Trans American Electric Bike Tour Experiences
This two and a half month-long adventure has come and gone, but it has left a lifelong impression on both of us. We’ve learned a lot from each other, our experiences, and all the people we’ve met along the way. We wanted to share some of these revelations with all of you and hope that you can find some inspiration and lessons in them for yourselves.
6 Lessons from Anna
1. Everything has a way of working itself out.
We had many tight situations on this journey – from the time I got injured, to when all the acommodations were booked for the night in Wamsutter, WY and we had to sleep in the cab of a semi-truck. There were many other interesting challenges, like headwinds, desert weather, and of course multiple bike breakdowns. But, in the end, everything always seemed to work out. Injuries heal, lodging alternatives arise, the winds die down, and you’re able to improvise solutions to mechanical issues. If you’re able to go along with these surprises and face them instead of giving up, the world will work its forces towards your favor. Continue reading
I’ll never forget that flat tire when we went on our first cycling tour in New Zealand a number of years ago. Prior to that one month-long trip, we were complete newbies to touring – and the art of bike maintenance!
When we got the flat, instead of replacing the inner tube, we patched the outside of the tire, which to no surprise had little useful effect. Eventually, we figured it out – after spending 2 hours on the side of the road that is.
Well, you’ll be happy to know that we’ve come a long way since then. And we’ve had to repair a lot more than flat tires. Much of our expertise comes from touring, because when you’re stuck on the side of the road with nothing else to do but puzzle over why your bike is making strange sounds or not moving at all, you had better well figure it out. Continue reading
Miles Covered Since South Lake Tahoe: 143
Miles Traveled Since Beginning: 3,647
Where We Are: Dixon, CA
Day Overview: We just wanted to provide a quick update. As of this morning, we are in Dixon, CA – about 50 riding miles away from our destination in San Francisco. At the end of this day, the Trans-American Electric Bike Tour will come to a finish – after 75 days and nights on the road. Stay tuned for more updates! Continue reading
A question that often comes up when we talk to others about the Trans-American tour is where the idea for it came from.
We have to admit – we’ve had quite a bit of inspiration from others. There are so many people who are doing amazing things out there, and learning about their adventures has inspired us and made it easier to plan our own trip.
As we near the end of our tour, we wanted to take the opportunity to share with you the stories of four individuals, each of whom has also accomplished an “epic” trip on an electric bike.
When we were getting ready to start our trip, deep down, we hoped that somebody would get inspired by the Trans-American Electric Bike Tour to do their own “ride-of-a-lifetime” – the same way that these fellows (and others) inspired us! Continue reading
The tour is winding down, with Boris and Anna scheduled to arrive in San Francisco to celebrate the end of the tour in a final appearance on June 21st from 5 pm to 8 pm at Mr. Smith’s.
City CarShare is organizing this event as a part of their upcoming launch of electric bike sharing program. Co-sponsor is the Electric Bicycle Outlet.
Here are the details from City CarShare (please RSVP if you plan to attend):
The event will take place at Mr. Smith’s from 5 to 8 pm.
The first 50 City CarShare members who flash their fob at our table in Mr. Smith’s will get a free specialty drink. Continue reading