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San Jose, CA, to Portland, ME


Coed Co-Motion Cross Country

3,179 miles (5,116 km) over 88 days from May 27, 2008 to August 22, 2008

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Equipment lists, Tandem, 3-6 months, Northern Tier, TransAmerica Trail, USA Coast to Coast, Western Express, USA West to East, West to East
Locales: North America, United States, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Canada, Ontario
Year: 2008

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

Copyright © 2008-2014 By Mary Paquet and Bob Eltgroth - (contact)

Status: Completed Feb 2011
Last update: Tuesday February 1, 2011 19:36 (US/Pacific) (edited Tue 8 Mar 2011 19:23 (US/Pacific))
82,319 hits since May 20, 2008 (hitcounts updated nightly)
185 pics

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Yes, we do ride singles.


Table of Contents

Introduction: Tandem Team

      Bob and Mary: In the beginning....
      Equipment: Two for the road
      Personal Items: Forget the large wardrobes
      Fuel: Food to keep us going
      Route: Do you know the way from San Jose to Portland, Maine, on a bike?
            Routes off Adventure Cycling Maps: Gotta ago where we wanna go
Day 1 on the Road - San Jose to Livermore: Off to my cousin Pete's
Day 2 - Livermore to Ripon: Over the hills into the San Joaquin Valley
Day 3 - Ripon to Jackson: From the valley to the Sierra foothills
Day 4 - Jackson to Jackson: Rest Day
Day 5: Jackson to Pioneer: It's All Uphill from Here
Day 6: Pioneer to Ham's Station: Where Is That SAG Wagon?
Day 7: Kirkwood: A Day of Rest
Day 8 - Kirkwood, CA to Genoa, NV: Made it over Carson Pass
Day 9: Genoa to Carson City: Touring Nevada's Capitol and the Railroad Museum
Day 10: Carson City to Fallon, NV: Section 1 of the Western Express Complete
Day 11: Fallon to Dayton: Time for Plan B
Day 12: Dayton to Carson City: Plan B in Operation - Heading East Again
Day 13: Fallon to Middlegate: Into the Wildness
Day 14: Fallon to Middlegate to Austin: Van and bike bridge to Bob Scott - miles for bike only
Day 15: Austin to Eureka to Ely: Van and bike bridge - more mining towns, history, and Nevada scenery
Day 16: Layover in Ely: Van and bike bridge -- local riding today and railway museum
Day 17: Ely to Baker: Parks, Caves, and Good Friends - Van and Bike Bridge - local bike miles only
Day 18: Baker, NV, to Panguitch, UT: To the Mountains and Canyonlands - Van and bike bridge
Day 19: Panguitch to Bryce Canyon: The land of Hoodoos - Van and bike bridge
Day 20: Bryce Canyon to Torrey: Canyonlands and high desert - Van and bike bridge - local bike miles only
Day 21: Torrey to Monticello, UT: Capitol Reef, Lake Powell, the desert, and more - Van and bike bridge
Day 22: Monticello, UT, to Telluride, CO: Magnificent mountains, onward and upward - Van and bike bridge
Day 23: Telluride to Gunnison, CO: Hundreds of cyclists Ride the Rockies (or tour) - Van and bike bridge (local bike miles)
Day 24: Gunnison to Pueblo: Over Monarch Pass and along historic byways
Day 25: Pueblo, CO: Discovering the beauty and friendly people of Pueblo - Local miles
Day 26: Layover in Pueblo: Turned in the van -- driving the tandem (local miles today)
Day 27: Pueblo to Ordway: Headed for the prairie
Day 28: Ordway to Haswell: Heat and amazing storms on the prairie
Day 29: Haswell to Eads, CO: A plan to replace the lost Goretex jacket
Day 30: Eads to Tribune: Made it to Kansas!
Day 31: Tribune to Scott City, KS: Lots of heat , wind, and friendly people
Day 32: Layover in Scott City, KS: Checking out routing options
Day 33: Scott City to Oakley: Rain and wind as we head north towards Nebraska
Day 34: Oakley to Selden: Beautiful country and smalltown hospitality
Day 35: Selden to Norton, KS: Beautiful rolling hills and more trees
Day 36: Norton, KS, to Alma, NE: Made it to Nebraska!
Day 37: Alma, NE, to Minden, NE: More interesting scenery and a busier highway
Day 38: Minden to Grand Island, NE: Riding Routes 10 and 30 to Grand Island for July 4th holiday
Day 39: Grand Island, Nebraska: Layover for the Fourth of July
