The Pedalshift Project 213: GAP 4×44 Loop Preview

As I round the corner to my next tour of the Great Allegheny Passage, what are my biggest challenges? You know, other than the pandemic thing. The GAP 4×44 Loop tour preview has all the answers…


The Pedalshift Project 213: GAP 4x44 Loop Preview 

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News and housekeeping

Housekeeping
 
Morning rides on the C&O and WMRT – not seeing a lot of signs of touring in Hancock and I mention this as a followup from last week’s show… I’d expect to see someone in the Hancock area but I’m only surveying one C&O campground on the west side of town and the C&O Bike Shop bunk house. If you’re on the C&O this summer, I’d be curious to get your take on the touring “traffic”
 
Thanks for the feedback on touring during COVID… seems to be some consensus on cancelling bigger tours and keeping things local. That’s where I’m largely at, although this tour will bring me well outside of my home stomping grounds, but the start and finish is arguably the edge of my home touring neighborhood. Speaking of…

The GAP 4×44 Loop

  • Considered going lighter and hammock only, but decided to roll full loaded in case tent is a more comfortable solution (which it may be)
  • Considering a new camping hammock, but bringing my cheap one
  • Biggest challenge – water. Unlike the C&O, the GAP has very little water on-trail, and I’m going to assume those sources may be shut due to COVID.
  • Plan on bringing my water tank (4L) plus several .5L bottles to be safe
  • Heat index has been very high lately, so I’m assuming it may be the same. 
  • Food. Toying with no stove for this trip and cold soaking or eating whole foods (good!) or stuff from cans (bad, but tasty!)
  • Cold bag – I might attempt some chilled delicacies and use a modified cold bag with frozen water bottle and cold brew for day 1 and buy ice at resupply after day 2 if I’m wanting to keep things cold for day 3 and the final night of camping. It’s easy to say yes to this for the first day and night since I would consume the melt on day 2. Tested it on the Brompton overnighter, so it works ok.
  • Limiting the clothing. Look, I talk a big game, but I tend to wear the same stuff. My partner may not be excited by this when she picks me up on day 4. I will bring at least 3 masks, 2 of which will be gaiter style. I’ve got one I really like that has elastic on both ends and that makes it ideal for holding above the nose. I have a new ear hook one I may use as my camp-only one.
  • New ride: the bike rides like a champ now that it’s been reconstructed. New fork is black, so the bike has a decidedly Frankenstein vibe, but that’s ok by me.
  • I’m glad I’ve done the whole trail before but I think I’ll miss completing the last 62 miles to PGH. Given that I’ve done the whole C&O in pieces this season, I might look to do that western third of the GAP in the fall, depending on how things go.
  • Next week’s show is the August Best Of, featuring Episode 087 on hot weather touring. You know, in case we get any hot weather ¯_(ツ)_/¯ 
  • The GAP 4×44 Loop Tour Journal will start August 13th and get us into Labor Day and the September best of, TBD
  • Thanks so much for listening and supporting the show!

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this spring’s DC to Cincinnatti bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Stuart Buchan
Mr. T
Nathan Poulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
Sandy Pizzio
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Joseph Quinn
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Keith Spangler
Greg Towner
Dan Gebhart
Jody Dzuranin
Lucas Barwick
Michael Baker
Brian Bechtol
Reinhart Bigl
Greg Middlemis
Connie Moore
William Gothmann
Brian Benton
Joan Churchill
Mike Bender
Rick Weinberg
Billy Crafton
Gary Matushak
Greg L’Etoile-Lopes
James Sloan
Jonathan Dillard
John Funk
Tom Bilcze
Ronald Piroli
Dave Roll
Brian Hafner
Misha LeBlanc
Ari Messinger
David Gratke
Todd Groesbeck
Wally Estrella
Sue Reinert
John Leko
Stephen Granata
Phillip Mueller
Robert Lackey
Dominic Carol
Jacqi McCulloch
John Hickman
Carl Presseault
David Neves
Patty Louise
Terry Fitzgerald
Peter Steinmetz
Timothy Fitzpatrick

Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Sunfields’ latest album may be their best yet. Go get it.

