I stayed in the Morrow Bay State Park campground last night. The hurricane had pretty much blown through the night before pouring 2 inches of rain on San Luis Obispo, so I rode out to Morro Bay in the morning and checked into the campground for 2 nights.
The Antioch Bridge
So we've circled back finally to the morning when I rode 10 miles in the dark down Hwy 160 from the Brannan River State Recreational Area to the Antioch Bridge. As a brief reminder, I’d woken up at 3am fully rested after pitching a tent at 5pm the previous evening just before it rained, and slept soundly. Since I’d ridden through the night several times on my 3 week trip in Wisconsin in September I felt comfortable riding in the dark, I have good lights, and there’s far less traffic in the early morning.
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Nancy and I drove in from Nevada on Wednesday. The night before we stayed in West Wendover NV at a Super 8 that had the largest rooms of any motel I’ve ever seen. We did not walk down the street to the casinos to gamble. I took a ton of photos as we drove through Nevada, it’s a photogenic state. We hardly stopped the car though. On a mission.
I was riding my bike north from Manitowoc to Sturgeon Bay in the middle of the night in September. It was beautiful out, stars everywhere. Riding up along the shores of Lake Michigan with my headlights off, the Big Dipper on my left, Orion on my right as I rode towards the North Star. I could hear the waves and I could feel the breeze on my face and it smelled like water. I had to sort of trust where the road was from the way the trees hovered in shadows above me in the sky, trust it would continue on in front of me. One of my favorite nights of the year really, looking back.
Looks like it's a go. We tested the car rack and it fits. The bike fits on the rack.
Google Map of ideal, but perhaps not realistic route down the coast. May not be enough services on this route.
A friend messaged me on facebook that she needed a distraction if I was so willing... so I wrote this for her in a series of FB messages today.
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I'm selling a bunch of stuff rather than continue to store it.
I rode my bike to Fremont Michigan from Sheboygan Wisconsin in the past 17 hours. Well, I took the high-speed ferry from Milwaukee in the middle I must admit, but it was still over 100 miles riding. The past 2 weeks have been my biggest commitment to long distance riding yet. Two weeks ago I loaded up my Yuba Mundo with a rather absurd amount of gear and rode out of Sturgeon Bay around 9pm for a 90 mile overnight ride to Sheboygan. I've been riding ever since. That was Sunday night August 24th. Here's what the bike looked like as I pulled out of Sturgeon Bay:
I've been mulling over an epic bike trip idea for awhile now. This map looks doable to me even if I leave in November... though I could definitely hit snow, I think the chances are small and if I work in layover days and emergency days, why not?
I'm thinking 120 days to complete it.
Download music from me, listen to me play, etc... and then pay here. Yay.
Last night and today I'm reeling a bit. I'm working on a project that lets me peer into the power broker society of big entertainment television, and I suddenly discovered a bunch of new perspectives that left me mind blown and fascinated. I always marvel at seeing things in new ways and my mind invariably begins to process and extrapolate out in several directions from there, building new links, trying out new theories. This morning's epiphany is that capitalism is designed for people to buy down from themselves, equal to themselves, but rarely up from themselves.
I leave for Wisconsin next Wednesday. My whirlwind 4 month adventure in LA ends for now and I'm already excited to come back in November if not sooner. I've come to love LA for sure. Yesterday I rode 38 miles on my bike on a pleasure cruise up Highway 1 into Malibu. It was wonderful. Stopped halfway to nap on the beach for a bit in the late afternoon sun, the waves calling out the tempo of their song. What's not to love.
I'm excited to announce that I've booked a performance at Untitled Bookstore in Sturgeon Bay on June 16th, 2014 starting around 4pm in which I will read large portions of Chapter 11 of Ulysses by James Joyce in honor of "Bloomsday". For those of you unfamiliar with Ulysses, Chapter 11 is the "Sirens" or music chapter and takes place in the book on June 16th 1904 starting at around 4pm as well. It will be the 110th anniversary so to speak. It is a rather uproarious chapter, filled with guffawing jokes and innuendo amongst the characters, and laced with musical imagery.
Wisconsin folks... Carley Baer and I have booked gigs on Feb 7th at Osthedler Saloon in Sheboygan Falls, Sat Feb 8th at the Fishing Hole in Idlewild (just outside Sturgeon Bay), and then will be performing in the QUEEN of all Valentines Day shows "Love On Holiday" at Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay Fri Feb 14th. Woot! See you there! More info to come...