Saturday, March 26, 2005
Bicycle Tourers Rule The Day
ROPER LAKE,AZ--David Star retired as a retail clerk and started riding. He left from southern California and was headed to Virginia. Not a lightweight, and almost 60, David proves you don't need to order that rocking chair too soon.
Bicycle touring is inexpensive compared to other forms of travel. Bike tourers who camp most of the time average about 50 miles and $35 per day. You don't go a far or fast as a plane or car, but you see more. Your days are full...no matter what the view.
Safford, a couple miles from Roper Lake, is on the Southern Tier Bicycle Route published by Adventure Cycling. It crosses into New Mexico near Mule Creek, then Silver City, over Emory Pass, then down to Las Cruces and El Paso.
David was the first of 7 bikers we saw that day: 4 heading east, 3 heading west. If you are interested in getting started with bike touring let me know. Maybe I can help.
Also, Albuquerque native Fred Pink just started a coast-to-coast and then some. His journal is here. He is using a trike and pulling a trailer. Browse through the site for a look at it.