Pix

A selection of photos from a transcontinental ride from San Diego to St. Augustine, Fla., starting Sept. 20, 2009:

A group photo after the ritual dipping of the rear wheel in the Pacific Ocean

A group photo after the ritual dipping of the rear wheel in the Pacific Ocean

Kami celebrates a birthday in Tempe, Ariz.

Kami celebrates a birthday in Tempe, Ariz.

Looking back down from near the top of Gonzales Pass on the road to Superior, Ariz.

Looking back down from near the top of Gonzales Pass on the road to Superior, Ariz.

Heading down the east side of Gonzales Pass on U.S. 60 toward Superior, Ariz.

Heading down the east side of Gonzales Pass on U.S. 60 toward Superior, Ariz.

Check of the elevation profile on the road to Three Way, Ariz. From left: Jim, Gerben and Derrik

Check of the elevation profile on the road to Three Way, Ariz. From left: Jim, Gerben and Derrik

The road goes on forever in the high desert of Arizona

The road goes on forever in the high desert of Arizona

On the road to Three Way, Ariz. From left: Derrik, Cathy and Gerben

On the road to Three Way, Ariz. From left: Derrik, Cathy and Gerben

Kami and John at the store in Three Way, Ariz.

Kami and John at the store in Three Way, Ariz.

Climbing a 6,295-foot pass on Arizona 78  on the way to Buckhorn, N.M.

Climbing a 6,295-foot pass on Arizona 78 on the way to Buckhorn, N.M.

View back down the west side of the 6,295-foot pass

View back down the west side of the 6,295-foot pass

Crossing into New Mexico on the road to Buckhorn

Crossing into New Mexico on the road to Buckhorn

Inside the cliff dwellings at Gila Springs, N.M.

Inside the cliff dwellings at Gila Springs, N.M.

A selection of photos from a ride across Missouri along the Katy Trail June 11-14, 2009, with brother-in-law Jim Finney and cousin-in-law Laura Karr:

Jim Finney, Laura Karr and Jim Peipert at start of ride along Katy Trail at Parkfield Inn in Clinton, Mo., June 11, 2009

Jim Finney, Laura Karr and Jim Peipert at start of ride along Katy Trail at Parkfield Inn in Clinton, Mo., June 11, 2009

Jim Peipert, Jim Finney, Jean Karr (Laura's mother) and Laura at Green Ridge, Mo., on first day on Katy Trail

Jim Peipert, Jim Finney, Jean Karr (Laura's mother) and Laura at Green Ridge, Mo., on first day on Katy Trail

Jim Finney fixes a flat on the first day as Laura offers advice

Jim Finney fixes a flat on the first day as Laura offers advice

The Carriage House at the Katy Trail Bed and Bikefest in Rocheport, Mo., our Lodging the first night on the trail

The Carriage House at the Katy Trail Bed and Bikefest in Rocheport, Mo., our Lodging the first night on the trail

Jim Finney on a bridge over a creek flowing into the Missouri River at right

Jim Finney on a bridge over a creek flowing into the Missouri River at right

Laura, Rick Karr (Laura's brother who drove the sag wagon) and Jean with a friendly dog at a stop along the trail

Laura, Rick Karr (Laura's brother who drove the sag wagon) and Jean with a friendly dog at a stop along the trail

The friendly dog, who apparently had puppies somewhere, enjoying a neck scratch and a break from her pups

The friendly dog, who apparently had puppies somewhere, enjoying a neck scratch and a break from her pups

The Rendleman Home bed and breakfast at Bluffton, Mo., our lodging the second night on the trail

The Rendleman Home bed and breakfast at Bluffton, Mo., our lodging the second night on the trail

Laura ready to ride from the Rendleman Home on our third day on the Katy Trail

Laura ready to ride from the Rendleman Home on our third day on the Katy Trail

An abandoned silo, faced with ceramic tiles, along the Katy Trail

An abandoned silo, faced with ceramic tiles, along the Katy Trail

The sitting room at the Red Brick Inn in Augusta, Mo., our lodging the third and last night on the Katy Trail

The sitting room at the Red Brick Inn in Augusta, Mo., our lodging the third and last night on the Katy Trail

The dining room at the Red Brick Inn

The dining room at the Red Brick Inn

Another view of the dining room at the Red Brick Inn

Another view of the dining room at the Red Brick Inn

Sue Kaid (my sister) and Jim at the Loading Dock on the Mississippi River at Grafton, Ill., upriver from Alton

Sue Kaid (my sister) and Jim at the Loading Dock on the Mississippi River at Grafton, Ill., upriver from Alton

Rick Karr and Jim Peipert at Rendleman House in Bluffton, Mo.

