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Old 06-02-08, 04:31 PM
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Now THIS is a helluva commute!

While out running some errands in my family minivan this afternoon, and I spied a lone bicycle tooling down the road... a fully loaded tourer. Front panniers, rear panniers, bed roll strapped onto the rear rack... and everything about this kid just screamed "distance".

I pulled into an empty parking lot up ahead and flagged him down as he passed... just to talk for a minute or two and to see if he needed anything to make his trip go easier.

His name is Chris and he is a college student in Savannah, Georgia and he just got out of school for the summer... so he decided to ride his bicycle home. Home to Dallas, Texas.

He assured me that there was nothing that he needed... as it turns out that he is pretty independent and is ninja camping along the way... he has estimated covering about 70 miles a day and he just finds a stealth camping spot to overnight. He will be heading over towards Columbus, Georgia next... so you guys watch for him to pass through on the way to Texas!

He hopes to be home in about 16 or 17 more days.

Now that's a long distance commute. God speed, Chris!
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FSM speed too!
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While out running some errands in my family minivan this afternoon, and I spied a lone bicycle tooling down the road... a fully loaded tourer. Front panniers, rear panniers, bed roll strapped onto the rear rack... and everything about this kid just screamed "distance".

I pulled into an empty parking lot up ahead and flagged him down as he passed... just to talk for a minute or two and to see if he needed anything to make his trip go easier.

His name is Chris and he is a college student in Savannah, Georgia and he just got out of school for the summer... so he decided to ride his bicycle home. Home to Dallas, Texas.

He assured me that there was nothing that he needed... as it turns out that he is pretty independent and is ninja camping along the way... he has estimated covering about 70 miles a day and he just finds a stealth camping spot to overnight. He will be heading over towards Columbus, Georgia next... so you guys watch for him to pass through on the way to Texas!

He hopes to be home in about 16 or 17 more days.

Now that's a long distance commute. God speed, Chris!
I was in the Utah mtns. last year driving the jeep out to Colorado when I happened upon two brothers at an overlook. They just got off school in San Fran. and decided to use summer break to ride to NYC. Damn I wish I had enough brains and money to do that when I was back in school. Unfortunately I needed the part-time job. Their gear was pretty sparse, but they declined my offer of water and powerbars as they headed into some serious mountains. I think they purposely choose to ride through the hilliest part of the country. Quite a sense of adventure!
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That is an awesome story, though...I'd love to try something like that one day.
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Good luck to him! I'd like to do long distance one day.
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FSM? What does that stand for? Or am I being dense and missing the obvious?
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Nice -- I love running into people doing that. I did a 5 day tour maybe 4 years ago going from Webster, NY along the eastside of Lake Ontario up to Toronto - and when we got closer to Toronto - we kept running into small groups of the same age group of college students - evidently there was a big group of them who were from New Foundland who were in Canada doing a many week tour - they had a Sag wagon - and were camping out at night. I remember them saying that they were living on PB&J, or so it seemed.

My brother went cross country - started out by himself and then met up with another guy mid U.S. and continued on with him - and had a great time.

I'd love to do it. It takes time (time off from a job too), lots and lots of planning and a cash reserve. I wouldn't do it alone like my brother - I'd join in on a group. Sigh .... maybe when I win the lottery
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FSM? What does that stand for? Or am I being dense and missing the obvious?
I have been touched by his noodly appendage.

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http://www.crazyguyonabike.com

^^ site dedicated to people touring showing blogs of people on their cycling journeys around the world.
I once followed some guy who road from the states back home to his family in Asia somewhere.
Some really interesting story's on there.
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