The Pedalshift Project 190: A Decade of Bike Touring with Mysterious James

Happy New Year! January 2020 is very special because we bring you something long denied to you. More Mysterious James. We realized we’ve been doing this bike touring thing for an entire decade, so we talk about our thoughts on a decade of touring, lessons learned and thoughts on the future.

The Pedalshift Project 190: A Decade of Bike Touring with Mysterious James

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The Interview: A Decade of Bike Touring with MJ

If you’re here, you wanted to know what or who Mysterious James aka MJ is. Here’s the deal:
– MJ is an enigma wrapped in a riddle dropped in a box of Cracker Jack
– MJ is a massive user of Twitter and other social media
– MJ does not have an account on any of these
– MJ is a ghost, but not dead.
– MJ has been transformed by bike touring, and now says hello to people, but only if he deems them odd enough to talk to.
– MJ is lanky and about the size of a small giraffe.
– MJ rides a Surly Long Haul Trucker, the Cadillac of touring bikes. It’s also a little culty.
– MJ and I used to have similar jobs, but not really
– MJ shall always be mysterious
The supplements I mentioned: I literally cannot find them! Sorry folks! Amino something or other?
The MJ jolt  it doesn’t end here… it is the month of Mysterious James and we have two more episodes coming at you featuring MJ. We get competitive and do something never done on the Pedalshift Project… next week we begin a new tradition – the Pedalshift Bike Touring Draft where James and I draft components for a fictional tour and you get to vote on who did it better. And the week after that we choose a poker full house hand of 5 touring routes – 3 ACAs and 2 wild cards, and you get to decide who drew the better hand.
January is super fun, but it all leads into the next bike tour, the Kessel Run in central FL, which we’re previewing at the end of the month, and will be documented into February.

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