock of it isn’t so it’s going to be totally different. New challenges, new rhythms. Ability to spend time in the coastal towns differently. No Sunset Bay!

Cons – I’ll miss out on some classic things like South Beach SP. Would have liked more time. Not in proper bike shape for the ride?

Unknowns – there are h/b campgrounds, but are they any good? 

Ride to Union Station, Portland

Bus to Tillamook

Ride to Pacific City?

Bus to Lincoln City

Ride hits so many new h/b campgrounds

Final night… wanted to do Cape Blanco, but in retrospect it’s just too much to get up there (steep and narrow road). Luckily, Humbug Mountain is close enough to Port Orford to bike back to grab the bus. Only campsite I’ll stay at that’s not new to me (barring disaster/change in plans)

Fast forward Port Orford to Brookings and then another bus to Crescent City airport for my car (puke avoidance tour 2024)

The gear

The Safari – same bike (well same frame and a few of the OG components) as the one that road the coast in 2014

Back from the shop and hopefully riding perfectly

Fully loaded, even bringing a stove

Flying with the Dogsbody bag (which has definitely paid for itself at this point)

Two rear panniers

Fork bags, but using the eVent bags instead of those skinny bags that came with them

Will be the closest to a “4 pannier” setup I’ve ever done

Handlebar roll (new bag)

Lots of capacity, but will try to keep amount of gear and clothing to a minimum. May look heavier than it is?

The challenges

Not in the best shape

My usual stops won’t make sense so I’ll be improvising a bit

The upsides

Brand new campgrounds – new sights to see and new perspectives of the coast

Different rhythm to the ride makes it closer to new

I’m in this for fun, not breaking speed records… hoping to stop at a few cool places I usually pass by

Might have some surprises. It’s the ten year anniversary adventure, after all!

Tour Journals start… next week!

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this summer’s upcoming bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Mr. T
Nathan Poulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
Sandy Pizzio
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Joseph Quinn
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Keith Spangler
Greg Towner
Dan Gebhart, RIP
Jody Dzuranin
Lucas Barwick
Michael Baker
Brian Bechtol
Reinhart Bigl
Greg Middlemis
Connie Moore
William Gothmann
Brian Benton
Joan Churchill
Mike Bender
Rick Weinberg
Billy Crafton
Gary Matushak
Greg L’Etoile-Lopes
James Sloan
Jonathan Dillard
John Funk
Tom Bilcze
Ronald Piroli
Dave Roll
Brian Hafner
Misha LeBlanc
Ari Messinger
David Gratke
Todd Groesbeck
Wally Estrella
Sue Reinert
John Leko
Stephen Granata
Phillip Mueller
Robert Lackey
Dominic Carol
Jacqi McCulloch
John Hickman
Carl Presseault
David Neves
Patty Louise
Terry Fitzgerald
Peter Steinmetz
Timothy Fitzpatrick
Michael Liszewski
Hank O’Donnell
David Zanoni
David Weil
Matthew Sponseller
Chad Reno
Spartan Dale
Carolyn Ferguson
Peggy Littlefield
Lauren Allansmith
Eric Burns
Thomas Pearl
Darrin McKibben
Richard Stewart
Dave Fletcher
Jack Smith
Luke Parkinson
Ryan Patterson
Cyrus Farivar
John Gardiner
Sam Scruggs

Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Jason has a new solo album available NOW. Go listen to COMMON TONGUES wherever cool music is available! 

The Pedalshift Project 368: C&O But Slow Takeaways

The Pedalshift Project 368: C&O But Slow Takeaways

10 takeaways from a bike trip that was supposed to be slow but ended up being quite different than anticipated…

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C&O But Slow Takeaways

10 takeaways from a bike trip that was supposed to be slow but ended up being quite different than anticipated:

1. Unplanned Higher Mileage Day: Despite the intention to have a slow and leisurely ride, the trip ended up requiring a high mileage day due to weather conditions and route changes

2. Changing Routes Due to Weather: The need to avoid bad weather led to a significant change in plans, including a decision to ride to the cabin instead of continuing on the planned trail

3. Encounter with Rolling Coal: The trip included an unpleasant experience of being coal-rolled by a truck, highlighting some of the challenges and hostility faced on the road

4. Gear Issues: Mechanical problems, such as issues with the bike’s gearing, added to the difficulty of the trip. This required on-the-go adjustments and highlighted the need for future maintenance

5. Utilizing Lights for Safety: Riding on exposed and less-traveled roads necessitated the use of fully charged lights to ensure safety, especially in low visibility conditions

