Bike Odyssey 2008 – Photos 1

the following are some of the photographs from bike odyssey 2008. short explanations follow each one. click on an image to see the low-res–but larger–version.

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preparing to leave.

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the crushed mobile phone.

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the first (and only) flat tire. the wolfman supervises.

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route 40, and the first ‘share the road’ sign.

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one of the many fine photography establishments along ‘pornaski highway.’

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taking a break before the havre de grace bridge.

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mr. barry picks me up.

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mr. barry drops me off, on the other side of the havre de grace bridge.

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room 111, where i stayed my first night out of town.

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the wolfman approves of motel 6.

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still eager to go outside, even when the beginning of day 2 was nothing but rain.

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i decided that i didn’t want to start a rainy ride on an empty stomach, so to the waffle house i went.

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i returned to my room only to find that the wolfman, too, was enjoying breakfast.

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i made some minor adjustments to the position of my brake handles and gearshifts for comfort on the long-distance ride. the arrow points to the position of the allen bolts i needed to loosen in order to adjust the handles.

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with my wrist no longer at an angle, and instead in a straight line with my hand and arm, numbness and strain were much less common on the rest of the ride.

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the beginning of day 2, rain gear applied.

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i hopped to the other side of the road to cross the chesapeake – delaware canal.

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the wolfman approves of the bridge, and allows me to cross.

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if i felt like chickening out, i could always bike back home. at this point on route 301, the bay bridge was only 41 miles away. i can do that, easy.

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since it was so cold and rainy, and i actually felt a little hypothermic, i felt that stopping at the next large town would be a good idea. at this point, it was goldsboro; at that point i resolved i would chill out in goldsboro, warm up, and continue the remainder of the ride to denton after adequately drying in a nice cafe. unfortunately, goldsboro turned out to be a tiny, rural residential hamlet, with no coffee shop (or even fast food joint) in sight. i reluctantly resolved to press on past goldsboro, and stop in denton.

bike odyssey 2008 continues on the following page: photos 2 – bike odyssey 2008.

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