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Drew Nowhere
July 1, 2014 9:39 AM   Subscribe


Drew Chessie Nowhere is a bike punk who regularly takes leave from his job as a chef in NOLA to go on epic bicycle tours, full of camping with his dog in the woods, dumpster diving, and campstove cooking. He is covered with tattoos from artist Pauly Lingerfelt. He is also a fantastic photographer.

bike touring tumblr

bike touring F.A.Q.

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posted by Juliet Banana (15 comments total) 28 users marked this as a favorite

 
I wanna know....
posted by Catblack at 9:51 AM on July 1 [1 favorite]


"Todays destination: the abandoned I-10 interchanges in New Orleans East slowly being reclaimed by the swamp/ woods. Back in the 60’s this huge tract of swampy wetlands was slated to be drained and “developed” into a dreamy suburb of New Orleans. Highway exits were built to connect these future neighborhoods to the distant city, but are now going back to nature. I’m happy to report they are loaded with blackberries and mulberries and the surrounded area is now the largest urban wildlife refuge in the US instead of crappy suburbs."

Man, this is exactly the set for Percy's Love in the Ruins!
posted by resurrexit at 9:53 AM on July 1 [2 favorites]


abandoned I-10 interchanges in New Orleans East on Google maps
posted by MrMoonPie at 10:00 AM on July 1


I love the bike tour the content looks so interesting and the background is so beautiful It reminds me of up north.
posted by FrankNella at 10:09 AM on July 1


Well, this is relevant to my interests, and the guy takes great photos. Always nice to see bike touring agitprop show up on Metafilter.
posted by killdevil at 10:13 AM on July 1


It's really cool to see people doing bike touring/camping who aren't following the traditional "get a Proper Touring Bike with Proper Touring Bags and follow a designated touring route for a set length of time" path. Not that there's anything wrong with that. But camping on a bike is too easy and too much fun to be so narrowly construed.

This link is really not making me feel better about the awesome orange-and-chrome 70s Japanese-built touring bike built up with new components that I recently failed to buy in time.
posted by enn at 10:19 AM on July 1 [1 favorite]


If you're at work right now. If your view is screens, paper and dull colored office furniture. If you're indoors at a desk for more hours to come, do yourself a favor and do not look at those pictures.
posted by cashman at 10:26 AM on July 1 [4 favorites]


Even worse, I have a window from which I can see my house, where my bike is parked.
posted by resurrexit at 10:28 AM on July 1


It's really cool to see people doing bike touring/camping who aren't following the traditional "get a Proper Touring Bike with Proper Touring Bags and follow a designated touring route for a set length of time" path.

Well, there's at least one bog-standard Ortlieb on that bike and it doesn't look all that different from my cheapo touring-and-everything-else bike, but I do love the destinations and photography. Awesome stuff!
posted by asperity at 10:52 AM on July 1


Mulberry season = YES YES YES

Atlanta is similarly a city that is just packed full of mulberry trees. You don't even have to look very hard to find them, just keep an eye out for dropped berries or patches of asphalt/pavement that look like a murder scene. The discoloration sticks around for weeks after the season is over so it's easy to note future spots even if you missed the good fruit. Few things are nicer than cruising around the city with no destination other than grabbing some juicy snacks or picking a bunch for jam later.
posted by Panjandrum at 11:13 AM on July 1


Well, there's at least one bog-standard Ortlieb on that bike and it doesn't look all that different from my cheapo touring-and-everything-else bike

The main bike, yeah, but there are other bikes in the photos, riser-barred fixies and tandems with Wald baskets and mountain bikes and all kinds of stuff.
posted by enn at 11:16 AM on July 1


The kitty litter bucket panniers, in particular, make me extremely happy.
posted by Juliet Banana at 12:26 PM on July 1 [1 favorite]


Definitely neat to see! He's got some tips on selecting a bike to tour with that boil down to "you don't need a special touring bike, but it's really great to have [list of features that touring bikes should all have and some other bikes do too]." Lots of good info in his FAQ.

I like Bike Overnights for more stories of not-much-prep-required bike camping.
posted by asperity at 12:27 PM on July 1 [1 favorite]


Other comments have the bike touring covered so I'll just mention my appreciation of the tattoo link. Nice linework and better attention to balance and symmetry than most I see.
posted by Dip Flash at 1:24 PM on July 1 [1 favorite]


Nothing like checking out a flickr set from a random Metafilter post... and seeing your kitchen!

I used to live in the house in this picture (after the bike people had moved out)!
posted by keep_evolving at 3:05 PM on July 1 [1 favorite]


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