6. Importance of Flexibility: The trip underscored the importance of being flexible and adapting to changing conditions, such as unexpected weather and route challenges

7. Strategic Zero Days: Taking a zero day (a rest day with no riding) proved to be a wise decision to avoid riding in bad weather and to recuperate from a strenuous day

8. Food and Hydration Management: Managing food and hydration was crucial, with stops to consume snacks and hydrate, especially given the physical exertion and varying conditions

9. Navigating New Routes: The journey involved navigating new and less familiar routes, which added an element of exploration but also required careful planning and adjustments

10. Reflection on Pace and Experience: Despite the trip being more challenging than expected, it offered valuable experiences and insights, leading to reflections on the importance of pace, enjoying the ride, preparation, flexibility, and resilience.

Best of next week and then we continue the celebration of 10 years of Pedalshift with Oregon Coast Remixed!

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this summer’s upcoming bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Mr. T
Nathan Poulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
Sandy Pizzio
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Joseph Quinn
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Keith Spangler
Greg Towner
Dan Gebhart, RIP
Jody Dzuranin
Lucas Barwick
Michael Baker
Brian Bechtol
Reinhart Bigl
Greg Middlemis
Connie Moore
William Gothmann
Brian Benton
Joan Churchill
Mike Bender
Rick Weinberg
Billy Crafton
Gary Matushak
Greg L’Etoile-Lopes
James Sloan
Jonathan Dillard
John Funk
Tom Bilcze
Ronald Piroli
Dave Roll
Brian Hafner
Misha LeBlanc
Ari Messinger
David Gratke
Todd Groesbeck
Wally Estrella
Sue Reinert
John Leko
Stephen Granata
Phillip Mueller
Robert Lackey
Dominic Carol
Jacqi McCulloch
John Hickman
Carl Presseault
David Neves
Patty Louise
Terry Fitzgerald
Peter Steinmetz
Timothy Fitzpatrick
Michael Liszewski
Hank O’Donnell
David Zanoni
David Weil
Matthew Sponseller
Chad Reno
Spartan Dale
Carolyn Ferguson
Peggy Littlefield
Lauren Allansmith
Eric Burns
Thomas Pearl
Darrin McKibben
Richard Stewart
Dave Fletcher
Jack Smith
Luke Parkinson
Ryan Patterson
Cyrus Farivar
John Gardiner
Sam Scruggs

Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Jason has a new solo album available NOW. Go listen to COMMON TONGUES wherever cool music is available! 

The Pedalshift Project 367: C&O But Slow - Part 4

The Pedalshift Project 367: C&O But Slow – Part 4

After a rejuvenating zero day to avoid the storms, I had one more day of road riding to catch my train. A familiar route, but not exactly one with mindfulness paid to bikes. Would I catch the train home?

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Have some bike touring or overnight stories to share? Send your pics, audio or a quick tweet – all welcome. Email the show at pedalshift@pedalshift.net or call the lightly-used Pedalshift voicemail line at (202) 930-1109

Celebrate 10 Years of Pedalshift

  • Quick housekeeping if you missed last episode’s live show news… I’m off to Oregon for the 10th anniversary tour: Oregon Coast Remixed! We’ll pivot right into that as soon as we wrap up the C&O But Slow over the next few weeks, so stay tuned.

  • Also another shout to Lael Wilcox’s pod… her adventure around the world continues so make sure you follow along Lael Rides Around the World wherever you get this pod. Unless you get it off my website, in which case go google hers 😉

C&O But Slow – Part 4

Introduction

  • Good morning from the cabin. Discussion about the day’s ride and weather conditions.
  • Reflection on the decision to take a zero day due to bad weather.

Travel Plans and Preparations

  • Route description: predominantly downhill, then uphill, and flat sections.
  • Mention of carrying less load compared to previous rides.
  • Discussion on the necessity of taking the garbage to remote bins.
  • Weather conditions: cold, layering up, and safety measures with lighting on the bike.
  • Highlighting areas of exposure to highways and the importance of planning the ride to avoid rush.

On the Road Experiences

  • Initial thoughts after starting the ride and adjusting clothing layers.
  • Navigating roads and using Google Maps for routing, challenges with algorithm recommendations.
  • Encounter with the lowest elevation point near Back Creek and the difficulties with uphill rides.
  • Discussion about the upcoming route, including passing the county landfill and Ridge Road’s rollercoaster-like terrain.

Mid-Ride Reflections

  • Break to consume snacks and hydrate, reflection on time management for the ride.
  • Encounter with local traffic and the need for careful navigation on Ridge Road.
  • Challenges with the bike’s mid gears and potential need for maintenance.

