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September 12, 2010 / jslipschultz

Day 1: Santa Barbara to Santa Barbara

Morning update:

SB in the AM Dang that time zone thing.  I was up early today and of course there’s no going back to sleep knowing today’s the start of a little journey across the United States of America.  Everyone on State St. was sleeping though.  Took a pic on the walk to, where else, iHOP.  A few hours til I transfer over to the hotel where we will meet, have lunch, get our orientation, and go for a ride.  Apparently there will be 11 (not 9) riders all the way to Taos.  Two will “call it a day” (or a few weeks) there, and we’ll be down to nine.

Here’s some last thoughts on video before this madness begins (and yes, I’m stir crazy right now):

 

Afternoon update:

Yaaaaahoooooooo!  Finally riding!  We had our meet and greet, lunch in the parking lot (get used to it), and we took off.  Dave and Karl were the guides today and Marquette drove the van.  It was fun to be climbing again.  Up a mountainside, not little Texas hills.  And feathering the brakes for the descent.  Lots of great views and even a goofy biker mailbox (can you tell who is ahead?). Unfortunately, one of us got a flat (way in the back of picture–no, not me, yet), but Karl, our wrench, fixed it in a few minutes–next time I’m watching closely and timing him–amazing.  Included a pic of us at one of the high points–I’m next to pole and Dave is to the left of the pole. Next to him is Joseph (see the camera on his helmet–I should be sending links to his videos soon I hope).  There’s video below from same spot (the long blond hair dude is Karl and Dave is the one drinking from water bottle).  There’s a also a pic of the Fess Parker Doubletree we’re staying at tonight.  Swanky.  Best not get used to that–tomorrow is probably Holiday Inn Express!

first flat mailbox On top of SB Fess Parker Doubletree SB

 

 

By the numbers:  31.4 miles, 3090 feet of climbing. 2 hrs, 1 min.  Avg speed 15.6 (a lot of city stop lights and climbing today)

Video recap:

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  1. Stephen - NYC / Sep 12 2010 11:44 am

    Good luck. I notice that you are not following Adventure Cycling Association’s Trans America Bicycle Route. That just means I can’t point out any specific locations for you. I rode it back in 1976 & 1980. Also, nothing has changed since my rides. My parents and friends thought I was crazy for doing a cross-country bicycle trip back then (and it was less common than nowadays).
    I am looking forward to your posts.

    • jslipschultz / Sep 12 2010 12:27 pm

      Stephen,
      Thanks for the comments. Yep, we’re doing the “Southern” route. Trek Travel has done this ride this time of year for the last several years. Seems to be a good way to go. Although, OK is supposed to suck (wind, that is). Ready to go, go, go!

  2. Heidi Overbo / Sep 12 2010 4:04 pm

    What a ride of a lifetime!!! Thoughts and prayers are with you every day-have fun and enjoy it all!!! Looking forward to following your posts-

  3. Rob Williky / Sep 12 2010 11:05 pm

    Jeff glad to see you got your haircut !!!! Good luck!!!!

    • jslipschultz / Sep 12 2010 11:40 pm

      Ha! Yes, I got a haircut RIGHT BEFORE the trip–it might be the only one I get til I get back. Yes, seriously.
      Thanks for checking in! Stoked to head east Monday morning!

  4. Soccer Glenn / Sep 13 2010 12:25 pm

    Good luck and stay safe.

  5. Gini Dietrich / Sep 13 2010 5:19 pm

    Wow! This makes me so anxious and excited and nervous for you! On one hand, I REALLY wish I were there. On the other, um, WHERE ARE THE WOMEN!? I know you won’t be able to post every day, but I’m checking back multiple times a day so I don’t miss anything. 🙂 You are my hero! xoxo

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