Day 40: Grand Island to Columbus, Nebraska: Moving north towards Iowa
Day 41: Columbus to Fremont, NE: Really flat with threatening skies
Day 42: Fremont, NE, to Woodbine, Iowa: Lovely hills and a very friendly town
Day 43: Woodbine to Carroll, Iowa: Treated like royalty
            Article that appeared in the Denison Bulletin and Review, Iowa
Day 44: Carroll, Iowa, Layover Day: Finding some of Bob's family tree
Day 45: Carroll to Fort Dodge, Iowa: A rousing good storm and lovely paved county roads
Day 46: Fort Dodge to Iowa Falls: Beautiful country roads with 30 to 40 knot winds
Day 47: Iowa Falls to Waverly, Iowa: Bob returns to Wartburg College, his alma mater
Day 48: Waverly, Iowa, Layover Day: Visiting Bob's alma mater (local miles only)
Day 49: Waverly to Strawberry Point, Iowa: Picturesque farms and Aunt B's Inn
Day 50: Strawberry Point to Dubuque, Iowa: Through beautiful hill country to the Mighty Mississippi River
Day 51: Dubuque, Iowa, to Thomson, Illinois: Riding the "Old River Road" along the Mississippi and entering the Land of Lincoln
Day 52: Thomson to Rock Falls, IL: A pretty ride, big river, and meeting some of Bob's friends in Rock Falls
Day 53: Rock Falls, IL,: Layover Day
Day 54: Rock Falls to Mendota, IL: Rainy day and a great local cafe as we head southeast
Day 55: Mendota to Morris, Ilinois: An easy ride on mostly quiet country roads
Day 56: Morris to Bradley, IL: Dodging weather bullets
Day 57: Bradley, IL, to Remington, IN: Goodbye to Bob's home state and Hello Hoosiers
Day 58: Remington to Wabash, IN: Moving right along to a town that specializes in metals
Day 59: Wabash to Fort Wayne, IN: A short ride
Day 60: Fort Wayne, IN, to Defiance, OH: Entering State # 10 using Adventure Cycling's Northern Tier route
Day 61: Defiance to Bowling Green, Ohio: Pretty river byways
Day 62: Bowling Green to Huron, Ohio: River roads and the North Coast Inland Trail takes us to the Great Lakes
Day 63: Huron, Ohio, Layover Day: Bicycle maintenance and relaxation
Day 64: Huron to Cleveland, Ohio: Bad bridge detour, spectacular views of Cleveland, and urban experiences
Day 65: Cleveland, Ohio, Layover Day: Playing tourist
Day 66: Cleveland to Geneva State Park, Ohio: Lost on Ohio byways and camping in the park
Day 67: Geneva-on-the-Lake State Park to Conneaut,Ohio: A lazy day to catch up and see the sights
Day 68: Conneaut, Ohio, to North East, PA: State Number 11 and vine country
Day 69: North East, PA, to Hamburg, NY: State #12 and meeting other tourers
Day 70: Hamburg, NY, to Niagara Falls, Canada: Crossing into Country #2
Day 71: Niagara Falls to Medina, NY: Meeting really nice people on both sides of the border
Day 72: Medina to Pittsford, NY: Canal towns and staying with our cycling friends
Day 73 Pittsford, NY: Rest Day at Rick and Sarah's
Day 74: Pittsford to Sodus Point, NY: Rainy day goodbyes
Day 75: Sodus Point to Pulaski, NY: Good weather day as we leave Lake Ontairo
Day 76: Pulaski to Redfield, NY: Rainy day Sundays and lots of steep climbs
Day 77: Redfield to Boonville, NY: Rainy day Mondays
Day 78: Boonville to Inlet: Deep in the heart of the Adirondack lakes
Day 79: Inlet to Long Lake, NY: Rainy morning and some really nice people
Day 80: Long Lake to Ticonderoga, NY: Beating it through the Adirondacks for a day of rest
Day 81: Ticonderoga, NY Layday: Forts, Laundry, Hairdresser, Library, and friendly meetings with fellow tourists (local miles)
Day 82: Ticonderoga, NY, to East Middlebury, VT: Riding with family into Mary's home state
Day 83: East Middlebury, VT, Layover: More good times with family and connecting with cycling friends
Day 84: East Middlebury to Bethel, VT: Vermont is kicking our butts!
Day 85: Bethel, VT to Orford, NH: My home state is still kicking our butts!!
Day 86: Orford to Plymouth, NH: Beautiful mountains and a short day in our 14th state
Day 87: Plymouth to West Ossipee, NH: Traveling through Lake Country
Day 88: West Ossippee to Portland, ME: State #15 -- We are done!
Postlude: Final movements of the trip


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