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The Pedalshift Project 212: Bike Touring in COVID Times

As we adjust to the new normal, can we bike tour safely and responsibly during a pandemic? On this episode, I share the thoughts of fellow listeners, a bike touring organization, and my personal recommendations for bike touring during COVID times.


Bike Touring in COVID Times 

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News and housekeeping

Stay tuned for my next tour at the end of the show! Kind of a spoiler alert since the topic is touring during COVID that I’m on the side of “yes you can, but…” 
 
Bike shortages and maintenance backups – a quick heads up for those of you looking to ride that bike shops are having a tough time keeping many types of bikes in stock and many of them are backed up on maintenance and repairs, some for weeks. So plan ahead!
 
I’m really late to the game on the Adventure Cycling Dynamo Jenny podcast… if you’ve listened for any length of time to this show, I’m a big booster of women in bike touring go check it out! And if you never heard my chats with Jasmine Reese, Annalisa van den Bergh, Adele Dittus, Cat Caperello-Snyder, Kerry Gross, and I know I’m missing a ton of others, they’re all in the back episodes of the Pedalshift Project so please check those out too!
 

Bike Touring in COVID Times

 
Let’s start with some baseline elements here:
 
I’m taking this with a US perspective where we are, frankly, a dumpster fire compared to other parts of the world in terms of infections. Your region and/or country may vary.
 
The novel coronavirus is a real threat. It is contagious, we’re unsure if getting it confers immunity, but we do know some people can catch it and die. So even if you personally don’t worry about it, you can pass it along to people who are more vulnerable than you. This is not the flu, it’s way worse.
 
But, life is a series of managed risks. After all, bike touring is a managed risk! If COVID were a purely personal risk one would take it would be a lot different, however, the fact it’s contagious, can be passed on asymptomatically or presymptomatically means – in my opinion – we have a responsibility to others as well to manage the risk of spread.
 
I have a responsibility to my family. I have a responsibility to the people I come in contact with – folks at grocery stores and shops and cafes. On a bike tour, you’re bringing the potential of infection with you and may not know it.
 
Again, in my opinion, that means bicycle touring should be done with more caution and with less contact than before the outbreaks began.
 
What are others saying?
 
At this time, Adventure Cycling Association discourages cyclists from embarking on long-distance bike travel along the Adventure Cycling Route Network.
 
We believe the bicycle travel community has a responsibility to avoid endangering the health of small communities and straining limited medical resources. Moreover, shelter-in-place and quarantine orders exist at many levels of government across our network, and availability of services is inconsistent and unpredictable.  
 
We can’t say for certain when it will be safe to take long tours again, but at this time we’ve canceled our own guided tours through September 5, and are evaluating on an ongoing basis beyond that date.
 
In the meantime, Adventure Cycling is hard at work to improve bike travel conditions, develop new routes for future adventures, and make sure we’re ready to help you when it’s time to hit the road once again.
 
Martin in OK:
 
For context, I live in rural northeast Oklahoma. We have a low population density; however,  many area residents are at best inconsistent about protective behaviors. Also relevant is that I have a family member with a mild-to-moderately compromised immune system.
 
In late May I prepared a 200-mile, 4-6 day loop tour through rural back roads. I designed the route so that campgrounds were available every 40-60 miles and so with natural water sources I could filter from to minimize reliance on in-town resupply stops. Halfway through the route I had the option (and risk) of a hotel to cool off from the heat. I ended up cancelling my plans when Oklahoma’s COVID surge took off in June.
 
As I’ve considered why I canceled this tour, I realize that the presence of COVID alters my risk assessment of other tour variables – mostly by making my typical bail-out options potentially unsafe for me, my family, or my helper/rescuer. For this tour, the most likely potential problem was heat exhaustion (95 degree highs and 65% humidity). In a COVID world, I don’t want to cool off inside high-traffic buildings like gas stations, especially in a region where mask-wearing is not the majority practice. And, of course, if I get heat stroke I could end up in an emergency room where there’s liable to be a greater presence of coronavirus. In my mind, COVID amplifies the potential consequences of the risks already present on a bike tour.
 
