Saturday, July 2, 2011

More Ultimate

Redmond, WA

Yesterday I took another road that google maps said was yellow, and which ended up being dirt and gravel, had obviously been hit recently with rockslides and snow avalanches (but cleaned up), was one lane, and had parts where almost half the road had fallen off the cliff.  Why would that road possibly look the same on the map as a road which is two lanes, paved, with painted lines, and not falling apart?  And they never start out that bad - they always start out paved and turn to dirt 20 miles in, when it's not worth going back anymore.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Back In It

Omak, WA

And I'm back on track.

Yesterday I was a little out of it.  I hadn't really talked to much of anyone for a couple days, I'd been camping and hadn't showered in two days, and at the time I was feeling rather fatigued from a few days of long rides.  I was wondering at some points in the day if I was going to be able to do this for another two months, and certain that even if I could, it wouldn't be easy.

And then last night, the trip got back to how it was when I left.

Thursday, June 30, 2011


Sandpoint, ID

I've been camping the last few days, and it's been kind of weird. I probably could have couch surfed in Missoula or Spokane on the way, but I decided to just camp my way to Seattle, where I'll stay for a little while visiting friends, watching frisbee, and seeing the city. But since leaving Gallatin Gateway, I've just been roughing it. And it's been... isolating, I suppose.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Bust Your Cycle

Kalispell, MT

This trip around the country is a large-scale exercise in busting my cycle.  What does it mean to bust your cycle?

Monday, June 27, 2011


Gallatin Gateway, MT
Edited: Talked to him some more, so I updated parts of this to be more accurate.
And today, I relax.

I'm currently sitting outside in a hammock a little ways south of Bozeman Montana, listening to a small stream.  I just spent an hour in a hot tub 10 feet away, watching TV.  I cannot express how completely and utterly relaxing this is.  I was going to go to Bozeman tonight, but I think that's going to wait until tomorrow.  Tonight, I do nothing.

Sunday, June 26, 2011


Layton, UT

I was all ready to write a post about Salt Lake City, and what happens when I visit a city with no particular plans just to say I've been there.  It was going to be about how I wander and see the usual tourist sites and am disappointed with what I end up doing.  And then this morning I ended up stumbling across a really good time, so that post is going to have to wait.

After I woke up, packed up my tent, and hiked down the gigantic hill I camped on top of last night, I went to a brewpub called Squatters this morning to get some food and try their beer.