the following pictures are a continuation of the photo album for bike odyssey 2008.
not only had i landed in denton, md; this spot also marked my first sighting of any sign referencing “the ocean.” very refreshing to see that. in fact, just the knowledge i was less than a day’s travel from my final destination was almost as refreshing as the big-ass vegetable pizza to which i treated myself that evening.
the last day of biking was a breeze; i arrived much further ahead of schedule than i thought i would. after dumping my gear off at the house, i promptly biked the 3/4 miles or so to the atlantic ocean, and snapped a picture of myself. this was taken with my brand new mobile phone’s camera. i sent it to the arts collective board members and a handful of friends, just to let them know i was still alive and made it there in one piece.
the wolfman lounging in the tire tracks of one of the massive beach-combing trucks that crisscrossed the beach the second day i was there. the night i arrived in ocean city, there was a particularly violent thunderstorm (definitely of less magnitude than those experienced at the same time in the south and the gulf states, so i’m not complaining), and they spent the early mornings and evenings dragging sand back onto the beach.
the fishermen at the end of the pier didn’t speak much english, and when i asked them for permission to photograph them, one of them looked away while the other said “no, sir.” so that one fisherman in this picture is an accident, i swear.
the thunderstorm had gouged these odd little lagoons into the beach at various points. with my ‘waterproof camera,’ i attempted to snap some underwater photos in a couple of these, but they turned out horrible.
two members of the band i’m in. the dude on the left is richard, our drummer, and the guy in the yellow shirt is the rhythm guitarist and establishing member, nikc. nikc and his girlfriend agreed to pack my bicycle in their car and drive me back to baltimore. they’re awesome.
this is a crappy photograph, but i forgot to mention that ‘thumbs up’ was the unofficial hand gesture for the weekend, coupled with an exaggerated grimace of a smile. i taught my nephew how to do that, along with the international sign for metal (throwing the goat horns).
with the exception of the cd case, this is the gear i carried in my handlebar bag: trail mix; a spool of twine; a headlamp and extra reflector; a film canister full of spare change (which came in handy when i needed to make a phone call with a busted mobile phone); a ratchet wrench for the back tire; a couple patch kits; some spare cash; a swiss army knife; my bicycle multitool; a halogen bulb headlamp; a collapsible air pump; a disposable camera (these suck, generally speaking…i really need to invest in a digital camera); my driver’s license and my debit card. my map sheets were stored in the clear vinyl pouch on the lid of the bike bag, so i could read it on the road.
this is the food i brought with me, stored in one of my back wheel panniers. it’s primarily trail mix, but there are also a couple odd items: a dark choccy bar, my multivitamins and vitamin d supplements (keep your mind out of the gutter); a plastic canister of lemonade-ish electrolyte drink (highly recommended); a jar of peanut butter and a bag of peanuts. this was all ‘road food,’ and i spent cash on breakfast and dinner while at my stopping points. i’m certain if i had diversified my foods, i would have been more encouraged to eat that food for dinner. as it stands, much of the trail mix i brought remained after the trip was complete.
apart from what i was wearing when i started, all the clothes i brought are pictured here: two t-shirts; two pairs of underwear; three pairs of socks; a satchel containing my fleece pullover. i forgot to bring my plastic fake crocs/sandals, so i ended up purchasing a pair while at the shore. the satchel i slung over my shoulder while biking around, as i could fill it with incidentals and snacks while out and about.
these are miscellaneous useful supplies i also packed in my panniers: first aid kit (of course); canister with miscellaneous bike repair bits; a package of baby wipes (also known as ‘instant shower’ for those on the road); a tire lever to assist with flats; more patch kits (i was wary); plastic slide-ties (highly-recommended); my other disposable cameras; a bottle of chain lube; an adjustable wrench for miscellaneous repairs; a collapsible umbrella; a bottle of sunblock (also useful, of course); my mobile phone and charger (r.i.p.); a sewing kit (highly recommended, particularly if you’re like me and plan on going to the ocean and forget to pack shorts…).
some more incidentals: my empty fisher’s popcorn containers (which carried most of the stuff pictured here); my sandcastle mold (this actually was not packed, as i ran out of room); my water bottle (essential, whether you think so or not); my leatherman tool; a belt; my soap and baking soda (which i use to brush my teeth); tooth brush; bottle opener; my contact lens case and small bottle of solution; deoderant; lip balm; a little baggie of gemstones given to me by a friend; a pocket copy of the tao te ching; some blank index cards and ink pens; my mp3 recorder. not pictured are my glasses, which thankfully have a hard case.
apart from the handful of pictures taken by others (which may be added at a later date), these are the photographic evidence from bike odyssey 2008. not too shabby.