Final Leg of the Journey

  • Detailed description of the last few miles and final crossing of Highway 9.
  • Observations on new constructions and reflections on the local area’s development.
  • Final thoughts on the ride, considering an e-bike for future trips for efficiency.
  • Nearing the train station, managing time well and cooling down after the ride.

Arrival at Martinsburg Train Station

  • Reflection on the ease of the final stretch and the efficiency of the route taken.
  • Thoughts on Martinsburg’s potential and current state, including commuter resources.
  • Preparing for the train ride back, discussion on local transit options and their effectiveness.

Return to DC

  • Arrival in DC, reflection on the overall trip and its unexpected developments.
  • Observations on local cycling culture and the changes seen in the area.
  • Mention of upcoming episodes and future plans for spring and summer.

Statistics

  • Miles biked 20.1

  • Trains taken 1

  • Bars eaten 2

  • Celebratory train beers 1

  • Flats 0

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this summer’s upcoming bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Mr. T
Nathan Poulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
Sandy Pizzio
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Joseph Quinn
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Keith Spangler
Greg Towner
Dan Gebhart, RIP
Jody Dzuranin
Lucas Barwick
Michael Baker
Brian Bechtol
Reinhart Bigl
Greg Middlemis
Connie Moore
William Gothmann
Brian Benton
Joan Churchill
Mike Bender
Rick Weinberg
Billy Crafton
Gary Matushak
Greg L’Etoile-Lopes
James Sloan
Jonathan Dillard
John Funk
Tom Bilcze
Ronald Piroli
Dave Roll
Brian Hafner
Misha LeBlanc
Ari Messinger
David Gratke
Todd Groesbeck
Wally Estrella
Sue Reinert
John Leko
Stephen Granata
Phillip Mueller
Robert Lackey
Dominic Carol
Jacqi McCulloch
John Hickman
Carl Presseault
David Neves
Patty Louise
Terry Fitzgerald
Peter Steinmetz
Timothy Fitzpatrick
Michael Liszewski
Hank O’Donnell
David Zanoni
David Weil
Matthew Sponseller
Chad Reno
Spartan Dale
Carolyn Ferguson
Peggy Littlefield
Lauren Allansmith
Eric Burns
Thomas Pearl
Darrin McKibben
Richard Stewart
Dave Fletcher
Jack Smith
Luke Parkinson
Ryan Patterson
Cyrus Farivar
John Gardiner
Sam Scruggs

Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Jason has a new solo album available NOW. Go listen to COMMON TONGUES wherever cool music is available! 

The Pedalshift Project 366: Ten Years of Pedalshift [Live!]

The Pedalshift Project 366: Ten Years of Pedalshift [Live!]

June 8th, 2014 was the very first episode of The Pedalshift Project, and since then we’ve gone on quite the journey, mostly by bike. On this live episode, we got a bunch of listeners together to chat about highlights from the last ten years, the evolution of the show, and the reveal of the Tenth Anniversary Tour this summer. Recorded live June 8, 2024.

The Pedalshift Project 366: Ten Years of Pedalshift [Live!]

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Have some bike touring or overnight stories to share? Send your pics, audio or a quick tweet – all welcome. Email the show at pedalshift@pedalshift.net or call the lightly-used Pedalshift voicemail line at (202) 930-1109

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this summer’s upcoming bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Mr. T
Nathan Poulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
Sandy Pizzio
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Joseph Quinn
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Keith Spangler
Greg Towner
Dan Gebhart, RIP
Jody Dzuranin
Lucas Barwick
Michael Baker
Brian Bechtol
Reinhart Bigl
Greg Middlemis
Connie Moore
William Gothmann
Brian Benton
Joan Churchill
Mike Bender
Rick Weinberg
Billy Crafton
Gary Matushak
Greg L’Etoile-Lopes
James Sloan
Jonathan Dillard
John Funk
Tom Bilcze
Ronald Piroli
Dave Roll
Brian Hafner
Misha LeBlanc
Ari Messinger
David Gratke
Todd Groesbeck
Wally Estrella
Sue Reinert
John Leko
Stephen Granata
Phillip Mueller
Robert Lackey
Dominic Carol
Jacqi McCulloch
John Hickman
Carl Presseault
David Neves
Patty Louise
Terry Fitzgerald
Peter Steinmetz
Timothy Fitzpatrick
Michael Liszewski
Hank O’Donnell
David Zanoni
David Weil
Matthew Sponseller
Chad Reno
Spartan Dale
Carolyn Ferguson
Peggy Littlefield
Lauren Allansmith
Eric Burns
Thomas Pearl
Darrin McKibben
Richard Stewart
Dave Fletcher
Jack Smith
Luke Parkinson
Ryan Patterson
Cyrus Farivar
John Gardiner
Sam Scruggs

Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Jason has a new solo album available NOW. Go listen to COMMON TONGUES wherever cool music is available! 

