17 June 2012

Yesterday I biked from my house to Lost Lake, near Mt Hood. The route I took was about 65 miles, and it took me 9 hours. I left the house at 8am to give myself plenty of time in case of flat tires or bear attacks, and arrived at the campground shortly after 5pm. The journey was pretty definitively split into 4 sections:

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15 June 2012

So another change of plans. I was intending to ride out to Lost Lake this weekend with my brother. Now I’m intending to ride out to Lost Lake this weekend. I’m not sure how long it’ll take, but I am packing two gallons of water and a space blanket, so I’m ready for anything.

My SOS is covered, but if you want to follow along, my progress will be updated on this map.

See you on the other side!

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11 June 2012

Road Test #1 has changed a bit. Instead of heading to Cannon Beach and the coast, Team Williams will be heading up the Columbia River Gorge and camping out at Lost Lake! It’s slightly shorter than the original plan, which is nice, plus it includes many more friends (most of whom are driving).

A new website is under development! V1 will be launched in time for the tour, and will pull data from my GPS feed, my Foursquare checkins, and this very blog. You can follow along with the code at the github repo, or watch the site itself as it transforms from a Hello World into a real live boy!

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9 June 2012

This week I bought so many things.

Front rack: Surly “Nice Rack” from 21st Ave Bikes
2 bottle cages: normal size. from 21st Ave Bikes
hat: gray plaid cycling cap from Little Package
iPhone mount: Optrix from the Internet
camera mount parts: because Optrix doesn’t like handlebars yet. from the Amazon.
double kick stand: for Heavy Bicycles, from the Amazon
set of panniers: 2 Route Seven Large, 2 Route Seven Medium from North St Bags
maps of Lewis & Clark Trail: and a book! from American Cycling Association

Also! My back doesn’t hurt as much this week as it did last week. I attribute this to my Brooks saddle finally starting to break in.

Road Test #1 is in 10 days! Things I’m going to specifically test:
– panniers and racks, gear allotment
– tent and sleeping arrangement
– mobile devices: GPS for letting you know I’m alive, iPhone for navigation, iPhone for videography
RT1 is a little early in the process to actually test my cleats and saddle, since they haven’t broken in yet. I’ll do my best to ignore the blisters and focus on the more important things.

Goonies forever!
Spencer

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31 May 2012

A few orders of business.

1
I have bumped up my tour dates by 2 days (updated itinerary). This is to accomodate my driver from Montpelier, VT to Portland, ME (Thanks Adam!). The change has the side-effects of (a) removing the short work week from the beginning of the trip, and (b) lining up my NY and Pittsburgh dates with weekends! More fun for everyone!

2
We have planned Road Test #1! It will commence on the 16th of June. We’re taking a one night trip out to the coast and back, and passing on the way the Tillamook Cheese Factory, lots of Oregon coast, Cannon Beach, and ┬ásome mountains (map). It’s about 80 miles both days, and I’m planning to carry as much of the weight as I can (food, tent, my belongings, tool kits).

3
I’m seriously thinking about what the material output of this trip will be. Obviously there will be thousands of pictures, but I also think I should take some video. If I’m going to do that, I’ll need a theme or “story”. I like the idea of the Modern American Cowboy. I’m probably terrible at documentaries, or adventure travel journals, so at the very least it’ll have wide shots and a cool soundtrack? If you guys have any ideas, leave them below in the comments!

Cheers,
Spencer

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