Beer Indiana
Drinking beer from the micro brewery down the street :)

Hungover on Helios

Bloomington, IN

I decided to stay on Howe Street in Bloomington for another day partly due to a hangover. However, I spent most of the day tuning up my bike.  I replaced the brakes; I changed out the back tire with a new one; I fixed the rear rack since it was missing a screw; I fixed the front basket and added the cable so it doesn’t interfere with my brakes and I added a water bottle holder for my gasoline.  Everything looks much better than before and I bought a few extra screws at Bikesmiths just in case the rear rack gets loose again.

Fixing a flat
Fixing a flat at Susan’s house on Howe Street!

I also picked up some food at Bloomington Foods.  I have decided I need to be a bit more frugal since I may have an opportunity to go to South America on New Years, which means no more cool gadgets, beer and unnecessary items. I think I’m going to stick to water, peanut butter and bread for as long as I can so I have enough left over for this trip.

Replacing Brakes
Replacing the brakes and doing a tune up on her!

My next stop tomorrow is one step closer to Murphysboro, Illinois.  I am going to stop at MHC Parkview, Inc., which is located southwest of Bloomington.  It will be a 70+ mile day.  I have to check WarmShowers to see if I have a lawn to sleep on in Murphysboro.  Aside from that everything has been going well. My budget isn’t all too bad if you leave out the tattoo and GoPRO. I really think the GoPRO will be an awesome addition to the trip.  The video at the end is going to be bad ass and it will be something I will remember for the rest of my life.

Final Product
She looks nice, ready to go for tomorrow!

I forgot to mention I made friends with the neighbors last night, Isaac and Noah. They both graduated from Bloomington University with telecommunications degrees. Noah works for AT&T and Isaac works as a cook at a local restaurant. Trevor swung by last night around 1 AM from Cincinnati. We hit up Atlas and another local bar. Drank a few brews, talked and I wound up passing out at 3 AM. I am going to chill with the neighbors later tonight once I eat and shower. I’m looking to head out tomorrow by 9 AM and grab a few more tubes for my bike before I do so. Bloomington rocks!

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Brian Cray is not a cyclist. He’s not a hitchhiker. He’s not a train hopper or an adrenaline junkie. He’s just an ordinary man with gypsy blood in his veins, who can’t seem to settle down. Nothing defines him. He goes wherever this world takes him on this journey we call life, roaming the world, at will, by any means. He aspires for a life of indefinite travel, a tiny home in the woods for him and his wife, and any work that keeps him wanderin’. Brian Cray is a travel writer at heart, sharing his stories with the world one keystroke at a time.


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