Author Topic: June Cross Country Bicycle Trip - I need your couches, showers and yards.  (Read 8622 times)

bartenderer

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Hey all!

Come June, the day after my college graduation ceremony myself and a buddy are taking our bicycles across country.

If you are interested in hosting two young men and possibly a young woman let me know. We also don't actually need a couch - if you are willing to let us pitch our tents in your yard and perhaps take a hot shower, we would be grateful.

We are all geared up and ready to go. We have not picked all of our cities yet, but we know what states we will be crossing through and have a framework of cities to hit along the way.  As we get closer to the date and when I have more specific cities I will update again. But for right now, I will put up a list of states we are going through.

EDIT: This trip will likely take us three-four months, we are in no hurry seeing as how neither of us know what we want to do post-grad. So, those living further west, I will likely come through around August. Texas folk, you'll prolly see me in July.  July + Texas = Awesome? I hope so.
NY(NYC) -> NJ(Newark) -> PA(Philly) ->

VA (Richmond, Ashland, Mineral, Palmyra, Charlottesville, Waynesboror, Lexington, Buchanan, Troutville, Roanoke, Christiansburg, Draper, Wytheville, Trotdale, Damascus, Rosedale, Honaker, Haysi, Meadowview)

KY (Elkhorn City, Hindman, Hazard, Buckhorn, Booneville, Irvine, Lake Cumberland,  Berea, Harrodsburg, Springfield, Bardstown, Hodgenville, Sonora, Mammoth Cave, Whitesville, Utica, Sebree, Dixon, Marion)

TN (Dover, Waverly, Shady Grove, Colinwood)

MS (Tupelo Mathiston, Kosciusko, Jackson, Port Gibson, Natchez) - this may change greatly.

LA (Norwood, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Simmesport, Lebeau, Oberlin, Mittie, De Ridder, Merryville)

TX (Kirbyville, Spurger, Kountza, Romayor, Coldspring, New Waverly, Navasota, Burton, La Grange, Bastrop, Austin, Kyle, Lockhart, Blanco, Kerrville, Hunt, Leakey, Camp Wood, Brackettville, Del Rio, Cornstock, Langrty, Dryden, Sanderson, Marathon, Alpine, Fort Davis, Kent, Van Horn, Sierra Bianca, Fort Hancock, Faberts, El Paso)

NM (La Mesa, Las Cruces, Hatch, Salem, Hillsboro, Gila Hot Springs, Silver City, Buckhorn

AZ (Three Way, Safford, Geronimo, Globe, Superior, Apache Junction, Tempe, Wickenburg, Yarnell, Prescotto, Paulden, Ash Fork, Red Lake, Valle, Tusayan, Cameron, The Gap, Cedar Ridge, Marble Canyon, Jacob Lake, Grand Canyon Baby)

UT ( Kanab, Mt. Carmel Junction, La Verkin, Cedar City, Minersville, Milford, Garrison)

NV (Baker, Majors Junction, Ely, Eureka, Austin, Middlegate, Fallon, Silver Springs, Dayton, Carson City, Genoa)

CA( Kirkwood, Placerville, Folsom, Sacramento, Davis, Winters, Vacaville, Fairfield, Vallejo, San Francisco, Oakland Los Angelas)  

That's the bulk of it for right now. These will likely change around a bit when we start digging into the atlas a bit harder.


Thanks!!!
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I'm about 40-50 miles north of San Diego if you're interested. I live in an apartment, though! More than welcome to take our floor.
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bartenderer

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I'm about 40-50 miles north of San Diego if you're interested. I live in an apartment, though! More than welcome to take our floor.

Let's see.... LA is about four days away from SF on a bicycle. But I  am -pretty- sure we will want to see LA (we are both film students). And LA is less than a day from San Diego and even less then from your neck of the woods. We might take you up on that offer good sir. :)
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I'm about 40-50 miles north of San Diego if you're interested. I live in an apartment, though! More than welcome to take our floor.