Rick Karr and Jim Peipert at Rendleman House in Bluffton, Mo.

Laura Karr on the Katy Trail

Laura Karr on the Katy Trail

Laura beside the Missouri River

Laura beside the Missouri River

At the end of the Katy Trail ride in St. Charles, Mo.: Jim Finney, Jean Karr, Jim Peipert, Laura Karr and Rick Karr

At the end of the Katy Trail ride in St. Charles, Mo.: Jim Finney, Jean Karr, Jim Peipert, Laura Karr and Rick Karr

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11 responses to “Pix

  1. Ben P.

    Nice photos Dad. Is there a road that runs along the Katy Trail? You said that a sagwagon followed you. How close is the road to the trail? Anyway, the trip sounds like it was really great. Congratulations.

  2. Ben,
    No, there is no road that parallels the trail. Rick Karr had to study a Missouri road atlas to find country roads that would get him and Aunt Jean to the towns we would be passing through. In the morning, we’d decide on likely places for water stops and a lunch stop and then keep in touch by cellphone. Thanks for the comment on the photos.
    Love, Dad

  3. Mary Anne Boies

    Jim, great photos, the tiled silo is wonderful, can’t remember the last time I saw one. There is a definite family resemblance with your sister!
    Mary Anne

  4. Mary Anne,
    Thanks for looking at the blog. I posted a few more photos yesterday from my brother-in-law Jim Finney. Hope all is well in Sycamore.
    Jim

  5. John Key

    How many miles per day and how many days did the Katy Trail ride include?
    And nice web site Piepert.

  6. kendra bremer

    My boyfriend and I are planning a bike trip from Austin to Marfa. This will be our first long distance bike ride, any advice you could offer to us would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • Kendra,
      Thanks for looking at my blog. I guess the advice that comes readily to hand is to make sure that your bikes are in tip-top shape before you set out because bike shops will be very scarce between Austin and Marfa. I’d suggest getting the bikes tuned and replacing anything that might be problematic — cables, brake pads, etc. Also, if you’re going self-contained, make sure that your wheels are built to handle the load. Touring bikes generally have wheels with 36 to 40 spokes and double-walled construction. Good tires are also a necessity. I used Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires and would have made it all the way across the country without a flat except for a mishap with my rear rack in the last week of the trip. The screws and bolts holding the rack in place worked their way loose and the rack separated from its fastenings behind the seat post. That caused the rack to rotate backward with all the gear and drop to the pavement. One of the brackets that held the rack behind the seat post dropped down and stabbed the tire as it rotated forward. But the wound was minor and I’m still using the same tires. Goatheads, nasty little burrs that work their way into tires, are a big problem in West Texas. But the Marathon Plus tires protected against them. I hope you have a great trip. The scenery and terrain in West Texas, as you probably know, is spectacular. Have a good holiday season.
      Jim

  7. Jane and Max

    Hey Jim,

    Love the blog and the photos. Got a real kick out of the Fort Lewis College bicycle shirt as well as the BTC shirts. Brought back wonderful memories. Congratulations on your Uncle Ray Memorial Bicycle Ride Across America! What a wonderful way to commemorate a remarkable man.

    Congrats on your retirement as well. It seems like you are spending it wisely.

    • Max and Jane,
      Great to hear from you! I’ve thought of you many times over the years, particularly before doing the Illinois Great River Rides. I thought that perhaps you might be participants on one of the rides. I’ve tried sporadically to get back in touch, Googling your names to try to come up with an e-mail address. I found your names in the results of various local runs, so apparently you’re into running. Do you still cycle? How did you find my blog? I started it last April, with the aim of keeping my wife and three sons apprised of my progress during the cross-country trip. But it became a hobby, and a way to soothe the itch to write. I’m looking for a bike ride, or some adventure, this summer. But it’s hard to top a transcontinental trip without doing it again — perhaps by a different route. Any ideas? Take care and keep in touch.
      Jim

  8. nicholas drinkwater

    it’s ten to midnight… cold, wet and blustery here in old blighty (uk). The old sash window rattles but am reading this blog filled with hearty dreams of the beyond. thankyou jim. thankyou very much. wonderful. nick

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