Life and adventures from a high school perspective
An avid cyclist, rock climber, and all around adventurer, Francis Davis is taking to the internet to share his stories of cycling, climbing, and adventuring.
Yikes! I can’t believe in about a week I’ll be on the road again! First we have to drive to Maine. Dad, grandma, and I are stopping into the White Mountains, then continuing on to Acadia National Park, where we’ll hike for a few days. The park will also serve as the dart point of my ride back to Cleveland along the Adventure Ccling Northern Tier route. Next Tuesday, I’ll head down the Atlantic Cost for about 160 miles to Portland, ME where I will meet up with my partner in crime for the next couple weeks, Mark. From there we will cut West away from the coast, into the heart of Maine, and before we know it, New Hampshire. So far, I’m feeling great! The trip is still far enough away where I can feel a sense of irreverent euphoria without the anxiety. I haven’t really started to pack yet, I have my list, of course. Tomorrow, Tuesday, and Wednesday will be packing en masse. I feel fairl prepared, I’ve even doing a decent amount of riding these last couple weeks in Cleveland, although I won’t lie, I’ve missed more than a couple planned riding days! Before the summer started I was concerned I would have way too much time on my hands these three weeks every afternoon. In fact quite the opposite has been true. Bus, busy, busy. In fact, we’re hosting four very experienced bike tourists cycling around Lake Erie right now. They’re ending in Oberlin, OH tomorrow. Their stories and position have made me yearn for life back on the road, in the saddle, at the mercy of the elements. Lckily I know I’ll be getting my fill soon. My media presence I’m planning as follows, taking strategies from two of my previous tours. I’m going to try for daily written updates on here, Summit, as well as short videos on the Summit and my personal Facebook. I have this new-tangled foldable keyboard for typing on the phone; it’s not bad! I will get back to the world either this week, or at the least, during the drive to ME. Enjoy yourself!
I miss Fayetteville. It's been barely 24 hours back in Cleveland, but I'm already yearning to be back. Sans drama (school, family, life), but in a sense filled with more meaningful drama or eustress: being scared on a rock climb, physically decimated after a long day climbing, scurrying about the makeshift kitchen trying desperately not to burn the scrambled eggs on the ramshackle propane stove. It's these moments and more that really make a trip like this. A departure from the humdrum and mundane into a new reality, one immediately more real than it's Cleveland counterpart.
But for now, here I am. Class starts tomorrow from 8:30 - 12:30. I've quickly realized that I have completely filled my afternoons until July. Primarily consisting of biking, biking, and more biking. I am resolved to be in tip-top shape for my trip in 3 weeks. I was also hit this morning with the cold realization that as per usual, I have a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it. As of now, I am not overwhelmed by all of the activities in the next three weeks, but I cognize that it could get that way if I slip into procrastination. I tell myself, "Francis, you have to stay on top of this". This involves schoolwork, planning /packing for the bike trip, and of course hours in the saddle just to prepare for even more hours in the saddle. Madness! I'm sure it will all be worth it in the end!
Hello followers, as I’m writing, I am in the Western Reserve Historical Society, doing “research” for our final Economy project. The school year has gone by in a blur! I can’t believe that I am almost 50% done with my high school career. It is both nerve wracking and exciting, but more on that later! As per usual, it would appear that my summer will be overflowing plentifully with activities, fun, and work. The purpose of this post is to update you on those plans. In a little over a week, I’m planning on heading to the New River Gorge for about a week. It will be Metres ting, this will be the first year I will have a car. In a sense, I feel this delegitimizes the social experiment that I’ve been playing with so nicely for the last three years. Conversely, I also feel a sense of graduation and “earning” The newfound ease that having a vehicle will bring. After that, I will be taking a 3 week US history class at Hawken. It’s only a few hours a day, and is a good reason to stay in Cleveland for an extended time period. I am taking the class due to a fairly unique schedule I’ve made for myself next school year, but more on that in another post too. For the main event, in July, I’m thrilled to announce another bike trip! This time I’m hoping to complete a segment of the Northern Tier route. This segment will take me from Acadia National Park in Maine, hopefully all the way back to Cleveland. I’m super pumped because this will provide a great opportunity to see Maine (never been) as well as New Hampshire and Vermont. That is definitely the “main” event of the summer. Some piddling about in August; a trip to Asheville and maybe another week or so in West Virginia, then it’s back to school! I will write updates over the summer as well and no promises, but perhaps a daily update on the biking trip. Until then, peace!
The goal of these next couple of posts is to retroactively update the viewership on my adventures from my last blog post over the summer. I decided to, in addition to climbing, branch out into the sport of cyclocross with a local team / outfitter Team Spin / Litzler Automation. Cyclocross, in essence, is riding glorified road-bikes on grass, gravel, or sand. The excitement is that there are typically some "obstacles" like hurdles where the rider has to dismount the bike, pick it up, and jump over the hurdle while then remounting. I think I did about 4-5 races last fall season, and I had a great time. I am looking forward to the upcoming fall season. Enjoy some pictures below from my racing experiences!