I'm biking 4,200 miles from Union Square NYC to Union Square, San Francisco. Why? For a charity, a challenge, and an adventure; for the stories, and for myself.
My Route, More or Less (Red line, but starting in NY)
NY NJ PA MD VA KY IL MO KS CO UT NV CA
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!
(Day 1 & 2 Garmin Tracks) Made it to Reamstown, just after dusk. Rode a lot of slow, hilly miles today, with heavy panniers and mechanical problems. Celebrating at the Black Horse Tavern, which has a small but well chosen beer selection. Stouts and Victory Hop Devil for me tonight. Listening to bar chatter about horses and brain teasers. Lots of horses out here. Useless factoid of the day: race horses wear aluminum shoes. Why not carbon fiber!?
This video (http://gallery.me.com/fahmies#100202/IMG_2552&bgcolor=black) is definitely boring, but it's very short. It *does not* do justice to the gentle beauty of Valley Forge. Glad my chain broke, sorta...I would otherwise have rode through w/o stopping.
Please donate to Pedals for Progress: https://payments.auctionpay.com/ver3/?id=w043522