Jeff Teel - Member Profile - CycleBlaze

Member Profile

Jeff Teel

Journals

Title Ratings
Wisconsin on the Kick-back 413
Getting Aligned 142
Diversion into Kansas 45
Southern Indiana on the Kick-back 64
Iowa on the Tri-speed 60
Tri-points on the Tri-speed 26
Northern Indiana on the Open Road 26
Following the Straight Path 105
To Surprise Laurie 46

About

Presently live in Morton, Illinois (Tazewell County) - a village of 16,267 located nine miles southeast of Peoria, Illinois.

Born in 1955. Grew up in Marquette Heights, Illinois. In 1973, my folks and sisters moved to Eureka, Illinois, and I went off to Valparaiso, Indiana, to study electronics at Valparaiso Technical Institute. I did my first (unintentional) overnight bike trip from there, sleeping underneath the IN-49 bridge over the Kankakee River (using a map for a blanket) on my way back from Rensselaer, Indiana. "You can't just pedal off without some thought about returning." was the lesson I learned that weekend. After graduating, I worked for several companies as a technician (Instrument, Maintenance, Electronics, Electrical), before ending up with my present job - in chemistry.

During lunch on July 7, 2008, I said to my wife, "I think I'll ride my bike to pick up the vegetables this afternoon." She didn't say anything to discourage me, so off I went on my first town-to-town adventure since my college days. We were members of a CSA at the time, and vegetables were picked up between 5:00pm and 6:00pm in Eureka - 17 miles away. I was beat that evening, but also had that satisfying feeling that I was able to do it. That trip led to other CSA pick-up trips, and eventually planned overnight trips - much to the initial consternation of my folks and sisters.

Halfway into my first town-to-town bike trip - July 7, 2008, Eureka, Illinois (photo by my dad)

I took this picture on my first planned overnight bicycle trip. It's my favorite:

May 11, 2009 - eastern Tazewell County, Illinois

BIKES: 1977 Montgomery Ward Open Road, 2010 Trek Belleville, 1965 Schwinn Typhoon.

TENT: Coleman Sundome 3-Person 7-ft x 7-ft 2000000134.

GPSs: Magellan MAP 330, DeLorme PN-20 (retired), DeLorme PN-60.

CAMERAS: Oregon Scientific Dshot III DS6888A (retired), Kodak C123.

PHONE/SMARTPHONES: Nokia 5180iP on TracFone plan (retired), BlackBerry Storm 9530 (retired), Samsung Galaxy Core Prime.

WEATHER RADIO: Oregon Scientific WR602.

RADIOS: Grundig FR-200 (retired), Sentry PR799 (retired), Tesslor M8.

This table shows calculations on data from my trips. The trend seems to be I'm going slower and spending more each trip: