Jesse James historical site

I’m biking east along I-80 and today I’m stopping by at Jesse James historical site. He is apparently a “legendary” criminal of the Civil War era. He was active as a guerrilla / militia man of the Confederate during the Civil War, and I guess he couldn’t adjust back to civilian life after the war?…

Avoca, IA

I’m biking east along I-80 and today I’m in Avoca, Iowa, just because my ex-colleague at Sun Microsystems told me this is his home town. I grew up in the center of Tokyo, where the population density is roughly 20,000/km2. I had 4 train stations in the walking distance, and all of them had trains…

Omaha, NE

I’m biking east along I-80 and today I’m crossing the Missouri river. Leaving Nebraska behind and entering Iowa, two states that I have never been to. It took me 35 days to cross Nebraska, which was 735km. Crossing Iowa will be “just” 495km so that should be a little easier, I didn’t think much of…

Airbrushing

I continue to put together more models. Another pandemic coping mechanism of mine. The part of the process I’m enjoying the most at the moment is painting by airbrush. There are so many layers of fun in painting. First, what color? I spent some time on the internet, looking up what colors real Lamborghinis are…

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…

Pine Bluffs, WY

I’m biking east along I-80 and today I’m in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming. OK, not really physically, because of pandemic, but virtually I’m there. I’ve been riding a bike since the beginning of the pandemic every day, and the virtual oddmeter on that bike just passed 2000km, and if I map that to I-80 trip east…