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Darby Roach
Seattle Washington
Designer, writer, rambler and wanderer. "Not all who wander are lost." - JRR Tolkien
Interests: Astronomy, Aesthetics, Skiing, Gardening, Politics, Mountain Climbing, Hiking, Cycling, Reading.
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Hi Dermot, Hey, great Web site! I have no doubt you’ll be able to do the ride and set the record. It really isn’t that hard, it just takes time and money. I think I spent around 25,000 dollars US. I camped most of the time except in Asia where the hotels are pretty cheap. It’s not in my book but I also rode in Spain and Portugal, eventually making my way down to Chile where I rode the Atacama Desert. It was a bitch! Okay, good luck and I will be following you! Best, Darby
Toggle Commented Nov 23, 2016 on Books by Darby Roach at Bike Around The World
Hi Dermot, I am not in the Guiness book. I doubt that I am the oldest either. My trip wasn’t about setting records, it was a lot more personal. Hope you like the book. Best, Darby
Toggle Commented Nov 23, 2016 on Books by Darby Roach at Bike Around The World
Hi Dermot, Yes, I finished my trip three years ago and wrote a book about it. You can check it out here:https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CGU779I Good luck! Best, Darby
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2016 on Books by Darby Roach at Bike Around The World
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 I think today's ride was the easiest 45 miles I've ever ridden.I enjoyed a brisk tailwind most of the way from Richland to here at Hat Rock Campground just 10 miles from Umatilla Oregon, where I'll cross the Columbia back into Washington tomorrow. I had a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Bike Around The World
Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 Day 3 After a windy night, I had a breakfast of yogurt, cereal and orange juice huddled in my tent. The wind blew all night and at 7 a.m. it was still howling so I packed my panniers inside, too. I was on the road by... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at Bike Around The World
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As I climbed the Steep Hill out of camp this morning my front derailleur cable snapped. Luckily I had the tools and the parts to fix it so after about 15 minutes I was back on the road. I had a healthy Tailwind today that kept me speeding along at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at Bike Around The World
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It rained most of the night and morning but I finally found sanctuary in the little town of George, Washington where I stopped for lunch. Sent via the PANTECH Flex, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone. Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2016 at Bike Around The World
Friday Sept. 16, 2016 It was 7 a.m., and the ride down Squilchuck Canyon was bitterly cold. Even though I wore a jacket and hat I still shivered as I sped down the steep road at 35 miles per hour toward Wenatchee just 6 miles from my niece's house where... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at Bike Around The World
It was one of the weirdest nights I've ever spent. The rough gravel patch reserved for tents at the Brewster campground looked less than inviting so in spite of the rule "no tents on the lawn" I set up on the narrow swath of green nearby. The day had been... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at Bike Around The World
I started out this morning at 5:07 am with 8 1/2 liters of water and arrived 6 hours later in Brewster with 7 3/4 liters left. I had filled my 6 liter water bag and strapped it to the front rack, adding 13 1/4 pounds. I guess I freaked myself... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at Bike Around The World
I spent the last four days hanging out with my daughter who lives near Spokane. We picked apricots and dried them so I have two bags of goodies to see me through the next couple of days. Troy, my son in law, drove me to Davenport this morning where I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2016 at Bike Around The World
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Back on the road for the first time in three days, I rode for a while with a couple of young guys from Michigan, Brent and Dave. We stopped at a grocery store in Wilbur, bought a half gallon of strawberry ice cream and ate it in the parking lot.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2016 at Bike Around The World
I gave my bike a last minute check before I hit the hay and discovered that my back tire was flat. The wind had picked up and the smell of rain was in the air, so I made a hasty repair and retired to my tent, secure in the knowledge... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2016 at Bike Around The World
I made the ride from Silverton to Castlegar today, a nice 60 mile jaunt that seemed mostly downhill. There's a steep three and a half mile climb out of Silverton with a spectacular view of Slocan Lake at the top and an amazing 6 mile downhill run that had me... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Bike Around The World
There's a little town at the south end of Slocan Lake Called Slocan. It's about 20 miles from my starting point of Silverton. They had a music festival over the weekend and the little place was still crowded with concert goers. I stopped at the town's only restaurant for breakfast... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Bike Around The World
Well, it happened again. I was camped at a small, out of the way campground on Box Lake. A more peaceful, bucolic spot you'd never hope to find and I settled in, anticipating a nice restful evening. Boy was I in for a rude awakening...literally. I dozed for a while,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Bike Around The World
I shivered through a thunder storm at Shelter Bay, the lightning strikes were getting pretty close. A couple of times, I could count only to two or three seconds between the lightning and thunder. The rain came down in buckets, which is nothing new. I'm getting pretty good at setting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Bike Around The World
The weather forecast called for thunder storms on Rogers Pass so I opted for the bus. Greyhound requires that bicycles be boxed, so I had to disassemble Blu and put him in the 30$ box the bus company sold me. They charged me an additional 15$ for the freight, so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Bike Around The World
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It was a three and a half mile climb out of Silverton this morning but boy, the view at the top was worth it. Sent via the PANTECH Flex, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Bike Around The World
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I had a close call with some crazy drunk people this morning and had to skedaddle from my campsite at Box Lake. I made it here to Silverton about 8 o'clock this morning, camped, and slept for 5 hours. I hope to make it to Castlegar tomorrow, an ambitious ride... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Bike Around The World
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I shivered through a terrific thunderstorm last night at Shelter Bay. I got up this morning and took a little ferry across Arrow Lake which is really just the Damned up Columbia River. It rained like crazy all day and I got soaked to the bone. But I made it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2016 at Bike Around The World
Well, it's rained every day since I entered Canada. I packed for warm, dry weather and left my rain gear at home. Wouldn't you know it? I bought a cheap plastic poncho at Walmart, and so far, it's worked pretty well. I'm here in Golden taking a rest day in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at Bike Around The World
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Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Bike Around The World
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As I left camp this morning I Came Upon a little stray dog. His fur is matted and he has a crippled leg but he's a sweet little guy and once I made friends with him he wouldn't let me out of his sight. Well there was no way I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Bike Around The World
I started out this morning with the intention of riding the 57 miles to Golden. But after 25 miles, I was so tired that I knew I couldn't go on. I found a great little campground, limped in, paid my 20 bucks, set up camp, and slept for three hours.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at Bike Around The World