Monday, November 24, 2008
The WEEKLY SPECIALS for Appalachian Outfitters on Orchard Park Drive are:
Take 25% Off Patagonia Reversible Snap/Zip Jackets!
Take 40% Off Special Edition Apex Bionic Jackets by The North Face!
Buy any 2 pair of Darn Tough socks and get 1 FREE pair!
Take 40% Off "Flight Series" Softshells by The North Face!
Please note: Discounts valid on in-stock items only; no special orders.
We look forward to seeing you soon, and are THANKFUL for 14 years of your support!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Okay, here are the "Weekly Specials" for Appalachian Outfitters on Orchard Park Drive:
TAKE 40% OFF ANY TRAIL RUNNING SHOE IN STOCK. . .&. . .
TAKE 30% OFF ANY SANDALS IN STOCK. . .&. . .
BUY ANY PAIR OF SHOES AND GET 40% OFF ANY SOCKS (Limit of 6 pair per person). . .&. . .
BUY ANY PAIR OF SHOES OR BOOTS & TAKE 20% OFF ANY PAIR OF AFTER-MARKET INSOLES (we stock Down-Unders and Arch Molds). . .AND FINALLY. . .
TAKE 25% OFF THE FOLLOWING SHOES:
-Teva Ossagon (men's & women's)
-Dunham Oakdale Sport (men's)
-Any shoes by "The North Face" (men's & women's)
-All KEEN shoes/sandals in stock!
We look forward to serving you soon!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
This week's "WEEKLY SPECIALS" are:
SAVE 15% OFF ANY SOFTSHELL JACKET IN THE STORE! (Appalachian Outfitters 96 Orchard Park Drive location)
SAVE 15% OFF ANY SHORT-SLEEVED T-SHIRT IN THE STORE! (Appalachian Outfitters West End--Your Life is good Genuine Neighborhood Shoppe)
SPECIALS BEGIN ON 11-06-08 and GO THROUGH 11-12-08 AND ARE VALID ONLY FOR IN-STOCK ITEMS. . .LET THE CRAZINESS BEGIN!
Also, we've got several "gift with purchase" items:
--Buy any jacket or pullover in stock & receive either a FREE key-biner or zip-o-gage
--Buy any Mountain HardWear jacket & receive a FREE custom "Mountain HardWear" CamelBak BPA-free water bottle (we're the only store in the world that sells a "Mountain HardWear water bottle!!)
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Traveling out in the country. Sometimes it rained!
NavigatingCranking over the bicycle ferry to cross a canal.
At the Kruller-Muller Museum.
Leaving our hotel in Ede. It started raining 5 minutes after this.
Heading out for dinner in Epe. More rain.
A typical sign post showing the numerous bike paths. These are handy when things get confusing.
Riding in the sunshine yesterday!
In Heerenveen on Tuesday. Walking along the canal.
Monday, September 8, 2008
More to come...
Thursday, September 4, 2008
To say that this is a bicycling-based culture is an understatement. Everyone rides bikes here. . .we mean everyone--schoolchildren, pregnant women, businessmen (in their suits), fashion models, folks going to the grocery store, young and old, etc. Every single person we have met here has been friendly and helpful; the Dutch are wonderful! Tomorrow we get on our bikes and pedal toward Ede on the first leg of our tour. Safely getting out of this bustling city with fully-loaded bicycles will certainly be an adventure!
We have attempted to use the "Spot" GPS device & we hope that it is working. We will turn it on as we leave in the morning.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
For those of you who have never heard of the Ritchey BreakAway line of bicycles, here's a brief overview of why they are so incredible.
The frame actually breaks into 2 pieces that allow the traveling cyclist to pack his/her entire bike (including both wheels, seat, etc.) into a 26"X26"X10" case. The bike is a normal bike with 2 frame unions that are ingenious! The first picture shows what the top frame union looks like (basically the seatpost acts as the stress-bearing member & the two frame pieces-- 1 grey & 1 orange-- are secured to the seatpost using pinchbolts).
The second picture shows the bottom frame union (it is secured by the black split-clamp immediately above the bottom-bracket on the downtube).
