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R&R's Excellent Adventure (NY to Oregon)


Going to my brother's house

3,519 miles (5,663 km) over 66 days from June 26, 2003 to August 30, 2003

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, 1-3 months, Lewis & Clark Trail, North Lakes, Northern Tier, USA Coast to Coast, East to West, USA East to West
Locales: North America, United States, Canada, New York, Pennsylvania, Ontario, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Oregon
Year: 2003

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/randr2003

Copyright © 2003-2014 By Roberta Dakan - (contact)

Status: Completed Aug 2003
Last update: Monday November 15, 2004 15:18 (US/Pacific)
66,971 hits since June 18, 2003 (hitcounts updated nightly)
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R&R with Columbia River in background (photo by Nigel)


Table of Contents

Bikes and Background

Route, or Decisions, Decisions

Shakedown Cruise: Wet Lackawaxen Weekend

New York and Pennsylvania

      Day 1: Warwick NY to Hawley PA-The hot haul
      Day 2: Hawley PA to New Milford PA-More hills & heat
      Day 3: New Milford PA to Endicott NY-A Little Easier
      Day 4: Endicott NY to Ithaca NY-Mike & Irene's "flats"
      Day 5: Ithaca NY to Lake Cayuga State Park--On the shore of Lake Cayuga
      Day 6: Seneca Falls NY to Rochester NY--From traffic to serenity
      Day 7: Rochester NY to Lockport NY--Erie Canal & environs

Ontario

      Day 8: Lockport NY to Wellandport ON Canada--Another country
      Day 9: Wellandport ON to Brantford ON--Another hot one
      Day 10: Brantford ON to Elora ON--It's a grand valley
      Day 11: Elora ON to Hanover ON--Just the two of us...
      Day 12: Hanover ON to Lion's Head ON--Racing the Rain
      Day 13: Lion's Head ON to Tobermory ON--HWAOF* (headwinds are our friends)
      Day 14: Tobermory ON to Minemoya, Manitoulin Island ON--The Big Boat
      Day 15: Mindemoya ON to Espanola ON--In search of the elusive tailwind
      Day 16: Espanola ON--Rain-enforced rest day
      Day 17: Espanola ON to Blind River ON--Variable is the key word
      Day 18: Blind River ON to Echo Bay ON--A sobering and somber day

Michigan's Upper Peninsula

      Day 19: Echo Bay ON to Brimley MI--Back in the U.S.A.
      Day 20: Brimley MI to Newberry MI--The rain Gods speak and a milestone
      Day 21: Newberry MI to Manistique MI--It was the best of roads, it was the worst of roads...
      Day 22: Manistique MI to Escanaba MI--From Great Lake to puny river
      Day 23: Escanaba MI to Crystal Falls MI--Another milestone

Wisconsin

      Day 24: Crystal Falls MI to Land O' Lakes WI--Bridges? We don't need no stinkin' bridges...
      Day 25: Land O' Lakes WI to Mercer WI--Testing the wine theory once again
      Day 26: Mercer WI to Clam Lake WI--Racing the rain and 7 eastbounders in 5 miles
      Day 27: Clam Lake WI to Edgewater WI--A tailwind day
      Day 28: Edgewater WI to Cumberland WI--From lakes to farms
      Day 29: Cumberland WI to Osceola WI--A hunky dory day

Minnesota

      Day 30: Osceola WI to Princeton MN--Welcome to Minnesota
      Day 31: Princeton MN to Little Falls MN--Crossing the mighty Mississippi
      Day 32: Little Falls MN to Parkers Prairie MN--A welcome from the mayor
      Day 33: Parkers Prairie MN to Pelican Rapids MN--Lakes and farms

North Dakota

      Day 34: Pelican Rapids MN to Fargo ND--Tailwinds are our friends and another milestone
      Day 35: Rest day in Fargo ND
      Day 36: Fargo ND to Page ND--A sprint finish
      Day 37: Page ND to Binford ND--Thar she blows
      Day 38: Binford ND to Devils Lake ND--Another Warwick, another milestone (almost)
      Day 39: Devils Lake ND to Rugby ND--What a difference a wind makes
      Day 40: Rugby ND to Minot ND--Yay, another tailwind day!
      Day 41: Minot ND to New Town ND--Westward ho
      Day 42: New Town ND to Williston ND--Them thar hills

Montana

      Day 43: Williston ND to Culbertson MT--Another time zone, another state, another New Yorker
      Day 44: Culbertson MT to Wolf Point MT--A hot pace on a hot day
      Day 45: Wolf Point MT to Glasgow MT--Dodging drops and hail
      Day 46: Glasgow MT to Malta MT--Sailing along
      Day 47: Malta MT to Chinook MT--As the wind turns
      Day 48: Chinook MT to Big Sandy MT--Another state (of mind)
      Day 49: Big Sandy MT to Ft Benton MT--Sleeping our way to Ft Benton
      Day 50: Ft Benton MT to Great Falls MT--Up and down, up and down
      Day 51: Great Falls MT to Augusta MT--Buttes, critters, and eastbounders
      Day 52: Augusta MT to Lincoln MT--Across the divide (cough, cough)
      Day 53: Lincoln MT to Clearwater Junction MT--Smokin'
      Day 54: Clearwater Junction MT to Missoula MT--Not steak and potatoes

Idaho

      Day 55: Missoula MT to Powell Junction ID--Lolo, another pass, another state, another time zone
      Day 56: Powell ID to Lowell ID--Wilderness and a milestone
      Day 57: Lowell ID to Kamiah ID--Along the Clearwater
      Day 58: Kamiah ID to Winchester ID--A climb and some hills

Washington and Oregon

      Day 59: Winchester ID to Clarkston WA--Payback in spades and a new state
      Day 60: Clarkston WA to Pomeroy WA--Not done climbing
      Day 61: Pomeroy WA to Walla Walla WA--A flat, a cruise, a climb, and Oz
      Day 62: Walla Walla WA to Umatilla OR--The mother of headwinds and the last state
      Day 63: Umatilla OR to Roosevelt WA--Living in the breeze
      Day 64: Roosevelt WA to The Dalles OR--Rock 'N Roll
      Day 65: The Dalles OR to Cascade Locks OR--Traffic-free to freeway
      Day 66: Cascade Locks OR to Portland OR--Bittersweet end of the road

Epilogue 1: Random thoughts

Epilogue 2: Best and Worst Of

Appendix 1: Packing List
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