The Bicycling Journal of Rich Torkington

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 […]

NT04: Ridgeland MS

NT04: Ridgeland MS

Natchez Trace Tour Day #4 Rocky Springs Campground MP54.8 on the Natchez Trace in MS to Ridgeland MS Today: 55.5 miles Cumulative this tour: 240.0 miles Wow last night I heard some of the coolest owl calls I’ve ever heard. Low booming hoots that resonated through the woods. First a call from one side of my […]

NT03: Origin of the Natchez Trace

NT03: Origin of the Natchez Trace

Natchez Trace Tour Day #3 Natchez MS to Rocky Springs Campground MP54.8 on the Natchez Trace in MS Today: 63.7 miles Cumulative this tour: 184.5 miles Well, the bad news and the good news. The bad: The Red Carpet Inn in Natchez MS has bug problems. Several types I’m pretty sure. In the bathroom, there […]

NT02: Homochitto Heat

NT02: Homochitto Heat

Natchez Trace Tour Day #2 Perry’s Bicycle Hostel near Jackson LA to Natchez MS Today: 75.5 miles   Cumulative this tour: 120.8 miles We’re up early and packed by 7AM. Perry’s system is to open her kitchen door blinds when the coffee is ready, and we soon joined her in the kitchen. She made gluten-free […]

NT01: A Return to Touring in Louisian...

NT01: A Return to Touring in Louisiana

Natchez Trace Tour Day #1 Baton Rouge, LA to Perry’s Bicycle Hostel near Jackson, LA Today: 45.3 miles  Cumulative this tour: 45.3 miles Wow starting a new tour.  How did we get here? Last night, Linda, Jack and I canvassed the roads around our motel in Baton rouge, and eventually determined that there is no […]

Florida Lounging

Florida Lounging

Linda and I are finishing up the golf-centric portion of our Florida road trip.  For me, the focus will very soon turn to our Natchez Trace Tour. It would have been preferable to experience the bike tour up front. As it is, we’ve been golfing and eating and lounging at Waldorf Astorias and Four Seasons. […]

Last Minute Training

Last Minute Training

Our Natchez Trace tour is looming in front of us, and I’ve been busy wandering around Alaska and Canada and Europe eating decadent foods. Time to jerk into training mode. We got home from London last Friday night. On impulse, I woke up Sunday morning and jumped on the Surly for a crank up Bush Highway […]

Tour Plan: Deep South and Tennessee V...

Tour Plan: Deep South and Tennessee Valley

It looked like there would be no tour for 2014, but in the end, almost predictably, lunacy has prevailed. Jack and I plan to explore the Deep South and Tennessee Valley this fall, following a combination of Adventure Cycling’s Great Rivers South route and their Underground Railroad route.   I think we’ll call it our […]

Galaxy Restored

Galaxy Restored

    This is a followup to our Florida Coast tour from last September.  This story took almost 4 months to unfold. When I got back home in October, I remembered the banged up cell phone I’d picked up on that rainy day riding on US1 from Florida City to Key Largo.  [Recap: The phone […]

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