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The Pedalshift Project 195: The Kessel Run Florida Bike Tour Part 2

Day 2 of the trip began with sunshine and exotic birds as I rolled through strawberry country and transitioned from wide open spaces to industrial places to… well I got to Tampa in time to explore some beer! But would I be able to roll right up to Tampa airport or be forced to sheepishly hire a ride for the last 1/4 mile?


The Pedalshift Project 195: The Kessel Run Florida Bike Tour Part 2

Hey it’s the direct download link for  The Pedalshift Project 195: The Kessel Run Florida Bike Tour Part 2 (mp3).

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Have some bike touring or overnight stories to share? Send your pics, audio or a quick tweet – all welcome. Email the show at pedalshift@pedalshift.net or call the lightly-used Pedalshift voicemail line at (202) 930-1109

Reminder to check out part 1 in PSP 194 and then again Friday 2/21 at 9pm ET for Pedalshift Live, the wrap up of the Kessel Run tour AND the announcement of the spring tour AND how that impacts Pedalshift 200. WOW!
 
Pedalshift Live - February 21, 2020

The Kessel Run: A Central Florida Bike Tour, Part 2

Day 2 of the trip began with sunshine and exotic birds as I rolled through strawberry country and transitioned from wide open spaces to industrial places to… well I got to Tampa in time to explore some beer! But would I be able to roll right up to Tampa airport or be forced to sheepishly hire a ride for the last 1/4 mile?

 

Statistics, Day 2

Miles biked: 33.6 miles
Unidentifiable bird species: lots
Rain: no!
Lightsabers fastened to rear racks: still 1
Sweet paved trail miles: 0
Flats: zero
Bars visited: 2
Beers imbibed: 1 pint, 1 flight
2021 Florida Trips planned: 1
 












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
Roxy Arning
Nathan Pulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Paul Culbertson
Scott Culbertson
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
Kevan Olhausen
Robert Lackey

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 194: The Kessel Run Florida Bike Tour Part 1

Central Florida has a thousand personalities. Sure, we all know the theme parks, and the big cities of Tampa and Orlando, but there are also huge swaths of barely developed pastures, orange groves, irrigation canals and lakes to catch a cyclists’ eye while pedaling the miles away. A lot of people come to Florida to escape the chill of winter and return with stories and surprises. Me? I went to go fly the Millennium Falcon, but that’s another story. After that? I rode across Florida. This is the story.


The Pedalshift Project 194: The Kessel Run Florida Bike Tour Part 1

Hey it’s the direct download link for  The Pedalshift Project 194: The Kessel Run Florida Bike Tour Part 1 (mp3).

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Have some bike touring or overnight stories to share? Send your pics, audio or a quick tweet – all welcome. Email the show at pedalshift@pedalshift.net or call the lightly-used Pedalshift voicemail line at (202) 930-1109

Reminder to come back next Thursday for check out part 2 in PSP 195 and then again Friday 2/21 at 9pm ET for Pedalshift Live, the wrap up of the Kessel Run tour AND the announcement of the spring tour AND how that impacts Pedalshift 200. WOW!

The Kessel Run: A Central Florida Bike Tour, Part 1

The beginning of the trip began with getting myself and my Brompton to  Florida… always an adventure. Then an interregnum at Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge for a nerd out day. My childhood dream of flying the Millennium Falcon sated, it was time to roll. Day 1 of the tour began with a mini-fast forward from Disney property to the beginning of Dean Still road in the exurbs of Orlando, Florida. With rain in the air and 40+ miles of riding ahead of me, I gathered my gear and hit record.

Statistics, Day 1

Miles biked: 43.8
Orange groves: 1
Rain: yes
Lightsabers fastened to rear racks: 1
Sweet paved trail miles: 12.1
Flats: zero
Delivery pizzas consumed: 1
Beers available: 0!
Episodes of Clone Wars watched: 13!
 







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
Roxy Arning
Nathan Pulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Paul Culbertson
Scott Culbertson
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
Kevan Olhausen
Robert Lackey

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 104: Winter touring bike maintenance

You might not be riding through snow and ice, but winter is a time to take stock of your bicycle’s condition for future tours. On this episode of the pod, winter touring bike maintenance, including care after icy rides and some tips on keeping your drivetrain clean and happy during the harshest season! Originally podcast January 18, 2018.

