Monday, May 28, 2012

MAY, 28 2012

Home sweet Home in NJ as of 5/27/12....the last week or so has gone very fast..although the weather has been terrible since I left Richmond, I tried to do as many miles as possible so I could arrive in Philly ASAP... The rain took its toll on my bike and even though me and all my stuff got completely soaked, it was nice to be in a cool environment and not sweating to death.  Thankfully my maps were waterproof, as for a lot of my other stuff, not so much.    I arrived into Philly on Thursday, pouring rain of course, had a chance to meet a few friends and spend the night in the city.  Woke up early and rode from Philadelphia to my sister's house in Devon, PA.  Hung out for a few days with her and the family and arrived home in Princeton NJ on Sunday the 27th.

Being as though my original return date was June 1st, and because I arrived back so early I've been getting a lot of questions on how that happened and if I planned on that ect... Well basically, being as though I had zero experience cycling, let alone planning cross country cycling tours I had originally estimated doing about 40 to 50 miles a day, that divided into about 1800 miles and we came up with about a 6 week time schedule.  As the ride progressed and I became more and more comfortable with riding long distances, 40 - 50 miles a day slowly turned into 60,70, 80- and even 100 miles every day.  So a little bit of ignorance on my part allowed me to arrive a little early, but hey I made it.

There are a ton of people I would like to thank, way too many to name them all, but first off thanks to my family and friends for supporting me throughout this adventure, the emails, FB posts, texts ect.. all helped make the ride easier and enjoyable.  Thanks so much to EDEN for all their support and Especially Andy, Melinda, Aileen and everybody in the Fundraising department that helped organize this event.

Much thanks to all of those who donated to the ride, your contributions are very much appreciated.  You can still donate of course at

I'll continue to blog, I have many more people to thank... just wanted to give a quick thanks to everyone and let everyone know I arrived home safely.  I have a lot of things going on this week and lots to organize but I will keep everyone updated on upcoming ride events.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

April 23 2012 Spoke to a girl named Marisa in Georgetown DC, turns out she does some really amazing work trying to keep our buildings/schools "green". She told me a lot about the work she is involved with and gave me some information so I could learn more, there is a ton of good stuff on these websites, I encourage everybody to check them out and get involved as much as possible. US Green Building Council Centerforgreenschools@usgbc
April 23 2012 Exactly one month since I left, sitting at a Hostel on 11th and K st in Washington DC. I have a two day ride to Philadelphia, then will probably stay there for a few days before heading to NJ. I came from Frederiksburg VA, about 60 miles south of DC, very rainy, very hilly..not much fun, looks like things are clearing up though. At this point I'm really taking my time, not due back until June 6th so will probably spend Memorial Day weekend with friends in Philadelphia.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

May 20 2012 I'm currently About 15 miles south of Richmond at my cousins house, got into Richmond yesterday around 1200n then headed south to their house. The ride from Jamestown was really nice, lots of plantations, open fields, farms and a pretty decent length of bike path for me to follow all the way into the city of Richmond. Cool little city, it's been a while since I have seen buildings taller than a few stories so it felt like NY to me, lots of cafes, festivals and farmers markets. Last night the entire family and I went out to dinner to celebrate a 70th birthday party, today I'm taking the day off, going to Robbie's baseball game later, just going to relax. I think I'm less than a week away from Philly, it should take me about two days to get to Washington and then another two to get to Philly, if all goes to it this point I'm ahead of schedule but it looks like there may be some bad weather coming in, could slow things down a bit.

