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When Life Opens a Door, Ride Through It!


Across the Northern US and Canada from Maine to Oregon

4,019 miles (6,468 km) over 67 days from June 2, 2011 to August 7, 2011

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Road bikes, 1-3 months, First tour, USA Coast to Coast, USA East to West
Locale: North America
Year: 2011

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

Copyright © 2011-2014 By Keith Reed - (contact)

Status: Completed Aug 2011
Last update: Thursday August 18, 2011 15:30 (US/Pacific) (edited Mon 5 Mar 2012 07:59 (US/Pacific))
78,550 hits since April 24, 2011 (hitcounts updated nightly)
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Table of Contents

Introduction

The Route

Inspiration and Thanks

Journal Housekeeping

Bikes

Gear

Winter Training Rides

Update: 25 Days. YIKES!

2 Weeks Out!

Last Minute Details

Official Packing List

Packed and Ready: Thoughts as we leave

Pre Trip Road Trip

Day 1: And we are off! Acadia National Park

Day 2: Acadia National Park to Searsport ME: Heading West

Day 3: Searsport ME to Damariscotta ME: Setting a high campground standard.

Day 4: Damariscotta ME to Lewiston ME: Finding our Rhythm

Day 5: Lewiston ME to Conway NH: Saying goodbye to Maine and easing into the White Mountains

Day 6: Conway NH to Warren NH: Reality Check and Shaving Weight

Day 7:Warren NH to Chelsea VT: Chelsea. Our First Love

Day 8:Chelsea VT to Branbury State Park VT: Up Up Up Down. Up Up Up Down. Up Up UP Down.

Day 9:Branbury State Park VT to Westport NY: Rose to the Rescue. Drying out in Westport

Day 10:Westport NY to Lake Placid NY: Trends

Day 11:Lake Placid NY to Cranberry Lake NY: Bicycle maintenance, the good and the bad. And oh yeah, it rained!

Day 12:Cranberry Lake NY to Deferiet NY: Where's Gena?

Day 13:Deferiet NY to Kingston ON: We've died and gone to Heaven

Day 14: Kingston ON: Rest Day

Day 15:Kinston ON to Consecon ON: Riding Along Lake Ontario

Day 16:Consecon ON to Springville ON: A fun end to a long day, Eh?

Day 17:Springville ON to Beaverton ON: A Great Start to a Great Day

Day 18:Beaverton ON to Meaford ON: A Day of Firsts

Day 19:Meaford ON to Mar ON: Out on the Bruce Peninsula

Day 20:Mar ON to South Baymouth ON: A Two Hour Cruise

Day 21:South Baymouth ON to Whitefish Falls ON: Across Manitoulin Island

Day 22:Whitefish Falls ON to Blind River ON: Turning the Corner and Heading West

Day 23:Blind River ON to Sault Ste. Marie ON: Saying Goodbye to Lake Huron

Day 24:Sault Ste. Marie ON to Strongs MI: Back in the USA

Day 25:Strongs MI to Shingleton MI: Our First Bear Sighting

Day 26:Shingleton MI to Marquette MI: On the Big Lake They Call Gitche Gumee

Day 27:Rest Day in Marquette MI: Riding in a Car Makes Me Woozy

Day 28:Marquette MI to Perch River Picnic Area MI (near Covington): I Think I'm Beginning to Understand How Willie Nelson Feels

Day 29:Perch River MI to Wakefield MI: Happy Birthday to My Beautiful Wife Teri !!!

Day 30:Wakefield MI to Ashland WI: Welcome to Wisconsin

Day 31: Ashland WI to Minong WI: Continuing the Family Legacy

Day 32: Minong WI to Rock Creek MN: Into the Land of the Ungoverned

Day 33: Rock Creek MN to Royalton MN: Transitioning from Forests to Farms

Day 34:Royalton MN to Glenwood MN: Asphalt Trail Ecstasy

Day 35:Glenwood MN to Madison MN: Over the 2000 Mile Hump

Day 36:Madison MN to Brookings SD: This Should Be About Halfway!

Day 37:Brookings SD to Huron SD: Breaking in a New WarmShowers Host

Day 38:Huron SD to Mac's Corner SD: The Sad Truth About Lucy

Day 39:Mac's Corner SD to Pierre SD: Water and Touring Cyclists Everywhere!

Day 40:Pierre SD to Philip SD: Tailwinds

Day 41:Philip SD to Wall SD: Badlands National Park

Day 42 Wall SD to Rapid City SD: Hi DAD!

Day 43: Rapid City SD: Rest Day

Day 44:Rapid City SD to Spearfish SD: Racing Vettes Down Spearfish Canyon

Day 45:Spearfish SD to Devil's Tower National Monument WY: Into Wyoming We Ride

Day 46:Devil's Tower WY to Gillette WY: Got Those Interstate Blues and I Found What I Was Looking For!

Day 47:Gillette WY to Buffalo WY: Will Reroute For Water

Day 48:Buffalo WY to Ten Sleep WY: Up and Over the Bighorns

Day 49:Ten Sleep WY to Bison WY: Hanging with the Tour de Wyoming

Day 50:Bison WY to Cody WY: Bicyclists are Cool People

Day 51:Cody WY to Bridge Bay Campground, Yellowstone National Park: A Very Long Day

Day 52:Bridge Bay Campground, Yellowstone to Madison Campground, Yellowstone: A Day in Yellowstone

Day 53:Madison Campground, Yellowstone National Park to Ennis MT: WHEEEEE!!!

Day 54:Ennis MT to Dillon MT: Payback Day

Day 55:Dillon MT to Wisdom MT: Wide Open Spaces

Day 56:Wisdom MT to Hamilton MT: Wake Me. I Must Be Dreaming.

Day 57:Hamilton MT to Missoula MT: Adventure Cycling Association

Day 58:Missoula MT to Wilderness Gateway CG, Clearwater National Forest ID: More Internal Combustion Diversions

Day 59:Wilderness Gateway CG ID to Orofino ID: Roll Over America

Day 60:Orofino ID to Hell's Gate State Park, Lewiston ID: Almost a Rest Day

Day 61:Lewiston ID to Dayton WA: Welcome to Washington

Day 62:Dayton WA to Hermiston OR: Oregon! Can You Believe It?

Day 63:Hermiston OR to Roosevelt WA: Back to Washington For The Day

Day 64:Roosevelt WA to Hood River OR: Tomorrow Is a Big Day

Day 65:Hood River OR to Portland OR: Portland!

Day 66:Portland OR to Cannon Beach OR: WE ARE HERE!

Post Bike Trip - Bike Trip: You Just Can't Make This Stuff Up!

HOME!

Final Wrap Up


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