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Mike Jennett

Mike Jennett

Originally British, I’ve spent the last 25 years traveling the world scratching out a living as a freelance programmer. It’s less satisfying than building fences, which is what paid the bills back in 1973, but provides plenty of material about which to toddle off a few paragraphs. These days, you’ll find me in Washington DC, not far from ‘Dubbya’ - who never calls, never writes and doesn’t ask for advice. Maybe Hilary will…
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 Wheels on the bike go round and round 19: Daily Routine by Mike Jennett
Touring is tough. It’s only fun if you’re Tracy and you get to drive the luggage truck. For us, it’s a slog and any light-hearted parts have to be underlined and highlighted in bold.Routine; that’s w
 Wheels on the bike go round and round 18: Climbing to Nirvana by Mike Jennett
From Wickinburg to Flagstaff, the scrub desert changed into an endless 3-day climb through lush vegetation and sheer rock faces, standing on the pedals and wishing for a smaller granny gear.It is impossible to judge the amo
 Wheels on the bike go round and round 17: The Mojave Desert by Mike Jennett
The Mojave, when it came, wasn’t the promised horror.Hot it was, but the temperature didn’t exceed a moderate 105 Fahrenheit and only two people needed hospital IV re-hydration. Overall, a fairly innocuous day of cycling
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 Wheels on the bike go round and round 16: Desert Rap by Mike Jennett
The day’s de-briefing and anticipation of next day’s ride is known as Route Rap. For around ten minutes or so, we get to hear how many flats there were, what happened to whom and, most importantly, where we go for dinner.
 Wheels on the bike go round and round 15: First Day by Mike Jennett
I would not like Tracy’s job today. I wouldn’t like it on any day but, on a day where anything and everything can happen, I would not want to be the person in charge. I am not overly patient and freely admit tha
 Wheels on the bike go round and round 13: And so it begins by Mike Jennett
This is it.The Big One.Forget about whether it’s Day 1 or Day 2 or Day whatever – this is the morning when the pedals go down for the first time and the wheels on the bike go ‘round and ‘
 Wheels on the bike go round and round 12: by Mike Jennett
 Wheels on the bike go round and round 11: Admin Day by Mike Jennett
This is it; Day1.That’s Day 1 on the Crossroads calendar. To my way of thinking, it should be Day 0, so here is our first terminological conflict.In my mind, the experience begins with the first downward t
 Wheels on the bike go round and round 14: Wheel Dipping by Mike Jennett
30 people dressed in black shorts and multi-colored cycling shirts, running down the sand, some with bikes held above their heads, is not something you usually see at 7.30 am on a Sunday – even in Los Angeles.The few
 Wheels on the bike go round and round 10: Frame Pump by Mike Jennett
I’m in Palm Springs. The ride begins in a few days and I still need a frame pump.I really only want the small rubber insert that fits in the end of my existing Blackburn pump but seven bike shops in a row haven't
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