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SEA TO SHINING SEA: Shipping out

By Dennis Forney | Apr 15, 2013
Photo by: Dennis Forney That's a pair of sandals between the two rear panniers.  If the hills get too steep, I'll take off the biking shoes, strap on the sandals and start pushing uphill.  I know I can push the bike at least two miles per hour. Coming down the other side will be easier and faster.  Which state do you think has the total amount of climbing?  Not the highest, but the most pedaling uphill? Answer: tomorrow.

LEWES, DELAWARE — Fed Ex will be picking up the bicycles on Tuesday this week and shipping them out to Bikes and Beyond in Astoria, Oregon. I used an outfit called shipbikes.com and a special box they call their AirCaddy.  The box is specifically designed for shipping bicycles including a metal plate in the bottom where you mount the front forks, after removing the front wheel. All pretty slick.

The folks at Bikes and Beyond will put the seat, handlebars and racks back in position.  We will carry our packed panniers on the airplane with tent, cooking stuff, rain gear, electronics, sandals and other stuff to survive with for the next three months.  50 pounds plus the weight of the bike.  It's a Salsa Vaya 2 touring bike with fatter and more treaded tires than road bikes.

More tomorrow.  Lots of details to take care of.

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Here's the bike, panniers removed, seat removed, front wheel removed and handle bars folded under so it will all fit in the AirCaddy.
Comments (1)
Posted by: Ron MacArthur | Apr 16, 2013 14:55

Jealous.

 



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