If you are an avid cyclist & want to take a top-shelf bike with you on your travels, take a look at the Ritchey BreakAway series! We chose the steel Cyclo-Cross model because it was the best frame for carrying panniers & able to withstand the stresses of loaded touring. The cyclo-cross model also allows you to use fatter 700c tires that make you more stable when navigating rough roads. I (Jonathan) have already logged more that 2600 kms this year on mine, and I love it! It rides just like a normal bike, and in a 60cm frame size weighs in at just 21 pounds! Not too shabby for a bike that fits in airline regulation luggage. Check 'em out at: http://www.ritcheylogic.com
Friday, August 29, 2008
Wednesday 03 September
Arrive in Amsterdam. Re-assemble bicycles & prepare them for tour. Test-ride bikes. Walk around city. Re-pack our panniers. Check out Vondelpark.
Thursday 04 September
Check out museums in Amsterdam. Anne Frank house? Double-check bicycle operation. Find the best route out of town.
Friday 05 September
Leave Amsterdam & cycle toward Ede/Arnhem area (about 100km). Spend night at Hotel en Congrescentrum deReehorst in Ede (telephone: +31-318750300).
Saturday 06 September
Spend day in the National Park De Hoge Veluwe & National Park Veluwezoom (the Kroller/Muller Museum). Return to spend night at Hotel en Congrescentrum deReehorst in Ede (telephone: +31-318750300).
Sunday 07 September
From Ede, cycle towards Arnhem & Nijmegen (oldest city in the Netherlands & home to bicycling museum). Turn north and begin heading toward Deventer.
Monday 08 September
Continue heading north through Zwolle, Kampen, Meppel.
Tuesday 09 September
Wednesday 10 September
Thursday 11 September
Friday 12 September
Ride across 30km dyke (the Afsluitdijk—it turned the Zuiderzee into the Ijsselmeer)
Saturday 13 September
Sunday 14 September
Monday 15 September
Finish exploring Noord-Holland. Return to Apartment in Amsterdam. Clean ourselves & clothes. Continue exploring city.
Tuesday 16 September
Re-pack everything & continue exploring city.
Wednesday 17 September
Fly back home.
Thursday 18 September
Return to work.
3 pr Pearl Izumi cycling bibs (http://www.pearlizumi.com/)
3 s/s Pearl Izumi jerseys (http://www.pearlizumi.com/)
5 pair Thor-lo socks (http://www.thorlo.com/)
Pearl Izumi Arm warmers (http://www.pearlizumi.com/)
Hincapie Sportswear Knee warmers (http://www.hincapie.com/)
2 pair cycling gloves
Patagonia Capilene 1 t-shirt (http://www.patagonia.com/)
Pearl Izumi Optik Vest
Mountain HardWear Butter Beanie (http://www.mountainhardwear.com/)
Marmot Rain shell (http://www.marmot.com/)
Technical Travel Clothing (Lightweight, Wicking, Fast-Drying stuff!)
Mountain HardWear Canyon shirt (http://www.mountainhardwear.com/)
Columbia Silver Ridge shirt (http://www.columbia.com/)
1 SmartWool Polo shirt (http://www.smartwool.com/)
4 short-sleeved synthetic t-shirts
1 pr Outdoor Research nylon shorts (http://www.outdoorresearch.com/)
1 pr Outdoor Research nylon pants (http://www.outdoorresearch.com/)
1 pr Royal Robbins convertible pants (http://www.royalrobbins.com/)
Patagonia Powerstretch Jacket (http://www.patagonia.com/)
Patagonia Baggies shorts (http://www.patagonia.com/)
Marmot PreCip Cap (http://www.marmot.com/)
6 pair Patagonia underwear (http://www.patagonia.com/)
RudyProject "Rydon" Cycling Glasses (http://www.rudyproject.com/)
Timex Heart Rate Monitor (http://www.timex.com/)
Specialized Cyclometer (http://www.specialized.com/)
Specialized Bike Helmet (http://www.specialized.com/)
Pearl Izumi Cycling Shoes (http://www.pearlizumi.com/)
2 extra tubes
1 extra tire (http://www.conti-online.com/)
Planet Bike Fenders (http://www.planetbike.com/)
Blackburn Rear Bike Racks (http://www.blackburndesign.com/)
PlanetBike Mini Bike Lights (http://www.planetbike.com/)
Long Bike Cable Lock
Energy Food & Drink
Baker’s Breakfast Cookies (http://www.bbcookies.com/)
CamelBak Elixir (http://www.camelbak.com/)
Hammer Heed (http://www.hammernutrition.com/)
Honey Stinger Gel (http://www.honeystinger.com/)
Hammer Bars (http://www.hammernutrition.com/)
Jelly Belly Sport Beans (http://www.sportbeans.com/)
Ortlieb Waterproof Saddlebags (http://www.ortliebusa.com/)
Ortlieb Waterproof Handlebar Bag (http://www.ortliebusa.com/)
Ortlieb Waterproof Underseat pouch (http://www.ortliebusa.com/)
Several extra nuts, bolts, screws, washers, etc.
