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Riding from Sea to Sea: John's Cross-Country Bicycle Tour

Final Thoughts

USA | Wednesday, 6 Aug 2008 | Views [523] | Comments [4]

I decided to ride a bicycle across America last summer, right after Pfizer offered me the opportunity to retire early. I wanted an immediate goal to work towards after retirement (or more accurately, during my sabbatical between jobs) to move my focus ... Read more >


August 3 & 4 New Hampshire and the Atlantic Ocean

USA | Tuesday, 5 Aug 2008 | Views [571]

August 3 – 79 miles from Brattleboro, VT to Manchester, NH.   Winding, forest lined roads; lush, water-lilied bogs, quiet New England towns; colonial era, white clapboard and black shuttered houses; generally smooth roads; and warm, partly sunny skies ... Read more >


Gallery: Vermont & New Hampshire

USA | Monday, 4 Aug 2008 | Photo Gallery


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July 31 - Aug. 2 - The Mohawk Valley and Green Mountains

USA | Saturday, 2 Aug 2008 | Views [542] | Comments [1]

  July 31 – 81 miles from Syracuse to Little Falls, NY.   A grey day, with pleasant roads and riding companions (Jim and Little Bill.)   Some days seem to blur into all the others, and this was one of those.   Followed the Erie canal again, ... Read more >


Gallery: New York

USA | Thursday, 31 Jul 2008 | Photo Gallery


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July 27 - 30 - Niagara Falls and the Erie Canal

USA | Thursday, 31 Jul 2008 | Views [709] | Comments [3]

July 27 – 76 miles from Brantford, ON to Niagara Fall, NY, including a few extra miles around Niagara Fall, ON to see the falls.   Easy riding through more farms, mostly with Norm, capped by the falls.   In some ways, the tourists are as interesting ... Read more >


July 24 - 26 - Into Ontario, Canada

USA | Sunday, 27 Jul 2008 | Views [614] | Comments [1]

July 24 – 88 miles from Birch Run, MI to Port Huron, MI, then another 7 miles around Port Huron.   With pleasant weather, little wind and no hills, it was an easy day.   Some days seem to blur into many others, and with more endless corn and ... Read more >


Gallery: Ontario

USA | Saturday, 26 Jul 2008 | Photo Gallery


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Gallery: Michigan

USA | Thursday, 24 Jul 2008 | Photo Gallery


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July 21 - 23 Across Michigan - the Lake and the State

USA | Wednesday, 23 Jul 2008 | Views [532] | Comments [2]

July 21 – 15 miles around Manitowoc, WI, then a ferry ride across Lake Michigan, and then a 3 miles to our hotel in Ludington, MI.    Manitowoc was a lovely place to spend the morning, with a nice bike path along the lake and a surprisingly good (and ... Read more >


Gallery: Wisconsin

USA | Sunday, 20 Jul 2008 | Photo Gallery


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July 17 - 20 Across the Mississippi River and Wisconsin

USA | Sunday, 20 Jul 2008 | Views [504] | Comments [2]

(Note: I added some thoughts to the July 13 - 16 blog) July 17 – 92 Miles from Rochester, MN, across eastern Minnesota to La Crosse, WI.   This was our first day of heavy rain.   We left in the rain, which continued for well over an hour.    ... Read more >


July 13 - 16 - Sioux Falls, and into Minnesota

USA | Thursday, 17 Jul 2008 | Views [1714] | Comments [4]

July 13 – a day off in “beautiful” Sioux Falls.   Actually a rather nice town (pop. 163,000) with sculptures all through the downtown area, a nice park around the namesake falls, and a lovely bike path ringing the town.   Rode 16 miles to see ... Read more >


Gallery: Minnesota

USA | Thursday, 17 Jul 2008 | Photo Gallery


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July 10 - 12 - through heat and wind in eastern South Dakota

USA | Monday, 14 Jul 2008 | Views [597] | Comments [1]

July 10 – A long, hot 84 miles from Pierre to Chamberlain, SD.   The first half was nice – comfortable, nice views of the Missouri, but then we turned south into a stiff, 20 mph headwind.   Add to this temperatures rising to 97 F and some steep ... Read more >


July 7 - 9 - Through the Black Hills to the South Dakota prairie

USA | Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | Views [459] | Comments [2]

July 7 – 78 miles through the Black Hills, from Hot Springs to Rapid City, South Dakota.   This was our last day of mountains until we get to Vermont.   Over 5,000 ft. of climbing and a 6,000 ft pass.   The Black Hills are lovely to ride through ... Read more >


Gallery: South Dakota

USA | Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | Photo Gallery


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July 5 & 6 - Into South Dakota

USA | Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | Views [562] | Comments [1]

July 5 – 108 miles from Casper to Lusk, WY.   Lots more high plains, with sage and cattle ranches.   A long but pleasant ride, interrupted by an auto accident on the road from Douglas to Lusk – see comments below.   A strange moment was when ... Read more >


July 3 & 4 - Casper Wyoming

USA | Friday, 4 Jul 2008 | Views [376] | Comments [2]

July 3 - a long ride - 121 miles - across the expansive high plains of central Wyoming. Though the land looks like a lot of nothing (sage, priaire, no mountains, few farms, no towns to speak of) after a while it becomes magnificent. You can see how ... Read more >


June 30 to July 2 - Into Wyoming and over the Rocky Mts.

USA | Wednesday, 2 Jul 2008 | Views [540] | Comments [5]

June 29 - 38 miles to Idaho Falls - An easy day acros the potato fields of eastern Idaho - the easiest on the trip. Lots of time to rest up for the big trip over the Tetons. June 30 - 90 miles and 5,600 ft. of climbing, from Idaho Falls into ... Read more >


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