Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Hills are Scary!

Hello!  So today I almost died ..... A few times.  We went down this crazy hill!  It was more like a freaking mountain!  we were climbing at around 4900 ft. and then we went down this hill...  when we got to the bottom, we were cruising at a whopping 40 ft above sea level.  Pretty big hill, huh?  I think it was about 11 miles long.  But I'm not sure.  So look it up on Google earth if you really want to know.  I would.... But I don't really want to think about it.  I left a part of my manhood on that hill today.  A small piece... but when your Christian Lyman, every piece counts because there aren't too many pieces.

 This is a view from the top of the freaking mass hill I was telling you about.... Remember?  Yeah.  And out in the distance you can see Palm Desert.  And it's basically in the middle of freaking nowhere.

This is pretty much what we have been riding through for the past few days....  I can't tell if it's super ugly.. orsuper pretty.  Any help??? Lemme know!

This is us going up a hill right after breakfast.  It was super cool becuase it wasn't very long or steep.  Not sure about the grade but it was about 5 miles long so it was basically bonding time.  Did you know my grandpa use to beat pepole up?

Monday, May 30, 2011

Howdy partner!  So see this picture??  Yeah. I do too.  Well...  we climbed 27 miles(ish) to get there from the beach.  It was a great little climb!  But it was sooooo worth it!  

We like to drink lots of water while we ride.  Actually, it might have been Gatorade.  I cant remember.

We had to cut our ride in half today because of the traffic.  We got about 60 miles into our 130 mile ride and decided that it wasn't safe to travel onward!  There wasn't a shoulder on the road and all of the Memorial day traffic about took our heads off.  There were a few cars that passed about 10 inches away from us while going around 50 miles an hour.  So yeah... I could have died.

Stay classy San Diego.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Prep Day!

today we woke up and had breakfast.  Isn't that odd?
I guess immortal people have to eat too.  Then we pulled out the good ol' bikes. I guess Jerry (one of the old guys) is super good with bikes because he knows EVERYTHING! He always has crazy stories about bears.  It's crazy.  One time he pushed one into a big trash dumpster.

 Our hands got dirty while we were fixing our bikes.

After we got all pretty we road our bikes down to the beach.  Since were going cross country and all we need to go across the whole country right?  So grandpa thought it was a good idea to ride from our hotel to the beach which is across the street.  So that way we can leave from the hotel at 5 in the morning tomorrow without going down to the beach first.  Make sense? 

So gramps has done this trip two times so far in his super long life (he's 69).  And I guess the tradition is to take your bike down to the water to put the tires in the ocean...... but we didn't want to get our socks wet or sandy so we just put them in the sand.

We are in Dana Point, CA right now but tomorrow night were hoping to ride to Indeo, CA.  Which is 130 miles away......  Pray for a tailwind.  

-Christian Lyman

Saturday, May 28, 2011

First Day In California!

Today was our first day in California!  As we rolled into town, my grandpa wanted to show us where he grew up....  so we made out way to Compton. 
Growing up in Compton, CA means your a pretty cool guy.  He would always go around beating people up.

 He showed us the house he grew up in and where he use to hang out with all of his greaser friends.

While we were there there were like a million cop cars everywhere and people were getting arrested left and right.  There was one point where people started shooting while we were walking down the road.  One of the bullets flew right past Jerry's head and luckly just scalped him.  It was crazy!!!! 

 We are taking one more day to prep before we cycle to the gallows on Monday mornign. 

And words of wisdom for the day.  Always listen to you mom...  She will usually know what she's talking about.
-Christian Lyman

Thursday, May 26, 2011

No Hair Makes You Faster

Hello world!  So I made an executive decision today and shaved my head.  It makes swimmers faster.... so why not bikers???  Right??  We leave tomorrow for California and we start our ride on Monday, May 30.    Please keep us in your prayers so we dont become road kill.

Kirk out.