When I last mentioned the L.A.-based The Ditty Bops (MySpace), Abby and Amanda were about to start their summer bicycle tour across the country, starting with a free show at Amoeba Records, a record release show at The Derby (since then, live footage from the show has been used for their “Your Head’s Too Big” music video), and bicycle rides up the Pacific coast to the Bay Area.
Fastforward two months, and Abby and Amanda (accompanied by their biodiesel-powered support van) have since bicycled through the states of California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri. They are currently in Illinois, and will bicycle through Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, D.C., and New York before flying to Oregon and then back to L.A. to take a break. As they indicated in their bicycle tour blog last week, geographically-speaking, “people keep telling us ‘you’re halfway there’ but the fact is we’ll be in nyc in less than 35 days. so we’re actually about 2/3 of the way there. we kind of can’t believe it.”
Thus far, they’ve done a great job of updating their blog with anecdotes from the road, videos (one highlight is this one from Colorado), photos, and a comic strip series called “Rumble Strips” (here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here).
They’ve also been doing phone interviews on Wednesday mornings with the OutQ in the Morning Show on Sirius Satellite Radio, which will culminate in a live interview and studio performance at Sirius’ studios in New York City in late August.
Meanwhile, their upright bass player, Ian Walker, returned to L.A. last month after bicycling with them from L.A. through Colorado, and he has own tour blog to boot, complete with videos (here and here) and photos. His tale of riding 145 miles(!) in a single day through the Colorado mountains is quite engrossing, but Abby and Amanda’s 113 miles (video) through Texas is nothing to sneeze at either.
(Photos courtesy of The Ditty Bops and Ian Walker.)