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Cross Country - Portland, OR to Boston, MA


Dream come true - riding my bicycle across the US

3,938 miles (6,337 km) over 76 days from June 23, 2009 to September 6, 2009

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Road bikes, 1-3 months, First tour, USA Coast to Coast, USA West to East
Locales: North America, United States, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Canada, Ontario, New York, Massachusetts
Year: 2009

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/dreamtrip2009

Copyright © 2009-2014 By Ellen Hochman - (contact)

Status: Completed Sep 2009
Last update: Tuesday September 15, 2009 09:35 (US/Pacific) (edited Sun 9 Jan 2011 18:44 (US/Pacific))
45,786 hits since May 31, 2009 (hitcounts updated nightly)
16 pics


Table of Contents

Introduction: Thank Goodness for Unemployment: Where this Crazy Idea Comes From
FAQs: WHO am I riding with on this trip?
FAQs: Who is this guy Bryant with whom I am riding
Traveling to the Pacific Coast: Traditional Chinese Garden and meeting Bryant
Astoria, OR to Ft. Stevens State Park: Initial mileage - short day to the coast
Pacific Ocean - Ft. Stevens to Clatskanie: WildYellow and Red Raspberries and Razor Clams
Clatskanie, OR to Portland, OR: Fresh Strawberries from a St. Helens Roadside Stand
      St. Helens to Portland, OR: Afternoon headwinds and tailwinds to Portland
Portland, OR: Unplanned rest day
Portland, OR: City for bicycles and Gardens
Portland, OR to Home Valley, WA: The Strawberries are Better Here
Home Valley, WA to Roosevelt, WA (almost): White Caps and Wind Surfers on the Columbia River; Goober Peas in WA?; Alfalfa appetizer
Roosevelt, WA to McNary, OR: Camping on the beach of the Columbia River
McNary, OR to Walla Walla, WA: Agriculture in Western Washington - vineyards and onions
Walla Walla, WA to Pomeroy, WA: Sleeping in the Town Park in the Friendliest town we visited thus far
Pomeroy, WA to Lewiston, ID: The "Morning Guys" at Donna's Cafe
Lewiston, ID to Kamiah, ID: Throw me that tow rope for the climb up to Winchester
Kamiah, ID to Wilderness Campground, National Forest campground: Too hot to ride in the afternoon
Wilderness Campground to Powell, ID: Sounds of (almost) Silence
Powell, ID to Missoula, MT: Cold weather at the top of the Pass
Glacier National Park: Road trip by car
Missoula, MT to Ovando, Mt: Encounter with Great Divide trail bikers -
Ovando, MT to Augusta, MT: Climbing the foothills was more difficult than the high pass
Augusta, MT to Great Falls, MT: Home, Home on the Range
Great Falls, MT to Fort Benton, MT: Shelter from the Storm and the Magic Rainbow Road
Ft. Benton, MT to Geraldine, MT: Hospitality instead of Hail
Geraldine, MT to Lewistown, MT: The Song and Dance of the Wind
Lewistown, MT to Winnett, MT: Carnegie Library in Lewistown
Winnett, MT to Jordan, MT: Triple Play: Sprinklers; Galloping Horses; Root Beer Float
Jordan, MT to Circle, MT: Sawtooth Road, a.k.a. Dippity-Do
Brockway, MT - rest day at the Rodeo: Wild Horses Race
Circle, MT to Sidney, MT: Celebrating my birthday
Sidney, MT to Watford City, ND: Raising Buffalo in western North Dakota
Montana Musings: and other things I forgot to write on previous days
Watford City, ND to New Town, ND: Bakken Oil Field
New Town, ND to Garrison, ND: Locating the missile silos
More Random Comments...
Garrison, ND: True Rest Day
Garrison, ND to McClusky, ND: Geographic Center of North Dakota
McClusky, ND to Carrington, ND: Flax Cookies
Carrington, ND to Hope, ND: Ho-hum, just a travel day
Hope, ND to West Fargo, ND: Home-made Pie in Hope and CANDISC reunion
