2023 Trans American Adventure Blog

  • Drew’s 2019 Salsa Warbird prepares for ‘Battle’
    What does a fully loaded, self-supported bike look like? This Salsa Warbird gravel bike is just about ready to roll. Just a few more adjustments and she’ll be ready!
  • Ready, set, weigh!
    Everything is packed except for water. 1 liter weighs 2.2 lbs. Ouch! Not loaded, the bike is 34.2 lbs and with clothes, food and ‘home’, we’re at 72.6 lbs. Lucky for me, as we consume the food and turn it into energy, the weight gets lighter! Until we restock! So excited!
  • Trans America Adventure Tour Shakedown Ride #2
    We had a blast riding in the desert on Sunday. Everything was going perfect, until out of the blue my Di2 simply stopped shifting. First thought was dead battery, but I know I had just finished a recharge after the Joshua Tree 55    • Joshua Tree 55 – Another unScripted61…  . So we modified the route home and I speed pedaled like a 12 year old.. It was fun no matter what, the weather was perfect, and riding with friends Al and Donna is always a blast. Once home, I diagnosed the issue, which seems to be that I somehow ended up in crash mode. Following the …
  • June 1 – The day has finally arrived, Let’s go!!
    June 1 – The day has finally arrived!! Let’s go!! After all the planning, packing, dry run rides, and anticipation, we are on our way.. One hop away to Portland.
  • June 2nd – It’s not about us.
    It’s not about us. I am reminded of a picture hanging at our Coldwell Banker Kivett-Teeters Associates office: “Don’t count your blessings. Share them”. And that is what we have set out to do. There are so many people who would love to ride a bicycle across the United States but, for whatever reason, it’s not possible. And we understand and embrace you. We are here to be your eyes, ears, legs and voracious appetites for you! And you are the wind beneath our wings. In moments of struggle…when the weight of the bike pushes back…when my heart is pounding …
  • Trans American Adventure 2023 – Tire Dip in Astoria – On the road to RAGBRAI L (June 2nd 2023)
    Well we are here, what an excellent adventure already. We met up with my son and met his amazing girlfriend. The flights were uneventful, and of course the people watching was so fun. Picked up a U-Haul to get us and the bikes to Astoria, where we did a bit of sightseeing before turning it in and riding out to Fort Stevens. We trudged down to the beach at the wreck of the Peter Iredale for some tire dipping and photos. Then we rode a few more miles to Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center. Total miles: 17.6 Total Elevation: …
  • Jun 3rd – Day 1 Trans America Adventure Tour
    We started with breakfast at the Uptown Cafe in Warrenton. Annie was AMAZING!! And the food delicious! It powered us through the day! Thank you Annie!!
  • June 4th – Day 2 Big Eddy to Portland
    Another incredible day with gorgeous sunshine and wind at our backs most of the day. Had an amazing breakfast in Vernonia and then met the most awesome person-Happy Herb- at ReBike
  • June 5th – Day 3 Portland to Carson Wa.
    We had a wonderful breakfast at the Best Western Plus Portland where we met Peras Hodgkin. So much fun chatting about the area and things to see. Staying there felt like home. Amazing staff.
  • June 6 – Day 4 Carson to Maryhill State Park
    Unscripted. That’s how we roll and today was a great example. Another fantastic day with some surprises! The sound of a hummingbird. Once you know it’s distinct chirp, you can easily identify it. At 4 am, several were visiting the trees around our tent. What an incredible way to wake up! Our night was so peaceful. Feeling rested, we were up just past 5. The forecast for the day included wind and temps in the nineties so we thought it might be a good idea to get up and rolling early!
  • June 7th – Day 5 Maryhill to Crow Butte Campgrpound
    Today’s lesson is brought to you by mosquitoes: it doesn’t matter how big you are, if you’re persistent and obnoxious, you can motivate others. And that they did. Once outside the tent, Drew and I broke camp in record time!
  • June 8th – Day 6 Crow Butte to Kennewick
    Our friends in the trees bring in the new day with their lovely songs. The trees are calm, there are clouds in the sky and we are ready for the next best day ever! I’m getting pretty good at this oatmeal thing and I think I could probably write a cookbook on all the different things you can put in it to change things up! lol!
  • June 10th – Kennewick to Lewis and Clark State Park
    We came across beautiful waving crops. “Drew, what is this?”. He looked at me inquisitively, and replied “Honey, that’s wheat.”. I realized I’d never seen wheat fields before. Boy, did I feel naïve! Having been born and raised in southern California, it’s not something you see there.
  • June 11th
    Lewis and Clark Trail State Park to Pomeroy City Park Day 9. June 11, 2023. Sunday 42.72 miles. 1,887 total ascent Awakening to the sound of birds singing is such a lovely way to transition from the deep slumber of the night’s rest. It is 4:29 am. The morning light is beginning to cast shadows amongst the trees. We are yet blessed with another day… A day to discover, a day to share this amazing world with you…a day to rejoice and celebrate being alive. Good morning owl. Good morning woodpecker. Today will be a lighter day, taking us to …
  • Jun 15th – Final day along the river
    Thursday June 15, 2023 Day 13 Wild Goose campground to Lochsa Lodge, Powell, Idaho 67.45 miles. 2,279 total accent Totals: 675.3 miles. 23,937 total accent. 58.14 hours in the saddle. Yesterday was such a special day and its experiences have changed me forever. I feel such a sense of peace, spirituality and connection with the earth. Disconnecting, unplugging and being off grid is something many of us never experience. As we prepare to leave our beautiful campsite at Wild Goose, a pair of ravens glide above. Today will be the Next Best Day Ever! A few miles out of camp …
  • June 16th – Lolo Pass here we come!
    June 16, 2023 Friday Miles: 62.37. Total accent: 2,267 Totals: 737.6 miles. Accent: 26,204. 63.35 hours in the saddle The dawn of a new morning…blessed with another day to live. The tent brightens as the sun begins it’s climb into the sky. We huddle closely as it is chilly, thankful for a down quilt. Our breath floats through the air like the morning fog. Today is the day. The climb to Lolo Pass. We’ve heard so many stories and are experiencing nervous anticipation. We decide to wait until the Lodge opens so we can get a hot cup of coffee. …
  • Jun 17th – A Rest Day
    It is so different waking up in a hotel room. It’s dark-no morning glow. The sound of doors shutting-not birds. And while the mattress is comfortable, our set-up in the tent is amazing. Yesterday, over breakfast, we had a great conversation with Neil and Rett. They have been cycle touring for nearly two years! How do you do that?! A big part of it is your equipment. We discussed at length…what tent… What air mattress…and so on. A dear friend once told me “You get what you pay for and you don’t get what you don’t pay for”. He’s an …
  • RAGBRAI L Our last night was full of Adventure!
    We are safe in Coralville, Iowa. Lucky for us, we got done with the ride, had dinner, a quick shower and got back to the bikes and tents, deciding to relax for a minute before setting up our bedding. Everything was still all stored in our duffles. Drew and Zachary retrieved the bags and bikes during a gap in the storm.   Many riders may have still been on course as it was an 82 mile ride in the heat today. Yesterday was 91 miles so many riders were a bit fatigued today. Click the image to play

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