Let's see.... LA is about four days away from SF on a bicycle. But I  am -pretty- sure we will want to see LA (we are both film students). And LA is less than a day from San Diego and even less then from your neck of the woods. We might take you up on that offer good sir. :)
Yeah I'm pretty sure I'll be here in the August time period. If not, then obviously that wouldn't work out! Keep me updated and I'll be sure to let you know what's going on with me.
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WHY are you riding through the southern parts?

In Nebraska here, come up this way.

 :P
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You're stopping in Austin but not San Antonio? Seriously suggest you take the detour.

bartenderer

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WHY are you riding through the southern parts?

In Nebraska here, come up this way.

 :P


Well I have really old friends I haven't seen since my Freshman year in college who moved to New Orleans which is why I picked south. And my buddy is dying to see the Grand Canyon which is why we are staying south. Maybe I'll swing by Nebraska on my ride back?

You're stopping in Austin but not San Antonio? Seriously suggest you take the detour.

I don't see any reason why I can't make the detour. We have nothing but time. So, yeah. Why not. XD
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I JUST moved  a few miles away from Tupelo, MS, but I hope to move back in a month or so.

If not, I would be more than willing to spring for a decent room for you guys to stay in, and enjoy decent beds for a night. :D
Also, there are a handful of local, semi-local armers that might be available for drinks and whatnot.
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I JUST moved  a few miles away from Tupelo, MS, but I hope to move back in a month or so.

If not, I would be more than willing to spring for a decent room for you guys to stay in, and enjoy decent beds for a night. :D
Also, there are a handful of local, semi-local armers that might be available for drinks and whatnot.

Part of the fun is getting to meet all my fellow armers. I hope we run into each other on this trip.
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DesertT

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Good idea to ride back through more mid-USA.

Maybe even up to Chicago and then down.

Follow Amtrak's route.

What movie was that where the kid had the bike all fixed up to ride on railroad tracks?
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I live in a tiny ass apartment but I will find a place for you guys if you come through Seattle.

Or maybe I'll just dump you on Goulet :3

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I live about 30 miles from the VA border, if you're really in a bind. I don't have a yard, per se, but there's a big lot out back I don't think anybody'll fuck with you in. And there's enough room to pitch it just beyond my back step. I do have a couch with a pull out bed though! I only have one shower, but it is hot. If you come near NC enough, let me know. I'm sure I can cry enough (I'll be big and pregnant then) to make manboog say yes.
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When he said he needed people's yards in the thread topic ... all I could think of was that he was going to poop in them.

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Skip Oakland CA....

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Oakland is awesome, especially for bikes.  It'll be summer, hot, so just don't ride too close to any packs of white-donned street urchins.  I've seen more than one person punched right off their bikes and mugged in the lower bottoms.  Other than that, do it up!  Read "Phillip K Dicks - Humpty Dumpty in Oakland" and you can have a whole slew of sites and scenes to try and find in the modern landscape.  Enjoy!

I'd suggest you go through northern states on your way home.  South is already gonna be unbearable (you're crossing deserts in June, wtf?) so you might find the rolling plains and their 90 degree temp a nice relaxing change :P  Not to mention the Dakota's are pure primeval beauty.  Getting over the mountains might be a bitch though...
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bartenderer

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Good idea to ride back through more mid-USA.

Maybe even up to Chicago and then down.

Follow Amtrak's route.

What movie was that where the kid had the bike all fixed up to ride on railroad tracks?

No idea what the movie is called. And following the amtrack route back isn't a bad idea at all. It goes through some really beautiful areas and leads me right back to Penn Station NYC. Heh.

I live in a tiny ass apartment but I will find a place for you guys if you come through Seattle.

Or maybe I'll just dump you on Goulet :3
If we end up heading for Vancouver then most definitely gonna swing through Seattle.

I live about 30 miles from the VA border, if you're really in a bind. I don't have a yard, per se, but there's a big lot out back I don't think anybody'll fuck with you in. And there's enough room to pitch it just beyond my back step. I do have a couch with a pull out bed though! I only have one shower, but it is hot. If you come near NC enough, let me know. I'm sure I can cry enough (I'll be big and pregnant then) to make manboog say yes.
I don't think we will be going that far south through VA unfortunately. We kinda make a straight shot west from Richmond straight through to KY. But, if our plans change I will take you up on your offer!

