- August 19th, 2014
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It’s currently day 14, but I’m finally getting around to posting the video from day 4:)
OKay, so yesterday I didn’t do very many updates because I made it from Sandusky Ohio to Kokomo Indiana, about 214 miles. I’m writing this at my friend Ruth’s house in Kokomo, where I’m allowing myself just a little downtime, because it’s overdue. Ruth literally just moved in yesterday so it was completely hectic that I should stop by, but it was a perfect day, and a perfect distance, so I couldn’t help myself.
Yesterday was ideal xc e-biking roads. Tons of awesome scenery, great roads, very little traffic. It really doesn’t get old to me. This is the type of touring I never really could do on my motorcycle. Too much noise to hear things, too fast to really take it all in. Sure, there are times when I wish to go faster, I’m not going lie. But all in all it’s pretty much ideal.
I woke up at about 5 yesterday in Sandusky Ohio and got out as soon as possible. Some of the battery packs are really out of balance, and I was worried about them, but in the end, I don’t really thing it’s a big deal.
After leaving the rock and roll hall of fame area in Cleveland, I headed down the coast of lake Erie to Sandusky. I ended up in the theme park somehow, even though bicycles are prohibited. After realizing the only “camping” they offered was for RVs and cabins, I headed to the KOA. It was absolutely wicked riding around the theme park at sunset though. Worth the trip.
That’s all for now, but here’s an edit from Day one, behind as always.
I work backwards:
Day 2 ended with 135 total miles on the clock. Less than the 140 miles per day that I have to average and much less than the 200+ miles per day that I had planned. This is mostly thanks to getting lost in Erie PA, while in a complete downpour. I spend several delightful hours huddled in a gas station in a not-so-nice part of town. Some creepy dude sipped vodka with sunglasses on. As far as I could tell he was staring at me. Also, several aggressive verbal fights broke out. Living the dream.
I made it into Ohio at roughly 9PM. Things went pretty well after the rain cleared up. I stayed at a campsite outside of Conneaut OH. I found a spot of grass in what I was advised was the camping area. It looked more like a fishing area. Still, it wasnt too terrible wet in the tent and the shower was totally worth it.
Since it was raining I wasn’t able to use my 900w charger, since it’s air-breathing, and this significantly slowed me down as well.
Still most of the day along lake Erie was pretty awesome.
Today is now day 3 as I write this, and to be honest, I’m not doing any better on mileage, probably worse as a matter of fact.
This morning I was dead set on getting to a diner. I felt a bit sick to my stomach. Not a great way to start out a month o being on the road. I met a pretty awesome old guy who signed my witness book and kept me company. By the way, John Deer is apparently still one of the best backhoe manufacturers, though I would have thought it to be consumer grade, but I digress.
Still wet this morning I headed down Ohio’s great excuse for a bike route. Wow. There was literally about 4 miles of decent road today. Everything else is completely potholed, un-shouldered, and generally just all yucky. To make up for this fact, everyone I passed on the way down here LOVED the bike. Up until this point, people have only showed a little bit of interest. As I arrived into Cleveland, for whatever reason, everyone just seemed to be pumped about the bike. It really does give me a lot of energy after putting up with the honking and the bullshit and the shitty roads, it really makes up for it all really quickly with just a couple positive comments.
I charged at a Harley dealership from an outlet on the side of their AC unit. As it turned out, it was switched so that when the AC went off the charger went off. Lesson learned. Didn’t end up with as much charge there as I could have.
After riding down a marginal road (side note: the road was actually named Marginal road, google it, terrible) I ended up at the rock and roll hall of fame. Downtown Cleveland kind of kicks Rochester’s ass just a little bit. It’s super nice. A couple had me pose as if one of them was reading my palm while another took a photo of it, for some type of app-based scavenger hunt thing. Whatever, they were cool. I asked the kids working at the concessions tent on the terrace in front of the rock and roll hall of fame if I could plug my bike into their tent power (since I noticed the cooler) They happily obliged. Perfect charging spot. I just got done exploring a but of downtown, and I’m going to head out, Hopefully I can get another 60 or so in tonight. I’m only about 70 in so far, so it’s going to be another lite day. I guess I have to get up earlier or something…
I’m behind on a video updates, but here is a video a just uploaded about some of the before the trip stuff. I have a lot of editing to do but I HIGHLY underestimated the downtime I would have…
A Primer: Last year a learned about that the world record electric bicycle journey was only 2200 miles. On a whim, I applied to beat the record. Since that time, the record has climbed to over 4100 miles. Still, I’ve been dreaming about long-range e-bike touring ever since. After Kerra (my wife) encouraged me to take the trip, I decided to go for it. The plan: Ride west, hopefully to Colorado, or or until I’m about halfway (or about 2200 miles). In order to get this type of mileage, I’m hoping to average about 200 miles per day, for an entire month. Preparation: My everyday e-bike is well equipped for touring as it is. I have about 2kWh of battery pack that I lug around with me, which is good for about 50-100 miles range. Sweet. The charge rate however… not good. It Takes about 4-5 hours to charge with the old setup. So that had to be upgraded with an additional charger. Currently I’m at around 1400W of charge capability. that gets me charged up in a couple of hours give-or-take. I added an additional USB charger to the bike as well in order to charge the GPS that logs the route for the record. I also beefed up the tail and headlight setup. I made a spreadsheet to roughly estimate how far I could travel in a day, depending on my average speed and efficiency. I’m a little behind on updates as I’m writing as a charge in Westfield NY, right on the lake, about 60 miles south of Buffalo, but I’ll have some more video updates soon. Here are the ways you can follow me:
and please consider donating to the Sierra Club, maybe hold off until you see if I’m worthy 🙂
Show Notes Guest: Andrey Matveev
Hosts: Greg Crist Troy Rank
Andrey speaks with us about his time spent as an engineer for Adaptto, and the advanced MiniE and MaxE sinewave ebike controllers.
Show Notes Guests: Jesper Vind, Bjarni Freyr Guðmundsson
Hosts: Troy Rank, Greg Crist
Jesper and Bjarni speak to us about their venture: Future Electric, and their Indiegogo campaign to raise money for their world-class electric race bike.
Just a quick edit of some riding we did back in February when in town for the International Motorcycle Show. We were pleased.