The commitment was made a couple months ago. My friends have been awesome supporters. I will be riding from Bar Harbor, (pronounced Bah Hahbah according to those “in the know”) Maine to Seattle, Washington via bicycle.
The journey will be with Ride the US for MS. It’ll be mostly camping but there will be a vehicle hauling our gear. There are two goals I must meet before the ride starts on May 28.
- raise $1 for each mile I will ride (4,295)
- be ready to ride my bicycle many days in a row over long distances
The fund raising is almost done. Like I said, my friends have been awesome!
Yesterday was the first day of serious cycle training. It has been Very Cold around here with snow and ice still on the local roads. So, I drove down the hill about 2,000 feet to get to a warmer area. Started out at temperature of 46 degrees. I think this is good as there may be colder days on The Ride so I can see what I need to bring for riding on those days.
Started in the ‘company owned’ town of Moccasin. It is owned by City & County of San Francisco. They have a power plant there and house employees who work on their Hetch Hetchy water system there. From there I rode to Jamestown which is home to Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. The Park is a neat place to visit. I didn’t go to Railtown 1897 but did stop in at Here’s The Scoop for a hot tea and scone. Going out the ‘back way,’ I rode back to Moccasin.
Stats: 32.83 miles; 12.37 average; 2 hrs 40 min riding time; terrain was relatively flat compared with the roads closer to home
The first six miles appear to be slightly uphill but my average to that point was 15.9 so I’m thinking it is an optical illusion except when I return on that same section, it is definitely down hill.
Since I will be trying to use this site to record the journey, here is the starting info for 2016.