A few items culled from the electronic media and e-mail:
— A book recommended by a retired school librarian who will participate in our cross-country trip starting Sept. 18 in San Diego. The book is An American Cycling Odyssey by Kevin J. Hayes. It tells the story of George Nellis, who rode from Herkimer, in upstate New York, to San Francisco in 72 days in 1887.
He averaged 50 miles per day pedaling a 52-inch, high-wheeled Columbia Expert “ordinary” bicycle with a tubular steel frame and hard rubber tires.
— A story in Sunday’s Star-Telegram about handy travel gadgets that also would be useful to a cross-country cyclist. For posting to this blog during our transcontinental journey, I plan to carry a Dell Inspiron Mini 9 netbook.
— A Monday story from the Fort Worth Business Press about new opportunities for sponsorship of North Texas bicycling teams in the wake of the partnership between Lance Armstrong and Fort Worth-based RadioShack. “We’re willing advertisers for folks,” said Ed Stephan, president of the Moritz Chevrolet cycling team, which will become the ThinkCash cycling team as of Oct. 1. “We tell people, ‘Look, we’re basically rolling your name all through town.'”
— A video of Lance Armstrong winning the 2009 Leadville 100 mountain bike race on Aug. 9 and paring more than 15 minutes off the record set by Dave Wiens in 2008.