Our neighbor here in Ashland's railroad district, Christopher Briscoe, has always had a real taste for adventure. Yesterday - May 15th - he set off on yet another cross-country bike tour, following route 66 from Santa Monica to Chicago. This time, though, there are a couple of twists to the story. First, Chris is making the crossing with his son Quincy. Second, Chris is riding a Felt Sport-e for this trip: the bike he will pedal all 2,400 miles is equipped with a Bosch electric pedal-assist system.
Here at Piccadilly Cycles we are proud to have worked with Chris on customizing his bike for the long ride ahead. We also know that as much as the bike itself will help Chris make this crossing possible, it is his boundless enthusiasm and perseverance that will ultimately make this yet another successful adventure.
Update 5/15/16: The drive system is the PERFECT match to keep pace with a 22 year old guy. I mean PERFECT. I'm not tired. I cruise, we chat, we cruise, we stop for a nap. We are getting close to the desert. An epic adventure, indeed.
Update 5/28/16: Quincy and I have made it to the Grand Canyon. It is difficult to describe the feeling when you first step up to the edge and try to take it all in. It was unlike anything we had ever seen. For a moment we thought we were looking at a majestic painting instead of one of the seven wonders of the world. The canyon is 277 miles long, 18 miles across and more than a mile deep, all slowly eroded for millions of years, by the Colorado River, revealing countless layered bands of amber and red stone. The rocks at the bottom are more than 2 billion years old. Standing at the rim lets one realize that the event of our own lifetime is but a tiny speck within a much larger picture. Grand indeed.
Update 5/30/16: Stand'n On The Corner Of Winslow, Arizona - my Felt bike still go'n strong.