SPOT GPS Tracking Device (http://www.findmespot.com/)
Telephone (courtesy of Heath Quinnelly at Sprint/Nextel) THANKS MAN!
Cameras & Waterproof cases
Maps & guidebooks
Charging devices for everything
Several GraniteGear Drysacks (http://www.granitegear.com/)
Aloksaks for document protection (http://www.watchfuleyedesigns.com/)
Eagle Creek Security Travel Document Holders (http://www.eaglecreek.com/)
The North Face Spectrum 33 tent (http://www.thenorthface.com/)
Cocoon Air Pillow (the best we've ever seen!) (http://www.designsalt.com/)
Marmot Lightweight sleeping bag (http://www.marmot.com/)
Big Agnes Aircore sleeping pad (http://www.bigagnes.com/)
Silk Sleeping Bag Liner (http://www.designsalt.com/)
Emergency Blanket (http://www.adventuremedicalkits.com/)
Obviously, Diana's list may look a bit different, but just realize that we'll be carrying everything we need for two weeks on our bikes. Since the country is quite windy and it rains more than 300 days-a-year, our outerwear will assuredly be put to good use.
Look for more updates in the next few days.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Diana and I have been training for this trip all year, and are in relatively solid shape for it. We plan on averaging about 50 miles a day while we're there (which isn't bad if you consider that we have all day to ride). While the Netherlands is pancake-flat, there's a reason that it is a land of many windmills. . .IT IS WINDY! Several weeks ago, a woman who lived there for many years was in Appalachian Outfitters and was telling me that the wind direction there is the stuff of legend--no matter which direction you're going, it feels like you have the wind in your face. As any bicyclist will tell you, that's like climbing a slow hill!
On another note, this trip could not have been possible at all without the following folks really coming through for us:
-all of our employees who not only are willing to work while we are gone, but actually pooled their money and are funding accommodations for several nights while we are there! We're sending out a big THANK YOU to all of our INCREDIBLE STAFF (you guys are like family);
-the helpful crew at Sunshine Cycle Shop in Greenville who built our bikes and have provided invaluable advice on service, spares, and bicycling accessories;
-the folks at Ritchey Logic who make one of the neatest, best-riding travel frames on the planet that actually fit into a regulation-sized, hard-sided travel case that won't incur airline overcharges;
-Ortlieb USA for making some of the most well-thought-out bicycling gear we've ever seen (panniers, handlebar bags, seat pouches, etc);
-Rob Robinson, our CamelBak sales-rep, who provided us with CamelBak Elixir tablets for our electrolyte replacement;
-Hammer Nutrition products for making some of the best energy replenishment exercise products money can buy;
-Erin Baker's Breakfast Cookies (great energy, great taste, organic, not too much sugar) and;
-OmniMap resources for making the finest maps available to us.
Later on this week, we'll publish our packing lists on this blog so you'll know what's going with us. Obviously, all of our clothing came from Appalachian Outfitters, but there are several items in particular that we REALLY LOVE. More on that to come. . .
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
If you are interested in following us while we're there, stay tuned to this blog for regular updates.