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My buddy and I are trying to decide, either north to Canada or South to Mexico when we finally hit Cali. So Canada ain't off the table yet. Sell it to me, whats up in Vancouver. TJ has got donkey shows, can you beat that? XD

Oakland is awesome, especially for bikes.  It'll be summer, hot, so just don't ride too close to any packs of white-donned street urchins.  I've seen more than one person punched right off their bikes and mugged in the lower bottoms.
Not gonna lie, that sounds like the rinth.

I'd suggest you go through northern states on your way home.  South is already gonna be unbearable (you're crossing deserts in June, wtf?) so you might find the rolling plains and their 90 degree temp a nice relaxing change :P  Not to mention the Dakota's are pure primeval beauty.  Getting over the mountains might be a bitch though...
I think I will. But I plan on staying out in Cali for a few months. Get a job and save up a little so I can fund riding back east. But Dakota sounds beautiful and I will make it out there at some point.
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This whole trip reminds me of Oregon Trail. I really hope my friend doesn't die of dysentery and I am totally going to ford the river!
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I might advise going through Missouri on your way back. There's a great trail that cuts through the state, and as a fellow cyclist I can vouch for its condition. It is usually quite awesome, and gorgeous to boot. In July in Missouri, however, it tends to be hot and infernally humid.

My place is roughly 6-7 miles from the trail, at one point. I would be more than willing to show generous hospitality and Arm-related gossip and storytelling to you. My house is almost always open to Armers, and it is a glorious house, and I am a fantastic host. Anyone who says otherwise is a dick. :D

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I'm an hour drive south of DeRidder in Louisiana if that's applicable.

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... and I am totally going to ford the river!

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I might advise going through Missouri on your way back. There's a great trail that cuts through the state, and as a fellow cyclist I can vouch for its condition. It is usually quite awesome, and gorgeous to boot. In July in Missouri, however, it tends to be hot and infernally humid.

My place is roughly 6-7 miles from the trail, at one point. I would be more than willing to show generous hospitality and Arm-related gossip and storytelling to you. My house is almost always open to Armers, and it is a glorious house, and I am a fantastic host. Anyone who says otherwise is a dick. :D

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Too bad you aren't coming through Minnesota.  I've got a yard to beat all other yards.  It's that awesome.

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... I'm gonna appear at your houses now and indulge in some of this hosting!

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Well, Longest I ever did on a bike I was your age from detroit to miami...flew back:)

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Sounds like might be headed along my way.  I live in Arlington, VA, which is just outside of D.C., and I imagine you'll be biking 295, the Washington-Baltimore Parkway if you come anywhere close to this area.  There are also many bike trails that span VA/MD that might be great for you to ride as part of your trip.  If that is the case, I'll talk to my roommate about letting you and your friend(s) stay over for a night or two if you decided to stop in the area.  I have a ginormous couch that will sleep 2 comfortably, and there is space on the floor for a sleeping bag or blow-up mattress, which I think we can provide if you need room for a third.  You can shoot me a PM if this sounds cool.

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Dude, you should really photo blog this.  It would be rather awesome and I'm excited to hear about your trip and the tales you have from it.  The whole Oregon Trail thing has an idea running for me with how to write it.  lol  Hope you have a fun trip.
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Wow...Texas in July..on bikes...you are a brave man sir. Should be close to 110 degrees by then, when you hit the western parts you can pretend you're out near 'Nak.

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Well I have really old friends I haven't seen since my Freshman year in college who moved to New Orleans which is why I picked south. And my buddy is dying to see the Grand Canyon which is why we are staying south. Maybe I'll swing by Nebraska on my ride back?


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So where you at?, did you make it to mississippi yet

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Well I have really old friends I haven't seen since my Freshman year in college who moved to New Orleans which is why I picked south. And my buddy is dying to see the Grand Canyon which is why we are staying south. Maybe I'll swing by Nebraska on my ride back?
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