As some of you may know, fitness and especially cycling has always been a passion that Alesia and I have held close to our hearts and have consistently made an effort to share and inspire others with. This June, Alesia and I will be fulfilling a lifelong dream and Craig's 50 year milestone, by embarking on a journey to pedal our bicycles (Tandem & Single) across the Northern segment of this great United States. As well we have four friends from our cycling club that will be joining us on this journey. We will start in Astoria, Oregon and complete the ride in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Our trek will have us pedaling 3667 miles over 50 days, averaging between 80 – 100 miles a day with only 5 rest days off the bike. That's about 4500 calories burned / day or 225,000 calories expended/person over the duration of the trip! For those of you interested, the complete ride summary is below and the map of our journey is above. This page along with the subsequent links will help you enjoy and share in our journey, as well as, provide you the opportunity to pass along your comments to Alesia and I as we ride across this great United States of America with four of our cycling friends; Alan Hasty, Glenn and Barbara Rudolf and Daniel Schaaf.
Navigating This Site:
The links on the right side of the page will allow you to view our "Rider Profile", "Daily Ride Summaries with Pictures", as well as, allow you to post any comments, questions and/or inspiring messages that you might like to share through our "Contact Us" page. We will do our best to answer your questions in our daily posts. So please visit frequently, keep us in your prayers and help keep us motivated. We hope you enjoy the ride updates. Thanks in advance for all of your support as we "Pedal Forward"... ("Pedal Forward- The 10 Life And Business Lessons I Have Learned On My Bike" is an inspirational book written by our good friend Trey Hall who recently passed away on May 25, 2015. We are sure he will be riding with us in spirit).
“We start in Astoria, Oregon head out to the Oregon coast and dip our rear wheel in the Pacific Ocean then begin the trek Across America. From the mouth of the Columbia River we’ll ride along the river to Portland. From Portland we head southeast and begin to climb up through the cascades. Mount Hood will be visible and grow in size as we approach and ultimately cycle past the peak and continue into eastern Oregon. After a few mountainous days the route will settle down and cross into Idaho, where we’ll take our first off day in Boise. The route through Idaho will stay mostly in the Snake River Valley. The mountainous climbing begins again once we pass our last oasis in Idaho and head up into the Grand Teton's riding through this region and down into Jackson, Wyoming. We pass the backside of Yellowstone National Park and the jagged peaks of Mount Hancock. We’ll climb over Togwotee Pass (9,658’), cross the Continental Divide and ride down into the western town of Dubois and into Casper, Wyoming for our second off day. We’ll continue the high plains drift through small western towns and cross the border into South Dakota. Back into the mountains again we cycle up into the Black Hills and through Custer State Park with roller coaster terrain. We’ll climb up to Mount Rushmore, and ride out of the mountains to Rapid City. We will continue the journey, descending still, onto the high plains of South Dakota, skirting the Badlands and roll into Wall, South Dakota, and into Pierre, the capital of South Dakota. From Pierre we’ll pick up the Missouri River and spin into Sioux Falls for our third off day. From South Dakota we’ll cross into southern Minnesota and ride the sometimes rolling landscape northeast to the Minnesota River. We head due east crossing the Mississippi River into La Crosse, Wisconsin, officially entering the East!! The terrain now really begins to roll up and down in rural Wisconsin past the Wisconsin Dells continuing into Fond du Lac, just south of Lake Winnebago, where we make the final rolling push to Manitowoc on the shores of Lake Michigan. Here we’ll take the fourth day off. We board the 410’ SS Badger and leave Wisconsin behind on a four hour cruise across Lake Michigan landing in the Michigan town of Ludington. Off the boat and to cross Michigan by bike ending up in Port Huron. Here we cross the border and go “INTERNATIONAL,” as we hop the Bluewater Bridge and cross into Ontario, Canada and head over to London, Ontario. The next day we’ll continue the trek to Brantford, birthplace of Wayne Gretzky. We leave Canada crossing the Rainbow Bridge over Niagara Falls, and cycle back into the United States. Here we explore the falls as we will take our fifth and final off day in Niagara Falls, New York. The final leg will take us across upper New York State through the rolling farm country past Rochester. We’ll follow the Erie Canal through Liverpool to Little Falls and finally along the Hudson River to Latham. The final few days will take us across the Appalachian mountain range to Vermont and into Brattleboro. From here we ride the roller coaster road across the border into New Hampshire right down to the ocean on the New Hampshire seacoast dipping our front wheel wheel in the Atlantic Ocean on the final day.” (See the daily ride log below)
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