On the road again, I can wait to get on the road again

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David, Mark, Jan, Grandma

After a rather long break I’m back on the road Thursday morning. A big thanks to my Uncle Mark, Aunt Jan, and especially my Grandma Lois for all their support over the last week, which has made it hard to leave. It’s also very hard to go back to sleeping in a tent and eating the same thing all the time after having a bed and good food that someone else makes. Especially when the next part is probably going to be the hardest part of my trip, at least in terms of long, agonizingly slow rides up mountains. But onward I go.

Sorry for my lack of posting; I’ve been pretty lazy. I was actually planning on leaving Wednesday morning but ended up staying up way too late on Tuesday and didn’t get enough sleep. Part of that was because I needed to hit up the REI again and got a flat when I was about 1 mile away. Of course I had left my pump behind thinking “its only 10 miles.” I walked my bike the rest of the way and fortunately the people at the REI bike shop were very friendly and happy to fill up my new tube.

I tried to update the map but the only computer I have access to isn’t fast enough to load the map to allow me to edit it. Just imagine my route continuing in a straight line for another 1,200 miles, then dips south a bit into Denver. I’ll also update the Stats page in the next couple days.

7 Responses to “On the road again, I can wait to get on the road again”

  1. D&P&Roxy says:

    Yeah!!! Lookin forward to MORE STATS!!!

  2. David's Sister says:

    Keep truckin, Turkey. I’m super proud. I’m home later today (Thursday) so from there maybe we can work out whether or not I’ll meet up with you in California. Though I know for damn sure now that you ain’t convincing me to bicycle with you from S.F. to L.A.
    And always remember what Dory (and if you haven’t seen Finding Nemo then you are indeed the communist brother I always thought you were) says “Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming…”
    Talk to you soon!

  3. mark metcalf says:

    The Rockies will be fun at this time of year. And I mean that with all the sarcasm you are probably too cold and exhausted to appreciate. I haven’t checked your route but if you go through Salt Lake City stop for a Crown Burger. It’s a family Greek place and for some reason having to do with sodium intake they pile pastrami on top of a pretty good burger. It’s a mess but very tasty. Not nearly as good as the Shake Shack, but good. It’s warmer where you’re going, so GO!

  4. mark metcalf says:

    And another thing … if you are going through Crested Butte, which claims to be the home of the mountain biking phenomenon, my cousin Lucy Hecker and/or her daughter Laurie will probably put you up for a night and cook you a meal. Lucy is 70 something and has climbed all 54 14,000 foot peaks in Colorado. She also bikes everywhere and is back at it after a complete knee replacement about six weeks ago. She’ll appreciate your effort.

    • Gibbs says:

      Thanks for the offer but I’ll be passing pretty far north of Crested Butte. I’m following I-70 through the mountains. I will check out that place own Salt Lake City though, sounds awesome.

  5. Jan Jerome says:

    We loved having you in town, David! You were the most interesting person at our party for sure and it was fun to hear all about your travels. Hope to see you again out here soon. All the best to you on riding the Rockies!