For the past few months I’ve been obsessed with a site called Crayguyonabike.com. It has journals of people who tour on bicycles, both in America and around the world. I originally read it because I’m fascinated by Standing Stones. I followed a few people touring the Outer Hebrides and visiting the Stone Circle and Row of Callanish. I read journals of people touring the United States coast to coast and they were all interesting. Everyone had different personalities and different adventures. Some were far more eloquent than others. Then I found Jeff Arnim.
Jeff traveled across the country all by himself on a bike from Key West to Washington state. His journals were incredibly well written and the photography is as good. If you read this journal you will want to start touring. It had a profound effect on me.
He tried again in 2013 and this one was a disaster. He rode east from San Diego and was defeated before he made it. It’s still a great read but if you read this one first you will probably swear off touring.
As we speak he is doing another tour from Oregon to California. It’s interesting to read new entries in the journal in real time.
Getting back to the changes for me. Reading his journals has forced me to reexamine my writing. I want to do a better job of writing and sharing my experiences. I’ll be upping my game but both in the narrative and in the photographs. You’ll see a lot more photographs. If it’s not your thing then scroll down.
I’m going for a ride tomorrow. I’ll let you know how it went.