Cycling Along The Way...

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Monday, September 19, 2011

10,000 miles by Bicycle...

Over the past few weeks, I have been dancing around in my brain the idea of a 10,000 mile bicycle ride.  With my 50th high school reunion not too far in the future, I thought, why not do a really long bicycle ride that would include stopping in on my 50th high school reunion?  What I need is for the reunion to be in August, so I can go swimming in Lake George!  I miss that so much...

Now that I have found Pub Quest website and can locate the critically important brewpubs/microbreweries as I cycle across the U.S. and parts of Canada, my vision is of trying to get to a brewpub/microbrewery every week where I could hold up for a day or two.  My thinking also includes how to be places where Eileen, my wife, can meet me and bring her fiddle so she can play traditional Irish fiddle music with others who like this music genre in the area where I am situated at that time.  What I can envision is meeting Eileen in Seattle, Chicago, Glens Falls, and Denver/Boulder where there are some musicians that play trad Irish tunes.

Being realistic about this adventure, I suspect I'd be on the road maybe 6-7 months, which would include stopovers and time with Eileen.  Perhaps a bit longer since I want to include several significant Civil War sites where I'd probably want to spend some time.  Maybe.  The start/finish point would be Silver City, NM, and my only rule would be to skip Nevada and Texas.  While I'm sure there are points of interest in those states, my desire to ride my bicycle in them is weak.

My initial look at the U.S. map made me think I could head NW out of New Mexico to northern Arizona, Grand Canyon, Utah, over to Colorado, to Wyoming, South Dakota, into Montana, over to Oregon, to Washington, into Canada, staying in Canada until north of Minnesota, heading into Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, then to Springfield, IL, Bloomington, IN, into Kentucky, Virginia, down the Shenandoah Valley over to Pennsylvania, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, up to Nova Scotia, then back past Montreal over to the Toronto area, then bicycle across New York state to Glens Falls, then south to New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, then back to New Mexico.  Have not worked out details at this point.  Will begin to look at Pubquest.com and start to rough out a route and begin tweaking it over time.  I want to make sure that I am routing out 10,000 miles and see what I come up with.

Well, that's my harebrained scheme for now... More tunes, as they say in trad Irish circles...
SLAINTE!