Thursday, June 16, 2016



I am done with Missouri…or some would say Missouri is done with me… and my fellow TransAm riders who entered Kansas today. Air temperatures have been in the mid nineties, but road temperatures have reached 105 degrees. Locals say this high a heat usually doesn’t arrive until July. The hottest time of day is between 2-4. We try to find someplace to lay low for a time, unless water resources are high enough to frequently douse your head.

The Ozark Mountains are not my favorite place to ride...lots and lots of short, very steep hills...but also very pretty rural scenery.


Saturday, May 28, 2016

Trans America Trail

Yorktown beach, with Bonnie

And so it begins...with a dip of the rear wheel into the Atlantic waters on the Yorktown, Virginia beach on May 14, 2016.

Traditional east starting point, Revolutionary War Battle of Yorktown Memorial
This year is the 40th anniversary of the first developed cross-US bike route, created in 1976 as Bikecentennial when 4,100 bicyclists rode part of the route and slightly more than 2,000 completed the entire route from Astoria, OR to Yorktown, VA. Most groups started from the west, but some began at Yorktown as I am doing. Forty years ago few thought about spending the summer riding 4,000 to 5,000 miles across a country. This is a celebratory ride for me, to honor the inspiration of a handful of individuals who pursued a dream of seeing many bicycle coast to coast...Greg Siple who had the original idea, June Siple who named it, Dan Burden who gave organizational skills, and Lys Burden who took a job to support the young organization initially based out of the Burden apartment in Missoula, MT.

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Danube

This is a brief account of Jenny and my bike tour along the Danube River from Passau, Germany to Viena, Austria in September 2015, just as the Syrian refugee crisis captured the world.

Blackie was a stow away to Passau, Germany. Turns out he was eager to go on another bike tour. This time on the Danube to Vienna. This bear wants to strive to be Bearthoven!
Traveling seems amazing today when you enter a plane, eat dinner, sleep a little, and wake up some place clearly not home. I wish I could remember what little German I learned while in university those many years ago. With the kindness of strangers we were able to make it through the Munich airport, to the bus, to the Freising train station, to Passau, Germany, to our hotel in the center of town. Passau has been inhabited as a city since the second century BCE. It's location is situated at the confluence of the three rivers of the blue Danube, the green Inn from the south, and the black Ilz from the north.