Chicago To NYC

User: davidmo
Dates: 11 Sep 2017 - 5 Oct 2017
Duration: 3 weeks, 2 days

We'll start September 11 ,2017 and ride from Chicago To NYC. This will complete a trans- America ride for me - started in 2012 by going from St. Louis to Astoria. Then in 2015 riding from Boulder to Chicago. Alan will again join me on this adventure as we try to find our way to NYC.

Thursday 5 Oct 2017 10:36

Arrived the Big Apple! What a great way to end a trip. Just under 1200 miles for this trip- probably half was on trails or bike paths. Some of the best aspects of this trip were: 1)The people met along the way- they were always kind 2)I was amazed by the square miles Americans mow - houses may be dumps but lawns are carefully maintained. 3)Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) trail is the best trail in the states for travel. Hopefully I'll get back to ride it again. It runs from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland. Thank to Alan for riding with me once again. 28mi today.

Posted: Oct. 5, 2017, 2:36 p.m.

Wednesday 4 Oct 2017 13:35

Today finds on the Jersey Shore at Asbury Park right to the Stone Pony where Bruce Springsteen started his career. We are almost finished! We had tails winds and down hill riding today for 58.6 mi.

Posted: Oct. 4, 2017, 5:35 p.m.

Tuesday 3 Oct 2017 15:27

We have had 3 rest days in philly enjoying art and food. Molly and Patty joined us also. Hard to leave them but this trip is almost over. We're in Red Lion NJ 30.4 mi

Posted: Oct. 3, 2017, 7:27 p.m.

Friday 29 Sep 2017 19:30

Arrived Philadelphia. We biked to Lancaster and then rented a van to get to Philadelphia- so glad we did as it is quite congested here and it was scary riding. 55.3mi

Posted: Sept. 29, 2017, 11:30 p.m.

Thursday 28 Sep 2017 12:35

Now we're off the trail and bike paths and on the roads again. We are in Gettysburg for the night. It was cool crossing the Appalachian Trail today. 56.8 mi

Posted: Sept. 28, 2017, 4:35 p.m.

Tuesday 26 Sep 2017 12:19

Today brings us to Williamsport, Maryland. We swam again in the Potomac as it was 94. We rode the C&O canal tow path. It's quite bumpy compared to the GAP trail. I'm getting the feeling this trip is beginning to end. 62 mi

Posted: Sept. 26, 2017, 4:19 p.m.

Tuesday 26 Sep 2017 9:32

Today brings us to Pawpaw, WV at a bike hostel. A pawpaw is a type of fruit. We swam in the Potomac River. It was close to 90 today. 62.0 mi

Posted: Sept. 26, 2017, 1:32 p.m.

Monday 25 Sep 2017 7:55

Today was all along the GAP trail in a tunnel of trees. We are at meyersville tonight. 58.6 miles

Posted: Sept. 25, 2017, 11:55 a.m.

Sunday 24 Sep 2017 17:23

We are on the GAP trail rolling along. Currently in Connellsville, PA. It's very pretty along a river. The path is crushed limestone and smooth. 60.0 miles

Posted: Sept. 24, 2017, 9:23 p.m.

Saturday 23 Sep 2017 16:24

Arrived in Pittsburgh. Hello Pennsylvania. 69.3 mi

Posted: Sept. 23, 2017, 8:24 p.m.

Friday 22 Sep 2017 11:15

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Friday 22 Sep 2017 10:20

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Friday 22 Sep 2017 9:27

Today we found a fall festival and King Pumpkin - the largest ever in Ohio history at 2150 lbs! Passed into West Virginia at wheeling over the oldest suspension bridge in US. (1835) 50.3 mi

Posted: Sept. 22, 2017, 1:27 p.m.

Friday 22 Sep 2017 9:23

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Friday 22 Sep 2017 9:21

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Thursday 21 Sep 2017 14:02

Today was a shorter ride. The hills have arrived! This makes for a pretty landscape. Alan had his second flat today- no more! 40.7 mi

Posted: Sept. 21, 2017, 6:02 p.m.

Thursday 21 Sep 2017 11:13

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Thursday 21 Sep 2017 11:10

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Wednesday 20 Sep 2017 15:15

Today we passed the largest basket building as seen in the picture. An impressive roadside attraction. It was a long day made even longer by us getting lost for many reasons. I think we're done with corn and soybeans. The terrain is changing- more wooded areas and more hills. The leaves are changing too. 87.3 miles

Posted: Sept. 20, 2017, 7:15 p.m.

Monday 18 Sep 2017 17:05

Short day to Columbus Ohio today. Humid no rain. 49.6 mi

Posted: Sept. 18, 2017, 9:05 p.m.

