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!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Day 1

(Day 1 & 2 Garmin Tracks)  
Arrived in Stockton! 77.8 miles and I feel great! So many people to thank today - especially mom for making breakfast and booking the hotel, Jim and Kent and Mike for riding with me from NY, dad and Mima for driving 2 hrs rt just to see me off, JD for rising early and taking care of the house while I'm gone, Jeremy for riding with me to Stockton, Dave and Dina for a *great* lunch and inspiring conversation about P4P, Louis and Ester for the bagles, and for Denise, Marilyn, David and his wife for coming out in the rain to see me off, and for well wishes from Melinda & Max, Sean & Bryce, Kasia, Dan, Jenni and Jason for well wishes. Thank you. I'm sure I missed someone; I'm operating on low blood sugar levels. Beer fixes that, right? River Horse! Thanks everyone for sharing so much positive energy! :)    


Sent from my phone...please excuse the tpyos. 

1 comment:

Daniel said...

Way to go Steve! Hopefully the rain wasn't too bad. Enjoy every moment of this adventure!