Best of Pedalshift 104: Winter touring bike maintenance

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The Pedalshift Project 193: The Kessel Run Florida Bike Tour Preview

The first Pedalshift tour of 2020 is nearly upon us! Whether you believe in The Force or prefer a trusty blaster at your side, this tour starts with a decidedly Star Wars nerdy beginning, but cycles through a Central Florida familiar to some, but not all. Meditate with me young padewans as we mostly not talk about Star Wars stuff, and focus all on my upcoming Central Florida bike tour!


The Pedalshift Project 193: The Kessel Run Florida Bike Tour Preview

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Have some bike touring or overnight stories to share? Send your pics, audio or a quick tweet – all welcome. Email the show at pedalshift@pedalshift.net or call the lightly-used Pedalshift voicemail line at (202) 930-1109

Previewing the Kessel Run: A Central Florida Bike Tour

GREAT feedback on the month of MJ! I think the game format was a fun twist, so look for more of those down the line. Very open to rule tweak suggestions or even new formats. Lots of ways to run a draft and lots of ways to argue who won 😉
 
PS Early exit polls are showing… a landslide. Vote more at pedalshift.net/191 and pedalshift.net/192.

The Journal

  • Last year’s FL tour with a decidedly Star Wars twist
  • Fly down and enjoy a day nerding out at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge flying the Falcon and enjoying a day
  • THEN a tour on the Brompton from the Orlando area to the Tampa airport over two days
  • Why? I wanted to center a bike tour around something cool so that the fun was front loaded and then the tour is the cherry on top
  • Wanted to check a different route out of the Orlando area
  • Doing all hotel and Airbnb stays (less gear)
  • Shorter than I’d like but I’m hoping to get a longer tour in this spring
  • What the heck’s a Kessel Run? What you’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon? It’s the ship that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs. Go see Solo to see what the Kessel run is.

Gear Setup

  • Brompton
  • Front Ortlieb backroller, 2019 mod
  • Phone holster
  • Water bottle holder (note these have to be removed for a full fold)
  • Rear rack will hold just my folded up duffel so I can fold the rear under
  • Some kind of lock setup (post-recording update… I bought a new Ottolock)
  • Water bottle
  • Brompton toolkit + pump (integrated)
  • Spare tube (perhaps overkill)
  • New – a cheap adjustable crescent wrench (I’ve learned a lesson as we’ll chat about in a bit!)
  • Going very limited on clothing for a such a short trip
  • Rain gear going to be a must
  • May only bring down one pair of pants, a couple of wicking base layers and a puffy vest to stay simple and extra light
  • Trail shoes and wool socks
  • Looking to replace my helmet so considering (maybe) getting one shipped to the hotel rather than carrying down?

Challenges

  • An important element of my Brampton broke less than a week away! Fixed, but lesson learned on what the Brompton toolkit can do and what it cannot.
  • Weather is a wild card – last year was stellar
  • This year? It looks like there’s going to be rain at the tail end of my evening at Galaxy’s Edge, through the night into the morning. That might redouble my attitude of tapping the brakes on an early start, checking out as late as I can and maybe even waiting out the end of the rain at the hotel. 
  • Temps look perfect… low 70s as highs, mid 50s as lows.
  • Prevailing winds will be in my face this go-around. 
  • I’m challenging myself to carry anything I purchase at Galaxy’s Edge with me. That might get interesting.
  • Traffic around my first night stay near Plant City is a question mark since I’m deviating from the route there
  • I have plenty of time, but there is a bit of a race on Sunday… my plane leaves with or without me!

Interesting Disney-specific bike logistics

  • I mentioned riding at WDW is not in the cards, but due to poor planning on my part I’m splitting two nights there between hotels
  • The Brompton will get transferred by Disney bell services while I’m in the park. 
  • I plan to bring an IKEA Dimpa bag and have it very securely packed up since I don’t know what to expect
  • Interesting possibility – if I check the bike on my flight down it can be picked up by Disney and brought to the hotel room directly… but I don’t love checking the bike and really don’t love the idea of trusting the handoff behind the scenes of bike to bus to hotel without me being there. If the bike isn’t there before I go to bed I may lose my mind 😉

Fun

  • I’ve been so focused on the Disney/Star Wars part of the trip I’m just now getting extra excited about the ride.
  • A nice escape from DC.
  • I know the Kessel Run element of this trip won’t appeal to many of you, so I’ll be focusing on the bike tour for the tour journal episodes BUT I plan on recording something for the Star Wars elements that I’ll make available outside of the feed and let folks know about it.
  • Pedalshift Society folks – you’ll get the real time recordings in the bonus feed. You should have received an email from me with that. First audio will likely be coming out the 30th.
This also has me thinking about adventures to come… I’m already at work on deciding my spring and summer tours, so stay tuned for that!