What does touring look like for me going forward? Probably S24O’s and few, if any, multi-night tours. I’ve begun pinpointing primitive, open camping locations within a 40-60 mile radius: mostly wildlife conservation areas and designated fishing lakes. Typically, there are no facilities or campgrounds as such, and thus very low traffic. While I might consider a small state park, I’m not comfortable chancing a crowded check-in lobby. With luck I can string together a  2-night mini-tour of no-contact campsites. As long as the riding and weather aren’t too demanding I’d be willing to do that sort of a tour. Also, no more tours without a family member on standby ready to pick me up if need be; no relying on the kindness of strangers for enough aid to get me back on the road.
 
It will be interesting to see where the bike touring community lands post-COVID. I anticipate wildly different new norms between various regions of the country.  
 
Greg Braithwaite
 
What I’ve personally settled into is several one-day trips that include:
– 1 stop max. at some kind of supply/food store
– Duh–Use of disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, masks
– No weekend overnights to avoid crowds
– Repeated trips to a destination the coast that is a proven stealth spot–but modifying my route to get there (for me this is often 80-120 miles round trip).
 
What DIDN’T work was when our CA State Parks opened and I ASSUMED that included hiker/biker sites–It does not! It’s unclear from the website and I should have called before riding out to Half Moon Bay from Santa Cruz. This mistake caused me to stay in a hotel (very clean/very safe), BUT not something I’d necessarily sign up for during COVID.
 
Quick plug for Greg’s new YouTube channel! It’s called BIKEVIDS! 
 
 
What am I recommending in the US and potentially elsewhere?
 
Only tour in a responsible way. The routes are going to be there after this.
Shorter, local, low or preferably no-contact tours.
I am avoiding all forms of public transportation for now, including busses, trains and planes.
All of my tours are beginning and ending at home or within a drive or drop-off/pickup 
Limited resupplies, limited contact in towns
Mask up as much as possible, including when riding but especially when others are around 
Solo travel is ideal. Next best option, touring within your bubble. Last best is touring with others, but remaining socially distanced.
Maximum hygiene before and after contact with restrooms, facilities, shops, stores, etc. 
Camping is probably safest (lower contact, unless it’s not). 
Airbnbs and hotels aren’t necessarily unsafe – depends on circumstances
Less proximity to people is most preferable
If you are showing any symptoms, bail out ASAP
A day trip loop that starts and ends at your home is fine replacement in these times. 
 
Are people touring in the US?
 
Yes, but it’s hard for me to assess whether it’s less, the same or more than last year.
And, oh yeah, I’m touring. It’s been really helpful for my mental health and a nice getaway from the new normal
 

The next tour: GAP 4×44 Loop

 
Following my own recommendations:
 
Keeping it ocal-ish: Begins and ends 1 hour drive and pickup from my cabin 
All camping, potentially with some stealth camping to reduce contact even more
Solo
Self contained with one resupply point midway (water notwithstanding)
Masking, sanitizer – I’m treating my interactions so that if I were infected that it’s far less likely I’d be bringing it to anyone and that I’m minimizing my exposure in case someone around me is infected.
 
It’s a tour of the GAP – a loop from Cumberland to Connnelsville and back. What’s fun is it’s 4 days of averaging or hitting 44 miles (go Orange, no I didn’t plan it). So it’s the GAP 4×44 Loop. Coming to the pod in August!

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this spring’s DC to Cincinnatti bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Stuart Buchan
Mr. T
Nathan Poulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
Sandy Pizzio
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Joseph Quinn
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Keith Spangler
Greg Towner
Dan Gebhart
Jody Dzuranin
Lucas Barwick
Michael Baker
Brian Bechtol
Reinhart Bigl
Greg Middlemis
Connie Moore
William Gothmann
Brian Benton
Joan Churchill
Mike Bender
Rick Weinberg
Billy Crafton
Gary Matushak
Greg L’Etoile-Lopes
James Sloan
Jonathan Dillard
John Funk
Tom Bilcze
Ronald Piroli
Dave Roll
Brian Hafner
Misha LeBlanc
Ari Messinger
David Gratke
Todd Groesbeck
Wally Estrella
Sue Reinert
John Leko
Stephen Granata
Phillip Mueller
Robert Lackey
Dominic Carol
Jacqi McCulloch
John Hickman
Carl Presseault
David Neves
Patty Louise
Terry Fitzgerald
Peter Steinmetz
Timothy Fitzpatrick

Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Sunfields’ latest album may be their best yet. Go get it.

