Summer's Almost Gone: A Spontaneous Bicycle Tour
September 21, 2022 6:55 AM   Subscribe

Summer's Almost Gone: A Spontaneous Bicycle Tour
This is the online journal of my 2022 late summer / early fall bicycle tour, from Kentucky to an unknown destination. I'm figuring out the route as I go along to keep things interesting.
Role: Rider, writer, photographer
posted by OneGearIsEnough (5 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

Are you riding a fixie, a single-speed, a unicycle, or is your username just your username?
posted by aniola at 9:47 AM on September 21, 2022


Ha! Most of the time I do ride a single speed: A Wabi Lightning SE, which is the most gorgeous object I have ever owned. I've done a few short lightly loaded tours on it, but for this tour I'm riding my heavy Salsa Fargo, which is much more appropriate for carrying a bunch of stuff, and riding on rough surfaces.
posted by OneGearIsEnough at 3:27 PM on September 21, 2022


May you go far on your Fargo. And if you hit any huge bodies of water, I hope you can hitch a ride on a sailboat!
posted by aniola at 3:34 PM on September 21, 2022


I love this. I'm only up to Day 5, but I really enjoy the photos of the old/new/mundane/strangely beautiful. I grew up in the Midwest and also spent time fifteen years ago driving around this part of the country and taking photos. Thanks so much for sharing it! It looks like it was a fantastic trip.
posted by kittensyay at 10:43 PM on October 1, 2022


There's a pedestrian bridge nearly identical to that somewhere in... Fairfield I think? Or maybe Vacaville. In California. Also, I think, over railroad tracks.

I remember when I lived in Davis, the city had a really hard time convincing the railroad to let them put in a railroad crossing. I just checked a map, it looks like they lost that fight. I think they wanted at-grade for accessibility. The railroad has tons of special control over the land around the rails and reeeally doesn't want anyone crossing their tracks ever. Especially not vulnerable humans who might sue them if squished, or something? Can't be inconvenienced to slow down through towns, maybe? Thus, presumably, if you can get it, The Long Cage Crossing over a short bit of tracks.
posted by aniola at 11:23 PM on October 1, 2022


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