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2013 Northern Tier Adventure (and Atlantic Coast Route)

Anne's 4th, Ben's 1st Bicycle Adventure for Hospice

4,835 miles (7,781 km) over 94 days from June 9, 2013 to September 10, 2013

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Equipment lists, 1-3 months, Atlantic Coast, Northern Tier, West to East
Locales: North America, United States, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Canada, Ontario, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine
Year: 2013


Copyright © 2013-2014 By Anne Cowan and Bennett Cowan - (contact)

Status: Completed Sep 2013
Last update: Sunday November 10, 2013 15:05 (US/Pacific) (edited Mon 7 Apr 2014 12:20 (US/Pacific))
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Table of Contents

Who, What, Where, Why... well you know the drift!: You are going to do WHAT?

Experimenting with my new iPad Mini: I think it is going to work

Some of our other crazy bicycle adventures: You did WHAT?

Gear and other musings: No gear lists here

Guest book: Please leave us a note!

Starting to feel the excitement: Packing up the bikes

A training Event in Mallorca, Spain: Hills and training

Wellmont Hospice House: A big part of why we are riding but not the only one!

Packing the Bikes: Is this trip for real?

Sleepless nights: Packing, repacking, and gear

Sleepless in Seattle: Excitement Abounds

Day 1 Mt. Vernon/LaConnor, WA to Anacortes, WA: Surprise, we have started!

Day 2 Anacortes, WA to Rockport, WA: A lovely beginning to our great bicycle adventure

Day 3 Rockport, WA to Colonial Creek Campground: N. Cascades National Park

Day 4 Colonial Creek Campground to Twisp, WA: Perfect day to climb the passes

Day 5 Twisp, WA: Rest day--Happy Birthday to Rusty

Day 6 Twisp, WA to Tonasket, WA: Another beautiful day

Day 7 Tonasket, WA to Republic, WA: Another day, another pass

Day 8. Republic, WA To Colville, WA: Beautiful Sherman Pass

Day 9 Colville, WA to Skookum Campground (near Usk, WA): A long day

Day 10 Skookum Campground (near Usk, WA) to Clark Fork, ID: We are in Idaho!!!

Day 11 Clark Fork, ID to Libby, MT: Dedicated to Eileen Bennett, RN

Day 12 Libby, MT to Eureka, MT: Another big mile day

Day 13 Eureka, MT to Whitefish, MT: How many times did the rain jacket go on and off!

Day 14 Whitefish, MT Rest Day: Happy 39th anniversary to us!

Day 15 Whitefish, MT to Avalanche Campground Glacier National Park: Return to Glacier

Day 16 Avalanche Campground Glacier National Park to Chewing Blackbones Campground: Crossing Logan Pass

Day 17 Chewing Blackbones Campground to Waterton Lakes Village, Canada: Headwinds

Day 18 Waterton Park Campground, Canada to Cardston, Canada, Cardston Lee Creek Campground: Tailwinds Aplenty

Day 19 Cardston, Canada Lee Creek Campground to St. Mary's, MT: Another weenie day

Day 20 St. Mary's, MT. to Choteau, MT: The karma is still good

Day 21 Choteau, MT. Rest Day: Resting the legs

Day 22 Choteau, MT to Great Falls, MT: It is a SMALL world

Day 23 Great Falls, MT: Warmshowers and Golden, CO

Day 24 Headed back to Great Falls: En route by car

Day 25 Great Falls, MT to Lewistown, MT: Did we just ride 112 miles?

Day 26 Lewistown, MT to Winnett, MT: Ah, yes, an easier day

Day 27 Winnett, MT to Jordan, MT: There are big rollers out here

Day 28 Jordan, MT to Circle, MT: More rollers and ready to return to the ACA Northern Tier

Day 29 Circle, MT to Glendive, MT: Headwinds

Day 30 Glendive, MT: Rest Day, (Winds out of the East, 20-25 mph, gusting to 30--glad we are inside!)

Day 31 Glendive, MT to Medora, ND: Into a new state, our fourth, North Dakota

Day 32 Medora, ND to Richardton, ND: Headwinds

Day 33 Richardton, ND to Bismarck, ND, Gen. Sibley Park: Foggy start, sunny finish, tailwinds

Day 34 Bismarck, ND to Napoleon, ND: Tailwinds!

Day 35 Napoleon, ND to Gackle, ND: North Dakota is not flat, brown or dry!

