My Next Adventure? Send in your ideas and I’ll be on my way!

Now that my Cross-Country USA adventure has come to an end, it’s time start brainstorming on my next challenge.

I’m reaching out to all readers of the OneManPeoloton for ideas on trips, locations, rides, walks, races, hikes, paddles, etc. that make for a great adventure- both the preparation and the event itself.  Send me some ideas!

With thanks,

Eric


TOTAL RIDE STATS

Days on the bike: 35

Hotel beds: 36

Rest Days: 4 (Grand Canyon, AZ, Taos, NM, Branson, MO, Nashville, TN)

Distance:  5,277.16km (151km/day average)

Time on bike: 188hr 25min

Avg Speed: 27.91 km/h

Max Speed: 74.1m/h (61.9km/h average max/day)

Elevation gain: 42,708m (1,220m average/day)

Pedal Stokes: 855,148 (24,433 average/day)

Average Power Output: 204 watts

Total Calories Burned: 115,767 (3,405 average/day)

Average Daily Heart Rate: 120 beats/minute

Average Maximum Daily Heart Rate: 155 beats/minute

Hottest Recorded Temp (on bike): 50C

Coldest Recorded Temp (on bike): -3C

States Visited: 11 (California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina)

Flat Tires- 3

Massages- 15

Rain Days- 2 (one and a half really…but we’ll count it as two days nonetheless).  We were very fortunate to have near perfect weather the entire time.

(FYI- As a comparison, the Tour de France riders race 3,404 km in 21 days)  


COAST TO COAST!!!!

Under the watchful eye, and occasional siren blast, of a police escort, we rode into Charleston, South Carolina today.  Dipping my bike tire in the Atlantic ocean, I have now officially pedaled my bicycle from Santa Barbara, CA to Charleston, SC.  It has been the adventure of a lifetime.

I enjoyed the day, riding at a leisurely pace with the company and camaraderie of the 15 people that made the journey with me.

The Atlantic was as warm and inviting as my thoughts over the past 40 days have promised it to be.  The smile, excitement and emotions were overpowering.  It was a moment, a memory, that I’ll always remember and one I’ll now seek in all that I do.  

I’ve learned so much on this trip.  The lessons learned are sure to shape the decisions I make in the future and my actions from this day forth.  5 weeks is a long time to be riding a bicycle every day, but it’s a minutely small amount of time over the course of ones life.  I encourage all of you reading this to plan something big.  It’s true- there is something incredibly rewarding when one makes the once unimaginable, routine.


Day 40 Ride Stats: Summerville, SC to Charleston, SC

Distance: 65.22km

Time: 2hr 51min

Avg speed: 22.9 km/h 

Top speed: 42.6 km/h

Elevation gain: 185m

Elevation loss: 202m

Avg HR- 86 bpm

Max HR- 127 bpm

Avg bike cadence: 85 bpm

Total pedal strokes: 11,549


Q
Good luck on that last full day! Toronto awaits!
A

And not a moment too soon!!!!


2nd to last day complete! A slight surprise this AM with an extra 10 miles to cover (typo on a ride sheet)…yet another century (100 miles+) ride in the books.  The extra miles didn’t bother me in the least.  I could have ridden all day knowing that the Atlantic is waiting for me tomorrow.

It was a such a pleasure riding a flat, fast road with visual signs (finally!) pointing to Charleston. 

We’ll ride a short, celebratory route toward the beach tomorrow (roughly 40 miles)…dip our tires in the opposing coast and enjoy a swim!  I’ve been waiting for this very moment since September 16th, yet it hasn’t sunk in that the routine I’ve enjoyed (and suffered through) the last 5.5 weeks is about to change.  

Lots to write in the next few days- ride summary, final thoughts, last pictures, videos, etc.  Stay tuned.


Q
Hi Not sure of your name I think it was Eric. ( My first time on a blog! ) Congratulations on a great ride.! I was the "movie fan" who told you about the Forrest Gump turn around at Monument Valley at milepost 13 in Utah on day 12. I am sorry if I flew gravel on you when I drove away, I did not mean to do it. Again great ride I. envy that. Dave
A

Dave,

I remember you well- You were on your way to Moab!  Not a single piece of gravel hit me while you peeled off the shoulder.  Though I have to admit, in that moment, I envied your effortless acceleration. :)

Thanks for reading.  Happy riding!

Eric


Day 39 Ride Stats: Columbia, SC to Summerville, SC

Distance: 161.35km

Time: 5hr 8min

Avg speed: 31.4 km/h 

Top speed: 51.4 km/h

Elevation gain: 631m

Elevation loss: 689m

Avg HR- 124 bpm

Max HR- 140 bpm

Avg bike cadence: 88 bpm

Total pedal strokes: 24,411


I have to admit something.  It’s time to come clean.  I’m not alone on this trip. I’m traveling with….Martha the Mouse.
Martha is “a small, but powerful voice of courage. She is confident, imaginative and unique”.  The creation of Canadian author and artist, Karen Lang, Martha’s adventures are well documented in books, movies and cards.  Karen’s work is beautifully illustrated and imaginatively written.  
For all those of you with children (Stef, Nick and Rob!) or grand-children you love, check out http://marthathemouse.ca/category/across-america/ to see all the places we’ve explored together.  Have a look at some of Martha’s videos (link at the top of the www.Marthathemouse.ca website), books, cards, stuffed mice, etc.  Your children, like mine, are sure to love Martha and her tales (no pun intended).
It’s been a pleasure having Martha with me on the trip.  She rides in my back pocket, the van, my day pack, hangs on on the lunch table and anywhere else she can prop herself up!

