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A month ago I was selling all my toys that wouldn’t fit on the boat and preparing to spend the summer adrift in the islands going only where the wind blows.  Now I’m a live-aboard, the boat is for sale and I’m planning the next journey.  I don’t know what my next move will be but life ashore without a bike is intolerable.

$200 touring bike

Lets be real, this bike is worth about 40 bucks but when you live in the islands beggars can’t be choosers.  Ive found amazing steel bikes thirty years old with less than a hundred miles for under 400 dollars but I will have to make do with what I have available to me.  This bike was built in Chicago, I would guess in the 70’s and has been painted so many times I could probably drop a few pounds just by stripping her many coats off.  Like my new bike Schwinnie I also have many coats of paint that need to be stripped.

I scrounged around the bike recycling center and swapped out this and that and she is pretty dialed in.  When it comes to rebuilding old bikes I don’t do any upgrades other than to the cockpit till something actually fails, these old bikes rarely have many miles on them and this one rides like a dream.  Her short stem and 38 cm bars are intolerable as is her giant seat so I’m on the search for used bike bits.  I can’t add anything nice because regardless of where you live there is always some thieving asshole who will strip your shit in the middle of the night.

I haven’t decided how I’m going to set up my cargo yet but I’m searching for a baby trailer to see if Chloe likes riding in it, if she does, game on.   I don’t have many needs or wants in this life but wheels are more a part of my soul than free energy transportation.  Each night after putting Chloe to bed I sneak out for a ride through the dark farm roads dodging deer and rabbits as I go.  The way I see it I have a maximum of 30 years of solid stregnth left in me and I’m going to use every second of my time utilizing it.

Timing is everything in this life and right now I have many choices. Its a huge disappointment not to be playing pirate but my day will come.  Between now and then the possibilities are endless.  Bike, hike, caravan…its going to be awesome whatever we choose.

“How you climb the mountain is more important than reaching the top.”  ~Yvon Chouinard

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