What I took on a solo tour.
When going through my old file from my Trace the Mitten solo tour I found a list of my gear.
I am captivated in reviewing such lists, still after all these years and rides. Why because I refine my list for next time.
Business Cards-great to hand out with contact info on it.
Extra glasses-I am blind without them. What if they break?
Medicine- I need this.
Sink-I use this for washing my clothes.
Rubber gloves- Great for taking down a wet tent on a cold morning.
steri light water purifier
Rain jacket- waterproof- wind resistant
Socks 2 pair
shorts 2 pair
buff- neck gater
fall skull cap
Camelbak or waistpack with water bladder
water bottles for rack-3
plastic drop cloth.10' x 10'- Covers bike or added barrier to wet ground
arm warmers or arm sleeves
ankle reflector straps- For visibility and long pants wraps
handlebar bag- holds the grab quick things, lightweight items, food
gas tank bag- inhaler, multi-tool, plastic bag, zip ties, pencil, leatherman, levers
keen sandals- for camp, wading streams, rainy days
tent with rain fly and footprint
long sleeve button shirt
long sleeve base layers-2
mosquito head net
battery block with power cords
plastic jar- Beats walking to the latrine.
sleeping long johns
sleeping bag liner
therma rest pad
Titanium cook set
pan scrubber pad
Riding Hines Park Drive
The only time that I had traveled any part of Hines Drive was at night to see the annual light show during Christmas Season. On my second part of the Trace the Mitten Tour I traveled about a mile of it off the I 275 trail on my way to Ypsilanti. I had heard that it was a favorite spot for serious bike riders as it stretches 17.5 miles with a big shoulder. Otherwise I only knew that it floods during heavy rains because it follows the River Rouge.
How did it get its name?
Hines was a printer by trade and he served on the Wayne County Road Commission, the county includes the city of Detroit. Another member of the group was Henry Ford. Mr. Hines was an avid cyclist in the late 1800s. Bicycle riding groups were the first to advocate for road improvements. These riders were the first gravel grinders.
Mr. Hines was responsible for the first mile of concrete road in 1909. In 1911, he came up with the idea of a painted line down the middle of the road as he saw a milk delivery truck leaking as it travel down the lane. He also initiated the snow removal from roads and a leader in promoting landscaping along the roads. In 1920 he worked to acquire the land along the Rouge River from Northville to Dearborn.
I still have some time by the nice beaches. The water area here is called Monterey Bay.
I read John Steinbeck's book about this area and I was anxious to see what it looks like now.
This next stretch will have several State Parks and it should be easy to move as the mood moves me.
In researching, I was reminded that Edward Weston, a famous photographer during the early 20th century used this area as a base for a time period. I love his work. Check it out.
Like in Michigan, lighthouses get placed in places that are hard to navigate by ship.
Andrew Molera State Park is another place along the Big Sur Coast. The conditions is considered the most reliable in the area by surfers.
I had not heard of a lime kiln and I grew up in the limestone area of Indiana. For three years, 1887-1890, a company quarried the local limestone and heated it in these kilns to extract the lime. From here it was placed on ships.
Today I participated in a 22 mile group ride called the Green Cruise. The bike I used is shown above. I just picked this up three days ago and wanted to try it in various settings and situations to get an understanding of how it will meet my needs.
In the past, I shied away from group rides because I ride at a pace so much slower than everyone. I will probably bike between 8 and 12 mph. When I push the 12+ mph I will need to back off or stop to catch my breath. The other aspect of group rides are hills and wind. Some hills are too steep or too long and I run out of oxygen and need to stop. When heading into a strong headwind or a long stretch of a lesser wind, I will need to back off, gear down tremendously, or stop. My fear is that I will not be able to keep up or that I will hold the group back.
I thought that I would try the new e-bike at Cty e2.2. After a couple of rides which had totaled over 50 miles with over 1600 feet of climbing and I had four of five battery left indicator lights. I felt confident that the battery would last for this ride. The organizers were saying the ride was to be a 12 mph pace. When I did this ride in the past, I was able to do it with my regular tour bike. The route has no major hills and uses quiet residential streets, but there are many busy streets to organize the safe crossing of a hundred riders. These stops allow the group to cluster again.
My new bike displays the speed and I was consistently between 12-15 mph. I was in the ECO mode only and did not need to bump it too more power assist. I felt confident the whole way. Near the end of this ride another battery life remaining light went dark.
I feel confident going on other group rides with the Cty e2.2 bike from REI Co-op. The bike also traveled well on my Saris bike rack for four bikes. I am also seeing how this bike will be good for longer rides or tours.
Back to the Pacific Coast Highway after some other touring. Samuel P. Taylor S.P. through San Francisco
I took a break from this virtual tour to do a real tour again after 3 years due to the COVID pandemic.
An artist, Al Garvey designed and made a redwood hot tub outside their home in 1966. He and his wife, Barbara, started inviting guests to join them as they soaked in the hot water. Al and Barbara are know for other things and you may wish to explore for yourself. We owned a hot tub for many years and entertained many visitors, but ours was not redwood.
Larkspur has a historic downtown and the theater is part of that. Originally built in 1936 and renovated in 2004. It is so good to see this happen. A local theater in a town near me could not get interest from investors to preserve it and now it is rubble.
Santa Cruz translates to Holy Cross. The Spanish started their settlement here in 1791. It sits at the north end of the Monterey Bay.
I love my riding days and look to find interesting and informative items to share.
Pacific Coast Highway