Day 30: MapMyRide statistics: 71 Miles. Time/speed:
We have ridden over 2000 miles, and we are entering our
seventh state. Hard to believe we are almost done! We were
thrilled to stay the night in a dorm room with all the extras we
have come to expect. One of the biggest benefits? No mos-quitoes!
Now that we have completed the first half of the Big Ride
Across America and are at the 1800-mile point, I cannot
believe how comfortable I am every single day. No sore butt,
no need for chamois cream, no hot spots on my body. I am
incredibly comfortable, and the following are the reasons
Bike shorts: These Aero Tech Elite shorts are amazing
and the best shorts I have ever worn. The gray Elite chamois
pad is a carbon fiber with silver ion threads, which prevent
bacteria from building up on the shorts (bacteria is a major
cause of saddle sores). The pad has engineered layers of
padding that put different densities of thick and thin padding
where needed. The shorts fit snugly, holding the Elite chamois tight to the skin so there is no bunching. There are no
seams anywhere in the rub zones, thus removing all opportunities for abrasion.
No more neck pain: Previously in the dropped position,
I would get a serious hot spot on the back of my neck that
started to burn after about 35–40 miles, preventing from
keeping my head cocked up to see the road. I do not have
that hot spot in the back of my neck now. This painful cycling
issue is completely eliminated by riding in an upright position.
I just love the Pedego Interceptor for the way it fits my body.
My neck is completely pain-free, even after 100 miles!!!
No more numb hands: I used to have numb hands after
riding long distances. The upright position has taken all of
the weight off of my hands and the median nerve. I wear
Aero Tech gel-padded cycling gloves, which also help to
reduce the vibration on my hands. Previously, this discomfort
would cause serious, numbing hand pain when riding in the
dropped position. In the upright position on the Pedego, I
have zero numbness in my hands.
No more sore butt: The upright position puts all the
weight of my body exactly on the ischial bones, where nature
intended. The gel saddle and the excellent Aero Tech Elite
bike shorts have eliminated all aspects of the sore butt. It is
truly an amazing contrast to previous tours where I rode in
the traditional “dropped” cycling position.
Visibility: My clothing from Aero Tech Designs Custom is
fluorescent yellow, which is the most visible color for motorists. The jerseys have two 3M reflective tabs sewn into the
back pocket. I have two different fabrics that I have been
using: one is the Coolmax-branded polyester and the other
is the Aero Tech Standard Wick-Away material. I prefer the
Aero Tech fabric; it is very breathable and feels cottony-soft
next to the skin.
Lights: I use a white blinking headlight and red blinking
taillight for the entire time we are riding.
The bike: The fluorescent orange paint on the Pedego
Interceptor is amazing. I get so many compliments on the
bicycle because it is beautiful and different. Just one look
at the bike excites people, especially young boys who often
shout, “Nice bike” as I pass by. I added the orange Ortlieb
panniers to carry extra battery power for the Pedego electric
The Big Ride Across America is enhanced greatly by great
product choices, outstanding food for energy and a well-planned route. The food served for the Big Riders is sensible,
well-planned and delicious. The route each day is carefully
planned in advance, and we are given a cue sheet with the
day’s directions. There is about 20 miles between rest stops
where there is plenty of water, isotonic drinks, and high-end
food and snacks. The routes are safe, and there is a tightly
orchestrated daily routine to keep all riders on the road with
support and sag services. It is really nice to have all our luggage and supply needs cared for by an outstanding team of