We've received several questions, mostly in comments on the blog posts, and are eager to answer them. Instead of answering them comment by comment, we're combining them into one post.
Do you use a mirror?
Yes, we have a mirror mounted on the front handlebars that Brett uses all the time to check for traffic (and sometimes to see if Jenny is smiling). We were hoping to mount a second one before we left so Jenny could use one, too, but we haven't done that yet. Mounting one for the stoker's use would be a bit trickier, and that's the main reason we haven't yet.
What do we use to wash dishes?
We chose not to carry dish soap and dedicated cleaning supplies, but we use water and a bandana (or even just our hands) to wash our dishes soon after we finish our meal. Even at home, we notice that dishes are really easy to wash right after a meal. We find this method works fine on the road. Many campgrounds have a sink that is specifically for washing dishes.
How do you secure your bike when you go into stores or museums?
We have several methods for dealing with this issue. Sometimes one of us just stays with the bike. Sometimes we lock the bike with a combination lock, either to a nearby pole or fence, or even just lock the rear wheel to the frame so that it's not ridable. Sometimes, if we feel comfortable, we just leave the bike outside and go in. This last method may be naive, but we tend to only use it for short trips inside or where we can see the bike from inside (such as a cafe). We feel that it would be extremely hard for someone to just walk up and try to ride off with a fully loaded recumbent tandem! We always carry our ID, money, camera and phones with us.
Do we have an address that people can send cards or care packages to?
Yes! We aren't expecting to get there until the middle of July, but you may send mail or packages to
Brett & Jenny
c/o Lowell & Audrey
19527 County Highway 42
Parkers Prairie, MN 56361
We can't think of anything at this point other than cards and notes that we need/want, but if we do, we'll let you know. It's okay if things arrive early; they'll just set them aside for us.
Can you post maps on your blog of where you are?
Actually, although we didn't have this during our first week, we always planned to include a map of both our nightly stops and the routes we ride to get there. We have made just such a map and you can click here to see it.
Don't forget to vote in our poll on the right! You only have two weeks left to guess how many miles per day we will average over the course of the whole trip. We are a little disappointed with the number of miles per day so far, but considering our learning curve on newer equipment and the hilly terrain, we're actually satisfied. We think we boost the mileage a little bit over the course of the trip, but we'll see!