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Old 01-23-09, 11:25 AM   #1
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What About Joshua1234?

Did Joshua1234 reach DC? Is he headed back to Texas now? Has anyone heard from him?

Let's leave all discussion of you-know-who out of this thread, please.
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Old 01-24-09, 09:05 PM   #2
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I made it to DC. I got a blue ticket and it was a bunch of fun. We are in NJ right now. I'm having to much fun in NYC. I have to get out of here before run out of money.
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Old 01-25-09, 12:33 AM   #3
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Are you riding back or how are you getting back?

Glad you are having fun.
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Old 01-30-09, 04:33 PM   #4
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I have no plans to ride unless this global warming thing picks up a bit. I don't want to leave NYC.
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Old 01-30-09, 04:47 PM   #5
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Congrats!

Before you spend all your cash, do me the favor of stopping by one of those whole-in-the-wall bagel places at 4am and eat a bagel smothered with cream cheese for me.

Last time I was in NYC we closed a bar and headed straight to a whole-in-the-wall bagel place. Good memories. Great bagels. Cheap, too.
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Old 01-30-09, 08:22 PM   #6
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I don't want to leave NYC.
Oh yeah, NYC in the winter time, that is just heaven on earth.

Congratulations on your ride!
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Old 01-31-09, 09:40 AM   #7
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Hey Josh, looking forward to you getting back.

Dinner is on me. Well, not ON me, but I'll pick up the check, lol.
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Old 02-17-09, 07:03 PM   #8
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Made it back to Texas. It was quite a trip! I learned a whole lot about touring. I am also quite hungry Txvintage.
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Old 02-18-09, 08:15 AM   #9
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Made it back to Texas. It was quite a trip! I learned a whole lot about touring. I am also quite hungry Txvintage.
Did you ride back?

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Old 02-18-09, 05:08 PM   #10
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Before you spend all your cash, do me the favor of stopping by one of those whole-in-the-wall bagel places at 4am and eat a bagel smothered with cream cheese for me.
Another option is to get taylor ham egg and cheese on an everything bagel (salt pepper and ketchup optional) after a long night out, they are very popular in jersey and i'm sure in nyc as well.
Your taste buds will thank you though your arteries may not.
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Old 02-18-09, 09:36 PM   #11
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I did not ride back. Too cold. I don't have any desire to ride in 15 degree weather ever again. I guess I would if I had better gear and know how. My body was okay but my hands feet and face were not handling things so well.

I'm sure those bagels are great but I was busy eating at all the vegan places. I am going to miss the food there.
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Old 02-18-09, 11:38 PM   #12
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Joshua, I for one wouldn't mind hearing about your trip from your own perspective. Any trip reports on the horizon? Or perhaps a highlight reel
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Old 02-21-09, 02:52 AM   #13
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Well there was quite a few things about the trip. I tell people a few things about it based on what it seems that they would like to hear. Some people are quite interested in how it started.

I was reading these forums when I learned about the trip a certain person was making. I to thought it was quite an undertaking for a newbie. I was also in the process of starting a bike co-op in Dallas which seems to be on hold at the moment. Anyway, I met a person from these forums (txvintage) who was wanting to deliver a package to Mr RB. I said "I go to Austin all the time and would love to deliver such a package for you". Not intending to go on this trip I brought my bike and all my gear. I took RB out to lunch and casually mentioned that I might be interested in riding to Houston and that I would go all the way if I had the funds. He was quite convincing and a day later I was on the highway in 32 degree weather doing something I had never done before.

The first day a had a terrible pain in my right knee. It was painful enough that I could not use my right leg. This lasted about two weeks of the trip. I was averageing 8 mph. I of course could not keep up and had to meet up at the end of most every day on the trip. Sometimes I would hitch and sometimes I would arrive late. I was having a great time though.