The Pedalshift Project 365: C&O But Slow - Part 3

The Pedalshift Project 365: C&O But Slow – Part 3

After leaving you all with a bit of a cliffhanger, the decision is made – my (formerly) slow and chill C&O ride now gets another 18 miles of riding to some sweet sweet roofed lodging at my cabin. But that means I cross into West Virginia where I encounter something I’ve never dealt with before. Explicit tag earned for this episode…

The Pedalshift Project 365: C&O But Slow - Part 3

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Subscribe/Follow The Pedalshift Project:
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Reach out to the show via email, Twitter and Instagram. Don’t forget to join the newsletter too.

Have some bike touring or overnight stories to share? Send your pics, audio or a quick tweet – all welcome. Email the show at pedalshift@pedalshift.net or call the lightly-used Pedalshift voicemail line at (202) 930-1109

Celebrate 10 Years of Pedalshift Live 6/8

  • The march to the ten year anniversary of the show commences… Live show to celebrate things June 8th, at 8pm ET. It will be podcasted the following week but always down for some live banter. It’ll be on the YouTube channel and here at pedalshift.net/live.
  • ALSO, if you aren’t subscribed to and listening to the fantastic Lael Wilcox’s podcast, I can’t recommend it enough. She’s trying to break the world record for cycling the world and is audio journaling it every day. She’s recently completed her eastern US leg and by the time you hear this will be in Europe working her way east. It’s so good – laelwilcox.net for the details. She is a legend and this is elite level stuff!

C&O But Slow – Part 3

Introduction

– Riding to the cabin due to favorable weather conditions

Travel Plans and Preparations

– Description of the route and challenges ahead

– Discussion on safety measures and time management

– Strategy for avoiding bad weather and deciding to ride immediately

On the Road Experiences

– Reflections on the ride: pain, headwinds, and dealing with a truck that rolls coal

– Encounter with challenging road conditions and gearing issues

– Insights on energy management and navigating difficult climbs

Scenic and Safe Routes

– Decision-making on route choices to avoid hazards

– Progress update and estimated distance to the destination

Final Leg of the Journey

– Description of the last few miles and expected challenges

– Nearing the end: checking distance and anticipating weather

Arrival and Reflections

– Arrival at the cabin and initial feelings

– Immediate plans and reflections on the day’s ride

Zero Day

– Announcement of a zero day due to bad weather

– Observations on the weather conditions and impact on the trail

Closing Thoughts

– Strategy for the upcoming ride to the train station

– Gratitude for making the right decision and empathy for those still on the trail

Statistics

  • Miles biked 18

  • F bombs tossed  1

  • Zero days 1

  • Heavy rain storms dodged 2

  • Flats 0

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this summer’s upcoming bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Mr. T
Nathan Poulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
Sandy Pizzio
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Joseph Quinn
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Keith Spangler
Greg Towner
Dan Gebhart, RIP
Jody Dzuranin
Lucas Barwick
Michael Baker
Brian Bechtol
Reinhart Bigl
Greg Middlemis
Connie Moore
William Gothmann
Brian Benton
Joan Churchill
Mike Bender
Rick Weinberg
Billy Crafton
Gary Matushak
Greg L’Etoile-Lopes
James Sloan
Jonathan Dillard
John Funk
Tom Bilcze
Ronald Piroli
Dave Roll
Brian Hafner
Misha LeBlanc
Ari Messinger
David Gratke
Todd Groesbeck
Wally Estrella
Sue Reinert
John Leko
Stephen Granata
Phillip Mueller
Robert Lackey
Dominic Carol
Jacqi McCulloch
John Hickman
Carl Presseault
David Neves
Patty Louise
Terry Fitzgerald
Peter Steinmetz
Timothy Fitzpatrick
Michael Liszewski
Hank O’Donnell
David Zanoni
David Weil
Matthew Sponseller
Chad Reno
Spartan Dale
Carolyn Ferguson
Peggy Littlefield
Lauren Allansmith
Eric Burns
Thomas Pearl
Darrin McKibben
Richard Stewart
Dave Fletcher
Jack Smith
Luke Parkinson
Ryan Patterson
Cyrus Farivar
John Gardiner
Sam Scruggs

Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Jason has a new solo album available NOW. Go listen to COMMON TONGUES wherever cool music is available! 