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The Pedalshift Project 211: A Brompton Urban Stealth Overnight

With my proper trail bike in the shop but a real need to get out for an overnight, I turned to a C&O newbie… my trusty 12″ wheeled, very orange Brompton as my chariot to an urban(ish) stealth camping overnight. Would the trail chew up the Brompton? Would my orange gear prove too, well, orange for stealth camping? If you can’t get your adventure by the liter these days, may as well do it in sips…


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News and housekeeping

My touring bike is finally back! Now that it’s fully repaired (a) wow what a difference and (b) I’m hoping to pull together another mini tour to share with you all soon. And no, it won’t be the C&O… but the logistics are key.
 
Speaking of. Next week’s show is going to revisit the COVID situation. Touring as we knew it just isn’t possible and how we modify what we do is the difference between responsible and irresponsible. On next week’s show I’ll share my thoughts on what responsible bike touring looks like this year and beyond. If you’ve got thoughts, I’d love to hear them to help shape the episode… call the voicemail at 202-930-1109 or shoot me an email at pedalshift@pedalshift.net.

Pedalshift Tour Journals: A Brompton Urban Stealth Overnight

I won’t share details of where I was other than (a) it was accessed using the C&O trail, (b) to the best of my knowledge it was not on NPS property, (c) it was (barely) inside the Beltway a.k.a. I-495, the interstate that loops around my fair District plus suburban Maryland and northern Virginia, and (d) there were no “no trespassing” signs.
 
 
So, nobody saw me re-enter the trail and the ride back was uneventful. Sitting here now several days later I’m still really impressed at the Brompton and I don’t think I’ll underestimate its ability to handle a trail like that anymore. I’m also liking these quick overnights as mini sips of adventure… it’s not a good substitute to what I want, but it’s good enough. And that’s going to have to do.
 

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this spring’s DC to Cincinnatti bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Stuart Buchan
Mr. T
Nathan Poulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
Sandy Pizzio
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Joseph Quinn
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Keith Spangler
Greg Towner
Dan Gebhart
Jody Dzuranin
Lucas Barwick
Michael Baker
Brian Bechtol
Reinhart Bigl
Greg Middlemis
Connie Moore
William Gothmann
Brian Benton
Joan Churchill
Mike Bender
Rick Weinberg
Billy Crafton
Gary Matushak
Greg L’Etoile-Lopes
James Sloan
Jonathan Dillard
John Funk
Tom Bilcze
Ronald Piroli
Dave Roll
Brian Hafner
Misha LeBlanc
Ari Messinger
David Gratke
Todd Groesbeck
Wally Estrella
Sue Reinert
John Leko
Stephen Granata
Phillip Mueller
Robert Lackey
Dominic Carol
Jacqi McCulloch
John Hickman
Carl Presseault
David Neves
Patty Louise
Terry Fitzgerald
Peter Steinmetz
Timothy Fitzpatrick

Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Sunfields’ latest album may be their best yet. Go get it.

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The Pedalshift Project 210: Western C&O Loop, Day 3

Concluding my western C&O loop adventure! Day 3 began with a chilly, rainy start. The loop had to be closed, but would anything other than rain and tunnels stand in my way?


The Pedalshift Project 210: Western C&O Loop, Day 3

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News and housekeeping

Aaron Flores now holds the belt and is the winner of the Jun e 2020 draft. I came in a distant second, Guthrie third and Brock’s peculiar tall bike tour,  was a beautiful unicorn that did not resonate with you, the voter.
 
My bike is in the shop for some super severe work (new bottom bracket, new fork… it’s a long story!) BUT that didn’t stop me from taking my Brompton out on a super fun S24O stealth camping adventure. That’s coming at you NEXT WEEK!

Pedalshift Tour Journals: Western C&O Loop

Day 3 began with a chilly, rainy start. It’s hard to believe a summer C&O  ride would include anything other than hot, hazy and humid but it was what it was. The loop had to be closed, but would anything other than rain and tunnels stand in my way?

