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The Relentless Cyclist

Visit https://paulemaynard.com/blog/ to read additional stories about his cycling adventures and more.. El Tour de Zona 2023, Day 0: Getting My Feet on the Ground (or Pedals) March 23, 2023 / Cycling / By Paul E. Maynard It was a day of orientation.  I blew into Sierra Vista and was the first tent to set up on the baseball …

Kathy and Roger’s Excellent Adventure

One supposes that it will take a little time to get used to sleeping comfortably on the ground (for days on end!) I’m therefore figuring that I will have plenty of sleep-less nights – that’s nights when you sleep less than you wish you did – once we start our excellent adventure.

However, I did not expect to have a sleep-less night while comfortably ensconced in my great cushy marshmallow of a bed here at home! And yet, from about 3 in the morning until nearly 6, I lay awake for no good reason at all, randomly ticking through various things to do or to think about doing

Post Trip Thoughts

All in all, we had a fantastic adventure.  The sights, the sounds, the smells and especially the wonderful people we met made for a great adventure.  I can honestly say I would gladly do this trip again.  Yes, I’d do some things differently.  Many things I’d do just the same.  Mostly, I’d just do it despite the shortcomings.

Part Three – Montana

Montana truly is big sky country. I noticed something interesting as we descended along the river. Many of the local residents have recycled flatbed railroad cars to make bridges across the river to their properties. Pretty cool and it makes a lot of sense. We finally hit the town of Lolo, just on the outskirts of Missoula.

Part Two – Idaho

Today’s ride was all about climbing up and out of Hell’s canyon. The ride from the campground started with a grinding pull up to lake level. We saw a sign proclaiming a Bighorn Sheep crossing. We hoped we would see some Bighorn, but weren’t that lucky. The road leveled out and we mostly followed the lake to the Brownlee dam, about ten miles away. We crossed the bridge into Idaho and braced ourselves for the climb.

Part One – We Hit The Road

A cross-country, self-supported bicycle trip is something I’ve long dreamed of from the time I was little. I can remember dreams of traveling across the country, pulling a camper along behind my bike. Of course, teenage years came along. Girls and cars completely got in the way of bicycling and any thoughts of a cross-country trip.

Mark and Matthew Benson Present – Our Cycling Odyssey July 2002

Introduction A cross-country, self-supported bicycle trip is something I’ve long dreamed of from the time I was little.  I can remember dreams of traveling across the country, pulling a camper along behind my bike.  Of course, teenage years came along.  Girls and cars completely got in the way of bicycling and any thoughts of a …