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Friday, March 22, 2013

Keith Cadwallader From England...2nd Warmshowers Rider of 2013

"I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered.  But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalog: 'No good in a bed, but does fine against a wall.'" ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

The quote has absolutely nothing to do with this post.  I just liked it.  That's how my brain works sometimes.  Sometimes, it's downright scary.  On with my entry for today.  Keith Cadwallader from England came through Silver City, NM, yesterday and spent the night at our house.  Keith is a 68yr old retired engineer who started bicycle touring just a few short years ago.  He did a tour in Europe and then decided to bicycle across America.  Those former colonies.  I'd never met anyone with the name "Cadwallader" before but have seen the name in my readings of U.S.history...particularly regarding the U.S. Civil War.

Keith Cadwallader before heading out this morning.

Keith's Koga Miyata World Traveler touring bicyle with gear.

Another view of Keith's Koga touring bicycle with gear...Ortlieb panniers and handlebar bag.

Keith got in touch with me when he was doing a rest day in Safford, AZ.  Not certain why anyone would want to take a rest day there.  If I was at the State Park or the private park there where they have hot springs, I could understand it, but to hang out in Safford is something akin to a minor torture, IMHO.  Well, Keith decided to check out Warmshowers in the U.S. and our house was the first one from Warmshowers that he's used.  I encouraged him to use it more frequently because those who participate in Warmshowers generally are cyclists themselves and can provide some worthwhile tips to him as he cycles through the U.S.  Before leaving today, Keith called a Warmshowers host in Las Cruces, NM, John Demirjian, who is a touring cyclist, and made arrangements to stay with John and his wife Saturday night.  I told Keith that John could help him find an easier route out of Las Cruces, NM, to El Paso, TX.

As often happens, I discovered a new bicycling item that Keith was carrying...Rainlegs

These seem to be a very handy item for riding in the rain.  Instead of a complete pant, these just cover the tops of both legs to just below the knees.  Keeps most of you dry without sweating to death while wearing a pair of rain pants.  If you've ever worn rain pants, you know that you'll get wetter wearing them than if you just sucked it up and didn't use any rain protection.  Rainlegs now offer an alternative.  They sell for $45-50.  These may get added to my 2014 Christmas list.

A few videos that I took this morning before Keith headed out to climb Emory Pass on his way to Hillsboro, NM.  All are short and no "Donald Duck" voices, either!  I hope to meet up with Keith when I do a tour of Ireland, Isle of Man, England, and Scotland down the road.  

We enjoyed hosting Keith and look forward to seeing/meeting others who may be riding the Adventure Cycling Association's Southern Tier Route or the ACA Great Divide Mountain Bike Route.  Here's a tune to head out with for today...hard to beat Linda Ronstadt doing The Eagles' "Desperado" 1977 in Atlanta, GA.  God, I was infatuated with this woman.