Photos

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Statistics

Miles biked: 44 (Go Orange, all my plan … not really)
Morning grilled cheeses: 1
Number of grilled cheeses eaten since this tour: 0
Downed trees: 2
Bat habitat tunnels: 1
Flats: zero

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this spring’s DC to Cincinnatti bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Stuart Buchan
Mr. T
Nathan Poulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
Sandy Pizzio
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Joseph Quinn
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Keith Spangler
Greg Towner
Dan Gebhart
Jody Dzuranin
Lucas Barwick
Michael Baker
Brian Bechtol
Reinhart Bigl
Greg Middlemis
Connie Moore
William Gothmann
Brian Benton
Joan Churchill
Mike Bender
Rick Weinberg
Billy Crafton
Gary Matushak
Greg L’Etoile-Lopes
James Sloan
Jonathan Dillard
John Funk
Tom Bilcze
Ronald Piroli
Dave Roll
Brian Hafner
Misha LeBlanc
Ari Messinger
David Gratke
Todd Groesbeck
Wally Estrella
Sue Reinert
John Leko
Stephen Granata
Phillip Mueller
Robert Lackey
Dominic Carol
Jacqi McCulloch
John Hickman
Carl Presseault
David Neves
Patty Louise
Terry Fitzgerald
Peter Steinmetz
Timothy Fitzpatrick

Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Sunfields’ latest album may be their best yet. Go get it.

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Best of Pedalshift 054: Best Bike Touring Tires and Tents

In the summer of 2016, with one more big(ish) bike tour in my sights, it was prep time for an Oregon coast ride plus an extended bit of gear talk… what do I look for in the perfect bike touring tires and tents? Originally podcast July 21, 2016.

Best of Pedalshift 054: Best Bike Touring Tires and Tents

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The Pedalshift Project 209: Western C&O Loop, Day 2

Continuing my western C&O loop adventure! On Day 2, I left the unique confines of Potomac Forks campground and looked to resupply in Cumberland and loop back. But would Cumberland offer me what I needed and would I get distracted from completing a full loop from where I began my day?


The Pedalshift Project 209: Western C&O Loop, Day 2

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News and housekeeping

Hey, be sure to make your vote be heard! Ok, that too BUT ALSO for the Episode 207 Bike Touring Draft. Click here to rank your top 4

Pedalshift Tour Journals: Western C&O Loop

On Day 2, I left the unique confines of Potomac Forks campground and looked to resupply in Cumberland and loop back. But would Cumberland offer me what I needed and would I get distracted from completing a full loop from where I began my day?

Photos

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Statistics

Miles biked: 36
New to me grocery stores in Cumberland: 1
My mask to other peoples’ mask ratio: 1 to 1 bajillion (possibly slightly overstated) 
Gross hard lemonades sipped and disposed off of mic: 1
Evening grilled cheeses: 0
Flats: zero

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this spring’s DC to Cincinnatti bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Stuart Buchan
Mr. T
Nathan Poulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
Sandy Pizzio
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Joseph Quinn
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Keith Spangler
Greg Towner
Dan Gebhart
Jody Dzuranin
Lucas Barwick
Michael Baker
Brian Bechtol
Reinhart Bigl
Greg Middlemis
Connie Moore
William Gothmann
Brian Benton
Joan Churchill
Mike Bender
Rick Weinberg
Billy Crafton
Gary Matushak
Greg L’Etoile-Lopes
James Sloan
Jonathan Dillard
John Funk
Tom Bilcze
Ronald Piroli
Dave Roll
Brian Hafner
Misha LeBlanc
Ari Messinger
David Gratke
Todd Groesbeck
Wally Estrella
Sue Reinert
John Leko
Stephen Granata
Phillip Mueller
Robert Lackey
Dominic Carol
Jacqi McCulloch
John Hickman
Carl Presseault
David Neves
Patty Louise
Terry Fitzgerald
Peter Steinmetz
Timothy Fitzpatrick

Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Sunfields’ latest album may be their best yet. Go get it.

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The Pedalshift Project 208: Western C&O Loop, Day 1

Everyone’s universe has shrunk a lot since the beginning of the pandemic, and nowhere has it hit home more than bicycle touring. I’m fortunate enough to have one of the country’s crown jewel routes right around where I live. The first trip this year looped the eastern third near DC. This time, I roll out into the wilderness of the western third, looking for adventure and solitude. On Day 1, I picked up a freshly repaired bike in Hancock and rolled off. But would the bike behave and more importantly, would my body betray me after just a day on the trail?


