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thehistorian
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Nick D and his girlfriend on the C & O:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4151/4950616162_5b6657883c_b.jpg


dwillen
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Haha, Kayla and Nick look so happy.


thehistorian
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It was a long day, and they were afflicted with the company of a fat guy on a hybrid.


Mick
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@edmunds there are plenty of clinics on cold weather riding, hot weather riding, damp weather riding, “understanding your vO2 max”. I think people could use a clinic on just “being a different cyclist”.

But…

*scratches head*

How with THAT help me raise my lactate threshold?


thehistorian
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Mick, are you lactate intolerant?


Kayla
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What a flattering picture…eek. Makes me wish I was able to wear sleeveless and shorts still, though. Dan, I actually do remember being really happy to be sitting on that comfy slab, just probably too wiped out or engrossed in eating Starbursts to show it.


Nick D
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It was a long day, that day was probably the worst section of trail.


thehistorian
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Nick, I’ve always thought of Point of Rocks as the worst. But much of the C & O is dreadful.


thehistorian
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OK, lots of suggestions here and in PMs.

I’ll investigate couch surfing. I’ve used Warm Showers, the hospitality site for touring cyclists, as both a host and a guest.

I’ll probably need to come out to Pittsburgh either for a weekend this spring or a few days before I leave, if only to interview for jobs and find a place. If there’s time perhaps I can meet or ride with some of yinz – did I use that word correctly?

I already have a few friends seeing me off for the ride start. More are welcome, and again that includes spending a few days with me on the trip.

Five months out and I’m getting excited. Only my health will hold me back. I swore that if I only had two dollars and a Clif Bar to my name I would ride. I hope to have a little more than that. :-)


thehistorian
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Since Kayla thinks that photo is unflattering, how about this?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3040/2795608111_4759fc34a6_b.jpg

My first time completing the GAP/C & O ride. Riding is fun, but I don’t pay enough attention to posture afterward. Not worth getting bent out of shape about, though.


Lyle
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So to speak.


thehistorian
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Yes, I’m ahead of the curve in more ways than one!


joeframbach
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If you do get into couchsurfing, feel free to send a couchsurfing request to this guy: http://www.couchsurfing.org/people/joeframbach/


thehistorian
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Done, joeframbach. Thanks. I’ve registered.


edmonds59
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Anyway as the day comes closer be sure to let everyone know what the date is you’ll be coming through and see what’s going on. If the schedule works out, at the very least I will offer to escort you getting out of town to the west, that can be a little tricky.


dwillen
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I’ll probably need to come out to Pittsburgh either for a weekend this spring or a few days before I leave, if only to interview for jobs and find a place. If there’s time perhaps I can meet or ride with some of yinz – did I use that word correctly?

Check out http://flockofcycles.org for a nice leisurely/social ride, or the ride board on the bike-pgh main page.


thehistorian
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edmonds59, can we ride on Rt 837 to McKeesport? Taking my bike and trailer down that was fun. At least until the trailer began to cause the bike to rock when we hit 35 MPH.


caitlin
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@ joe, you totally emailed me that pic of you hugging the oak!

it actually got forwarded to me by someone else. :)


joeframbach
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@caitlin Yeah I submitted it to loveyourtree but it looks like the site was never updated. http://www.treepittsburgh.org/GetInvolved/LoveYourTree


thehistorian
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joeframbach, since you are a runner, here’s a shot of me finishing my first 5K:

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs993.snc4/76682_458584566343_629866343_5722963_5384982_n.jpg

And at the finish line of the second, with my friend Sayre. Between the two of us we lost 322 pounds. My loss was four years ago, his this year.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs591.ash2/154370_1624560426369_1607271639_1422531_5911800_n.jpg


joeframbach
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Wow, that is incredible! Good work!


StuInMcCandless
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I see myddrin hasn’t joined this convo yet. The two of y’uns have a big weight loss in common & as I recall, he did some long-distance cycling trips as well (Wales?).


kxm
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This place rocks. You guys are great. :)

Congrats on your trip, historian–definitely an awesome goal! I wish you all the best for the ride and all that comes after!

Reading through the posts, y’all pretty much hit all of my suggestions…

I too recommend the East End, and not only because I’m a huge homer. I also thought of Venture Outdoors and Dewey & Kaye.


thehistorian
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StulnMcCandless, I looked up myddrin, and I’m pleased at the transformation he underwent. (I’d have said “amazed”, except even I can do it, so it’s not amazing.) Perhaps I’ll meet him when I come to Pittsburgh.