Sunday 17 Sep 2017 15:27

Day 6. Often the bike routes take us through the under bellies of towns and cities. That was the case today through Dayton- the largest city since Chicago. We met up with a cop who told us not to stop while going through parts of Dayton. No worse than south Chicago. All was fine because it was early. We stopped at an arts festival later in the day and had a gyro - something other than pizza! 56.5 miles

Posted: Sept. 17, 2017, 7:27 p.m.

Saturday 16 Sep 2017 18:35

Day 5 of riding brings us into Ohio. We had 45 mi of trails today. The was very pretty today- I can tell fall is in the air! 66.1 miles.

Posted: Sept. 16, 2017, 10:35 p.m.

Friday 15 Sep 2017 7:56

A beautiful day of riding. At the start we had at least an 8 miles detour because a bridge was out. It was mostly trail riding. The trails are smooth, wide and so much better than the farm roads we ride. We met a local cyclist who showed us a short cut to our hotel then drove us to a bike shop- the kindness of strangers. A real road angel. 70.3 miles

Posted: Sept. 15, 2017, 11:56 a.m.

Thursday 14 Sep 2017 18:20

What great day. We had not a single car pass us for 15 mi of the ride today and we had 21 mi on a smooth bike path. Very foggy this morning. 68.5 mi

Posted: Sept. 14, 2017, 10:20 p.m.

Wednesday 13 Sep 2017 14:16

Day 2 finds us in Knox IN at a very funky motel. We were going to camp but it's been a rainy day. More soy and corn- I've been connecting with soy a lot more than corn- while Alan is enjoying the zen of the corn rows. 48.35 miles

Posted: Sept. 13, 2017, 7:16 p.m.

Tuesday 12 Sep 2017 10:11

We left Chicago today at 8 and got to Dinwiddie at 4:30. It was a great ride with at least 45 miles on bike paths. The corn and soy beans are ready to harvest. The times we were lost were not to difficult to fix. Perfect weather. Met many kind people along the way. It's a great time of year for biking. 59.9 miles

Posted: Sept. 12, 2017, 3:11 p.m.

Tuesday 12 Sep 2017 8:18

Leaving Chicago. Lots of cyclists in this city.

Posted: Sept. 12, 2017, 1:18 p.m.

Monday 11 Sep 2017 15:16

Here we go again. This trip is from Chicago to NYC. Alan and I leave tomorrow and into Indiana.

Posted: Sept. 11, 2017, 8:16 p.m.

Chicago To NYC

User: davidmo
Dates: 11 Sep 2017 - 5 Oct 2017
Duration: 3 weeks, 2 days

We'll start September 11 ,2017 and ride from Chicago To NYC. This will complete a trans- America ride for me - started in 2012 by going from St. Louis to Astoria. Then in 2015 riding from Boulder to Chicago. Alan will again join me on this adventure as we try to find our way to NYC.

Pretty cool! Glad it all went so well!
And glad to have you home :-)

Woohoo!!! Congratulations!! Can't wait to hear about it in person!!!

Nice maps!

It won't be long now! You are almost there!!

Great book - no desires to hike it. It was a very tough looking trail.
2 more states-NJ and NY
We rode through the Gettysburg park. It is moving. Too tired to do much sightseeing but hope to do more in Philadelphia.

Me again. It just dawned on me--one more state to go!!!!!!!

Wow--how beautiful and moving is Gettysburg? If you have any illusions about walking the Appalachian Trail, be sure to reread Bryson's A Walk in the Woods!

No - it was his younger stupider brother

Is that Poseidon in the Potomac?

I ride with him- some people bring blow up pillows or blow up dolls- Alan brings a blow up beer bottle. He was feeling frisky!

Do we know him? What is he doing?

WOW!! Pennsylvania!! That was fast!!

That's a tiny bit of West Virginia that you're riding through. Don't get squashed (haha)by that gigantic pumpkin!

Finally caught up with your blog just now. Beautiful photos--keep 'em coming!! It's fall here, finally. We even had a little rain. May it all fall here and not on you--although I know what a pro you are at riding in the rain....Stay safe!!

What a serene landscape , I'm glad you have had so many bike trails (even though the video is a road ;-)

Hey Alan, the bottle looks emptier!! Yeah, zero in on those corn rows! See if you can find a cornrow that is less than straight👌

Try this link
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1975954949

Sept 13 garmin link

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1975954949

Haha no peanut butter yet. Lots of button hole cream (say that ten times fast)! Noticing different types of trees- big oaks, black walnuts, and pines with big cones. So far the dogs have held off with only half hearted chases. Next big city (Muncie) I'll get some pepper spray. Thanks for reading:-)

Yay, this is so fun! Hope you packed your peanut butter!

Yahooey, David! So excited to be following you yet again. Glad you're getting in shape for our ride next fall!! Stay safe!

hi Dave and Alan , I am following your trip, good luck

Good luck! Pedal, pedal!
Have you seen any migrating birds? How about known trees?

Buon viaggio! Have a great trip on this next installment of your bike adventures with Alan! May your journey be safe and may many good restaurants appear along your route. :-)