Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Two more jerseys, from Alaska!

The nice and hearty folks at Free Spirit have sent me two of their colorfully designed jerseys for my ride.

They design jerseys for many of our great states.  I decided to go with their Oregon jersey since I will be starting there.  I figure it will be cool to be wearing an Oregon jersey in Virginia, so people will say, "Hey man, why are you wearing that Oregon jersey here?" and I can say, "Because I rode here from Astoria, OR to raise money for World Bicycle Relief.  Can I sleep in your backyard tonight?"  And they will say, "Sure, you can take a shower too if you want, and can you tell me more about WBR?"

This one is called "Mountain."  It will be good for riding through mountains.  There are a few bike riders depicted here, so if you are willing to ride a portion with me, I would love to have company.  It would also help the jersey to more accurately represent my ride.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

My maps make planning my path possible!

I have been using my maps from Adventure Cycling Association to plan my route.  They donated all 12 of the TransAm maps to my ride.  Each map shows about 300 miles of the route and breaks it up into sections.  Each section is about 25 miles.  I will fold the map and display whichever section I am ridding on my handlebars.  They are waterproof too, so rain will not slow me down.  The maps also talk about general weather trends for the area, some history, phone numbers for services like hotels and campgrounds, and even an elevation profile.
I have put together a tentative schedule that you can view by clicking on the schedule tab in the top right corner.  Please let me know if you are going to be close to any of those locations when I am passing through.  And if you know anyone that could set me up with a group of people interested in watching a documentary about bike charities or a group of students eager to participate in bike safety activities, please let me know.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Back to School!

As many of you know, last semester I took three classes from Harvard Extension School.  Since I got all A minuses and properly filled out all my application materials, I got admitted into their Bachelor of Liberal Arts program.  I will be studying Environmental Science.

Thanks to Adrenaline Promotions, I will be sporting this sweet Harvard University Jersey on my cross country ride.  They sell jerseys with logos from schools all over the place.

I have begun the planning process for my trip and will be posting that schedule soon.  In the mean time, I will be taking two classes this semester.  One is a world religions class and the other is an environmental management class focused on energy.  Wish me luck as I give this whole college thing another go.