The Pedalshift Project 364: C&O But Slow - Part 2

The Pedalshift Project 364: C&O But Slow – Part 2

After a surprisingly fast start for a planned slow tour, it was time to head down trail. But the muddy trail conditions of the night before don’t improve with more rain, and the forecast looks pretty wet and plans… well, they’re meant to change on a big bike trip!

The Pedalshift Project 364: C&O But Slow - Part 2

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Celebrate 10 Years of Pedalshift Live 6/8

  • The march to the ten year anniversary of the show commences… Live show to celebrate things June 8th, at 8pm ET. It will be podcasted the following week but always down for some live banter. It’ll be on the YouTube channel and here at pedalshift.net/live.

C&O But Slow – Part 2

Morning Setup and Reflections

  – Description of the camping spot and the decision-making process regarding legal camping sites.

  – Reflections on being overextended the previous night and the challenges of finding a good campsite.

Weather and Trail Conditions

  – Noting the weather holding off the rain for a few more hours.

  – Observations about the better trail surface and concerns about muddy sections post-Paw Paw Tunnel.

Camp Setup and Gear Adjustments

  – Detailed account of morning activities, including packing and adjusting gear.

  – Challenges with the fork bag and adjustments made to the tent setup.

Journey Begins

  – Initial miles covered with observations of the surroundings and the condition of the trail.

  – Encounters with traffic and reflections on the proximity of roads to the trail.

Trail Experiences

  – Encounters with other cyclists, particularly a group of LE officers, and reflections on group riding dynamics.

  – Decision to avoid a large group of cyclists to maintain a personal pace and experience.

Weather Check and Gear Adjustments

  – Checking weather forecasts and preparing for rain by adjusting clothing and gear.

  – Clearing fenders from mud and dealing with bike maintenance issues on the trail.

Scenic Observations

  – Descriptions of the flora and fauna observed along the trail.

  – Reflection on missing the red bud season but enjoying the current wildflower bloom.

Paw Paw Tunnel Experience

  – Detailed ride through of the Paw Paw Tunnel, including conditions and the tunnel’s history.

  – Observations on the descaling and maintenance efforts.

Trail Challenges and Maintenance

  – Continued struggles with mud and fender issues.

  – Descriptions of efforts to keep the bike in good condition amid challenging trail conditions.

Decision Points

  – Considering various options for the day’s ride and the impact of weather on the plans.

  – Reflections on potential stops and the possibility of a zero-mile day due to expected rain.

Hancock

  – Arrival in Hancock and decision-making process about accommodations and next steps.

  – Consideration of resupply options and potential camping sites.

Concluding Thoughts

  – Reflection on the day’s challenges and successes.

  – Cliffhanger about the decision on where to stay for the night and future plans for the ride.

Statistics 

  • Miles biked 42
  • Trail surfaces 3
  • Liters of water purified 2.5
  • Decisions to be made on where to spend the night 1
  • Flats 0

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this summer’s upcoming bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Mr. T
Nathan Poulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
Sandy Pizzio
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Joseph Quinn
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Keith Spangler
Greg Towner
Dan Gebhart, RIP
Jody Dzuranin
Lucas Barwick
Michael Baker
Brian Bechtol
Reinhart Bigl
Greg Middlemis
Connie Moore
William Gothmann
Brian Benton
Joan Churchill
Mike Bender
Rick Weinberg
Billy Crafton
Gary Matushak
Greg L’Etoile-Lopes
James Sloan
Jonathan Dillard
John Funk
Tom Bilcze
Ronald Piroli
Dave Roll
Brian Hafner
Misha LeBlanc
Ari Messinger
David Gratke
Todd Groesbeck
Wally Estrella
Sue Reinert
John Leko
Stephen Granata
Phillip Mueller
Robert Lackey
Dominic Carol
Jacqi McCulloch
John Hickman
Carl Presseault
David Neves
Patty Louise
Terry Fitzgerald
Peter Steinmetz
Timothy Fitzpatrick
Michael Liszewski
Hank O’Donnell
David Zanoni
David Weil
Matthew Sponseller
Chad Reno
Spartan Dale
Carolyn Ferguson
Peggy Littlefield
Lauren Allansmith
Eric Burns
Thomas Pearl
Darrin McKibben
Richard Stewart
Dave Fletcher
Jack Smith
Luke Parkinson
Ryan Patterson
Cyrus Farivar
John Gardiner
Sam Scruggs

Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Jason has a new solo album available NOW. Go listen to COMMON TONGUES wherever cool music is available! 