Here are some photos for your amusement. Me in 2004, 400 pounds, with former US Chess Champion Larry Evans.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs455.ash1/25046_1312726550717_1607271639_742889_1616400_n.jpg

Me at my low in July 2007, 240 or so pounds, and looking a little glassy-eyed from a 30 some mile ride.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs120.snc3/16753_1231344916227_1607271639_573095_5573207_n.jpg

I’m up about 40 pounds from that photo. It should be less than that when I leave for my ride in May.


thehistorian
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Oh, and my buddy Sayre, who will be riding the first week of the tour with me, storing my stuff, and updating my tour website….

Before, 433 pounds, Clearfield, PA:

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs165.snc1/6171_109990636343_629866343_2369415_6593643_n.jpg

November 2010, Phoenixville, PA, at my first 5k.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs574.ash2/149606_1613358346324_1607271639_1401157_1051043_n.jpg


stefb
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it’s always amazing how people look younger and just totally different after a huge weight loss. you both look great. and i don’t know if i could do a 5k right now. keep it up.


edmonds59
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Nick D, when I was at the Kullu Valley thing, I spoke to a young woman who was with the Pittsburgh East Rotary Club, I think? It seemed like they do some really cool things, I remember her saying that the Rotaries are always looking for interesting speakers, but I don’t remember a name. Any idea who I am thinking of? If our guy put together a presentation and did speaking engagements going across the country, maybe he could make a few bucks here and there, at least keep him in Clif bars. Maybe this woman could tell him if that is a possibility and tell him how to make the contacts.


thehistorian
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Hmm, edmonds59, interesting idea. I’ll include a shirt and tie, khakis, blazer, and loafers in my dry bag. I’ll be prepared to speak at any Rotary, Lions, or Tea Party groups along my route. :-)

Seriously, I hadn’t thought of that, but I’d be willing to do it. I’d love to do some ‘work’ along the way to defray expenses and to keep me focused on something other than just the next mile.


thehistorian
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stefb, my 5ks are largely walking. If I can do it, almost anyone can.


thehistorian
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Thanks again for the suggestions, folks. I look forward to being in ‘da burgh.’


Mick
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@thehistorian I’ll include a shirt and tie, khakis, blazer, and loafers in my dry bag…

Yeah! Sure. You only have about a bazillion feet (that’s a gazillion in meters) in elevation change in your trip!

But you will want to have shoes for walking for when (note: not “if”) you need to walk 20 miles to the nearest repair shop. Plenty of wicking shirts have collars. You will likely get snow or freezing temps in the mountains, so you might want slacks.

Toss a light string tie in and you’ll be the very pic of business casual outdoorsiness!


thehistorian
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Mick, good points. Besides, I’m going to be camping in a lot of town squares and church yards. I don’t want to shock the townspeople.

I don’t ride clipless, so my riding shoes are walkable.

I’m still toying with the idea of speaking. Until edmonds59 brought it up, I hadn’t thought of it. I don’t consider myself an ‘advocate’ or an example. I just do things, and like to see other people do things too.


Mick
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It would be an excellent thing to do for making connection with the locals. It would make a little (probably very little) money, but you would get some fine meals out of it for sure. Occasionally get to lounge next to someone’s swimming pool and drink their beer in the sunshine while they are at work. Maybe hit up a library before a talk and use your sCarY HisToriCal chops to tie what you say into the local lore.


thehistorian
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OK. Who here at Bike Pittsburgh to I approach?


thehistorian
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First speaking engagement is at my local bike shop in February. It’s a fitting start, since they gave me my first bike riding lesson four years ago. First thing I learned was how to work the brake levers and not fall over. I still have problems with that occasionally. :-)


ejwme
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sweet! good luck!


cburch
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hey if you would like i can set you up with nice simple wordpress site you can use to blog from the road. it would help you build credibility as a speaker, along with maybe helping you book more gigs. i’d ask for the $15 to cover the domain registration when you move to the city for good, in the form of taking me out for a burger at the OTB, but the hosting would be free and as long as you didn’t get all persnickety about the design, i’d throw that in as my donation to your cause.


Mick
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There;’s a site “crazy guy on a bike” dedicated to bike tour blogs. Mike, who I met on my DC trip, posted his Maryland to Nebraska trip on it.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=RrzKj&doc_id=4764&v=EB&term=nebraska&context=all

@ thehistorian: Are you familiar with the American Cycling Association routes?


cburch
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ouch. the old internetz are old.


edmonds59
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Wow, good job, thehistorian. You are a man to run with an idea! Good luck.

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