The Route

The trek starts on June 19 in Astoria, Oregon and ends 50 days later — on August 8 — in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  The route covers 3,667 miles (5,901 km) and an average day’s ride is about 75 miles.  We’ll have five rest days along the way.

I’m taking the northern route which runs through ten states and one Canadian province. In order, they are: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, (ferry across Lake Michigan), Michigan, Ontario, New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire.



The tour is organized by a company called America by Bicycle ( They know the route (they’ve done it many times) and supply services like a SAG wagon and a mechanic.  They’ll also ferry my luggage from point to point so I don’t have to worry about saddle bags.  We’ll stay in hotels since I think I’m a little too old to be camping out every night.

I expect that 25 to 30 people will join the ride, so this won’t be a lonely tour.  Suellen will join me at several points.  The best day, of course, will be when she joins me on August 8th in Portsmouth.  We’ll spend the night of the 8th in Portsmouth and fly to New York City on the 9th to see Elliot and spend several days resting and celebrating.

7 Responses to The Route

  1. Elena says:

    This might be a silly question but, how mountainous is the ride? Which stretches will be the worst or most difficult in terms of steepness?

    • Travis says:

      We have to cross the Continental Divide which means some serious climbing — probably to about 9,000 feet (2,750 meters) or so. I’m hoping that my experience in the Colorado mountains has prepared me well. It’s so much more fun coming down!

  2. Erik Sandberg says:

    Hi Travis,

    Great to see that your a keeping busy and why I am not suprised that you have created a story around this. One a brilliant marketing guy always a brilliant marketing guy…

    Looks like a big challenge this bike ride. Almost feel like I would like to join… but I will have to save this for later and stick to my running. How is your knee these days then? Are you 100 % fit again?


  3. Sarah Singleton says:

    Hi Travis,
    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts. What a great cause and admirable undertaking , I’m duly impressed! I’ll be sure to have the Wyomingites give you a warm welcome as you pass through my home state. Good luck on Teton Pass! The view from the top is worth the steep climb.
    Take care,

  4. Carrie Nolan says:

    I’d like to work on some PR for Casper. I’ll talk to our PR folks on Tuesday. That should be plenty of time. Do you have other thoughts? You sound great and that you are enjoying your ride – stay well. Carrie

  5. Erin Oetjen says:

    Travis, so I just heard about your fantastic efforts to raise money for MS. I just got off the phone with Dave Blavat, from Fond du Lac, WI. I would have met you, however things have been busy on my end. I also have MS. I was diagnosed May 23, 2001. I am still fighting! I just wanted to thank you & encourage you for the wonderful fighting that you are doing. Thank you!

  6. Dave Brown says:

    What a cool thing to do Travis. Sorry I’m just catching up with after your ride, but I just found out about it. I hope it was great. I know this note is a “blast from the past” as we haven’t seen each other in over 40 years. Please e-mail me. I’d love to get together sometime.

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