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    an adventure worthy of closing out 2009

    copy+pasted+oops from long distance, i newbed it.
    Self brag about my first long distance ride:

    So, to start this off, you should first know that I love riding, and I really love riding, but I'm not really a bike enthusiast, I just simply can't afford to get into the sport. See I ride a POS wal-mart schwinn varsity that I only paid 100 for new. I've had it for about a year and a half now, and its the perfect beginners bike, hands down. Perfect, because you can train easily on its 25+ lb frame, and because I now know how to fix anything on my bike, because at 1500 miles, every oem part has passed away, save for the frame and fork.
    Alright, second detail to note: as of this past September, I have been without a car, and have been riding Jamie (my schwinn) all about South Florida as my sole source of transportation.

    Third important fact: evicted on Dec. 1st, 2009
    So, I did what any other 21 year old kid would do when he finds himself homeless:

    I packed a bag, bought a crappy schwinn rear rack, threw some stuff in a backpack, and rode to the beach. Then I rode north, and kept riding I guess until I found myself here:

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...c&id=892365273

    I had a blast, it was an incredible adventure. No, I didnt bring any money, no, I didnt really bring food, no, I didnt have places to sleep, yes, that all made it so much better.

    so the stats areeee:
    -600 miles
    -7 days-120mi max in one day
    -60mi min in one day
    -80mi avg

    some facts:

    -went by myself
    -used self timer on my phone's camera
    -brought 20 bucks, spent instantaneously on food/tubes
    -Lost 5 pounds
    -did not train at all
    -got 8 flats
    -was almost murdered in Georgia
    -four loko was a bad choice
    -beautiful weather all the way up, temp never dropped below 55 at night.
    -developed temporary tendonitis in my knees (raising my seat solved the issue, duh)
    -met awesome random people
    -I gathered plenty of material to write about, which is fortunate for my aspirations as a corny writer (eng major).

    I wish others would take the initiative to deviate from the routine, for just one week at least, and abscond into the uncharted territories of life.

    some more pics:

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...d&id=892365273

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...f&id=892365273

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...c&id=892365273

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...a&id=892365273

    http://go.bikeforums.net/?id=42X1295...id%3D892365273

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...5&id=892365273

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    Senior Member bobframe's Avatar
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    Wow. Big adventure, eh? Would love to read about your ride. Can you share some of the stories with us?

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    Very cool and impressive. It's great to do stuff like that while you are young. I spent 2 months hiking the Long Trail in Vermont when I was about your age, and always wanted to hike the entire Appalachian Trail but couldn't afford it when I had the time.

    I recognize the photo of the Savannah River bridge. I rode my first bike tour while living in Savannah and have many fond memories of living there.

    How did you eat for 7 days with no money? Where did you sleep at night?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jscan View Post
    Hope you don't mind making your photos show up for everyone.

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    dude, thanks actually!

    uh, I'm in the process of editing my journal, and now that I'm back in school, working, and riding 24/7 i havent been able to get much done in it, here's an excerpt:

    Day 6 (unedited)

    I awoke from dreams of accomplishment, and put my clothes on with purpose. I ate a bowl of cereal, alone, grinning in anticipation for the day's victory. I buckled my backpack, as if securing my armor, and mounted my shining steed, prepared for battle. Unbeknownst to Georgia, I was 8 miles away, ready to invade, or rather, liberate.
    This cool, crisp morning would hold my escape, and leaving the breath-taking beaches and A1A behind, i took US 17 five miles north, then boldly rode my bicycle onto the entrance ramp of I 95, bustling with six lanes of mid-day highway traffic.
    Two miles down and one left, i could see the sign; bright blue, not gleaming, but standing plainly, patiently waiting for me to grace it with a touch of life. I slackened my pace to appreciate the moment, and briefly surveyed the swampy St. Mary's river.
    A footbal field away, this bridge would end, and with it, my feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness. This wasn't a coming of age experience, or a mid life crisis, no, this was a profound adventure. From day one I had been in Neverland, and the time had come to slay captain hook. I looked down at the road as my legs began to pedal harder, and realized that every foot traveled was an internal issue confronted, and with each foot conquered, I felt more alive than the last. looking up at the approaching sign, I took note of the ray charles reference "were glad georgias on your mind", and I thought, yes georgia, youre on my mind, not as a monument or a destination, but a stepping stone in discovering myself and the world through a different perspective.
    I rode up to the sign, dismounted, took a picture and a breath of accomplishment, and jumped back onto 95, taking the first exit towards a bike shop in st. marys. I didnt consider turning around at that point at all, the day was young and south carolina was on the horizon. I wasnt running, i was searching. for what, I had no clue, but i knew that whatever it was would be found some place in the duration of this journey.

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    and yeah, savannah bridge was a tricky one, ironically the most treacherous point of the journey, and all i had to do was cross it to the finish line...I guess a 100 yards further to the first SC t1tty bar

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    south fla.

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    mid georgia

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    happysmallest church in americast marys I thinkaugustine beach

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    palm beachterrifying, brunswick GAbad nightworse nightpretty good night

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    right on man,
    looks great.

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    my boy!

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