More Trail Tales

Rails to Trails EssayEarlier this month, Russell [BROL Member Mt_Top] suggested that I submit an essay for the RTC Magazine, given my experiences last summer for the “Tater-TOT” in Idaho. I told him that I would try. Today, the deadline, I submitted this:

I traveled 2,630 plus miles from Fayetteville, North Carolina to Kellogg, Idaho to ride the Coeur d’Alenes bike path in and around Mullen and Plummer, Idaho. The ride was with a group of 30 cyclist who gathered late June ’08 at Kellogg to experience the thrill of recumbent “triking” across the panhandle. A blast it was, especially the ride from Mullen back to Kellogg. The slight downgrade gave just the speed boost for some incredible speed on our super-low trikes. I’ll always remember the journey and the beautiful scenery along the Coeur d’Alenes.

The journey began mid-June with a drive to south-western Virginia for a week of riding in the Virginia and eastern Tennessee mountains. Scenic and fun–a week of fitness training for the Idaho ride. I then drove, by myself [and 3 cycles], in 3.5 days to Kellogg for the meet up and ride the rail-trail. It took 3 alternators to get me there–the 2nd in Vermillion, South Dakota and a 3rd in Rapid City, South Dakota. There were times I wondered if I should continue my journey west or return home because it seemed this experience was not to be. Well, for the beauty of the trail and lake at Coeur d’Alenes, the trip was definitely worth it. From there, I rode the Seattle-to-Portland Classic and RAGBRAI in Iowa, with brief riding stops in Saint Paul, Minnesota and Morton, Illinois. Total experience–FANTASTIC! I’ll do the Coeur d’Alenes rail-trail again!

Thanks Russell, as I said in my reply to his suggestion, the experience [traveling to Idaho, the camaraderie, and the ride(s)] [all of them] were interesting and rewarding. Hey, if not published in the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Magazine, thanks to Russell, my essay made the Cycling Experiences Blog. 🙂

Update #1 to my shopping list


Last iteration. I plan to make a deposit 04/01/09 deposit made 04/01 with my LBS for their purchase of my components–balance expected to be paid mid-month.

Faye stands on her own two feet

Albeit, with temporary wheels. Again, to scope out how she will likely look in the end.


Planning for my next order

Time the order the cantilever brake components. I can buy them for less from Amazon.com than my LBS can get them [and now for even less buying directly from Elite Cycling (POC–Jeff)]. I’ve read mixed reviews on the brake levers [note the dates of these reviews, many are very old]. From my research, they will give me what I want for this build. Again, they will help make Faye special. In addition, I also need another Garmin Edge Handlebar Mount.

Item Quantity Ordered Place of Purchase Shipping Date Received
Avid Speed Dial Ultimate Brake Levers Pair Black 1 Elite Cycling 04/02/09 04/07/09
Avid Single Digit Ultimate Bicycle Linear Pull Brake Set (Black) 2 Elite Cycling 04/02/09 04/07/09
GARMIN 010-10725-00 Handlebar Mount 1 Amazon.com 03/29/09 04/01/09

Faye has a stand…

…a kickstand, a Greenfield Industries Stabilizer Kickstand, purchased from my LBS and installed today.
Build-up, Step Three

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Another perfect match

Still on a roll–my Rudy Project Horus Red Velvet Sunglasses match my RANS Citi Crank Forward perfectly. I’ve had these glassed since 2006. They work well with several of my cycles–glad they work here.
Build-up, Step Three

Space Shuttle Discovery has landed

From NASA: Mission Control has given space shuttle Discovery a “go” for the deorbit burn. The burn lasts three to four minutes, slowing Discovery enough to begin its descent. The deorbit burn will occur at 2:08 p.m. EDT, leading to a 3:14 p.m. landing at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.