touring

East to West

On May 17th, 2014, Dwayne Burgess set out a trip across the United States by bicycle. He rode a total of 3000 miles completed in 75 days. Along the way he documented the contours of the country using photo and … Read More

California: Sierra’s to the Bay Area

The light emanated through my tent that morning casting a shadow of the branches from the tree that was above camp. We had breakfast at the park table and back on the saddle. The idea was tossed around the night … Read MoreRead More

Transitions in Utah

The ninety degree weather Utah presents to you during the day with it’s desert terrain is just a bit of what my perception was upon riding the first few days. The fleeting transitions of the landscape began to develop while traversing … Read More

Climbing Blue Ridge Parkway

Apart from the wet boots, squinting my eyes from the sharp raindrops and not being able to figure out if I was soaking wet or sweating under my hard shell rain jacket. Climbing the Blue Ridge Parkway was a joyance … Read MoreRead More

East to West – Roads to Maryland

Power morning it was as I woke by the sounds of the geese next to the lake I camped at over night. It was a bit cold due to the condensation build up but once the sunrise peaked over the … Read MoreRead More

PA road

East to West – First Day Out

Got a ride from my good friend Micah to Phoenixville, PA where I began my trip. 30 minutes into the trip I caught a flat tire, which left me feeling a bit perplexed but I quickly swapped for a spare … Read MoreRead More

Gear for East to West United States trip

Just a few days away from my trip, here goes a line up of the item’s listed left to right: Gear Schwalbe marathon folding tire, Camp stove/pot/pan, Spork, Bowl, Fuel, Solar panel, Konovo slide cam, Tent, Sleeping bag, Hand pump, … Read More

Manual Pedal YouTube Channel

So I decided to make a YouTube channel for Manual Pedal for many reasons. One of which is to share my experiences during my tour across the United States. And the rest, well it’s pretty simple. To build a  … Read More

May 16th Itinerary

I printed this map, traced my route and placed it on my desk; which these days seats my cutting board, Garmin GPS, route notes with scribbled down text next to a few coffee cup stains by my keyboard. I know … Read MoreRead More

From East to West

After almost considering the Northern Tier as my main route across the country, I decided to instead ride the TransAmerican to the Western Express. The decision was pretty easy in the end, realizing that it would be best that I … Read MoreRead More