In early 2019 I came up with the probably weird idea to ride my bike from San Francisco to New York City.

The trip, which started April 28th, 2019 in San Francisco, was about 4300 miles (6900 km) long and came with a challenge of 210.000 feet in elevation gain. It took me 60 days to complete the full journey, arriving at One World Trade Center in New York City around end of June 2019.

If you’re curious to read more or take a look at some photos I took when on the road, check out my sf2nyc.blog blog here on WordPress.

A while ago, I got sick of standing in line for the rental car pickup at the San Francisco airport and got myself the long overdue – admittedly – Gold membership of my preferred rental car company. Not something you have to go round the globe 4 times first. Simply sign up, tell them all your family secrets and file three certificated copies of your medical record with them, but then you immediately get it: your membership card. And from then on, when you arrive with your flight at the airport, an email awaits you to tell you where your rental car is waiting for you: brand, model, stall, license plate. Key inside. Just walk there and off you go. Nice! Life can be a pleasure at times.

Plus, as a good citizen who revealed all of his personal life to get a free membership card, I got an upgrade voucher for my next car rental with them. So I signed up for the upgrade and boosted my corporate standard economy class Kia Rio up to a compact Ford Fiesta. Boy, this was the best upgrade ever that I got. You won’t believe it. Take a look as I got into the city with the Ford via Bay Bridge and went up to Twin Peaks…

[DC Shoes: Ken Block’s Gymkhana Five: Ultimate Urban Playground; San Francisco]

OK, I admit, the CDW was included in the price… 😉