3.28.2010

vanessas blog

first road post! day three 140 miles

Here we are, day three on the trip we've been talking about doing for so long now. I'll start with the beginning.
We left From Richard and Bridget's apartment on friday morning. We had a small but sweet escort to presidio park and a few others came to see us off from the street. We rode really hard the whole first day up hill. starting from san diego and heading east is a huge climb. But we eventually made it to our sleeping spot. a campground on an indian reservation. we must have come through after office hours so no one was around. Some other people camping suggested we just put our tent up on one of the many open camp sites and see if anyone says anything. we did just that, and fell asleep by 8pm. The high winds came rolling through by 5am, but we were able to stay asleep for the most part until 8ish. Around the time we were packing up A man named Art who told us to just throw our tent up the night before came over and asked us about our trip then invited us over to his trailer for coffee. Coffee then turned into eggs,bacon,potatoes and mimosas! We sat and spoke to art and his wife Juna for quite a while. they were really warm hearted people and were so happy to have us over for breakfast, they told us their story and we told them ours. we then exchanged our info and headed out for day two.
Day two we hit the road late after our breakfast and continued out up hill battle. Along the way we met two like minded cyclist, Huey, who is a 61 year old retired ups driver is riding the same way we are but has hardly any baggage and is staying in hotels the entire way. THEN we met Nancy Wright who was heading the opposite way on a really cool set up and doing a really long ride around the entire perimeter of the usa. http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=RrzKj&doc_id=5131&v=19e check out her story and check out her post about her ride into alpine on the 27th she posted a picture of vanessa and myself! That night we slept at a campground in Live oak springs, before sleep we were able to grab a burger and fries from the restaurant on the same property. I had a beer while vanessa had a milkshake.
we woke up and met a man named jim bob and his dog cig sour! they travel by motor cycle and sidecar. very cool. We mixed up some cold coffee with the via we brought! then headed on our way. and who did we come across? HUEY. we ended up riding with huey all day actually. He would shoot up ahead and we would just keep our pace and sooner or later catch up and we would do this over and over all day. He's on a bike that weighs about 4lbs. so he has the ability to go quite fast! The day started with more climbs as we rode away from the mexican boarder(i took a picture of the fence). but once at the top we realized just what we have been doing and why it was all worth it. we hoped back onto I-8 and dropped from 4,500ft elevation into below sea level over the course of 25 miles. hardly pedaling and cruising at 25 mph. Then looking back as we entered the Yuha desert. it was incredible to see the giants we just rode over. Huey, vanessa and myself pedaled along The Evan Hughes highway for 20 more miles before stopping at the one and only gas station/market. Vanessa and I realized there was no where to safely camp within riding distance for the day. We ended up pulling a huey tonight and got a motel for a real cheap price in El centro. The three of us then ate at the chinese buffet and called it a night.
so here we are, using the WIFI while we can, we've put 140 miles behinde us and about 100 of them were up hill. Tomorrow we plan to get started nice and early and try and get 80 miles in so we can camp out by the colorado river. Vanessa has been snapping digital pictures i've just got film so follow her page to catch up on the cool snap shots.
so please stay tuned. we'll be out here on the road for quite a while but so far the road has been better then good to us, and that's more then i can ask for.
NoBadDays

3.25.2010

so here we are.

It is the 25th of march.

Today was our last full day here in San Diego. We spent the morning changing our address at the post office/ cleaning out appartment. Then turning in our keys to our appartment. We then rode into the sunset with friend Dominic SOLIDGOLD towards ocean beach. He took a bunch of cool pictures of us riding and then Dipping our tires into the Pacific Ocean! Hopefully that gives us the luck we need to make it to the Atlantic.
Were slumbo partying at Richard and Bridgets this evening then waking and having some homies meet up around 10Am tomorrow and riding out as a crew. Most likely the crew will quit pretty early on considering it gets really hilly really fast and everyone but us will be on fixed gears and have to turn around and get to work eventually.

THANK YOU every person who has been apart of this happening. You all know who you are. We have amazing friends here in San Diego and amazing friends on the east coast in New York and a few here and there in between. If things go as planned we will have a few more by the end of this journey. Please keep in touch and we'll try our best to do the same. Follow vanessas words @ www.weareallsosmall.blogspot.com
its hard to say how often we will really get to update but we will do our best!
Forever Forward
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solidgold
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AK

3.10.2010

words about webcamtest

the uploading of the video of richard singing worked! but the words dont seem to match up which is strange because the video plays perfect when its not on the blog site. whatever. maybe we'll figure this problem out, MAYBE NOT! cool though huh! now i can take videos on the road and even if its not with sound you can atleast see some vids of our campsites and stuff like that!. stay tuned get psyched. we leave in 16 days!

webcam test!

video

3.09.2010

NEW

Vanessa and I bought a new computer yesterday

Its a "notebook" weighs less then 3 pounds, is only 10.1 inches wide and has a battery life of almost 10 hours. this is perfect for what we will be doing over the next few months, TRAVELING. which we originally thought we would be doing with no computer at all. The one we currently have other then our new one is a big tank of a laptop and it didnt make sense to us to drag it along just so we could connect to the web here and there. But now that we've got this little guy, Im guessing we'll be doing just that more then we would have! Im excited, now i can upload pictures and maybe web cam vids and write in this here blog as we travel across the country.

Blogging made easy.

3.07.2010

new look

I changed some colors on this here blog due to the dullness of the outside world the last few days. Black was too downer for me. Needed to brighten it all up!
not much time left here on the left coast. I wish it would just be beautiful like usual.

3.02.2010

LAST RESORT

my last day servin up lattes in the neighborhood of little italy, in the city of san diego, in the state of califonia.... is in three weeks exactly.
then i'll probably start back up again come summer. but in NY this time.

Im ready to go, times movin to slow now.

Rob Hotte might come out and visit/tattoo at superfly tattoo in downtown,SD the 15th-23rd.
anddddd
also were having a big ol bash on the 19th.
it will be the day of my birth and also a week before we leave town on our bicycle road rage tour. some the next few weeks, although im wishing would fly by. will also be really great and party time excellent!