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A Cycle Touring Expedition Around The World

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Day 1774, Philadelphia – Princeton: On The CBS Philly News!

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Oct - 06 - 2015

Distance: 87.4 km
Ride time: 4:19:35
Average: 20.2 km/h
Max speed: 36.7 km/h
Total: 40585 km

“Hi, this is from CBS News. Would you like to be interviewed in 15 minutes?” – was what I heard when I picked up the phone in the morning. Hmm yeah, why not! I made a stop at the Schuylkill River and waited for the TV crew to show up.

I still don’t feel 100% comfortable in front of the camera, but then again, this project is all about getting out of the comfort zone. I think the result turned out OK in the end.

Back on the road I was making my way across the Delawere River into New Jersey – already state number 9 on this little US ride of mine. People had told me that signposting is almost nonexistent in New Jersey. After a few hours in the state I tend to agree.

Back in June I had stayed in my friend Juan Carlos’ house in Guatemala City. It turns out that Juan Carlos has a cousin who is the manager of a bike store in Kensington – a place I would be passing by today. John W2GD joined me for a visit to the Hartley’s Cycle Shoppe where we were welcomed by Oscar.

Oscar had written that he would be happy to help out if the Bianchi needed some work. I had imagined that we could perhaps put on some new pedals and change the break cables, but thanks to both Oscar’s and John’s generosity I ended up with a new chain, casette, breaks, lights, lubricants, and even a nice new cycle jersey as well! Wow, both Bianchi and I were deeply moved. Thanks!

With a bike that looked and felt better than it has in a very long time we went over to Dave K3EL’s place who had invited me to stay for the night. Another beautiful summer evening with great food and even greater company. I feel truly lucky to be doing what I am doing.

Categories: USA
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5 Responses so far.

  1. Thomas Andersen the celebrity cyclist! Is that a cycle path you were following for much of the day?

  2. Haha 🙂 Yes, I was on a nice bike path coming out of Philly, then into smaller roads towards Princeton.

  3. Leif Sørensen says:

    Hi Thomas

    I just gor to know about your blog 6 days ago from MX.I started to read about you and your world tour and you made me very proud to be Danish. Can’t wait to read the rest of the post you hopefully will do sometimes soon.
    I have been living here in the Philippines for 13 years and if ever your road passes here it would be nice to see you in person.
    Also looking forward to your trip next year trough Africa.

    Fantastic cycling

    All the best


  4. Hej Leif! Tak for hilsen fra Filippinere, og godt at høre at du har kigget på bloggen. Jeg holder en pause i Danmark for tiden, og så går turen til Afrika senere på efteråret! Thomas

  5. Leif Sørensen says:

    Hej Thomas

    Glider mig me get til at læse om din cycling og oplevelser I Afrika……kan næsten ikke vente.
    Ønsker dig en god tur og medvind.