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    Kevin On the Road

    I work at a Greyhound terminal in EL Paso. Today a young guy (20ish?) rolled in on a fully loaded hardtail mountain bike and bought a ticket to Louisiana, then packed up his bike and gear in a box. I stopped to talk to him for a while, and, of course, all we talked about were our bikes. He had ridden over several days from California to El Paso, then was going to continue riding East after he got off the bus. He apparently has no interest in riding across Texas! He was a very engaging fellow, and we enjoyed talking. I had just upgraded The Rig's lighting, so I asked him if he needed any lights so I gave him a nice headlight and tail light (that I was probably going to sell on Ebay anyway). I loved his outlook on life, and my time with him made me enjoy my commute home from work even more than usual! May the Winds be At Your Back, Kevin! I'm almost 60 but he's got me thinking about doing some trips . . .
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    good for you. it's fun talking to people who are traveling by bicycle isn't it?

    too bad kevin isn't riding through texas. years ago on the Adventure Cycling Southern Tier route, which used to pass through El Paso, BTW, maybe it still does, i enjoyed by trip through Texas. over to marathon, past McDonald observatory, to del rio and through the hill country, with a loooong downhill along the Guadalupe River. very nice.

    east Texas? not so good, but it was mainly due to the poor roads. which suffered primarily from a too coarse aggregate in the the chip seal.
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    did the same last week. A young woman who works at the local grocery store came up and asked about "those bags" on my bike. She commutes to work everyday and rides home at night with only a helmet headlamp. She was asking about ways to maker her $50 Goodwill bike more comfortable, relatives were thinking of getting her something fancier. I suggested she get more familiar with making her ride better and trying bikes out instead of jumping straight into buying something pricey. Basically getting her to pick the bike before she got the money than getting the bike with money burning in her pocket. Anyway I stopped by a few days later and gave her an old Dinotte 4AA headlamp I had. "you need a brighter headlamp"

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
    did the same last week. A young woman who works at the local grocery store came up and asked about "those bags" on my bike. She commutes to work everyday and rides home at night with only a helmet headlamp. She was asking about ways to maker her $50 Goodwill bike more comfortable, relatives were thinking of getting her something fancier. I suggested she get more familiar with making her ride better and trying bikes out instead of jumping straight into buying something pricey. Basically getting her to pick the bike before she got the money than getting the bike with money burning in her pocket. Anyway I stopped by a few days later and gave her an old Dinotte 4AA headlamp I had. "you need a brighter headlamp"
    I love it! We are upgrading lighting so much on our bikes that we are able to give away our older gear to help others. The lights I gave Kevin were a MiNewt 200 and a PBSF. Both great lights, but both recently replaced on The Rig. LED technology is helping us to become better bike advocates!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hueyhoolihan View Post
    good for you. it's fun talking to people who are traveling by bicycle isn't it?

    too bad kevin isn't riding through texas. years ago on the Adventure Cycling Southern Tier route, which used to pass through El Paso, BTW, maybe it still does, i enjoyed by trip through Texas. over to marathon, past McDonald observatory, to del rio and through the hill country, with a loooong downhill along the Guadalupe River. very nice.

    east Texas? not so good, but it was mainly due to the poor roads. which suffered primarily by a too coarse aggregate in the the chip seal.
    Will be touring in Big Bend in April. Sure was hoping there'd be none of that dastardly chip seal that's everywhere in east Texas. It's not just east Texas. Worst I've ever encountered was on Padras Island near Corpus Christi. If drivers understood what this stuff does to gas mileage and tire wear, they'd revolt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclebum View Post
    Will be touring in Big Bend in April. Sure was hoping there'd be none of that dastardly chip seal that everywhere in east Texas. It's not just east Texas. Worst I've ever encountered was on Padras Island near Corpus Christi. If drivers understood what this stuff does to gas mileage and tire wear, they'd revolt.
    you're right about it being all over Texas. i guess i was feeling generous.

    ...but i'm over it now.

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