Tonto Hills Motel

Hazy Sunrise, Tonto Hills, AZ
Hazy Sunrise, Tonto Hills, AZ

Friday Morning 8 September.

After spending the summer on Bainbridge Island, WA, Martha and I arrived here at our Arizona home Wednesday afternoon.  It feels more like a motel.  In three hours we depart for San Diego to begin a new Adventure.  Pac Tour Southern 2017, 28 days, 2900 odd miles, bike tour San Diego to Savannah.  We’re working crew, which means I get to ride alternate days.  I’m nowhere near fit enough to ride every inch every day, having spent much of the summer hunched over a computer writing C# to create data maps of lightning strikes.

Last year I rode 300+ mile weeks to prepare for the Pac Tour Northern, riding from Seattle to Boston.  Most weeks this past summer I was riding less then 100.  Right now I’m at least 5 pounds heavier than when I started the Northern.  Probably more.  What would be the point of hopping on the scale anyway?  I anticipate feeling weird seeing my old PacTour buddies in top form when I’m soft and flabby. So be it, we sow, we reap, we weep.

Martha and I are both looking forward to the journey – rolling out of motel beds in the wee hours each morning to help with breakfast, discovering new places together, preparing and serving lunch to old friends and new ones.  I’m hoping to “ride into” the trip, hopefully being in reasonable shape by the time we hit the Talamena Parkway in Arkansas.  We’ll see how well that works…

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Born in Harrisburg, PA. Undergrad at Drexel University. Learned to ride a bike when six years old, riding ever since. Started cooking when I was in college, stopped when I got married, started again in 2006 when my wife was out of town for a few months. Jobs: worked at post office while in college to earn money to buy a stereo. After grad school, worked at a small software company in Redmond, WA for twelve years. Afterwards, went back to school to get a certificate, then started teaching high school. Still doing that off and on, part time as the need arises.

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