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!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Day 38

Montrose, CO to Grand Junction, CO. About 63 miles.

Uneventful far. My ride was easy - mostly downhill w/ a tailwind - and short. Left Montrose 'round 7:40 and arrv'd in Grand Junction 'round 11. I've been working from Main Street Bagels since then. Sean's on his way to pick me up...we're gonna find a bar and kick back a few. Mark, Dan & Kasia will arrive later today, and perhaps others. We'll all be mtn biking tomorrow in Moab, and racing on Sat/Sun! Good times! My trek to SF is on hold for now, probably until Spring, '11. I've only about 1,000 miles to go; ten days of hard riding, or 2-3 weeks at a leisurely pace. I have plans to rope in a riding partner, in which case the emphasis will be on enjoying the ride rather than maximizing mileage. There's lots to see and experience between here and SF.

Please donate to Pedals for Progress:


Anonymous said...

Dear Steve: I'm so glad to hear about your plans to finish in the spring. It wouldn't be too much fun biking in the snow in October. Hello to Sean and all. Good luck in the Moab event.
Love, MOM
p.s. How about if I fix up some veggie dishes for your return?

Anonymous said...

Your mom JUST sent me the link to your bike blog. I haven't read the whole thing yet -- just the Colo part. She said that you are planning to start again from here and (perhaps) do the Leadville race while you're at it. I'll subscribe -- but Steve or Joan, give me a heads-up when you have a schedule. Love to connect and cheer you on your way. - Claire (now of Colo, once in Hoboken)

Steve Fahmie said...

Claire: Great to hear from you. I plan to work out my schedule this week or next. I'm leaning toward coming out to CO late this month to finish up my ride to San Francisco. Leadville 100 will be in August...but I'll come out separately for that. Thanks for your encouragement!