Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
- Your budget.
- Calorie/energy needs.
- Available resources.
- How many days you've been on the road.
- A) wasn't too heavy
- B) was filling,
- C) had enough protein
- D) was at least half-appealing to eat
- E) was affordable
- F) could be cooked on high rather than a simmer, and
- G) we could agree on.
Eventually we sent just one person into the store in an effort to hurry up! Oh, and we also had fun trying to avoid TBHQ, a frightening preservative found in a lot of cheap, processed foods. Avoiding high fructose corn syrup, which I ordinarily do, would have been impossible (according to our appetites).
- Save money.
- ....uh, save money.
- and to maybe get a few more veggies and a bit less deep fry in our diet.
BREAKFAST--Powdered milk + cereal (sometimes cold oats) + fruit (fresh or dried), we had to eat several bowls of this to be satisfied.--Scrambled eggs, cooked very, very quickly and with great care. (The stove is either ON or OFF.. no simmer!)--Hot oatmeal + fruit, etc.We tried to not cook for breakfast, because it took so much time-- but we (I) would be more satiated after eggs or oatmeal than cold cereal, which meant that we were less likely to have to stop for second breakfast in another hour.A successful tactic that many other touring cyclists used, was to eat a snack when you wake up, ride down the road an hour or two, then stop at a diner to have a hearty breakfast. This got you out of camp much earlier, but required the buck$.LUNCHWe mostly ate 1 of 3 sandwich options, depending on our mood and needs:1. PB&J2. Cheese sandwich3. Cheese, veggie, & sometimes meat sandwich. When we really craved it. This didn't seem to be very cost effective for us.SNACKS--Crackers + cheese--Cheap granola bars--Bananas, other fruit--Snickers, other candy--Ice cream--Gummy worms--Pop Tarts--Donuts--Can you see this list degenerating? :)DINNER--Pasta & beans, & sometimes a can of veggies.--Dehydrated soups when we could find it, plus bread.--Chili & bread.--Breakfast burritos out of the gas station. Oh, delicious. 500 calories each! I would have two, and a few snacks to top it off. Probably some ice cream for dessert.Having the Adventure Cycling maps was very helpful, though-- because we could see that a grocery store was up the road, and count on (most times) buying dinner food at the end of the day, instead of lugging it around all day (and up many hills). We only got sorta screwed a few times. Always keep a lightweight emergency food option in your bag (Ramen and some candy bars).
Monday, September 14, 2009
How did we become so ambitious?
Say, anyone know some good rivers to paddle? Bicycle-rafting has me curious. I think a ride-paddle-ride tour is in the works.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
No, not the blog-- ME-- I'M moving!
This summer (see: TransAmerica Bicycle Tour) we showed up to towns with little to no idea as to where we would sleep that night. But what we did know, was that we would figure it out.
Now I have shown up to Seattle with that same "I can figure it out" confidence.
STEP ONE: Job! Check.
I am so excited to share that I will be working at Gregg's Cycle in Bellevue! I have always, always (well, since I really fell in love with my bike) wanted to work in a bike shop. And another thing I learned on my tour: it's okay to do what you want! HA. Fancy that.
AND, I'll also be working at Cascade Bicycle Club as an instructor for their Urban Riders class! If you've been following this blog, or just have known me, for any length of time at all, you know that this is the PERFECT job for me. I love teaching people to ride.
STEP TWO: A place to live! ..uh, no check yet..
But I've got some options! And like I said: I can figure it out. ;)
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE BLOG?
Well, this is exciting! Bicycle commuting in Walla Walla is, well, pretty easy! Nothing (except wheat fields) is farther than 3 or 4 miles away, there are more quiet streets than busy streets, it's flat and sunny.
But Seattle? Seattle is big, busy, hilly and rainy. But that won't stop me from riding my bike as transportation. I look forward to "solving the problems" of bicycle commuting in a challenging environment, to illustrate that just a little bit of preparedness can make bicycle commuting really safe and fantastic, not a soggy chore.
And don't worry: there are still some TransAmerica Bicycle Touring HOW-TO posts in the works!
Thanks for readin'!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
SCENE: [Mia and RJ peruse a diner menu, calculating calorie to cost ratios, while the waitress approaches the table.]
WAITRESS: Can I get ya'll anythin' to drink?
RJ: Um, yeah. What do you have on tap?
WAITRESS: The usual.
RJ: Uh.. what's that?
WAITRESS: [Her face: are you kiddin' me??] Bud. and Bud Light.
RJ: Oh. Okay, thanks. I'll uh-- I'll let you know. Thanks.
Friday, September 4, 2009
- State parks & private campgrounds
- City parks
- Fire stations
- Someone's yard
- You're more likely to find a homestay if you're actually in a pickle. Such as a stormy forecast or pending darkness. You're not going to get a homestay because you're being lazy or a wimp!
- Take off your sunglasses. People want to see your EYES and see that you're trustworthy.
- First, ask indirectly. "Do you know a safe place, out of the rain that we could pitch a tent?" This allows the person an 'out,' or an opportunity to say 'no' if they're not willing or able to host you.
- If indirect inquiry fails with several people, and you're becoming a bit desperate, be more direct. "Could we just pitch a tent in your yard? It's getting dark and we can't ride any farther. We'll be out really early in the morning."
- Know your customer. For Mia and I, we look quite harmless and as young women are perceived as vulnerable. We're more likely to be helped by a mother who is concerned for our safety. If you're a scruffy guy that could pass for a bum, you're more likely be to be helped by a scruffy guy that kind of looks like a bum.
- Be genuine. Maybe it sounds contradictory at the end of this list, but I don't like to be manipulative, just honest. I just lay my situation flat out there.
· Share my enthusiasm for bicycling to get more people on bikes!
RELATED WORK AND VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
Community Center for Youth, Bicycle Program Manager
· Developed, managed, coached, fundraised, designed jerseys and
advertised for junior cycling team and bicycle repair program.
TransAmerica Bicycle Tour
· Rode self-contained across the country on the TransAmerica Trail.
Trek Woman Who Rides
· Selected as 1 of 5 to represent Trek in the Trek Women Who Ride program.
5 Collegiate National Champion Jerseys
· An enthusiastic leader on the Whitman Cycling team.
· Strong work ethic. Rode off the back in 2004, off the front by 2005.
· 2005, 2006, 2007 Collegiate Team Time Trial Champion.
· 2005, 2006, Collegiate Team Omnium Champion.
Committed to Bicycle Commuting
· Moved out of apartment by bicycle trailer.
· Bought an Xtracycle instead of a car after college.
Self-motivated Bicycle Advocate
· Ride director for Ann Weatherill Cycling Classic.
· Started Bike Thyme, a “spandex-free” leisure ride.
· Co-organized Bikes and Buses are Beautiful contingent for local parade.
· Served on Walla Walla Bicycle/Pedestrian Committee.
· On own volition, designed an improved bicycle map for the Walla Walla area.
· Maintain a blog, full of tips, information, reviews, videos about bicycling.
· Road, touring, cyclocross, commuting, cargo hauling, triathlon, track.
· Fluent in American Sign Language
Lakeside School, Seattle, WA.
The Mountain School, Vershire, VT.
Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA.
B.A. Studio Art
United Bicycle Institute, Ashland, OR.
Introduction to Bicycle Maintenance
Thursday, September 3, 2009
TransAmerica Bicycle Tour, Looking Back: Things I Learned