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
Roxy Arning
Nathan Pulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Paul Culbertson
Scott Culbertson
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
Kevan Olhausen
Robert Lackey

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 192: Bicycle Tour Route Full House

The month of MJ concludes like all good trilogies must… with a bang! No Ewoks in part three, but rather a game of Pedalshift Bicycle Tour Route Poker! Each of us chooses five bike tour routes for our “hand,” and then you get to choose who collected the best set.


Pedalshift 192: Bicycle Tour Full House with MJ

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Reach out to the show via email, Twitter and Instagram. Don’t forget to join the newsletter too.

Have some bike touring or overnight stories to share? Send your pics, audio or a quick tweet – all welcome. Email the show at pedalshift@pedalshift.net or call the lightly-used Pedalshift voicemail line at (202) 930-1109

Bicycle Tour Route Full House with MJ

Rules in a nutshell… each person picks once per round. We pick a “card” representing a bike touring route until we end up with a full house hand of 5 touring routes – 3 Adventure Cycling Association  routes and 2 wild cards, and you get to decide who drew the better hand.
 

Our Full House Hands

TYPE James Tim
ACA Great Divide Pacific Coast
ACA ID Hot Springs TransAm
ACA WA Parks Lewis & Clark
Wildcard Caraterra Estral Paris to Brussels
Wildcard PanAmerican Hwy GAP/CO
 
Your vote

You have the rest of January eastern time to vote… who has the better tour route hand?

Coming up on the Pedalshift Project

My next bike tour, the Kessel Run in central FL, gets a preview episode the week after! Super stoked about riding in Florida again so stay tuned!

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
Roxy Arning
Nathan Pulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Paul Culbertson
Scott Culbertson
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
Kevan Olhausen
Robert Lackey

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 191: The Pedalshift 2020 Bicycle Touring Draft

The month of MJ continues with the very first Pedalshift Bicycle Tour Draft! 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 191: The Pedalshift 2020 Bicycle Touring Draft

Hey it’s the direct download link for  The Pedalshift Project 191: The Pedalshift 2020 Bicycle Touring Draft (mp3).

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Reach out to the show via email, Twitter and Instagram. Don’t forget to join the newsletter too.

Have some bike touring or overnight stories to share? Send your pics, audio or a quick tweet – all welcome. Email the show at pedalshift@pedalshift.net or call the lightly-used Pedalshift voicemail line at (202) 930-1109

The Pedalshift 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 9 rounds we argue who has the better draft and YOU get to judge the winner!
 

The Draft results

Your vote

You have the rest of January eastern time to vote… who has the better tour setup?

Coming up in January on the Pedalshift Project

But it doesn’t end there… it is the month of Mysterious James and we have one more episode coming at you featuring MJ. We continue  our competitive streak and 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. That’s next week on ep 192.
 
My next bike tour, the Kessel Run in central FL, gets a preview episode the week after! Super stoked about riding in Florida again so stay tuned!

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
Roxy Arning
Nathan Pulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Paul Culbertson
Scott Culbertson
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
Kevan Olhausen
Robert Lackey

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 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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Reach out to the show via email, Twitter and Instagram. Don’t forget to join the newsletter too.

Have some bike touring or overnight stories to share? Send your pics, audio or a quick tweet – all welcome. Email the show at pedalshift@pedalshift.net or call the lightly-used Pedalshift voicemail line at (202) 930-1109

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.

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
Roxy Arning
Nathan Pulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Paul Culbertson
Scott Culbertson
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
Kevan Olhausen
Robert Lackey

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 189: The 44th Annual Award Show Holiday Spectacular

The 44th annual holiday annual award show spectacular fetaures awards to the best of The Pedalshift Project in 2019. Who will win the Orange Pedal™ for best tour, best bar/meetup, and much more? Happy new year and see you in 2020!


The Pedalshift Project 189: The 44th Annual Award Show Holiday Spectacular

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Live from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles California it’s the 44th Annual Pedalshift Holiday End-of-the-Year Spectacular Award Show!