Friday, May 18, 2012

So I have a few days to update everyone on, I've been slacking with my blog, sorry. Som I was able to survive a night of camping in a pretty wild wind and rain storm, more noisy than anything,m I left a not at the managers desk, letting the, know that I had camped and why I was riding up the coast. Still have not heard from them, so maybe they just let me have a free night, Thanks! I rode over 70 miles from the Swansboro area to the tip of Cedar Island where I would have to wait until the morning the catch a ferry across the Pamlico Sound. I stayed at the Driftwood Inn right next to the ferry, stepped in but was able to get up for the 10 am departure. I spent the ferry ride talking with three cyclist who worked for Outward Bound in NC, they have cyc.ed the OBX in the past and gave me some tips on what to look out for and good places to stop. After the first ferry, I landed on Ocracoke Island, nice little beach/surfing community, I only had to ride about 15 miles to catch the second shorter ferry over to Hatteras Island, whic isn't a long distance except I was continuing to have rear wheel issues. I pretty much had to stop every mile or so to add more air so I wasn't riding on my rim, very frustrating. Once I got to Hatteras I had about another 20 miles until I reached my campground in Buxton. Next morning I was up early headed out on rt 12, only rode on the island, towards nags head, about 65 miles. I was able to patch my last tire tube the night before so I was hoping it would hold up until I got to the next bike shop which was in nags head. Well, I was a definitely wrong, turned out to be a night are dAy, after two flats, several attempts to fix the tube and reinflate, a huge lighting/thunder storm, and a five mile walk dragging my bike next to me, I finally made it to a bike shop. He fixed me up in no time, new tube on the back and purchased another one just in case. Found a cheap motel and called it a night. I'm not sure if my legs just felt really good or because I had a new wheel on my bike, but the next morning I decided to do a long day, turned out to be my longest day of riding so far. I rode from Nags Head NC to Suffolk Va, which is over 100 miles. Bike and tire were doing great and my legs felt good enough to keep going. I'm looking to be somewhere in between Williamsburg and Richmond by the end of today. Also special thanks to Bendas landscaping for the their donation!!!! They are some really great people over there!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

May 13 2012 Had a great time in Wilmington NC saw a few friends and went to an outdoor concert on the water, very cool place. Headed about 50 miles to North Top Sail Island Nc and stayed at the Surf City Family Camp ground, not the best night sleep,had a group of fisherman playing cards right next to me, kept me up all night. Woke up early this morning, headed out towards the OBX, became a little complicated because there is a huge Marine base in my way which I was told I needed military ID to get across, so after a few route changes I ended up in Cedar key at a campground. Being as though I didn't call ahead for reservations, combined with it being Sunday and Mothers day, there was nobody in the office to check in. So this officially my first sneak in camping exerience, so far so good, plan on going to the office in the morning. Next few days should be pretty cool, starting my loop around the OBX, lots of long roads with nothing but beaChe's, Ferry's and a huge famous lighthouse, looking forward to it. Frank - still haven't seen Mike but I'm looking for him, Thanks for the coffee!

Friday, May 11, 2012

May 11 2012 Yesterday it Took me about 65 miles to get from Myrtle Beach to Southport NC, really nice ride, especially once I got into NC. Today I woke up early and headed out to the southport peer, only 6 miles from the motel, I took the 745am ferry across the bay and headed out north on rt 421. About 2 miles in, my chain snapped right off, and because I didn't have the proper equipment to fix it, I was stuck or so I thought.... As soon as I walked my bike over to a telephone pole to lean it on, I looked up and saw another cyclist coming down the road. Shep, was his name and he was doing his daily loop around the island, thankfully he stopped to see if I was ok and long story short, he phoned his wife to come pick me up and take me to the nearest bike shop. Turns out the local bike shop we stopped at first only worked on beach cruiser bikes, so Shep's lovely wife took me back to their home to see what to do next, after a nice tall glass of water and tour of their beautiful home, Shep and I hopped in the car and headed to a more experienced bike shop closer to Wilmington. If that wasn't enough, Shep ended up paying for my repairs along with purchasing the tool I would need if the same issue happened again. He said that it was his way of donating to the EDEN cause, which I couldn't have been more greatfull for, although I feel like Shep and His wife are the kind of people that would go out of there way for anybody, regardless if it was for charity. Just amazing people, can't thank them enough.