Day 36 Gackle, ND to Enderlin, ND: Another gorgeous day

Day 37 Enderlin, ND to Fargo, ND: A WomanTours Connection

Day 38 Fargo, ND: Rest Day

Day 39 Fargo, ND to Pelican Rapids, MN: 5th State, Minnesota AND we are now over 2000 miles

Day 40 Pelican Rapids, MN to Alexandria, MN: 50 miles on the Central Lakes trail (paved). Awesome!

Day 41 Alexandria, MN to Royalton, MN: Lake Wobegon Rail Trail: paved and tailwinds!

Day 42 Royalton, MN to Dalbo, MN: Adventure Cyclists Bunkhouse: An Icon

Day 43 Dalbo, MN to Amery, WI: Our sixth state! Wisconsin!

Day 44 Amery, Wisconsin: Rest day

Day 45 Amery WI. to Edgewater, WI: A bit of soft rain

Day 46 Edgewater, WI to Gordon, WI, Northern Lure Campground: Another great day

Day 47 Gordon Lake, WI to Boulder Junction, WI: Mosquitoes begone!

Day 48 Boulder Junction, WI to Iron River, MI: Michigan, our 7th state

Day 49 Iron River, MI to Escanaba, MI: Big miles, downhill, tailwinds!

Day 50 Escanaba, MI to Blaney Park, MI: Too much of Route 2

Day 51 Blaney Park, MI to Mackinaw City, MI: Side trip to Mackinac Island

Day 52 Mackinaw City: Rest Day

Day 53 Mackinaw City, MI to East Jordan, MI: Ben almost got skunked!

Day 54 East Jordan, MI to Traverse City, MI: The Fruit is IN!

Day 55 Traverse City, MI to Luther, MI: Passed 3000 miles today!

Day 56 Luther, MI to Clare, MI: Just cruising along

Day 57 Clare, MI to Frankenmuth, MI: A very flat day and 45 wonderful rail trail miles

Day 58 Frankenmuth, MI to Marysville, MI: Last day in Michigan!

Day 59 Marysville, MI: Rest Day

Day 60 Marysville, MI to Morpeth, Ontario: First day in Ontario

Day 61 Morpeth, Ontario to Port Burwell, Ontario: Those awesome Canadians!

Day 62 Port Burwell, Ontario to Selkirk, Ontario: A grand reunion

Day 63 Selkirk, Ontario to Lewiston, NY: Back in the USA, our 8th State

Day 64 Lewiston, NY to Lakeside Beach State Park, NY: Revisiting a campground

Day 65 Lakeside Beach State Park, NY to Macedon, NY: A grand Mallorca reunion

Day 66 Macedon, NY: Rest Day and a surprise visitor

Day 67 Macedon, NY to Weedsport, NY: Meeting an 87 yr. old cycle tourist!

Day 68 Weedsport, NY to Syracuse, NY: Another great reunion

Day 69 Syracuse, NY to Boonville, NY: Barb K comes out to ride

Day 70 Boonville, NY to Blue Mountain Lake, NY: Back in the mountains

Day 71 Blue Mountain Lake, NY to Paradox Lake, NY: WOW, we passed 4,000 miles today!

Day 72 Paradox Lake, NY to Middlebury, VT: A new state, our 9th state

Day 73 Middlebury, VT: Rest Day

Day 74 Middlebury, VT to East Thetford, VT: Some steep, long climbs

Day 75 East Thetford, VT to N. Woodstock, NH: New Hampshire, Our 10th State!

Day 76 North Woodstock, NH to Bridgton, ME: We are in Maine, our 11th state!!

Day 77 Bridgton, ME to Brunswick, ME: More steep hills

Day 78 Brunswick, ME to Camden, ME: We have seen the Atlantic!!

Day 79 Camden, ME to Ellsworth, ME: Rain

Day 80 Ellsworth, ME to Bar Harbor, ME: We made it!!

Day 81 Acadia National Park, Cadillac Mt. ME: Spectacular Day

Day 82 Portsmouth, NH to Poughkeepsie, NY: Surprise: we are now on the Atlantic Coast Route

Day 83 Poughkeepsie, NY to Walpack Center, NJ: Our 12th State

Day 84 Walpack Center, NJ to Milford, PA: Our 13th State AND we saw a bear!

Day 85 Milford, PA to Phoenixville, PA: A last minute warm showers host takes us in!

Day 86 Phoenixville, PA to Marietta, PA: Where are the convenience stores?

Day 87 Marietta, PA to Monkton, MD: FINISHED! Our 14th state, Ben's final post

Day 88. Random Thoughts: Some more information

We are finished our adventure!: Anne's Final Post

Hospice Fundraising Update: ALMOST to our goal

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