44th Annual Pedalshift Holiday End-of-the-Year Spectacular Award Show

Guest of the year

Maggie Lonergan for Bikerafting Episode 164
Adele Dittus for Biking with Baby on Board Episode 179
Doug Riegner for Bicycling the GAP 2019 Episode 149
Kevin Mills for the Great American Rail Trail Episode 152

Best ‘Best Of’ of the year

Aaron Flores Episode 004
Guthrie Straw Episode 071
Cat Caperello-Snyder Episode 056
Surfing Tours and Pedaling Pugs Episode 012

Bicycle touring tip of the year

Emergency fixes episode 185
Cycling Italy episode 172
S24Os episode 180
Stealth camping episode 173

Bicycle touring route of the year

C&O
GAP
Central Florida
OTET
Oregon Coast

In Memoriam 2019

Tim’s U-lock
Cheap sunglasses #45-47
Orange bar tape
Shifty the Elf       [DUDE, I AM TOTALLY ALIVE! CLOONEY!!!!]

Best bar on meetups or tours

Wundergarden (DC)
Brewers on the Bay (Newport)
Thirsty Topher (Orlando)
Urban Tap (PGH)

Tour of the Year

Cross Florida
DC to Cincinnati
Oregon Coast Escape
Sweltering Summer on the C&O


On a serious note, THANK YOU all for listening and a big thank you to Pedalshift Society members for supporting the show this year. See you in 2020!

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
Roxy Arning
Nathan Pulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Paul Culbertson
Scott Culbertson
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

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 188: Grocery Store Strategies on Bike Tour

Almost everywhere, the cheapest bet to stay fed on bicycle tour is a town’s grocery store. On this episode, I cover my grocery store strategies on bike tour… from prep to pedaling off with panniers full of treats to chow on later!


The Pedalshift Project 188: Grocery Store Strategies on Bike Tour

Hey it’s the direct download link for  The Pedalshift Project 188: Grocery Store Strategies on Bike Tour (mp3).

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Have some bike touring or overnight stories to share? Send your pics, audio or a quick tweet – all welcome. Email the show at pedalshift@pedalshift.net or call the lightly-used Pedalshift voicemail line at (202) 930-1109

Hey, I’m presenting at the National Bike Summit’s Active Transportation Leadership Retreat in March. National Bike Summit is the biggest collection of bike advocates and it happens in DC. This will be the first time I’m lawyering it up in the bike advocacy space, so it’s going to be fun. Look for a DC meetup for attendees and generally Pedalshift-inclined types in mid-March.
 

Grocery Store Strategies on Bike Tour

PREP

  • Map them out ahead of time or at least scope them out the day of
  • Have room in your bags or a strategy to get your food protected
  • Know what meals you’re buying for (i.e. tonight’s dinner and tomorrow’s breakfast and snack) if not a list

ARRIVING

  • Scope out bicycle parking options
  • Did you bring a lock?
  • Should I be afraid people are going to rifle through my stuff?

IN STORE

  • Check to see if they have wifi. Download/upload stuff while you shop
  • Hit the bathroom – might be a nicer one than you’ve seen in a minute. Clean up as necessary.
  • Start at one end of the store and sweep through to the other rather than aimlessly walking aisles
  • Favor fresh food and veggies for the very next meal – it’ll keep
  • Favor foods that can stand up to a little jostling over more fragile options (i.e. apples over berries)
  • If the store has one, check out the hot bar or prepared foods deli for eating at the store
  • Weird trick: least expensive and smallest bag of frozen veggies can keep beers cold
  • After checkout, grab a seat if they have one. Look to charge up and eat while you continue to up/download

PACKING UP 

  • Go directly to recycling (rare) or garbage bins outside the store
  • Radically reduce bulk by removing dry items from boxes and discarding all unnecessary packaging.
  • Sturdiest stuff on the bottom, most fragile/brusable on top
  • Cold sinks, so put those frozen veggies on top of the beer 😉
  • Tie plastic bags to hang from rack if you need to, but that won’t stand up for more than a few miles.

BE A GOOD AMBASSADOR

  • Don’t get in anyone’s way unreasonably
  • Do not leave a mess
  • Get to camp or wherever you’re ending the night and enjoy the spoils!

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
Roxy Arning
Nathan Pulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Paul Culbertson
Scott Culbertson
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

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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