Jacksonville, Florida

Distance: 3,200 miles

Climbed: 33,000 feet

When you’re waiting in the airport departure area and Clyde The Glide” Drexler sits down next to you, it can only be a favorable augury. And, it was. Today, went as smoothly as a Drexler finger roll. For starters, Continental Airlines accepted my bike and gear with only an additional $100 charge. More importantly, my concerns about mishandling of my bike by baggage handlers and T.S.A. proved unfounded.

On a related, (but not really) note, the Continental crew actively enforced the limitations on “carry on” luggage. In my last decade of flying, I’ve never seen an airline actually require passengers to place their baggage in the test container prior to boarding. The new increased fees for baggage create a strong incentive for passengers to bring even more on board. So, hopefully, other airlines will do the same as Continental.

While en route, I did a back of the coaster calculation (I should note that it took several beers for me to obtain the requisite number of coasters for this exacting computation). It looks like for each hour of air travel, I will be riding 10-12 days. This country is much larger than it appears on the map.

I assembled the bike, racks and panniers in my hotel room while wolfing down a large pizza. Hopefully, it will be enough to feed the mitochondria for tomorrow’s ride.

12 Comments

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12 responses to “Jacksonville, Florida

  1. Joni

    Ahoy! You will be the sleekest schooner ever sighted for a landlocked lubber, that is! Will wait to hear what else ye got…ARRRR!! Seriously, have a safe, and wonderful journey!!

  2. Greg

    Bid you well on the beginning of your journey. BTW, that rumbling in your lower quadrants at mile 50? that’s last night’s pizza looking for an exit.

  3. Reah

    Good luck and best wishes to you, Mike. I’ll be looking for your Blog each day. Your trip is unbelievable! Take good care.
    Love,
    Reah

  4. lili dillon

    Glad the beginning of your journey was uneventful. Looking forward to following your adventures. hugs lili

  5. Polish Super Hero

    Mike,
    You are the man, and as I like to say better you than me. I barely made it up Kennedy this morning, to think of riding across the US, yeah, not so sure I could do that. But I know you can! so have a safe flight home from Austin, Tx…just kidding. Have a great, safe trip. Drink lots of beer, eat lots of pizza, ride lots of miles and have no flats!
    Peace brother!

  6. Kristi

    Cheers to you Mike on the beginning of an amazing journey. Look forward to keeping up with the adventure. Don’t forget to stock up on the chamois cream and cliff shots!!

  7. brian martin

    Mike:

    Wow! Safe travels. Have a rewarding trip. I will be checking in on your blog for progress reports.

  8. Sharon Smith

    I’m jealous of your journey. Happy trails!

  9. Jeffrey Bolwell

    Mike:

    May your Mikey MoJo always be with you and remember to always keep the rubber side down! Still hoping to catch you around the Rockies.

  10. Eric Sisson

    I just found this blog site today, linked from Jonathan Schwartz’s, and was glad to find it; I used to read your old one at blogs.sun.com.

    Many years ago, a friend of mine and I biked from Seattle to Sunnyvale. Our conversion formula was that one day of bike journey was equivalent to about one hour of car journey.

    Good luck.

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