On May 30, my 18-year-old son Josh and I set out from a beach in Anacortes, Washington, on a cross-country bicycle ride back to our home in Dorchester. After traveling 3,551 miles through 9 states and one Canadian province, we were greeted on July 27 by an enthusiastic group of friends and family at Pleasure Bay in South Boston. We called our journey Riding for Home and used it to raise money – $16,500 to date – for two organizations committed to ending homelessness.
What follows are edited and excerpted entries from my blog during our trip.
Blog # 1: Priest River, Idaho – June 5
At a Cyclist’s Pace
Bicycling takes you through the world at an ideal speed – fast enough to cover ground and to take you from one world to another, and yet slow enough to allow you to appreciate the scenery and to size up places.
This cross-country odyssey has made me appreciate the 12-ish mile/hour pace all the more. Each day has taken us to – and through – completely different places: the Puget Sound to the foot of the North Cascade mountains; snowy mountain passes to apple orchards; cutesy tourist towns to down-on-their luck agriculture small city hubs. We’ve camped in a national park, stayed at a country resort, and shared Roadway Inn & Suites with a large group of migrant farmworkers. The trip has turned flyover country into ride through country.
Ain’t no mountain high enough
Washington State is beautiful but we’re glad and […]