ORAM Newsletter Week 9 07/20/2020 to 07/25/2020

Hello All,

Summary

Our Ride Across America is planned for the ‘Northern Tier’ from Anacortes, WA to Montauk, Long Island.  We’ll be mostly following the Adventure Cycling organization Northern Tier maps.  Week eight will continue our deviation from the Adventure Cycling Northern Tier map and will be our last week of cycling! This week we travel from Cooperstown, NY to our destination at Mantauk lighthouse on Long Island.

News & Events

  • Attached is a detailed look at the day-to-day ride schedule and town stops.
  • Looking at around the first of the year (2020) to begin the RV search in earnest again.
  • Drive-along folks that want to join to drive the route with us are welcome. If you go to the “Pickups” link you will be able to enter in a comment. Leave your comment with who, what and when you’ll be joining or whatever the event may be and we’ll be able to enter it in the calendar.
  • If you want just join us for a day and stop by and say hi, let us know in the Pickups page as well. That way we’ll know who to expect and when.
  • We will also be creating a new Facebook and Instagram site and be adding pictures and thing to that as well. Ed said he’d be in charge of that since he’s the social media guru in our group!
  • Feel free to include anyone else I forgot …and let me know.
  • This is the last week of the ride…

  • Week nine will start off in Covington, PA 376 miles to Montauk, NY.  Some ~3374 miles from Anacortes, WA
  • Day 1: 20-Jul – Covington, PA to Wyalusing, PA – via US-6 E, 53.3 miles ~-502ft of elevation loss
  • Day 2: 21-Jul – Wyalusing, PA to Wilsonville, PA – via US-6 E, 75.7 miles ~502ft of elevation gain
  • Day 3: 22-Jul – Wilsonville, PA to Newburgh, NY – via US-6 E, 77.6 miles ~-669ft of elevation loss
  • Day 4: 23-Jul – Newburgh, NY to Katonah, NY – via Dutchess Rail Trail, 49.1 miles; ~-302ft of elevation loss
  • Day 5: 24-Jul – Katonah, NY to Port Jefferson, NY – via Bridgeport, CT taking the ferry into Port Jefferson, 52.4 miles, ~-216ft of elevation loss
  • Day 6: 25-Jul – Port Jefferson, NY to Montauk, NY- via NY-27 E/New York State Bicycle Rte 27, 67.5 miles, ~17ft of elevation gain
  • ORAM2020 is complete!! We made it to Montauk, NY. Join us for the tire-dipping ceremony upon our arrival.
ORAM Newsletter Week 8 07/13/2020 to 07/19/2020

Hello All,

Summary

Our Ride Across America is planned for the ‘Northern Tier’ from Anacortes, WA to Montauk, Long Island.  We’ll be mostly following the Adventure Cycling organization Northern Tier maps.  Week eight will continue our deviation from the Adventure Cycling Northern Tier map and will be our last week of cycling! This week we travel from Cooperstown, NY to our destination at Mantauk lighthouse on Long Island.

News & Events

  • Attached is a detailed look at the day-to-day ride schedule and town stops.
  • Looking at around the first of the year (2020) to begin the RV search in earnest again.
  • Drive-along folks that want to join to drive the route with us are welcome. If you go to the “Pickups” link you will be able to enter in a comment. Leave your comment with who, what and when you’ll be joining or whatever the event may be and we’ll be able to enter it in the calendar.
  • If you want just join us for a day and stop by and say hi, let us know in the Pickups page as well. That way we’ll know who to expect and when.
  • We will also be creating a new Facebook and Instagram site and be adding pictures and thing to that as well. Ed said he’d be in charge of that since he’s the social media guru in our group!
  • Feel free to include anyone else I forgot …and let me know.
  • The planning continues…

We deviate from Adventure Cycling Maps at Erie, PA and blaze our own trail from here.

  • Week eight will start off in Bowling Green, OH 414 miles to Covington, PA.  Some ~3011 miles from Anacortes, WA
  • Day 1: 13-Jul – Bowling Green, OH to Huron, OH – via Shade Rd, 65.7 miles ~-108ft of elevation loss
  • Day 2: 14-Jul – Huron, OH to Euclid, OH – via US-6 E, 61.8 miles ~36ft of elevation gain
  • Day 3: 15-Jul – Euclid, OH to Conneaut, OH – via OH-84 E, 63.8 miles ~23ft of elevation gain
  • Day 4: 16-Jul – Conneaut, OH to Youngsville, PA – via US-6 E, 82.6 miles, ~557ft of elevation gain
  • Day 5: 17-Jul – Youngsville, PA to Coudersport, PA – via PA-59 and US-6 E, 77.7 miles, ~456ft of elevation gain
  • Day 6: 18-Jul – Coudersport, PA to Covington, PA- via US-6 E, 58.4 miles, ~-443ft of elevation loss
  • Day 7: 19-Jul – Rest day in Covington, PA
ORAM Newsletter Week 7 07-06-2020 to 07-12-2020

