Monday, May 12, 2008

It begins...

So, after three years it's finally happening. I'm actually going to bike cross country. Yes, I'm sure you doubted it as much as I did (and everyone else), but a generous graduation present from my parents has given me the financial means to transverse the country. I've spent the last few months getting various things prepared here and there, and I thought a blog would be helpful in keeping everyone up to date on my happenings.



So, where to begin? I suppose my route. I've plotted out most every road we'll be taking during our trip. I've taken the Northern Tier route and adjusted it to my preferences. We'll be starting in Seattle and heading back, hitting as many major landmarks as possible within reason. The major breakdown is Seattle, Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park, Chicago, Cleveland, Buffalo, and back to Saratoga Springs. There's of course other locations we'll be hitting along the way (or hoping to) but if anyone has any ideas for sights along the way by all means, please do tell!


Now you might have noticed I keep using the plural "tense" for lack of a better term. You might find this hard to believe- but it's strikingly difficult to get people to physically power themselves from one end of the country to the other. I know, shocking. But, I did find one man foolish and naive enough to do it with me. His name is Josh Davis. Josh is a 26 year old graduate student in Exercise Science here aty SUNY Cortland, and he's about 10000 times too nice for his own good. Now, if you attended my Summer BBQ (sorry Zakkypoo~) you'd remember him. Typical example of Josh's overbearing niceness....


So, I'm really looking forward to this trip! Josh and myself recently got our tickets to fly to Seattle, so we're definitely heading out to the West Coast June 3rd. I'll keep everyone updated as I get more news. I should have a lot of my gear this Thursday, so maybe I'll show of what it takes to get someone across the US on man power alone. I'll also have a small laptop as I ride cross country so I'll be able to post pics and let everyone know what's going on.


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see how the trip turns out. When you have time...pictures of the gear and what you look like before you start.

szs said...

(reposted cuz i can't spell)

....Thanks for the shoutout, jerkbutt.

How about some pictures of your gear and provisions and whatnot? That'd be cool.

Michelle Van Dyke said...

please don't get hit by hippies in a van...........

Alex said...

Nice route. If you want to stop by Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH, I'd probably drive out to spend a day riding roller coasters with you.