Category Archives: history

Ride for the Republic ~ 2010

Mr. Giraldo Tour Announcement I am pleased to be joining Rafael Giraldo on his 2010 cycling tour from Bar Harbor, Maine to Key West, Florida beginning June 14, 2010. My blog viewers and BROL members who followed Mr. Giraldo last year recall my “coverage” of his 2009 Tour of Discovery from San Francisco, California to Weston, Florida. I rode with him the last 2 days of that tour. The 1st day, I rode my RANS Citi Crank Forward [Faye]. The 2nd day, I rode my Catrike 700 [Silk].

Scheduled delivery ~ April 2010 This year, I’ll ride a quadricycle, built and customized by Utah Trikes [Ashley Guy]. This cycle is based upon my ideas, refined by BROL Members and Ashley [also a BROL Member]. Notable, are Captain Creeg’s concept drawings. With them, I was able to give Ashley a clearer vision of the cycle I want. BROL members continue to contribute to the creation of this unique touring cycle. Thanks to all!

Okay, the tour. You have seen Rafael’s [Mr. Giraldo's] video. You see the tour is not simply a ride from Maine to Florida, but rather an exploration of the 13 Original States of the Union, Maine, The District of Columbia, and Florida. The theme of this tour is Ride for the Republic. It begins in Bar Harbor, Maine, America’s first town to receive the morning sunrays and ends at its southern most point, Key West, Florida.

Some of us waited impatiently for Mr. G’s daily pictures and videos [and especially his video narrations]. This year I’ll give you many live video feeds from my iPhone. During the tour, I’ll post to my blog [] from the road, as well as our destination for the day. I  will give you less RAAM and Tour de France coverage this year. I’ll do my best to be aware of both and keep the blog flowing with information as I did during my 2006 tour from Fayetteville, North Carolina to Key West, Florida.

Stay tuned for as exciting experiences with Rafael & Jim as we get our tour on…


    Rafael’s words sdpoken in the video

    About these ads

    Ride for the Republic, 2010 ~ The Video

    Today, my quad was named Fargo

    That is Fargo as in Wells Fargo & Company. I choose the name Fargo because the quad has some characteristics of a stagecoach [at least in my mind] and it will be used to ride far [cycling tours]. The images I have of a stagecoach have larger rear wheels to better handle mud & ruts.

    stagecoachA Wells Fargo & Co Stagecoach

    Should that be the case for my quad. Utah Trikes has a 24” rear—20” front build. I think not for touring. This is to avoid needing to carry 2 different tire & tube sizes. Given that, I plan to stay with 20” wheels around. Now, if Ashley Guy, Utah Trikes gives me compelling reasons to use a 24” wheel, I will reconsider.

    December 7, 1941, lives in history…

    Attack on Pearl Harbor from a Japanese planes viewIt is the day [at 7:48 a.m. HST] that the Empire of Japan attacked the United States of America at Pearl Harbora day which lives in infamy.

    Today, we remember the 2,402 Americans killed and the 1,282 Americans wounded there [the losses by both sides can be viewed here].

    Today, is also likely to mark the end of the 100K Milestone Contest for The Cycling Experiences Blog. More on that later…

    THREE [3] World Records ~ Maria Parker

    World Record Spreadsheet

    Well, my unofficial spreadsheet now has the UMCA OFFICIAL RESULTS [lap 13 above--bolded]for Maria Parker’s ride October 10, 2009. Congratulations Maria and crew. Now we knew [unofficially] she had ridden more than 241 miles. Here is what we did not know for sure [the other 2 records]:

    • 100 Mile               4 hr 47 min 56 sec             4:47:56                  20.84 mph
    • 200 Mile               9 hr 55 min 34 sec             9:55:34                  20.15 mph

    I think there are many who would love to complete a century that fast. most would love to just finish a double-century. These records are a remarkable achievement by a remarkable person.

    Thanks to Dr. Jim Parker for providing me the official results [e-mail addresses removed].

    Related Articles

    Dr. Parker’s message to me…