Dave through the Americas - South FL Tour - COMPLETE! - Day 7 - 6.9.02
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06-09-02, 08:29 PM
You really know when you're arriving Miami (http://www.cyclingtheamericas.org/Pictures/FLTour/MikeBike2.JPG). The honks, the yelling, the fingers. My finger. The stress level rose a bit, but the weather stayed nice as we finished up our trip.
My legs are pretty sore and I am looking forward to at least a couple days of rest now that I am back home.
This trip has really done great things for me. I feel a lot more confident now as my trans-Americas trip aproaches. I think I've also got a great idea of what my gear needs are after being on the road for a week. And the 450 miles wasn't too bad for getting my legs ready for the big trip either. I am, however, thinking about the mountains. I have so little experience cycling mountains and I wonder just how heavy my bike is going to feel going up some monster inclines. The weather might also be something new to deal with as I might get some cold nights in Northern AK.
This week will be more about rested and ready, and getting more intimate with the mechanics of my bike so if anything happens along the desolate Dalton Highway, I'll have no troubles fixing them. I also need to get my ride greased up and in good condition for the start. I want to try to do most of it myself but I think I may have to get a mechanic to get the rear breaks working right, or at least show me.
I came home to great news. My SERVAS packet arrived. They must have really hustled up there in NY to get it to me in less than a week. I can't wait to start meeting some of the hosts along the way.
So, I am still fresh off the bike, so it's time for a nice warm shower.
Peace - Thanks for reading.
Total Miles for the trip: 450
Click here for more photos (http://www.cyclingtheamericas.org/Pictures/FLTour/FLTour.html) of the whole trip.
Pic: View of the Miami skyline from the Mac Arthur Causeway coming from Miami Beach.
06-09-02, 09:20 PM
Great ride Dwagey! Without my going back and looking for it, can you tell me when you are leaving for your big trip and what route you are taking? Just wondering if you're going to be in my neck of the woods.
06-10-02, 12:31 PM
Mizzu? Not quite. A little too far out there. I do have family out there though so if I go out to visit them, I'll give ya a ring.
I just got the ticket that will take me and my bike from Miami to Prudhoe Bay on June 18th. So its coming up soon!
As for my route, you can easily check it out on my www.cyclingtheamerics.org site. But since you are lazy, I'll give you a basic run down. From Prudhoe, I am taking the Dalton Hwy to Fairbanks, then the Alcan through most of AK, then detouring up towards Dawson City, Yukon, then heading back down south to BC where I'll take the Cassiar hwy to Prince Rupert and Ferry to Vancouver Island. After cruising the island, I am going to think about heading to Jasper and doing Jasper to Banff or maybe even Jasper to Glacier Nat. Park in Montana. But I am not sure about that yet. In the US, I'll be taking the Pacific Coast route recommended by Adventure Cycling Association. That will take me down to Soutern California and then I think I'll be taking the Baja all the way down to La Paz before cutting over to Mainland Mexico. Once I get to Guatemala, I'll be using the Pan American Hwy all the rest of the way. About midway or so through Panama, I'll have to ferry to Columbia due to the Darien Gap which is virtually inpenetrable (to someone like me anyway). Like I said, the Pan American Hwy runs through S. America and I'll be using that through Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and then cut over into Argentina midway through Chile and head towards Tierra Del Fuego.
So, Dirt, which leg of the tour are you riding with me? ;)
06-10-02, 01:13 PM
Welcome back! Glad to see you guys got back in one piece. I thought your brother was going to join you. Good luck on your tour across the americas. Keep us updated.
06-10-02, 07:18 PM
Gawd Dave, I think you guys were nutso to do Florida this time of year for the reasons you mentioned... mosquitoes, heat, humidity, rain, thunder, lightning. I was reading your post last night after emerging from a hot bubbly tub that smelled like citrus thinking oh yeah, better them than me.:p As far as I'm concerned, we have seasonal cycling down here too and our summer months are our off-season. Anyway, glad you're back and you just made it because we're looking at a tropical wave coming in for the next couple of days that's supposed to do the whole southern third. Gotta hand it to ya, you got kahones to do what you did and congrats. Guess you're going to give those muscles a good recovery rest before you leave for your huge tour.
How long do you plan this tour to take? I tried clicking on the link you provided but I got an error page.
06-10-02, 07:57 PM
I think a trip like this may take a year or a little less. Depending on how I travel, and how my money lasts. I get that error page too when I get on the site. Try hitting the Reload button. Don't give up, it'll show eventually.
Thanks for your kind words. I agree that that this summer weather can be brutal with the mosquitoes, rain and heat. But it was a must to prepare for my long journey. I only hope that the cold isn't too extreme up there and I can get up those mountains ok.
06-11-02, 12:37 AM
You know, I've been to your page and read about the trip a long time ago. But with all the talk of Florida, for some reason I had it in my mind you were riding from FL back to Alaska. My mistake.
Way to go Dave!
Any idea when you'll be passing thru Vancouver, BC? I'll be there in September....
Keepin' an eye out for big redheads,
Cuz'n Kelly :)
06-11-02, 07:09 PM
Good to hear from you. I might be in BC before then, but maybe not. It depends on my pace and how much I stop. What will bring you so far from St. Louis? Are you going to be living there?
Keep in touch. Email me.
Glad to see your servas stuff arrived. Let me know how that works out for you. Most everyone I've tried to contact so far for the servas in Italy has flaked out big time. I will make sure I contact them and fill out the paperwork about my servas experience when I get back.
Good luck with your trip. I'm looking forward to reading about it.
06-12-02, 12:27 PM
I meant to ask you if you'd taken advantage of that during your trip. That sucks about them flaking out. That seems to be one of the drawbacks, but I guess you can't have high expectations with such a system.
The books on Central and S. America are definately not as easy to understand as the N. American ones. Some are a little outdated, but hopefully the contacts are still solid.
I won't be able to take advantage of any hosts until I get to Fairbanks. And after that probably not until the Vancouver area. But I'll give some feedback on my experiences afterwards. I think I'll just be thankful for a hot shower!
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