I suppose my favorite way to document my bicycle travels is to lean my bike against something (usually a barbed wire fence), step back, and snap a photo. To me, there’s something about that theme, that says, “Here’s where I am, I’m having a great time, I arrived by bicycle, and I recommend you give it a try”. If I can say that a zillion times, it won’t be too much (at least for me) because that’s pretty much all I have to say.
So this is the post in which I lean my bicycle against things along the LPTST route and snap photos. I am very pleased with my plan (and execution) to use a modern bike, with modern components, and modern touring gear all in the spirit of those British three-speed tourists whose examples we tried to follow. The bike performed perfectly. It performed so perfectly that my original plan to convert it back to fixed mode immediately upon my return has been delayed. What’s the rush? Furthermore, I’ve surprised myself by installing my rear rack on the Quickbeam (instead of the A. Homer Hilsen I usually take for overnighters) for a possible S24O this weekend.
No it isn’t one of those remarkable vintage British roadsters we saw in prior posts, but let’s celebrate the Quickbeam anyway because it accomplished the mission magnificently. So as you scroll through this set of photos, I hope that your prior glimpse of the lovely and peaceful surroundings is magnified. Because afterall…these are the places I visited, I had a great time, I arrived by bicycle, and I recommend you give it a try.