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A Storytelling Tour by Bike


Our Coast to Coast Family Odyssey

4,292 miles (6,907 km) over 85 days from May 25, 2009 to August 17, 2009

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, With kids, 1-3 months, Northern Tier, USA Coast to Coast, USA West to East, West to East
Locales: North America, United States, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine
Year: 2009

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/adventure2009

Copyright © 2008-2014 By Layne Gneiting - (contact)

Status: Completed Sep 2009Featured Journal #355
Last update: Tuesday September 8, 2009 08:54 (US/Pacific) (edited Tue 6 Oct 2009 22:36 (US/Pacific))
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Perhaps it's the looming "end" of this trip, but cemeteries seem to jump out.


Table of Contents

Introduction: Once Upon a Time . . .

Our (favorite) Sponsor: This company believes in Adventure

      Route Map (overview): Ozette, WA to Lubec, ME

Planning and Prepping: The plot thickens

      Conundrum #1: Our first dragon.
      Wanderlust: How opposites attract
      Musings: Safari, knees, and learning to enjoy
      Gladiator: Learning the art of Doggie Defense
      Riding Partner: Fantasy becomes reality
      Route Change & Scheduling: West or East?
      A summer of firsts
      The best laid plans of mice and men: Final (?) route alteration
      Hope: Why we do what we do
      Personal Legend
      There's Magic Around the Bend: This tour gets christened
      Supplies: Do I need to rob a bank???
      Training: P90X and lots of miles
      Attack: Biting back
      B.O.B.'s maiden voyage: rethinking the route again
      Consternation: Why do so many fall short?
      Stories: What it's all about
      Another Route Change: This one's carved in stone
      Learning to Climb: Revisiting the Apache Trail
      Into the News: Serendipity
      Our Summer Home: How to buy an RV
      There is Beauty All Around
      Featured in Bike Bits: April 15 edition
      Sumo and Beggars
      Shivers of fear and joy: It'll be okay
      Faith
      Storm before the calm (I hope)
      The Wire: We're Down to It
      Inaugural Performance: A community send off

The Journey: Week One

      And so it begins . . .: Mesa AZ to Neah Bay WA
      Take the better road: Neah Bay WA to Port Angeles WA
      Cracking Heads: Port Angeles WA to Port Townsend WA (via the Discovery Trail)
      Grand Hopes: Port Townsend WA to Concrete WA
      Into the Cascades: Concrete WA to Colonial Creek Campground WA
      Climbing up, up, up . . .: Colonial Creek WA to Winthrop WA
      Sagebrush: Winthrop WA to Omak WA

Week Two

      Into the Headwind: Omak WA to Republic WA
      Creatures of Wonder: Republic WA to Colville WA
      Mailboxes, Signs, and Shadows: Colville WA to Panhandle Campground WA
      Teeth Rattle and Roll: Panhandle Campground WA to Newport WA
      Miracles Await: Priest River ID to Clark Fork ID
      Into Montana: Clark Fork ID to Libby MT

Week Three

      Storytelling Success at last: Libby MT to Eureka MT
      Land of the Lost: Eureka MT to Columbia Falls MT
      Avalanche: Glacier MT (then to Babb MT)
      Canada & friends, eh: Babb MT to Cardston, AB CANADA
      Lonely roads: Cardston AB CANADA to Cut Bank MT USA

Week Four

      Family Reunion: Cut Bank MT to Chester MT
      Great Plains: Chester MT to Havre MT
      Mosquitoland: Havre MT to Malta MT
      Deeper into Mosquitoland: Malta MT to Glasgow MT
      Across the Fort Peck Reservation: Glasgow MT to Oswego MT (then driving to Culbertson)
      Into North Dakota: Culbertson MT to Williston ND

Week Five

      Inspired: Williston ND to Minot ND
      Bummed: Minot ND
      Detour Ahead: Minot ND to Rugby ND
      Ticked: Rugby ND to Minnewaukan ND (and Devils Lake)
      Riding the Wind: Devils Lake ND to Grand Forks ND

Week Six

      Another Century!: Grand Forks ND to Bagley MN
      Paul Bunyan Land: Bagley MN to Deer River MN
      Plotting (Han Solo's Revenge): Deer River MN to Grand Rapids MN
      Miracles: Grand Rapids MN to Duluth MN
      Down the Munger Trail: Duluth MN to Hinckley MN
      Independence Day: Hinckley, MN to Danbury, WI

Week Seven

      A day early and a dollar short: Danbury, WI to Park Falls, WI
      Performance!: Park Falls, WI to Minocqua, WI
      Hello Michigan: Minocqua, WI to Iron River, MI
      Nothing there: Iron River, MI to Escanaba, MI
      Parting ways: Escanaba, MI to Mackinaw City, MI

Week Eight

      Day all to herself: Mackinaw City, MI to East Jordan, MI
      Cranking out the Miles: East Jordan, MI to Interlochen, MI
      Blowout: Interlochen, MI to Luther, MI
      Forward Ho! (by going back): Luther, MI to Croton, MI
      Back on Track (with new Schwalbes): Galesburg, MI to Clarksville, MI
      Light (?) at the end: Sitting in Kalamazoo, MI

Week Nine

      Amish Surprise: Galesburg, MI to Albion, IN
      Seduced: Albion, IN to Monroeville, IN
      Dr. Seuss in Ohio: Monroeville, IN to Bowling Green, OH
      Rain and Plain Places: Bowling Green, OH to Kirtland, OH
      Invitation to Dinner: Mentor, OH to Erie, PA
      Performance: Silver Creek, NY

Week Ten

      Photo Journalists on a Crash Course in Cycling: Barcelona, NY to Buffalo, NY
      Wonders of the World: Niagara Falls, NY
      Boys and I tackle the Erie Canal: Niagara, NY to Spencerport, NY
      Legacy: Brockport, NY to Palmyra, NY
      Cranky: Palmyra NY to Fulton NY
      Toward the Adirondacks: Fulton NY to Osceola NY

Week Eleven

      Trying out the B.O.B.: Osceola NY to Raquette Lake NY
      Final Day Together: Raquette Lake NY to Ticonderoga NY
      Alone, kinda: Ticonderoga NY to Middlebury VT
      Camp Downer is Quite an Upper: Middlebury VT to Sharon VT
      An Odds Fellow: Sharon VT to Bradford NH

Week Twelve

      Weekend Retreat: Bradford, NH to West Ossippee NH
      Rain, Rain Go Away: West Ossipee NH to Auburn, ME
      Finals Week: North Auburn ME to Damariscotta ME
      Into the West: Damariscotta ME to Camden ME
      The Way Materializes: Camden ME to Ellsworth ME
      Blueberry Festival: Ellsworth ME to Machias ME

Finals

      Dipping the tires: Machias ME to Lubec ME
      Exultation: Lubec ME and Quoddy Head State Park
      Final Performance: Quoddy Head ME to Trescott ME
      Portals of Exit: Trescott ME to Mesa AZ

Postscript

      Preparation: Gear and Education
      Preparation: Character
      The Magic Amulet: Life Lesson #1
      Return: Reflections and sighs
      My Heroes: A tribute to all involved
      Here, at the end of all things


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