The Bicycling Journal of Rich Torkington

Sidelined

Sidelined

On July 2nd, while pruning a branch, I broke a bone in a ring finger. Nothing spectacular, I just never seated the tool handle properly in my palm. Fortunately my left hand. Very fortunately I was able to remove my wedding band before the thing ballooned. In medical-speak, the x-rays showed a two-plane spiral fracture […]

Product Review: Ortlieb Trunk Bag

Product Review: Ortlieb Trunk Bag

Rear box trunks are great on touring bicycles. For years, I had a cheap one velcro’d onto the top of my rear rack. I came to use it almost as much as my handlebar bag, storing spare tubes, tube repair kit, bungies, toolset, pump, seat cover, lock, and often my arm warmers, shorts, hats, and […]

Two Wheel Journal Is Back Up

Two Wheel Journal Is Back Up

Two Wheel Journal has been down for about 3 months. If you’re reading this I warmly welcome you back. By all accounts, my previous web host ran into some misfortune, likely health related. Back in November, the servers abruptly went offline and no one knew what was happening. Fortunately, they came back up for a […]

2014 Riding Year in Review

2014 Riding Year in Review

A lot less riding this year than last, less than 2,000 miles total.  In past years, if I’d have been this close to 2000 miles I’d-a been out on my bike in the cold rain getting there.  Not anymore. Like last year, my average distance per ride is still about 35 miles, but I only […]

NT16: Finish in Henderson KY

NT16: Finish in Henderson KY

Natchez Trace Tour Day #16 Cave-In-Rock IL to Henderson KY Today: 62.6 miles Cumulative this tour: 870.0 miles Another nice night in the tent and sleeping bag. Temperature and humidity perfect for camping. We watched as a few RV fogies watched us pack up and roll off. We returned to Rose’s for breakfast, where I […]

NT15: Cave-In-Rock IL

NT15: Cave-In-Rock IL

Natchez Trace Tour Day #15 Grand Rivers KY to Cave-In-Rock IL Today: 57.9 miles Cumulative this tour: 809.4 miles Morning came too soon for me. My first thought of the day was that we might want to take another rest day right here. Jack and I were both kinda quiet this morning and left the […]

NT14: Land Between the Lakes KY

NT14: Land Between the Lakes KY

Natchez Trace Tour Day #14 Land Between The Lakes TN to Grand Rivers KY Today: 50.7 miles Cumulative this tour: 749.5 miles Only 20 yards from my tent this morning deer were pawing around. I took in the quiet morning sounds of owl hoots, geese cackles, fish jumping, insects singing. One fine morning to be alive, and […]

NT13: Land Between The Lakes TN

NT13: Land Between The Lakes TN

Natchez Trace Tour Day #13 Waverly TN to Land Between The Lakes TN Today: 53.6 miles Cumulative this tour: 698.8 miles All the sleep yesterday did me very good. I woke ready and fresh at 6 AM this morning. Jack and I returned to David’s Place for breakfast. I got a 3-egg omelet with ham. Unfortunately, […]

NT12: Rest Day in Waverly TN

NT12: Rest Day in Waverly TN

Natchez Trace Tour Day #12 Rest Day in Waverly TN Today: 0.0 miles Cumulative this tour: 645.2 miles Man oh man, one miserable night. Big ole migraine hit around 3AM, like an ambush. Left side of the head only. Where did that come from? Beer, dehydration, exhaustion, A/C mold, cheese dip, processed meats? Who knows? […]

NT11: Rural Riding to Waverly TN

NT11: Rural Riding to Waverly TN

Natchez Trace Tour Day #11 Duck River (Shady Grove) TN to Waverly TN Today: 53.5 miles   Cumulative this tour: 645.2 miles A strange night in the tent. For a good part of the evening, the nearby cattle were lowing. In the dead of night, the sound was mournful, sorrowful, over and over, echoing. Then […]

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