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San Francisco to Santa Cruz Bike Tour

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I had 10 days in the Bay Area to spend time with Family, Friends and my Bike. One of the things I wanted to do was load my CX bike up and pedal to Santa Cruz. I wanted to to climb and push my self despite regardless of how much gear was strapped to my bike. The trip was an amazing experience and just a glimpse into how fun bike touring can be. [portfolio_slideshow id=1822]

Below is my route on Strava. Feel free to use it or email me for any questions!

River Road : One Last Time

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IMG_6711 I am moving out of New York on the 31st so on Memorial Day I set out to take a one last spin through River Road in New Jersey.

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The best time to cross the Brooklyn Bridge is before 8 am. I asked a tourist to take this photo of me.

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New York in the early morning is beautiful.

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Notice how empty it is.

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This bridge will be packed with tourists later.

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And this.

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River Road is hard to describe. It takes an hour from Brooklyn to get there. Battling tourists, taxis and sometimes other cyclists. When you get there. It's all worth it!

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Hard to believe that Manhattan is just on the other side of the river.

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Today the roads were quiet.

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Patches of sun poked through the limbs of trees.

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This is everyones favorite climb on River Road. Mine included.

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Tire POV.

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Bottle POV.

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Not tan enough.

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Coasting is fun don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

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Early bird gets the worm. These suckers are just heading into Jersey.

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Tailwind. Yes please.

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Last time over this bridge. Looking forward to new roads.

Best.

Tougher Than You : Part 2

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Part 2 of the Tougher Than You series showcases frozen roads and cold toes. Enjoy. [portfolio_slideshow id=1535 width=1200]

Bike River Road Ice Fest

Bike-River-Road-Ice-Fest--3944 It was pretty sketchy getting to the GWB but I managed to make it in one piece.

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River Road was unridable after the first climb so I made the best of it and took Henry Hudson Drive which is off limits to bicycles. Not today!

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Damn I need some cooler looking sunglasses!

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My Search and State has taken a beating this winter. Best damn jacket I've ever owned.

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This Affinity 212 shreds.

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I am looking forward to never having to wear these again ....... because I am moving back to the West Coast!

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Who needs regular fenders when you can have Snow Fenders!

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Well I made it home. Thank god for that. But god damn that black ice can be scary. Stay safe everyone.