Saturday, September 10, 2011

Location Independent

Jackson, MI

One of the things about this trip is that in a lot of the cities, even big ones, I've often ended up doing things that I really could do just about anywhere.  Whether it's going out to a bar, or a restaurant or brewery, or some store - the things I'm doing aren't specific to the city I'm in.  I'm not going to restaurant chains or shopping malls or anything.  But I'm also not seeing monuments or going to famous local restaurants a lot of the time.  I've started thinking of these types of visits as "location-independent" experiences.  And in Dayton, I had one of the best location-independent experiences of the trip.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Cleveland Rocks (As does Toronto)

Dayton, OH

The last few days have been miserable weather-wise, but I've had a blast when I'm not riding.  On Labour Day (spelled that way because I was in Canada for it), I went with my couchsurfing host and his two other surfers on a walking tour of Toronto.  You'd think, after my 12-mile tour of New York, I'd have learned my lesson about hiking around on concrete in my sandals, but no - I did it again.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Fredonia, NY

I finally got a few days of "normal" riding in again - after going around 500 miles in eleven days, I've done about 750 in the last few days, including a little over 400 the day before yesterday.  Today and tomorrow combined will be around 500 miles, so right on track for my usual 250 miles a day.

After Toronto it's back to one city a day until I get to Chicago.  The end of the trip has really snuck up on me. It doesn't seem like that long ago - in fact, it wasn't that long ago - that I wasn't even three quarters done with the trip.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Catching Up

Toronto, Ontario

Since the 28th of August - the last time I posted regularly - I've done a ton, which is what has kept me from posting.  Here's a brief synopsis of what I've done in the last week or so.