One of the motivations for starting this blog was to give me a site that I could easily send people to without the unstructured mess of the blog I’ve been maintaining since 2003. I want Totally Should to be a place where I can talk about projects and adventures that are worth sharing with strangers. The first major adventure, one of the things that gave me an idea to start a new blog, is a long coastal bike trip.
In June I was laid off, and since I found myself able to significantly reduce my bills by moving in with a friend, I found that I was able to spend some time traveling. I’m still looking for work, but not as frantically as the last two times I was laid off. I am thankful for my friend’s willingness to rent me a room, and I feel lucky that my financial situation allows this break.
One July 16, 2012 I’m flying to Seattle with my bike to ride down the coast, hopefully all the way to San Diego. I’ve been reading Crazyguyonabike, trying to make sure I’m prepared, and I bought maps from Adventure Cycling. My parents are letting me borrow a small tent, and I am building a rack to hang Kingsford plastic bins off the side of my bike, like this Instructable, except with more welding and less wood. This will be my first major bike tour, and I’m both excited and nervous. I will be trying to post updates on this page, and brief tags to Facebook to let folks know that I’m alive and roughly where I am. Follow along, and I’ll take you with me!