The first night we stayed in a hotel room that a pastor of a local church got us. I had another offer from the guy I hitched with to stay at his place. I didn't encounter the magnatude of hospitality that I got in Texas anywhere else(I may be bias). So we made it to Houston on Christmas Eve and it was the first ride that I did not get a hitch. I think I rode about 60 miles which is kinda funny to me now. It was raining and a hell of a lot of traffic, I give myself that.

Realizing that there would be no chance of me getting back home for the holidays and wanting to accomplish my goal of crossing a state line I decided to move forward and go to Louisiana. Reaching that border was probably the most satisfying out of the trip. Other than the hundreds of ants and mosquitoes that attacked as soon as I set foot on the state line. Later that night we stayed in Jennings which was a small town with a serial killer. So we stayed in a girls public restroom next to some aligators.

The day after this was the most rough for many reasons. We started out a bit later than we wanted which is what we did most days. When leaving there was a bit of a drizzle which turned into a very cold downpour not to long after setting out. Ryan was ahead of me at this point and dealing with the same crap. The rain was so much that I stopped and stuck my thumb out in the middle of the downpour not seeing the overpass to hide under 300 feet in front of me. I was having no luck and pushed forward till I saw that overpass. I stayed there for the next 2 or 3 hours trying to get a ride. I was rescued by a guy and his sister. They shoved my dirty bike in the back of there van. I was so greatful. They took me all the way to Baton Rouge. The bridges make it so that there is no other way to get accross than to hitch but I hitched much sooner because of the weather. I sat at a bar near the LSU campus waiting for Ryan. Once he arrived and got something to eat we set off for our place to stay that night. This was a person kind enough to let us stay at there house after hearing a radio interview. On the way to this house we got a bump from a Jeep driving LSU student. Ryan bruised his leg and I took all damages on my bike. I dented the frame, lost my gps, and my bike computer.

After reaching New Orleans we met up with the people who were filming and driving the support car. Things were quite different from this point on. I also got new tires that greatly improved my speed and the amount of flats I got.

Less than a mile into Mississippi I got a beer bottle thrown at me. Later that night I was trying to catch up to everyone so I hitched a ride with a person who was wanting a sexual favor and quite drunk. So I did not have a good time in Mississippi. Stayed the night in Mobile and headed out to Pensacola the next day.

Our support car strayed for a bit to go somewhere else so we had one last night to be on our own and sleep outside. We slept on some picnic tables next to the beach. It was great. A perfect ending to the freedom of staying any place we wished.

Everything after that happened quick. I remember a small town named Chipley and us racing to get to Lake City FL so Ryan and the gang could meet the mayor. Ryan ended up getting the key to the city which was fun but ultimately confusing. What does one do with a key to the city. It apperently got us a discount on a buffet.

I decided to take my own route to Jacksonville because ryan was going to FSU and then to Jacksonville. 75-100 mile rides were becoming easier.

We stayed with so many great people and had many great conversations about the state of things personal, political and more. A trip like this is just too hard to take everything in. There is so much of it. To top it off with meeting congressman and getting tickets to a historical inaguration...too much for me.

New York City is another story.

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Old 02-21-09, 05:52 AM   #14
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I love reading about your ride, Joshua, aside from the serial killer and beer bottles. I'm glad you and your companions were spared the former and the worst of the latter.
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Joshua,

Bravo. More please.
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Old 02-21-09, 08:19 AM   #16
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Yes, bravo! This is an amazing story. If I recall correctly, this is only your second tour.
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Old 02-21-09, 09:27 AM   #17
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Freaking Epic

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I took RB out to lunch and casually mentioned that I might be interested in riding to Houston and that I would go all the way if I had the funds. He was quite convincing and a day later I was on the highway in 32 degree weather doing something I had never done before.
That's so awesome, man, just throwing caution to the wind like that! You only live once, right?

Any plans on writing up a full story about the trip? I'd buy a copy
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Old 02-28-09, 09:59 AM   #18
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Wow Josh, completely missed the continuation of the thread.

Welcome Home!

I'm getting over a bit of an extended illness but will give you a shout this week sometime.
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