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 (http://www.abbike.com/). 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.