The Pedalshift Project 362: C&O But Slow - Part 1

The Pedalshift Project 363: C&O But Slow – Part 1

Starting with a semi-eventful train to Cumberland, the tour kicks off at an unexpected pace. But with rain already soaking the trail, and more on the way would the C&O reject my desire for a chill and relaxing start to my trip?

The Pedalshift Project 362: C&O But Slow - Part 1

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Celebrate 10 Years of Pedalshift Live 6/8

  • The march to the ten year anniversary of the show commences… Live show to celebrate things June 8th, at 8pm ET. It will be podcasted the following week but always down for some live banter. It’ll be on the YouTube channel and here at pedalshift.net/live.

C&O But Slow – Part 1

  • Introduction

    • Preparing for a bike ride to Union Station
    • Discussing train schedule and potential delays
  • Trip Plans

    • Aiming to reach Potomac Forks
    • Concerns about sunlight and trail conditions
    • Personal health and readiness
  • Bike Setup

    • New gear setup with fork bags
    • Adjustments made for comfort and efficiency
    • Forecast: hot and sticky with potential rain
  • Union Station Departure

    • Chaos with Amtrak procedures and bag tags
    • Interaction with train attendants and passengers
    • Departure and initial impressions
  • Arrival in Cumberland

    • Commentary on Amtrak’s inconsistent procedures
    • Starting the ride on the C&O towpath
  • Trail Conditions

    • Night riding experiences and wildlife encounters
    • Challenges with muddy trail sections
    • Strategies for night riding and trail navigation
  • Camp Setup

    • Passing multiple campsites
    • Decision to push on to Potomac Forks
    • Filtering water and setting up camp in low light
  • Day Zero Reflections

    • Impact of coffee on performance
    • Enjoyment of night riding despite challenges
    • Final campsite setup and reflections on the day
  • Closing Remarks

    • Observations on trail and ride experiences
    • Preparations for the next day’s ride

Statistics

  • Miles biked 18
  • Frogs a babillion
  • Stops to pull mud out of fenders 2
  • Proper bike tags requested by Amtrak personnel 1
  • Bike tags properly procured 0
  • Dark chocolate bars eaten 1
  • Flats 0

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this summer’s upcoming bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Mr. T
Nathan Poulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
Sandy Pizzio
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Joseph Quinn
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Keith Spangler
Greg Towner
Dan Gebhart, RIP
Jody Dzuranin
Lucas Barwick
Michael Baker
Brian Bechtol
Reinhart Bigl
Greg Middlemis
Connie Moore
William Gothmann
Brian Benton
Joan Churchill
Mike Bender
Rick Weinberg
Billy Crafton
Gary Matushak
Greg L’Etoile-Lopes
James Sloan
Jonathan Dillard
John Funk
Tom Bilcze
Ronald Piroli
Dave Roll
Brian Hafner
Misha LeBlanc
Ari Messinger
David Gratke
Todd Groesbeck
Wally Estrella
Sue Reinert
John Leko
Stephen Granata
Phillip Mueller
Robert Lackey
Dominic Carol
Jacqi McCulloch
John Hickman
Carl Presseault
David Neves
Patty Louise
Terry Fitzgerald
Peter Steinmetz
Timothy Fitzpatrick
Michael Liszewski
Hank O’Donnell
David Zanoni
David Weil
Matthew Sponseller
Chad Reno
Spartan Dale
Carolyn Ferguson
Peggy Littlefield
Lauren Allansmith
Eric Burns
Thomas Pearl
Darrin McKibben
Richard Stewart
Dave Fletcher
Jack Smith
Luke Parkinson
Ryan Patterson
Cyrus Farivar
John Gardiner
Sam Scruggs

Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Jason has a new solo album available NOW. Go listen to COMMON TONGUES wherever cool music is available! 

The Pedalshift Project 362: C&O But Slow Preview

The Pedalshift Project 362: C&O But Slow Preview

Finding my way back onto the C&O is hardly a surprise, but this spring’s ride is taking a page from my 2024 goals… try to take some of these tours a little more slowly. On this preview episode, we cover how I think it’ll go down.

The Pedalshift Project 362: C&O But Slow Preview

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C&O But Slow Preview

Celebrate 10 Years of Pedalshift Live 6/8

  • The march to the ten year anniversary of the show commences… Live show to celebrate things June 8th, at 8pm ET. It will be podcasted the following week but always down for some live banter. It’ll be on the YouTube channel and here at pedalshift.net/live.