The Pedalshift Project 208: Western C&O Loop, Day 1

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News and housekeeping

Hey, be sure to make your vote be heard! Ok, that too BUT ALSO for the Episode 207 Bike Touring Draft. Click here to rank your top 4. Aaron Flores seems to be in the lead in early precinct results! We’ll tally the votes at the end of June, so make your voice be heard!

Pedalshift Tour Journals: Western C&O Loop

On Day 1, I picked up a freshly repaired bike in Hancock and rolled off. But would the bike behave and more importantly, would my body betray me after just a day on the trail?

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Statistics

Miles biked: 40
Grilled cheeses grilled: 2
Gear disasters averted by Dollar General run: 2
Campsites on the wrong side of the trail: 1
Embarrassing screams from debilitating and weird leg cramps: 2
Future bike tours where I don’t bring electrolyte pills: zero

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this spring’s DC to Cincinnatti bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Stuart Buchan
Mr. T
Nathan Poulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
Sandy Pizzio
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Joseph Quinn
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Keith Spangler
Greg Towner
Dan Gebhart
Jody Dzuranin
Lucas Barwick
Michael Baker
Brian Bechtol
Reinhart Bigl
Greg Middlemis
Connie Moore
William Gothmann
Brian Benton
Joan Churchill
Mike Bender
Rick Weinberg
Billy Crafton
Gary Matushak
Greg L’Etoile-Lopes
James Sloan
Jonathan Dillard
John Funk
Tom Bilcze
Ronald Piroli
Dave Roll
Brian Hafner
Misha LeBlanc
Ari Messinger
David Gratke
Todd Groesbeck
Wally Estrella
Sue Reinert
John Leko
Stephen Granata
Phillip Mueller
Robert Lackey
Dominic Carol
Jacqi McCulloch
John Hickman
Carl Presseault
David Neves
Patty Louise
Terry Fitzgerald
Peter Steinmetz
Timothy Fitzpatrick

Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Sunfields’ latest album may be their best yet. Go get it.

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The Pedalshift Project 207: June 2020 Bicycle Touring Draft

Six months since the defeat of Mysterious James in the inaugural Pedalshift Bicycle Tour Draft, we sweeten the pot with 3 new contestants from a certain show podcasting from The Land of Sunshine and Bunnies™ to vie for my title belt! I explain the rules at the top, and we kind of make it up as we go along, but the essence is each of us chooses pieces of gear or other elements of a bike tour that the other person now cannot choose, and then you get to choose who wins.


The Pedalshift Project 207: June 2020 Bicycle Touring Draft

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News and housekeeping

Thanks for the positive feedback on last week’s best of. I reached out to Jasmine prior to the release and she’s doing well and still playing her violin. If you’ve listened to this show for any period of time you probably know I’ve been a proponent of more diversity in bicycle touring. It goes without saying black lives matter and this podcast will do better in lifting those voices up.
 
I wanted to mention this all before this episode because the tone is, well, lighthearted. And with everything going on lately I don’t want it to come off as out of touch. That said, we could all use a little light-hearted banter… so… welcome to the second bicycle touring draft!
 
But before we dive in a quick bit of housekeeping…
 
Check out the brand new podcast by Warmshowers called Bike Life! It’s bike touring stories told through the lens of Warmshowers guests and hosts and I’m on the latest episode entitled Shrinking the World by Bike. A lot of fun and I think the pod’s worth a listen!
 
 I’ll be tackling the western part of the C&O starting this week and the next Pedalshift Tour Journal is Western C&O Loop! More to come starting next week.

The Pedalshift June 2020 Bicycle Touring Draft

Rules in a nutshell… each person picks once per round. We pick an element of bike touring gear. The other person is no longer able to pick it! After 7 rounds we argue who has the better draft and YOU get to judge the winner!
 

The Draft results

June Draft
Winner will be determined by fancy RANKED CHOICE VOTING, a super cool and superior way to vote. Click here to rank your top 4 (just drag and drop the names in order) and the winner is crowned! We’ll tally results at midnight on July 1st.

Again… you have the rest of June eastern time to vote… who has the better tour setup?