Hello All,

Summary

Our Ride Across America is planned for the ‘Northern Tier’ from Anacortes, WA to Montauk, Long Island.  We’ll be mostly following the Adventure Cycling organization Northern Tier maps.  Week seven will continue our deviation from the Adventure Cycling Northern Tier map. This week we enter into Canada for three days before crossing over to New York via Niagara Falls. Back in 2016 Ed and I did the Cycle America leg from Niagara Falls to Lake Placid, NY. We’ll be on some of that route for the beginning but we’ll veer more south and eventually getting into Cooperstown, NY for our rest day.

News & Events

  • Attached is a detailed look at the day-to-day ride schedule and town stops.
  • Looking at around the first of the year (2020) to begin the RV search in earnest again.
  • Drive-along folks that want to join to drive the route with us are welcome. If you go to the “Pickups” link you will be able to enter in a comment. Leave your comment with who, what and when you’ll be joining or whatever the event may be and we’ll be able to enter it in the calendar.
  • If you want just join us for a day and stop by and say hi, let us know in the Pickups page as well. That way we’ll know who to expect and when.
  • We will also be creating a new Facebook and Instagram site and be adding pictures and thing to that as well. Ed said he’d be in charge of that since he’s the social media guru in our group!
  • Feel free to include anyone else I forgot …and let me know.
  • The planning continues…
  • Week seven will start off in Henry, IL, 342 miles to Bowling Green, OH.  ~2602 miles from Anacortes, WA
  • Day 1: 6-Jul – Henry, IL to Odell, IL, via E 2600 N Rd, 51.5 miles ~226ft of elevation gain
  • Day 2: 7-Jul – Odell, IL to Iroquois, IL – via E 2400 N Rd, 61.5 miles ~-62ft of elevation loss
  • Day 3: 8-Jul – Iroquois, IL to Fletcher, IN – via W Co Rd 900 N, 75.9 miles ~142ft of elevation gain
  • Day 4: 9-Jul – Fletcher, IN to Salamonie Lake, IN – via W 200 N, 48.1 miles ~-13ft of elevation loss
  • Day 5: 10-Jul – Salamonie Lake, IN to Pauldine, OH – via Yoder Rd, 74.2 miles, ~-73ft of elevation loss
  • Day 6: 11-Jul – Pauldine, OH to Bowling Green, OH – via Co Rd J, 60.4 miles 0ft of elevation gain
  • Day 7: 12-Jul Rest day in Bowling Green, OH
ORAM Newsletter Week 6 06/29/2020 to 07/05/2020

Hello All,

Summary

Our Ride Across America is planned for the ‘Northern Tier’ from Anacortes, WA to Montauk, Long Island.  We’ll be mostly following the Adventure Cycling organization Northern Tier maps.  Week six will deviate from the Adventure Cycling Northern Tier map. Instead of going south around Chicago and south of Lake Michigan, we’ll be going straight across Wisconsin, ferry over to Michigan and into Canada.  This week’s route will start in La Crosse, WI and end eastern Michigan. The terrain in this area is deceiving. We’ve ridden in this area quite a bit and you might think it’s flat but don’t be deceived. It can be hilly but a different hilly than California. Nonetheless, the long country roads are less populated, great condition and pretty polite drivers when you do see them. Looking forward to this week since there’s lots of relatives in this neck of the woods and others joining us this particular week