The basics

  • Full size bike
  • New config (more on that in a moment)
  • Cumberland with Amtrak from DC and then… ?
  • Going with a stove this time
  • All camping
  • Forecast looks like rain
  • I’m getting over a cold, so not sure how that will impact things

New config?

  • The front rack from last season is fine but I want to try something new
  • Found I couldn’t get the bike in the Dogsbody bag last year and I didn’t want to keep having to install/unintall. Might end up on my ebike?
  • Solution: Fork bags + Hanging sleep kit from bars
  • 7L each side
  • Very narrow – a little too narrow?
  • Allows me to be a bit more nimble

Pacing

  • First night will be close to a new moon unfortunately
  • Would love to do 20 miles even though it’s night riding
  • Don’t have specific plans for any particular campsites
  • The end of the tour is up in the air… I have two options (Martinsburg and Harpers Ferry) so if I’m really enjoying the riding, I can make the miles. But if I’m enjoying the vibes (or other things) I can make this a shorter trip with some road riding on the final day

Food/water

  • Will likely carry more food than I have on past trips 
  • BUT going to do backpacking meals. Keeping it simple and light
  • NPS no longer treats the wells, so I have a new gravity fed water filter. Trying not to carry as much as I have in the past
  • Stove needed for meals, so I can at also enjoy coffee
  • Weather
  • Looks wet but not hot. Will be prepared
  • This might be the thing that impacts choosing a short or long ride… trail conditions, preferring to stay in the tent for a morning rain, etc. etc.

Other stuff

  • Paw Paw tunnel is reopened!
  • Not intending on climbing up to stay at my cabin (although it’s a backup option)
  • Name of the game is slow and steady and enjoying the ride rather than just banging out miles. Would have preferred a little more riding time on Saturday to spread it out a bit more

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this summer’s upcoming bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Mr. T
Nathan Poulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
Sandy Pizzio
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Joseph Quinn
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Keith Spangler
Greg Towner
Dan Gebhart, RIP
Jody Dzuranin
Lucas Barwick
Michael Baker
Brian Bechtol
Reinhart Bigl
Greg Middlemis
Connie Moore
William Gothmann
Brian Benton
Joan Churchill
Mike Bender
Rick Weinberg
Billy Crafton
Gary Matushak
Greg L’Etoile-Lopes
James Sloan
Jonathan Dillard
John Funk
Tom Bilcze
Ronald Piroli
Dave Roll
Brian Hafner
Misha LeBlanc
Ari Messinger
David Gratke
Todd Groesbeck
Wally Estrella
Sue Reinert
John Leko
Stephen Granata
Phillip Mueller
Robert Lackey
Dominic Carol
Jacqi McCulloch
John Hickman
Carl Presseault
David Neves
Patty Louise
Terry Fitzgerald
Peter Steinmetz
Timothy Fitzpatrick
Michael Liszewski
Hank O’Donnell
David Zanoni
David Weil
Matthew Sponseller
Chad Reno
Spartan Dale
Carolyn Ferguson
Peggy Littlefield
Lauren Allansmith
Eric Burns
Thomas Pearl
Darrin McKibben
Richard Stewart
Dave Fletcher
Jack Smith
Luke Parkinson
Ryan Patterson
Cyrus Farivar
John Gardiner
Sam Scruggs

Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Jason has a new solo album available NOW. Go listen to COMMON TONGUES wherever cool music is available! 

The Pedalshift Project 361: The Science of Cycling

The Pedalshift Project 361: The Science of Cycling

Ever wonder why it’s harder to cycle up a hill? Or why it’s easier to ride on smooth asphalt with skinny tires instead of wide tires on gravel? Turns out, there’s an answer: SCIENCE! On this edition, we delve into the (very) basics on what works against us while riding, and how we convert food into motion!

The Pedalshift Project 361: The Science of Cycling

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The Science of Cycling

Programming notes

  • Best of next week
  • Spring tour preview the week after, followed by the tour journal!
  • The march to the ten year anniversary of the show commences… Live show to celebrate things June 8th, at 8pm ET. It will be podcasted the following week but always down for some live banter. It’ll be on the YouTube channel and here at pedalshift.net/live.

The Physics of Cycling

1. Rolling Resistance

  • Definition: Explain rolling resistance as the force that opposes the motion when an object (like a bicycle tire) rolls on a surface.
  • Factors Affecting Rolling Resistance:
    • Tire Type and Pressure: Soft tires or low pressure increases resistance.
    • Surface Type: Rough surfaces like gravel increase resistance compared to smooth surfaces like pavement.
  • Real-World Example: Compare how it feels to ride a bike on a sandy beach versus a smooth bike path.