VOTE

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this spring’s DC to Cincinnatti bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Stuart Buchan
Mr. T
Nathan Poulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
Sandy Pizzio
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Joseph Quinn
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Keith Spangler
Greg Towner
Dan Gebhart
Jody Dzuranin
Lucas Barwick
Michael Baker
Brian Bechtol
Reinhart Bigl
Greg Middlemis
Connie Moore
William Gothmann
Brian Benton
Joan Churchill
Mike Bender
Rick Weinberg
Billy Crafton
Gary Matushak
Greg L’Etoile-Lopes
James Sloan
Jonathan Dillard
John Funk
Tom Bilcze
Ronald Piroli
Dave Roll
Brian Hafner
Misha LeBlanc
Ari Messinger
David Gratke
Todd Groesbeck
Wally Estrella
Sue Reinert
John Leko
Stephen Granata
Phillip Mueller
Robert Lackey
Dominic Carol
Jacqi McCulloch
John Hickman
Carl Presseault
David Neves
Patty Louise
Terry Fitzgerald
Peter Steinmetz
Timothy Fitzpatrick

Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Sunfields’ latest album may be their best yet. Go get it.

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The Pedalshift Project 206: The Erie Canal Trail Revisited – Part 3

Revisiting my never-released 2015 bike tour journal of the Erie Canal Trail through western and central NY with some perspective from 2020. In part three we wrap up the tour with some of the best riding of the entire trip, and a fantastically comical ending because I taunted the bike touring gods.
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The Pedalshift Project 206: The Erie Canal Trail Revisited - Part 3

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News & Housekeeping

Breaking news! Great news for you C&O heads… the campgrounds on the northern/western end of the trail are OPEN. (Frederick, Allegheny and Washington counties). Look for another socially distanced, responsible Pedalshift tour in June! Details on the C&O conditions page.
 
Hiker-bike Campsites – open in Frederick, Washington, and Allegany Counties (Calico Rocks mm 47.6  to Evitts Creek near Cumberland). Please bring your own water as pump handles will not be replaced and turned on at this time. Restrooms may be open and will be cleaned twice weekly. Please bring your own hand sanitizer, soap, and toilet paper as these items have been the subject of theft.
 
Amazing news. I plan to do a tour in the next few weeks that loops from my cabin in WV to the Cumberland end of the trail and back. More to come!
 
This week… the thrilling (and frankly, hysterical) conclusion to the 2015 Erie Canal adventure. Next week’s best of will be the wrap up episode from the ride just to tie a ribbon around things.
 
We have amazing stuff coming in June… a new tour it looks like, some interviews and more. Stick around!

Tour Journal: The Erie Canal Trail Revisited

Since bike touring adventures are on pause, but the desire to be on them isn’t, the Pedalshift Project is proud to dust off never-releases tour journals of past rides! For the next several weeks we’ll be revisiting my 2015 tour of the trail that started it all for me… the Erie Canal Bike Trail.
 
I’ll pop in from time to time to give a little 2020 perspective on the ride. I’m going to be listening to this for the first time in years, so in some ways it’ll be like riding it all over again.
 
In part 3 we wrap up the ride through the rest of central New York and wrap up on the east side in Albany.
 














As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like The Kessel Run and The Missing Link bike tours! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Stuart Buchan
Mr. T
Nathan Poulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
Sandy Pizzio
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Joseph Quinn
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Keith Spangler
Greg Towner
Dan Gebhart
Jody Dzuranin
Lucas Barwick
Michael Baker
Brian Bechtol
Reinhart Bigl
Greg Middlemis
Connie Moore
William Gothmann
Brian Benton
Joan Churchill
Mike Bender
Rick Weinberg
Billy Crafton
Gary Matushak
Greg L’Etoile-Lopes
James Sloan
Jonathan Dillard
John Funk
Tom Bilcze
Ronald Piroli
Dave Roll
Brian Hafner
Misha LeBlanc
Ari Messinger
David Gratke
Todd Groesbeck
Wally Estrella
Sue Reinert
John Leko
Stephen Granata
Phillip Mueller
Robert Lackey
Dominic Carol
Jacqi McCulloch
John Hickman
Carl Presseault
David Neves
Patty Louise
Terry Fitzgerald

Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Sunfields’ latest album may be their best yet. Go get it.

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