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In One Ear: On the road again

Peter Marsh hits the Trans America Trail
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 29, 2017 12:01AM

Astorian Peter Marsh has hit the road once again with his trusty bicycle, resuming his Trans America Trail bike ride where he stopped last October, in Kansas City, arriving the day after Labor Day.

“I sent my bike ahead to the house of Daniel Kidwell, who was featured in the Ear column this summer,” Peter explained. Daniel left Astoria in July to ride across the country to raise funds and awareness for a genetic disorder.

“I met him at Bikes & Beyond in Astoria, when he was beginning his big trip. He agreed to help me in Kansas City and met me at the airport. My bike box was already sitting in his garage when we arrived at his house. It was great to have a friendly house to get the bike ready.”

For the first few days, Peter followed the Pony Express route, riding alongside the Missouri River. In Atchison, Kansas, he sat on the porch at the Amelia Earhart House for a while to cool off in the afternoon heat. “I rode about 60 miles every day, with the afternoons off to avoid the heat,” he recalled.

“I’m happy to say I have managed to find a campsite almost every night since, at no cost in a city park or by a lake — a tradition here. On Day 11, I reached Fort Collins, Colorado, at 5,000 feet. Happily it only got to 85 degrees. (Then) I set off over the Rockies and arrived in Walden, Colorado (8,000 feet), after a grueling two-day ride over 10,000-foot Chapman Pass from Fort Collins. Free camping in the park again.” The Ear is exhausted, and needs a nap just reading that paragraph.

“I don’t expect to ride all the way to Astoria this year,” Peter added, “but I have been warned twice that it will snow soon, which will mean the end of the trip. And then, how to get out? We shall see …”


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