I have been trying to get back on my bike ever since last Summer, when I was working around the clock to try to finish Clothe Yourself in Righteousness, and ever since I have been on the go non stop trying to promote it.
Needless to say, I am not at my best when I never take a break. My schedule has simply not allowed, however, for the type of trip that I did in 2010 on the Two Wheel Tour. But all of my art would be so much better if I did!
Faster Than Walking
There are so many reasons to be excited about slow travel, but the one that really stands out for me (above all the reactive reasons) is joy. I have been thinking back to this blog post that I wrote for the Two Wheel Tour.
It would be easy for me to spout off a guilt-based justification about how quickly our society is killing the Earth, and how each of us is individually contributing a great deal to that destruction by owning and over-using personal vehicles. And it would be true. I do feel guilty and hypocritical about simultaneously mourning the destruction of the natural world and contributing to it.
But the deeper reason why I am riding my bike the 600 miles to Boston: I find driving, for all of it’s convenience, to be spiritually deadening.
So I’ve figured out a way to ride from Richmond, VA to Philadelphia on my Xtracycle Radish in between mine and Maggie’s upcoming shows. You are totally welcome to join me for any leg of it, just contact me.
I think I’ll be leaving:
Richmond around Tuesday March 28th
DC around Friday March 30th
Baltimore around Sunday April 1st
I’m familiar with these road now so don’t need a guide! But I always love having company!
Last Spring, Jon Watts rode his bike from Virginia to Boston and then continued on to Buffalo, NY. In two months, Jon played 18 shows and covered 1,000 miles carrying 120 pounds of gear on the back of his bicycle in what ended up being a successful attempt at finding an alternative way to do a musical tour. Continue reading
For the past three months I have been touring on an Xtracycle Radish. From Richmond to Boston and then on to Buffalo, NY, I ended up riding about 1,000 miles with all of my gear, which turned out to be about 120 Lbs. (!)
Click here to find out how I fit all of that equipment onto my bike.
Two Wheel Tour Vlog
For ten weeks, I recorded and uploaded a vlog every week, which included footage from my performances and from the ride… and revealed some of the secrets of how I made my trip happen!
Now, for the first time, all of that footage is combined into one window. You can watch all the way through or find the most interesting episodes, all from this page!
Final Vlog Episode! In two months I played 20 shows, biked a thousand miles, spread the word about my music in 10 states, posted 18 videos online, redesigned my website and loved every minute of it! Here now (after a quick and much-deserved break) is the final video in my two wheel tour series. This vlog episode covers the last leg of my trip, including shows at Ithaca Quaker Meeting, Alfred Friends Meeting, Rochester Friends Meeting, Buffalo NY and the Farmington-Scipio Regional Gathering.
Vlog #10 in my Two Wheel Tour Series. After a good time in Boston and playing for the Chenery Middle School Extension Program, I made it to The Meeting School. Decision time! After much discernment, I have decided to stay on my Xtracycle Radish for the next three week tour in the Farmington-Scipio region of upstate New York.
Vlog # 9 in my Two Wheel Tour series. In this episode I bike the final leg of my journey from Manhattan to Beacon Hill Friends House in Boston and share music with Moses Brown Friends School and Friends Meeting at Cambridge.
Vlog #8 in my two wheel tour series. Made it from Trenton to Brooklyn and had the opportunity to perform for Brooklyn Friends Meeting and School, after staying in Newtown for an extra day to perform for the friends school there. Got to meet Andy Cohen of the Bridge Film Festival. Question of the day: How should I celebrate the end of my trip? (responses in the comment section below)
Vlog # 7 in my Two Wheel Tour series. In this episode I bike from Baltimore to Philadelphia, a show for Westtown School, Downingtown Friends Meeting and Solebury. Question of the day: How do you get into Manhattan on a bike? (responses in the comment section below)
Vlog # 6 in my Two Wheel Tour series. In this episode I bike from DC to Baltimore via the Custis Trail, enjoy a show with the Middle School at Friends School of Baltimore and announcing Quakermaps.com! Question of the day: What would you like to ask me? (responses in the comment section below)
Jon stopped in at Friends School of Baltimore on his 2010 Two Wheel Tour and performed a few songs for the Middle School students. This piece is called “Together We Compose This Bloody, Bleeding, Beating Drum”