yesiamprecious.com photos

Each day on my ride across America, I would upload a photograph which would become the background of the Yes, I am Precious site. I had a few requests to put those photos somewhere, so they’re over on flickr if you want one in high res. I cobbled this video together just for fun, and set it to Tombstone Blues, my favorite Bob Dylan song of all time. It’s weird to think that these photos are taken just one day apart – this country truly changes from day to day, sometimes very dramatically. This is a compilation of those photographs …

Day 10, The Reset Day

I badly needed that rest day yesterday. You could say I absorbed it like a selfish piece of not-getting-out-of-bed-today sponge. Just me and my laptop, in my jimmy jams and watching really bad daytime TV (I mean honestly, wtf is with that Maury show?!) Strangely though, it still wasn’t quite enough. Mentally or physically. Mentally, I found myself filled with a sense of real dread about having to get back on the bike at all. I read a stat that said 50% of solo transam cyclists don’t finish. It’s very easy after a day like I’d had to see how …

Day 6: The Totally Blue (Ridge) Day

Day 6, The Totally Blue (Ridge) Day If I don’t have legs that can jackhammer through asphalt by the end of this trip, I shall be seriously cheesed. Yesterday, I went up and down, then up and down, then up, up, up, up, then down. Up, up, up, up, then down. Funny how the down never seemed to quite match the up, but was much appreciated all the same. It was a day filled with equal parts jubilation and frustration. I started out below the fog line on a very grey day. Late. Of course. I’m still getting the hang …

All the world’s a Curiosity Shoppe

ALL THE WORLD’S A CURIOSITY SHOPPE “I can’t give you a short cast.” Pouty face. He looks me in the eye. Our heads are in close proximity and I feel we are sharing our very first real doctor/patient moment. One where he is not three feet away, aloof, and speaking to the translucent vapor across the room that is me. “Your elbow needs to be stable.” A slight pause where he holds my bandaged wrist. “You do know you have a very serious fracture?” I look down. “I did a good job,” I say. “Yes. Yes you did.” I remember …

TransAmerica Update – Wear a Helmet

I shot and made this yesterday and have hesitated to hit publish. Not because I look a wreck – believe it or not, I actually look worse today since they took the stitches out. More because of how I sound. I had a lot to say about why I think LIVESTRONG is amazing. And I said it pretty well in the first take. Unfortunately, I started weeping in the middle and that take is pretty much unwatchable. The edit here captures enough I think, but I’m still not particularly eloquent with it. And I got sleepy while editing, so it …

Fully Loaded Test Ride

50% FAILURE. 100% OVERALL SUCCESS Welcome to the hinky math ride report, alternate title “A comedy of awesome errors”. This past weekend, I decided to do a fully-loaded trial run out to Beaver Pond Campsite near Lake Welch. I chose this location for two reasons. 1. To get to it, I would get to take Precious (the bike) and Zimmerman (the trailer) up Seven Lakes Drive. 2. It would give me the opportunity to try out all my camping gear. 3. Beavers! (I knew there wouldn’t be any, but I just like saying it) What follows is a comedy or …