megantada "A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or which to look ahead." The End of the Affair by Graham Greene.

Looking back on Alaska and looking ahead to next year. There are a lot of plans in the works for road riding ahead, racing and otherwise, and I currently find myself without the right tool for the job.

Measuring to be around a 57 frame size, where should I start? Women's specific design, stock men's, frame set build up, custom?! Any suggestions out there or bikes you like?

Photo by @geklund.

#DownTheWayBackAround #HomerSpit
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  •   nealdieker This is really great! 3d
  •   megantada @nealdieker Thanks! George is a great photographer. 2d
  •   pedal_commute Depends on your Bridget really. Hit up Paul at rocklobster or Jon @caletticycles as they can build you the best bike you can get. Plus you'll get another reason to come back to the monterey Bay Area. 2d
  •   kasianikhamina @redbeardbikes would love to build you a dream bike if you can come out to Brooklyn! 2d
  •   megantada @pedal_commute I am always looking for excuses to get back to the Bay Area... Thanks for the tips! 2d
  •   megantada @kasianikhamina Oh man, I'll definitely try to stop by next time I'm in Brooklyn (late fall)! 2d
  •   kasianikhamina @megantada Awesome! We'd actually love to host you @redbeardbikes for an evening of stories & photos if you'd be up for that! 2d
  •   megantada @kasianikhamina That sounds FUN! I'll be done with my job up here in New Hampshire sometime in early November. After that I'm totally free for some Brooklyn storytelling. 2d

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megantada Wedding tasks: flower team.

#BushyHill
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megantada Every wedding should take place at a summer camp.

#BushyHill
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megantada Summer camp wedding Saturday.

#BushyHill
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megantada "To be, in a word, unborable... It is the key to modern life. If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot accomplish." The Pale King by David Foster Wallace.

I'm not quite fully immune to boredom just yet, or maybe I enjoy being bored at times. George took this while I recounted the story of a bald eagle nearly taking my head off on the shores of Homer, Alaska. It was thrilling and I couldn't stop laughing.

Photo by @geklund.

#DownTheWayBackAround #Alaska
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megantada The trip back from Alaska turned my bag into a cross country book depository. Books on travel, nature, suspense, and the last three of the trip: a ski read, a New Hampshire comic, and an old coffee stained Steinbeck.

#DropEverythingAndRead
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megantada Down the way back home! Made it back to New Hampshire last night. It appears the snow has indeed melted since I took off in February.

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megantada Down the way back home. With some westward exploration detours. New Hampshire by way of Washington, Montana, and now Wyoming!

#DownTheWayBackAround #HomewardBound
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megantada I recently heard a story about a young lady, fourteen years of age, who attended summer camp and listened to tales of a fellow summer camp soul, six years her senior, who left camp to ride a bike across the country.

As the story goes, this young lady sat listening, harboring a newfound inspiration to do the same one day, when she was old enough.

I met this young lady this morning, having had no clue that I indirectly introduced her to the wonderful world of bike adventures. Emily, now nineteen years young, is just a few days away from hitting the Pacific waters in Vancouver after setting off from New Hampshire.

I couldn't believe this story, even when I heard it from Emily herself. Camp has such a special place in my heart, a second home for sure, making Emily a sister of sorts even before we met. Five years ago I unknowingly inspired her, and today I had the great pleasure of seeing her shine on as she inspired me with her strength, determination, and bright spirit.

Can't wait to ride with you back in New Hampshire!

#BikeAndBuild #CampHuckins
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  •   megantada @saygoodnitekelly Umm, YOU are perfect. And I miss you a lot. 2w
  •   signofateaspoon Love this! 2w
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  •   swiftindustries Yeah!!! 2w
  •   susiecuetrue Wow this is amazing! 2w
  •   e_lane9 Seeing you in Eureka was such a surprise! You have no idea how much I appreciate your letters to camp during your Bike and Build trip. This experience is nothing short of incredible and I have you to give credit to for the trip inspiration. I can't wait to spend time with you up on the apple orchard! 2w
  •   dmcgee5 Wait ... Is this the same camp I have sweatpants from? Is this also the same Emily who stayed with Aileen, Copper and I in Grand Rapids? 2w
  •   megantada @dmcgee5 YES!!!!!! Small worlds colliding unknowingly all over the place. 2w

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megantada "Turn me loose, set me free, somewhere in the middle of Montana." Big City by Merle Haggard.

Roadside cafe coming at you from just south of the Canadian border. Exactly the same place I had lunch nearly two years ago to the day.

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