2. Air Resistance (Drag)

  • Definition: Air resistance is the force air exerts against a moving object.
  • Factors Affecting Air Resistance:
    • Speed: The faster you go, the more air resistance you face.
    • Rider’s Position and Shape: Explain how being more streamlined (like bending low on the bike) reduces air resistance.
  • Practical Tip: Demonstrate with hands outstretched vs. hands close to the body while riding to feel the difference.

3. Energy and Power

  • Energy Definition: The ability to do work, like pedaling a bike.
  • Power Definition: How quickly you can use energy (pedal) to move.
  • Conversion of Energy: Discuss how food energy converts into mechanical energy to pedal.
  • Measurement: Mention that power can be measured in watts, like how bright a light bulb is.

4. Gravity and Hills

  • Gravity’s Effect on Cycling:
    • Uphill: Gravity makes it harder to pedal uphill because you are working against it.
    • Downhill: Gravity helps you go faster downhill.
  • Energy Use: Explain how more energy is needed to pedal uphill and less energy is used when coasting downhill.
  • Practical Tips:
    • Gear Usage: Using lower gears on uphill and higher gears on flat or downhill.

The Biomechanics of Riding

1. Human-Bike Interaction

  • Pedaling Efficiency:
    • Definition: How effectively a rider can convert their energy into motion.
    • Factors Affecting Efficiency: Foot position on the pedals, the smoothness of pedaling, and maintaining a steady rhythm.
  • Ergonomics of Bicycle Frames and Riding Positions:
    • Frame Size and Shape: Importance of having a bike frame that fits the rider’s body to avoid discomfort.
    • Riding Position: Discuss how different riding positions (upright vs. leaned forward) affect comfort and speed.
  • Practical Tip: How to adjust a bike to fit (seat height, handlebar position).

2. Muscle Work and Efficiency

  • Muscle Groups Involved in Cycling:
    • Main Muscles: Legs (quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves), but also mention the core and arms for balance and control.
  • Efficiency in Muscle Use:
    • Warm-Up: Importance of warming up muscles to prevent injuries and improve performance.
    • Stamina and Strength: How regular riding improves muscle strength and cardiovascular health.
  • Bicycle fitting can improve efficiencies

3. The Role of Gearing

  • What is Gearing?:
    • Definition: Gearing is a way to adjust how hard or easy it is to pedal.
    • How Gears Work: Explain the basics of chainrings and cogs and how changing gears changes the resistance felt when pedaling.
  • Choosing the Right Gear:
    • Uphill and Downhill Riding: Using lower gears for uphill to make pedaling easier, and higher gears for downhill or flat surfaces to go faster.
    • Cadence: Keeping a steady pedaling speed (cadence) to maintain efficiency.
  • Practical Tip: Encourage trying different gears during a ride to find what feels best for different terrains.

 

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this summer’s upcoming bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Mr. T
Nathan Poulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
Sandy Pizzio
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Joseph Quinn
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Keith Spangler
Greg Towner
Dan Gebhart, RIP
Jody Dzuranin
Lucas Barwick
Michael Baker
Brian Bechtol
Reinhart Bigl
Greg Middlemis
Connie Moore
William Gothmann
Brian Benton
Joan Churchill
Mike Bender
Rick Weinberg
Billy Crafton
Gary Matushak
Greg L’Etoile-Lopes
James Sloan
Jonathan Dillard
John Funk
Tom Bilcze
Ronald Piroli
Dave Roll
Brian Hafner
Misha LeBlanc
Ari Messinger
David Gratke
Todd Groesbeck
Wally Estrella
Sue Reinert
John Leko
Stephen Granata
Phillip Mueller
Robert Lackey
Dominic Carol
Jacqi McCulloch
John Hickman
Carl Presseault
David Neves
Patty Louise
Terry Fitzgerald
Peter Steinmetz
Timothy Fitzpatrick
Michael Liszewski
Hank O’Donnell
David Zanoni
David Weil
Matthew Sponseller
Chad Reno
Spartan Dale
Carolyn Ferguson
Peggy Littlefield
Lauren Allansmith
Eric Burns
Thomas Pearl
Darrin McKibben
Richard Stewart
Dave Fletcher
Jack Smith
Luke Parkinson
Ryan Patterson
Cyrus Farivar
John Gardiner
Sam Scruggs

Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Jason has a new solo album available NOW. Go listen to COMMON TONGUES wherever cool music is available!