My Route, More or Less (Red line, but starting in NY)

My Route, More or Less (Red line, but starting in NY)

Make a Difference

I'm pedaling for many reasons, the most important of which is to raise awareness and funds for Pedals For Progress. P4P is a non-profit that collects used bicycles and sewing machines in the US and donates them to poor people overseas. P4P combines my love of bicycling with my growing concern for those deprived of life's most basic necessities - sparked by a visit to the slums of Kibera in June '09 (pictures). P4P improves mobility and economic options for destitute people, opening pathways to greater dignity and opportunity.

Please make a donation, if you can (please write "TSQ2USQ" in the '...honor of' field). Remember, a bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses. :)

My Game Plan

I'm following portions or all of three routes mapped out by the Adventure Cycling Association: the Atlantic, TransAm, & Western Express. I'll cycle through thirteen states: NY, NJ, PA, MD, VA, KY, IL, MO, KS, CO, UT, NV & CA! I'm leaving on 4/17/10, and expect to return to New Jersey by mid June - back to my family, friends, & neighbors. I plan on cycling 5 - 6 hours per day, 6 days/week, usually starting in the early AM. My laptop and phone will allow me to work remotely most days, but I won't pass up opportunities to smell the roses along the way!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Bon Voyage Party & GCTC Ride

Wow! What a great party on Saturday. I'm so incredibly grateful to the many friends and family members who joined the celebration. For me, it was a moving show of support and love. I gathered heaps of good karma that will carry me to San Francisco, and had a great time! My only regrets: failing to deputize someone to take pictures, and not having enough time to speak at greater length with all who came despite carrying on 'till 4 AM! Special thanks to Mayor Zimmer for rallying and making a late night appearance; I hope Vance didn't violate his strict instructions to steer clear of political talk. A very special and heartfelt thanks to Mom and Jim for all their assistance preparing. They helped make the party prep stress free, and without them food would surely have been limited to pretzels.

Oh, and I'm totally going to miss the Gold Coast Triathlon Club's ( Tuesday and Thursdays morning rides - and the Thursday night runs. Will and Jared gracefully allowed me to claim the polka dot jersey on this morning's hill repeat workout. The green (and yellow) jersey went to Will as usual, who had a deep reserve of power available at the end of the return sprint despite having pulled me most of the way back.

No comments: