If you happened to work in a bike shop and have ever ordered a Fairdale there’s a good chance you spoke with Phil Bailey. He works at our in house distributor Full Factory Distro. Over the next 8 days or so he is leading a bike ride from Austin to New Orleans. Liz Mckibbon and Emily Ermer will be doing the pedaling while Phil drives the Fairdale van as a support vehicle. Having a support vehicle is such a rad addition to a trip like this. Someone who can carry the food and camping gear and of course be there if anything should go wrong. Also, Phil will be able to race ahead and visit some bike shops along the way spreading Fairdale, Sunday Bikes, Odyssey and G-sport everywhere he goes!
Some words from Liz:
The day was chock full of rain. At some points the wind was blowing us so hard I thought we would fall over. We did get a few moments of sunshine in the last hour or so. I don’t mind the rain so much outside of the added danger from cars and slippery roads.
Outside of near nonstop rain, the Texas countryside is absolutely beautiful. Wildflowers are in bloom everywhere. We saw a good bit of cattle along the way and even some long horns.
The route we took was incredibly rural. It was strange that at times we wouldn’t see a single car for 15 minutes or longer. At one point we were practically off-roading through a rocky dirt road flooded with water. Good thing we have the fat tires!