Sea2Key 2021

Get your cycling shorts ready. We’re going on a bike ride from SEAttle, WA to KEY West, FL this summer. I hope you’re more prepared than I am!

I plan on leaving June 13 from Anacortes, WA which is about 80 miles north of Seattle. I just like the Sea2Key thing so I say starting from Seattle.

I don’t really have a set time to finish but I am guessing that it will take somewhere around 10 weeks to finish this 4,800 mile trek. My only important timing is to be in my hometown of Bristol, SD on July 9. The Bristol High All-School Reunion is July 10 and I will be there. Hopefully no one has to do a recon mission to pick me up somewhere short of there!

My bike was assembled and functional last Friday. I tried to assemble myself but I required a little (OK…lots) of help. Fortunately I had ordered the bike through Courtney Spratt and bikesdirect.com. They have a shop about 10 miles from me and they finished the assembly for me and ensured that everything was operating. Much thanks to Courtney and her staff in Jax Beach.

Motobecane Gravel Bike. Ain’t she purrty!!

I’ve just been riding around our neighborhood. Pedaled 9 miles/day on consecutive days and my butt survived so I’m feeling good. I only have to do that 8 times a day with about 25 lbs of saddle bags added on going over and down mountains while trying to avoid traffic. Piece of cake!

I’m planning to do a couple 40 mile rides on a busy road to get used to being near traffic. I’ve got a good helmet and I will have a rear view mirror attached to it. Don’t worry, Mom!

As you can imagine, I’ve still got a bit of preparing to do but wanted to make sure you’re all ready to roll!

Roll on!

Just Pete

31 thoughts on “Sea2Key 2021

  1. I’m sure looking forward to this adventure with you. I’m just glad it’s YOU in the saddle and not me!! Can’t wait to meet new friends along the way and enjoy the scenery. Will you encounter Trail Magic along the way??

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  2. Love it! Let me know if you’re passing close to MN! Kristin and I will have beer for you! Go Pete, Go!!!!

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  3. We are ready to roll with you!! At least it will be easier on the feet than hiking (I think!) Enjoyed being with you the other night. It was fun to meet Ginny finally too. Please add Bill to your email list – wfk34@comcast.net . I’m sure we’ll see you before you go! Xo mary

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  4. Wil this hurt your golf game ps bud light not severe d in liberal states guess your screwed hurry back need the money

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  5. Sounds like an awesome trip! Looking forward to following your journey. I know your starting point well because we have family in Ferndale, WA. Hope you train the saddle endurance before you start. In my experience its a very important issue. Beer hydration requires special training before you depart.

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  6. I’m excited to “join” your next adventure! I’m from South Dakota, and have done some cycling myself….but not across the country. (Although one of my bikes has over 7000 miles on it!). Have you ever watched the movie (documentary) about Phil Koeghan and his “Ride Across America”? I think you could get some interesting pointers from it…particularly about why you should be sure to clean your water bottle!

    Will you allow company on any parts of your ride? I’d love to try to join you some day…

    Good luck!
    Grace Lonning

    Sent from my iPad

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  7. Always the inspiration and never cease to amaze!!! I hope I have a fraction of your ambition when I retire. Looking forward to the journey with you. Be safe and have fun. Enjoy your reunion too! 🙂

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  8. I am excited for you and a bit jealous. Bike is a beauty. Are you using pedal clips or cages? These are important as you are able to push and pull with your legs which gives you more strength while peddling. Have you had someone show you how to do minor repairs? I am sure others have mentioned this to you but bright color jerseys and flashing lights are one way to help drivers notice you. Distribution of weight between front and back will aid the stability of the bike while riding. If you have thought about all these things forgive me for asking. don

    On Thu, May 13, 2021 at 1:03 PM Just Pete Hiking wrote:

    > jpetesd posted: ” Get your cycling shorts ready. We’re going on a bike > ride from SEAttle, WA to KEY West, FL this summer. I hope you’re more > prepared than I am! I plan on leaving June 13 from Anacortes, WA which is > about 80 miles north of Seattle. I just like the Se” >

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  9. Jim and I are excited to join you (in spirit) for another adventure! Also hoping we might be on your route!

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  10. Good luck on you next adventure Pete! You are an amazing guy taking on yet another great opportunity in your life. As they say, do it while you can!

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  11. Sounds like a plan! Godspeed

    On Thu, May 13, 2021 at 12:02 PM Just Pete Hiking wrote:

    > jpetesd posted: ” Get your cycling shorts ready. We’re going on a bike > ride from SEAttle, WA to KEY West, FL this summer. I hope you’re more > prepared than I am! I plan on leaving June 13 from Anacortes, WA which is > about 80 miles north of Seattle. I just like the Se” >

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  12. I think you will need a wider seat with gel inserts for that long trip. That racing banana seat shown will be hard on the tush in few hundred miles. Believe me I have a gel seat on mine and it makes a world of difference. I only ride 10-15 miles when we ride

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  13. Sounds like an exciting trip. Remember, there will be more vehicles on the road this summer due to covid. People just wanting to get out. So please be very careful. Looking forward to seeing you in September.

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  14. Best of luck, Pete, and looking forward to the updates!
    Will look forward to seeing you in Bristol on reunion weekend.

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  15. “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rains fall soft upon your trails.”

    Earl & Lena

    An Old German Blessing

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