I have to admit something.  It’s time to come clean.  I’m not alone on this trip. I’m traveling with….Martha the Mouse.

Martha is “a small, but powerful voice of courage. She is confident, imaginative and unique”.  The creation of Canadian author and artist, Karen Lang, Martha’s adventures are well documented in books, movies and cards.  Karen’s work is beautifully illustrated and imaginatively written.  

For all those of you with children (Stef, Nick and Rob!) or grand-children you love, check out http://marthathemouse.ca/category/across-america/ to see all the places we’ve explored together.  Have a look at some of Martha’s videos (link at the top of the www.Marthathemouse.ca website), books, cards, stuffed mice, etc.  Your children, like mine, are sure to love Martha and her tales (no pun intended).

It’s been a pleasure having Martha with me on the trip.  She rides in my back pocket, the van, my day pack, hangs on on the lunch table and anywhere else she can prop herself up!


Aside from getting me 102 miles closer to Charleston (which is significant at this point in the trip!), today was a relatively uneventful day.  The view didn’t change much and the rolling hills unrelenting in their usual roller-coaster like ways.

I’ve been riding at an easy pace since leaving Nashville.  This week is my ‘taper’ in preparation for the New York City Marathon in 12 days.  It’s nice to spin, enjoy the scenery, and keep a relatively sweat free power output (200-215 watts) on the pedals.

2 days to go….not a moment too soon!


Day 38 Ride Stats: Spartanburg, SC to Columbia, SC

Distance: 166.44km

Time: 6hr 10min

Avg speed: 26.9 km/h 

Top speed: 56.4 km/h

Elevation gain: 1,444m

Elevation loss: 1,645m

Avg HR- 113 bpm

Max HR- 139 bpm

Avg bike cadence: 80 bpm

Total pedal strokes: 25,747


I’ve arrived in the final state of the trip…South Carolina!!!!

The morning portion of the ride was spectacular.  A long, perfectly pitched climb, up to 2,880ft and the Eastern Continental Divide.  The downhill, equally beautiful- few cars, well maintained road and smooth curves.  On my way down, I passed a small shack (I’ve seen thousands of them) and noticed a man waving from his seat on his porch. Despite the momentum I had in the descent, I had a sneaking suspicion that this guy was worth turning around for.  I was correct.  Meet today’s character #1…Sam (you guessed it, he’s the topless one…notice the multiple packs of Red Man chewing tobacco).  Sam is the self-proclaimed Original Carolina Hillbilly.  Although we seemed to have a good chat for several minutes, I only understood a fraction of what he said.  His wife (beer in hand, cigarette in mouth) opened the door to greet this lycra clad stranger.  She was kind enough to offer me a cold drink (10AM!?!?) before working me over with her eyes.  Her only question “How did’ya get them britches on”.  I told her “I never take them off”…her confused reply that was both a question and statement ‘So they like your underwear”.  My reply “yes” and I rolled on down the mountain.

Character #2 greeted me at lunch (his diner) with a snarling “you’re late!!!”.  Whenever anyone asked where the bathroom was, he replied to “go out back to the little wooden shack with the half moon on the door”…I can only imagine how many times his wife heard that joke.  The Moon Pies for sale (did anyone if the group have one?) on the counter expired in 2011.

Rolling into Spartanburg, I rode past the blue ‘pimped out’ ride (see photo) and couldn’t resist the photo (the gangsta in me wondered if those were 24” or 26” rims…).  I was waiting for the driver to activate the hydraulics and cruise on 3 wheels.  It didn’t happen.  

Only 3 days to go!!! Our last 100+ mile ride is tomorrow…not a day too soon.


Day 37 Ride Stats: Asheville, NC To Spartanburg, SC

Distance: 126.58km

Time: 4hr 55min

Avg speed: 25.7 km/h 

Top speed: 63.2 km/h

Elevation gain: 1,499m

Elevation loss: 1,922m

Avg HR- 113 bpm

Max HR- 146 bpm

Avg bike cadence: 80 bpm

Total pedal strokes: 20,398


Welcome Kim, Rick, C.C. and John to the One Man Peloton! Hope you enjoyed the concert.


Welcome to North Carolina!!!!! 

Beautiful ride today into Asheville, South Carolina…a hot spot (I can see why) in the cycling world.  Endless smooth roads and flowing rivers offer a natural distraction to help pass the miles.

It was a pleasure walking the streets of Asheville in the late afternoon.  No ‘Route 66’ type junk to be found in the stores, only delicious restaurants to choose from and a populous of seemingly happy people strolling the sidewalks.  

While enjoying a cold drink at a local brewery I shared stories of my ride with a small group of locals in exchange for info on the town.  Long story short, I ended up at the Wood Brothers concert next door (which was sold out) and enjoyed their music (Stef, thanks for turning me onto them last year!) until very late.  Good thing tomorrow is a shorter (78 miles) ride…

Arrival in South Carolina tomorrow…the last state!!!