Long, narrow bridges and a broken trailer

Long, narrow bridges and a broken trailer

The road to Lafayette ended up having a huge impact on my journey. I started the day in the rain, which I don’t  mind and even enjoy ridding in it most of the time, but it was a concern when I approached the Airline highway bridge over the Mississippi river.  No shoulder as well as more »

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Felt like a giant on little Brittni's bike

Red Stick (Baton Rouge)

Leaving New Orleans was certainly a mixed bag of emotions but by the time I was packing to go, I was more than ready to leave.  The road from New Orleans to Baton Rouge was an interesting one.  It was a hard city to navigate on a bike because the interstate cut off a large more »

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the NASA security guards wouldn't let me play on the space ships

The road to New Orleans

I left Mobile, Al to head on to my next major stop, NOLA (New Orleans, La)  to see my old friend Kate.  Besides some breakdowns, the trek was pretty uneventful until outside of NOLA. My approach of NOLA  was mostly exciting and hectic. And not in a good way. As I started getting closer to more »

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Sand storms and cracked heads

Leaving Pensacola turned crazy fast!  My plan was to follow the coast all the way to Fort Morgan and take the ferry over to Dauphine Island, Al.  When I left Pensacola there was a severe storm warning but, if I’m anything, I’m stubborn as a mule, so I maintained my route.  That is until the more »

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some days seem longer than others out here

Whirlwind

If I had to use one word to describe the journey thus far, it would be “whirlwind.”  900 something miles to get from Augusta, Ga to Pensacola, Fl.  Circuitous would certainly be the one word to describe my route.  Whenever I’m asked “how long will it take you?” My response is “9 months” but always more »

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Matts headed back home and now I'm on the road to South America alone

Headed on south alone

Well Matt’s bike’s drive system just isn’t holding up to the abuse we are putting on it.  It’s a friction drive that uses a drive roller pressed against the tire to drive it. We knew it wouldn’t be a long term solution but we hoped it would last longer than it did.  Even after I was carrying most of the weight more »

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Finally rolling forward!

After  four years, lots of work, no social life, two knee surgeries, 6 months on crutches lots of money and lots of failed starts, Thirsty Bike is finally rolling forward.  And south.  The beginning has been plagued with mechanical problems but nothing that some road side mechanical work, grease and some busted knuckles hasn’t been able to fix. And some help from my folks.  And more »

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Expedition bike is done!

Finally finished my expedition bike.  It’s cro-moly  steel, super long chain stay, set up for climbing mountains and cruising long distances. It goes 32mpg and gets 200 mpg. How does 15,000 miles on one of these sound?

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Water Missions International

Water Missions International

Matt and I traveled up to Charleston, SC to check out Water Missions International and find out about their efforts combating the growing global water crisis.  They have had projects in 49 different countries and served over 2 million people!

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Yellow Fever!!

Yellow Fever!!

The CDC recommends Yellow Fever vaccines for Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru. Yellow fever is a single-stranded RNA virus, vector-borne transmission occurs through the bite of an infected mosquito. So Matt and I headed down to the Richmond County Board of Health to get poked in the arm…

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gear test

Matt and I had a fun time when we went out recently and did some gear test and got some great pics out of the whole thing!

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Clean water from sunlight and plastic bottles

The Swiss Institute for Environmental Science and Technology has developed a method for developing nations to increase their access to clean water.  The process is very straight forward, involving only a clear plastic bottle, non-potable water, the sun and the roof of a house or a corrugated piece of metal.  The water is kept in more »

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Rough road testing and new expedition partners!

We performed some dirt and gravel road testing on one of the motor bikes on Sunday and it performed beautifully.  It maintained great traction at it’s top rate of speed through some very rough terrain.  The purpose of the test was to simulate roads that we will encounter in Central and South America.  Thanks to more »

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First long distance test trip!

Alex and I just got back from the first long distance test trip.  We made it 90 miles, mostly in the (very cold) rain but it was a lot of fun!  We had some problems with the friction drive in the rain but other than that, everything ran very smoothly.  Luckily, I had a DeLorme more »

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Works in progress

Hey everyone, Here is an update to our progress on the project. First, I built a new motorized bicycle with a friction drive and a generic 49cc two stroke engine.   The friction drive works by having a drive roller (think BMX foot peg) coming straight off of the engine and turning the tire directly. I more »

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