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On Tour: Getting our kicks on Route 66

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The view from our venue on Route 66 Our event in Tulsa was part of the second annual “Street Cred” — a weekend-long fair that breathes new life into a decrepit former main street. This year the event was on Route 66 itself, as it passes through the Red Fork neighborhood west of town on […]

On Tour: Trouble in Tulsa, or How to Cre...

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We’re in Tulsa, where the news this past week has not been good. On Good Friday, five people on a public sidewalk were shot and three were killed; the story is that two men in a truck pulled up alongside, asked for directions, and then opened fire. Two men have been charged and there’s evidence […]

On tour: Farms and strip malls

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We’ve arrived in Leavenworth, Kansas after a week and a half of alternating between big California cities and the train. This place is fascinating — you wake up on a rural farm and drive five minutes down the road and find yourself on a highway lined with strip malls. Two minutes later you’re winding through […]

On tour: Pedaling cargo in the East Bay

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Heading to the venue with Pedal Express Just quick post from the beginning of the Dinner and Bikes tour! Our first event is tonight, a sold-out show at the Arbor Cafe in Oakland. The cafe serves coffee roasted by a company called Bicycle Coffee, and has an indoor wall rack for customers to hang their […]

How Seattle riders deal with hills

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Last weekend, Joe and I took the train up north for the giant Seattle Bike Expo. We were only there for two short days, most of which I spent either riding or talking about bikes. The highlight of the weekend by far was getting to meet and talk with dozens of people — Seattle seems […]

Unplanned time off

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Well, after over 20 years of spending hours a day at a computer keyboard (albeit a more ergonomic one), it’s all finally caught up to me. This week, out of nowhere. Typing, or doing most anything, has become painful and I need to give my arms a rest for a bit. How long? I have […]

Dinner and Bikes tour: Charming videos a...

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I’ve been continuing to book dates for the Dinner and Bikes tour this spring, and getting increasingly stoked about the places we’ll be visiting. A couple of weeks ago I posted about a few expected highlights. Since then, I’ve kept finding more reasons to be excited about the various cities we’re stopping in. Kevin Buchanan […]

Heading down South on the Dinner and Bik...

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Last fall’s Dinner & Bikes tour went so well that the three of us decided to do it again this year. This spring we’ll be headed South — from Kansas to Texas to Georgia and back again, with many stops in between. We have an emerging schedule and plan on our new tour site. Our […]

Occupy the Ports -- Portland photos

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Not without well-founded political trepidation, we got up at 4am to ride with the Bike Swarm up to today’s 12/12/11 port shutdown. Joe was after footage and I was after photos and maybe a story. Most of the bike action happened before dawn, including some seriously unwelcome flashbacks to the bad old days of motorcycle […]

Why I type funny

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Before someone uses my computer to look up a bus schedule or check their email, I try to remember to switch it back to normal. But often I don’t catch them until they’ve begun to type and are staring at the gibberish on the screen in baffled frustration. “Your keyboard is broken,” they sometimes say. […]

Randonnerdery

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David, Elly, and April. Photo by Theo Elliott Yesterday, this happened after spending six and a half hours riding a hundred kilometers through beautiful back roads. This photo was taken just before we found out we’d made it in three minutes before the cut-off. I was just happy that the cold, wet day of riding […]

Time to quit

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On Thursday night I quit Facebook. The instant I decided, I put on my hat, made my excuses to the friends I had just met up with, and got on my bike and rode home to click through the process before removing my hat or setting down my bag or saying more to Joe than […]

Can hitchhiking save the economy?

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The folks at Freakonomics don’t always nail it, but they I love the way they tackled the economic benefits of hitchhiking, debunking the myth that it’s a huge risk, and suggesting we bring it back into the mix as a part of getting our financial feet back under us. I hitched a lot during my […]

Home.

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Made it home. Tour went overwhelmingly well. The hospitality, interest, and excitement we encountered at every stop were inspiring. We met many inspiring and kind people along the way. I have loads of material to sift through. I wrote about some of the bikey highlights in an interview with myself (classy, huh?) over at Grist. […]