The Moist Boys

The origin of the nickname “Moist Boys” is lost to the annals of history, but over the first few days of the trip we have all come to identify with it in our own ways.  We considered naming the website “The Moist Boys Go South,” but that seemed perhaps too suggestive.  The first few days of the trip, though, have shown us that the nickname is more apt than we’d thought.  Living on the road, especially in the weather we’ve been having recently, means that staying dry is nigh on impossible, and once anything gets wet it retains some level of moistness for quite some time.  We have been blessed by the hospitality of the McCombs in Fargo, with whom we have spent the last day, and in whose backyard we have cleaned and dried all our gear, so we’ll have a fresh start heading out across North Dakota.

Without any further ado, here is an introduction to the crew, a.k.a. the Moist Boys:

Christopher Geach is a native Minneapolitan of questionable ethnicity.  His passion for biking was kindled by his father through long weekend rides on the trails of Minneapolis at a young age, and his interest in Spanish comes from a semester spent studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain.  He has recently graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Physics and Math, but has elected to take a break from his academic career to pursue his twin interests.

Cooper White moved around a lot as a young boy, but never strayed from south Minneapolis. From Bryn Mawr to 50th and France he has come to know his home-town like few others. Like all boys, he was on two wheels as soon as possible and enjoyed frequent summer rides with his father in and around Uptown, Downtown and the West Bank. However his true passion for biking began when he lost access to a car as a senior in high school. What began as transportation out of necessity became a more of an addiction. Now he is, most likely, going to have more of it than he can handle.

Keith Kopatz entered this world at a young age. With a knife for every occasion, Kid Queso decided to try his luck on the West Coast, leaving the rest of the Moist Boys on the border between ND and MT.

Tom Johnson, a.k.a. T-Bone, is the heart and soul of the trip, and the perennial winner of the “moistest boy” award.  His primary reason for coming on the trip is to eat gas station food as often and in as many different places as possible.

Joe Olofsson- The outsider of this group, hailing from the humble Kankakee, IL. He and Chris were housed together in Sevilla, which lead to his involvement in this trip. Savvy in the art of the stretch and blessed with a lack of shame, he has assumed the roles of Cheif of body maintenance as well as negotiator. He by no means considers Himself “Frat-tastic!”

5 Responses to The Moist Boys

  1. Susan White says:

    Hey, Guys! How’s that GPS thing-ey doin’? I look forward each morning to seeing where you have been the night before! My needs are simple… turn it on! Seems like the weather might be warmer and drier coming up. Have a great ride today. (What’s with the cryptic bio, Coop?) Love to all, Coop’s Mom. Susan

  2. morris says:

    Hi Christopher et al. Ema was hanging at our house today. She is taller than me. ya. She and Chloe remain close, now that they’re in high school – nice to see. Very cool about the trek. Wondering how bike break downs effect your travels? How many miles per day? How do you deal with crap weather? Any nazi types give you a hard time? how much cash did you have to save for the trip and how long will the trip take? where do you camp? what do you eat? sorry for all the questions – don’t answer if it takes too much energy or if its a stupid question. I’ve been biking a lot more this summer. Purchased a Krell bike. Handmade by a mpls frame maker back in the 90s. great road bike, solid but nice flex; all Campagnolo components. anyway – very jealous of your adventure. hope to retire by the time i’m 55 and cruise the country and europe and wherever. best of luck.

    • admin says:

      As long as she’s still shorter than me when I get home, then more power to her. Nice to hear you’re following along: here are your answers.
      We haven’t had too many troubles, really, besides all of Cooper’s flats. We did have the one major detour to replace Tom’s wheel in Minot, ND, but besides that we just have an occasional 30 minute break as someone changes an inner tube. We go about 50-70 miles a day, I think the most we’ve done is about 90. We’ve been very lucky with weather, hardly any bad weather. If it’s raining, we’ll probably end the day earlier than normal, but we’ve all got our waterproof shells, so it’s not so bad. One day in Montana was quite cold and windy and rainy, and we had to turn back after about 12 miles, but besides that weather hasn’t troubled us much.
      I think the trip will take about a year, and will cost something like $4000-$6000. Plus about $1500-$2000 on the bike and supplies for the trip. We camp almost entirely in city parks, most places don’t mind as long as you make it clear you’re just passing through – not trying to live there. We eat lots and lots of candy, chips, and cookies. For lunch we have sandwiches and for dinner we’ve got about 5-6 meals we cycle through, like pasta with sausage or hot dogs added, ramen with ground beef added, etc. We’ve just got one 3-qt pot, so we can’t make anything too fancy.

  3. Mary T Johnson says:

    I will have to dig up a picture of Tom’s first boy-bike (with three sisters his first bike was naturally pink). He was in kindergarten – so cute!

  4. Mary T Johnson says:

    Alas, his love for gas station food comes from his Dad whom he (most wonderfully) resembles in many ways!

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