West Fargo, ND to Richwood, MN: Menagerie in Fargo and Sugar Beets in Minnesota
Richwood, MN to Itasca, MN: Roadside Raw Potato and an Abandoned Teddy Bear
Itasca State Park, MN to Bemidji, MN (drive to Black Duck, MN): Maritime Expedition
Black Duck, MD to Grand Rapids, MN (or almost there): Northwest Angle, MN juts north into Canada
Hibbing, MN: Rest Day - visit to the Iron Range
Grand Rapids, MN to Palisade, MN: Ojibwa Tribes Mistreated at Sandy Lake 1850
Palisade, MN to Wahkon, MN: Lake Mille Lacs - reminds Bryant of the Pacific Ocean
Wahkon, Mn to St. Paul, MN: Fast ride to the Twin Cities, and why are there so many places named "St. Anthony..."
Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN: A Few Rest Days in the Twin Cities and visiting with special friends
St. Paul, MN to Afton, MN: Clothes Don't lie
Afton, MN to Wheeler, WI: Parade in Small Town America
Wheeler, WI to Strum, WI: Cemeteries in the Mid-West Honor our Veterans
Strum, WI to Tomah, WI: More Hospitality to Uninvited Guests
Tomah, WI to (north of ) Montello, WI / (east of ) Westfield, WI: Cranberry Bogs, Sand Hill Cranes, and Photo Ops in Wisconsin
Westfield, WI (east of there!) to Fond du Lac, WI: The Braying Donkey who Likes Women
Fond du Lac, WI to Cato, WI (west of Manitowoc): Wind Farming and Cheese Curds in Wisconsin
Manitowoc, WI: Blueberry pancakes, ice cream, and parties
Cato, WI to (south of) Ludington, MI: Ferry Trip Across Lake Michigan; Family of 16 to Run Marathon
Ludington, MI to Big Rapids, MI: Sausage and Eggs for a Dog Bite; Fresh Water Salmon in Michigan Rivers
Chippewa Lake, MI to Midland, MI: Visit to the "Tridge" and Hosted by a Warm Showers Member
Midland, MI to Caro/Mayville, MI: Still Repairing Sign, Mark's Retreat, and The Watch Duck
Caro, MI to Capac, MI: Mark's Broken Derailleur
Capac, MI to Wallaceburg, ON (Canada): Walk In Clinic Visit for Ellen Before Crossing into Canada
Wallaceburg, ON to Eagle, ON: Four Food Groups in One Day, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" Museum; and Raising Emu
Michigan: catch up item - finding potatoes
Eagle, ON to Port Burwell, ON: Another Overcast Day in Ontario
Port Burwell, ON to Peacock Point, ON: Tobacco Farm in Ontario; Farewell to Mark; and Lock Out at Canadian US Steel Plant
Peacock Point, ON to Tonawanda, NY: Gathering of gaggles of geese; Double pontoon backyard barge; Welcome back to the US
Tonawanda, NY: Rest Day
Tonawanda, NY to Middleport, NY: Unplanned Niagara Falls Visit then on to the Erie Canal
Middleport, NY to Pittsford, NY: Flat tire #2; Tenting near the Erie Canal; Farewell to Rudy
Pittsford, NY to Weedsport, NY: Riders in the (pouring) Rain
Weedsport, NY to Rome, NY: Turtles on the Pond and lightly travelled roads; Foreign place names in New York
Rome, NY to Fonda, NY: Hi Fellow Bikers, she called to us
Fonda, NY to Rensselaer, NY: Bryant's Bee Sting and Confusing and Frustrating Road Network in Schenectady
Rensselear, NY to North Adams, MA: Idea for Chasing Dog Distraction Technique; Nellie Gets Noticed
North Adams, MA to Erving, MA: Climb over the Berkshires; Mohawk Park; Bridge of Flowers; Illegal to sleep in a tent
Erving, MA to Littleton, MA: Why the entries are getting longer - this journal is a memoir for us
Littleton, MA to Andover, MA: Agility for Fido and Yet More Ice Cream; Ellen rides the recumbent!
Andover, MA to Gloucester, MA: Reaching the Atlantic Ocean
Our Bikes: Mik and Nellie
Photo links - NY and MA added on Sept 11: OR/WA, MT, ND, MN, WI, MI, ON, NY, MA
Big Brother: A poem that turned into prose


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