Kohsuke’s virtual bike trip

To clear any confusions I might have created, let me clarify how I’m organizing this virtual bike trip. I sleep every night at my home in San Jose. Everyday, I take my bike out and ride it around my neighborhood. Usually in the morning, about 10-15km, to switch into the work mode. In the weekend,…

Seward, NE

I’m biking east along I-80 and I’m in the middle of nowhere. One thing I always wondered about American midwest is how the roads are forming a perfect grid. I can imagine how one city can do that, but playing with the map for this trip, it’s clear that the grid stretches much bigger areas,…

The Archway

I’m biking east along I-80 and today I went through the Archway. It looks like a bridge over I-80, and it sure draws attention. How did they manage a permit from the DoT!? I have a feeling random Joe wouldn’t be able to pull this off! Turns out this whole project was conceived by the…

Pony Express Museum

I’m biking east along I-80 and today I’m visiting Pony Express Station & Museum in Gothenburg, Nebraska. I travelled more than 80km this 3 day weekend, including one 48km trip, so I’m here a lot earlier than I originally anticipated. Pony Express was a courier service in 1860. They built 184 horse stations along the…

Ogallala, NE

I’m biking east along I-80 and today I’m in Ogallala, Nebraska. This weekend I racked up almost 60km and so I feel like I’m making a lot of progress, but when I map it to the size of Nebraska, it’s really not much. Maybe I’m 20% in? One thing I learned when I moved to…

EF66

Overnight sleeper services are all but gone today in Japan, but it used to be a vital transportation mode. I don’t remember how old I was — that ’s how small I was. Once my father and I traveled together to where he was from, which is a southwestern island in Japan. Just two of…

Sidney, NE

I’m biking east along I-80 and today I’m in Sidney, Nebraska. Wikipedia says the city is named after a president of the Union Pacific Railroad. The origin story of my previous stop, Pine Bluffs, WY, also involves UPRR. Clearly UPRR had a huge influence in this region. It makes me wonder what it was like…