He chose a really hot time of the year
for this trip, as the Santa Ana winds
caught him almost as soon as he made
it to California. He tracked his riding on
Strava, putting in 70–80 miles on average
per day, some as low as 50. And on
some of those days, the temperatures
rose to 105 degrees.
Langille visited every Pedego dealer
along the way. Dealers all along the trip
were happy to see him and be regaled
with tales from the road. In Sacramento,
Tim Castleman of Practical Cycle noticed
Jon walking through the shop looking
like he’d been riding a horse for too long
and sold him a suspension seatpost.
Jon even visited Pedego’s headquarters
in Fountain Valley, well into in Orange
County, which is a fair bit south of his
original route east to Indio.
THE CURVE OF THE
Something Jon noted when staying
at his friend Joe’s place in Sylmar,
California, in the northern part of Los
Angeles, was that the sky was actually
different from home: “What I really have
appreciated recently is the nighttime.
Sitting here at Joe’s place at night, it’s
quite dark. Looking at the stars, looking
at the position of the Big Dipper, which is
always our guiding light—northern light—
and it’s changed so significantly in the
sky from where I started. In just a few
weeks I put myself around the arc of the
planet. The stars are different. It’s pretty
cool to be able to do that on a bike!
Jon said he and wife Laurie had a
great time at the concert. While his
favorite band of the bunch was the
Rolling Stones, he said Neil Young stole
the show. “He blew the roof off the
stadium, he was so good!” You can hear
in his voice that he truly enjoyed the
weekend and loved having Laurie there
The bike turned out to be a great
thing to have there. As with many
music festivals, the campground is very
remote, and there are vast distances
to walk to the venue and even the
restroom. Thanks to having the bike
there, they were able to use it to get
around. Laurie sat on the cargo rack
and was chauffeured around by Jon.
A side benefit to the trip, besides
being able to catch up with some old
friends, was losing over 20 pounds.
Now emboldened with this trip, Jon has
the knowledge to plan another epic one.
He’s talking about a cross-Canadian trip
or a trip through the Canadian Rockies,
perhaps with his wife and kids, next
Empty, the Stretch weighs in at over 80 pounds. Add all the camping gear, clothes,
water, spare batteries, etc. and this thing is heavy. Add power and it just sails along.