people are helping me out.
has offered me use of one of their direct-connect and GPS-enabled cellphones
for the trip! Not only that, they gave Molly a phone so that we can
stay in touch with the direct-connect. They have been fantastic, and
you should all switch your service over to them immediately.
Cycles built my touring bike, and gave me a discount. The bike is
now here, and it is fantastic. It rides
great, and handless well with all that weight on it. It made it through
the roads of Louisiana without falling apart, and I can't think of a
recommend Habanero to anyone considering a new bike. Great value, great
quality, and unbelievable service.
also like to give a great big thank you to my father-in-law, who graciously
provided the funding for my bike (in other words, he bought it for me).
out the South East Texas Hike & Bike Coalition (SETHBC). These folks
were nice enough to ride out and meet me on my way into Beaumont, put
me up for the night and take me out for some Tex-Mex food. They are
a real great bunch of people, and are working improve the cycling scene
in southeast Texas. On top of all they did for me, they also took up
a collection and made a donation to Dana-Farber. Check out their website,
and do what you can to support their efforts.
Doc Chey's Noodle House
family put me up and fed me some fabulous Doc Chey chow. See how easy
it is to sponsor me? WARNING: Doc Chey is not a licensed physician.
Cyclery in Leominster, MA scrambled to help me out getting my bike
together right before I left. This is a great bike shop, and you should
check them out if you live nearby. Thanks, guys.
USA is gave me a great discount on a set of panniers, a rack, and
a handlebar bag (and also offered a place to crash in Seattle). They
are easy to put on and take off, stay on once you put them on, and are
roomy and waterproof. I love them - way better and tougher than any
panniers I've used before.
Bike Gear has given me a discount on a waterproof jacket. It's super
light, and has worked very well as a cold-weather jacket in my training
rides, and is a great lightweight rain jacket.