News & Events

  • Attached is a detailed look at the day-to-day ride schedule and town stops.
  • Looking at around the first of the year (2020) to begin the RV search in earnest again.
  • We’ve got the ORAM web site up and working some initial functionality! The address is www.oram2020.com. You’ve obviously found it if you’re reading this newsletter. Bookmark it and we’ll be posting all the newsletters on the web site from here-on-out.
  • Drive-along folks that want to join to drive the route with us are welcome. If you go to the “Pickups” link you will be able to enter in a comment. Leave your comment with who, what and when you’ll be joining or whatever the event may be and we’ll be able to enter it in the calendar.
  • If you want just join us for a day and stop by and say hi, let us know in the Pickups page as well. That way we’ll know who to expect and when.
  • We will also be creating a new Facebook and Instagram site and be adding pictures and thing to that as well. Ed said he’d be in charge of that since he’s the social media guru in our group!
  • Feel free to include anyone else I forgot …and let me know.
  • The planning continues…
  • Week six will start off in La Crosse, WI 277 miles to Henry, IL.  ~2262 miles from Anacortes, WA
  • Day 1: 29-Jun – La Crosse, WI to Marquette, IA – via WI-35 S 62.2 miles ~82ft of elevation gain
  • Day 2: 30-Jun – Marquette, IA to Dyersville, IA- via Great River Rd and US-52 S. 43.2 miles; ~-324ft of elevation gain
  • Day 3: 1-Jul – Dyersville, IA to Massillion, IA – via IA-136 S, 92 miles ~95ft of elevation gain
  • Day 4: 2-Jul – Massillion, IA to Muscatine, IA – via Vermont Ave, 39.8 miles ~-148ft of elevation loss
  • Day 5: 3-Jul – Muscatine, IA to Cambridge, IL – via IA-22 E, 64.4 miles 236ft of elevation gain
  • Day 6: 4-Jul – Cambridge, IL to Henry, IL –via County Rd 00 N, 56.2 miles -312ft of elevation loss
  • Day 7: 5-Jul Rest day in Henry, IL
ORAM Newsletter Week 5 06/22/2020 to 06/28/2020

Hello All,

Summary

Our Ride Across America is planned for the ‘Northern Tier’ from Anacortes, WA to Montauk, Long Island.  We’ll be mostly following the Adventure Cycling organization Northern Tier maps.  Week five will be mostly thru Minnesota and ending just across the river from La Crosse, WI.  Should be a ‘consistent’ week of an average of around 65 miles/day. We’ll be heading mostly southeast skirting Minneapolis/St. Paul and heading towards the Wisconsin border and riding along the Mississippi river for several miles. Climbing seems minimal thru this territory but since I’ve ridden a lot in Wisconsin, basically nothings flat. No hills like we have on the west coast but climbs none-the-less. Should be riding along a lot of lakes and rivers this week.

News & Events

  • Attached is a detailed look at the day-to-day ride schedule and town stops.
  • Ed has temporarily tabled pulling the trigger on a new rig, looking at around the first of the year to begin the search in earnest again.
  • We’ve picked a start date of May 25, 2020!! Pretty exciting. Down to about seven months to go, the time will go fast and there’s still a lot prep to do.
  • We’ve got the ORAM web site up and working some initial functionality! The address is www.oram2020.com. You’ve obviously found it if you’re reading this newsletter. Bookmark it and we’ll be posting all the newsletters on the web site from here-on-out. It’s a work in progress and we’re updating it all the time, so come back often. Hope you guys like it and let us know what you think, especially if there could be any improvements. Some of the initial features include:
    • Home page with real current info.
    • Newsletters section
    • Pickups and Drop offs section (this will be a calendar that we’ll fill to let everyone and ourselves know who, where and when folks will be joining in.
    • A blog section for us to be able to write about stuff while we’re on the road.
    • There’s an About Us, Contact Us, an FAQ section and a Gallery for us to post photos on.
    • Finally, there’s a place for everyone to post comments and interact with us while we’re on the road or now while preparations are going on.
  • Drive-along folks that want to join to drive the route with us are welcome. If you go to the “Pickups” link you will be able to enter in a comment. Leave your comment with who, what and when you’ll be joining or whatever the event may be and we’ll be able to enter it in the calendar.
  • We will also be creating a new Facebook and Instagram site and be adding pictures and thing to that as well. Ed said he’d be in charge of that since he’s the social media guru in our group!
  • Feel free to include anyone else I forgot …and let me know.
  • The planning continues…


  • Week five will start off in Sauk Centre, MN 264 miles to La Cross, WI.  ~1986 miles from Anacortes, WA
  • Day 1: 22-Jun – Sauk Centre, MN to Milaca, MN – via Lake Wobegon Trail and MN-23 E, 72.7 miles ~-180ft of elevation loss
  • Day 2: 23-Jun – Milaca, MN to Sunrise, MN- via County Rd 6 NW and Sunrise Rd, 51.8 miles ~-256ft of elevation loss
  • Day 3: 24-Jun – Sunrise, MN to Somerset, WI – via MN-95 E/St Croix Trail and WI-35 S, 37.9 miles ~36ft of elevation gain
  • Day 4: 25-Jun – Somerset, WI to Red Wing, MN – via WI-35 S, 46.6 miles -177ft of elevation loss
  • Day 5: 26-Jun – Red Wing, MN to Minneiska, MN – via US-61 S, 47.6 miles -1ft of elevation loss
  • Day 6: 27-Jun – Minneiska, MN to La Crosse, WI – via Great River State Park Trail, 50.9 miles -23ft of elevation loss
  • Day 7: 28-Jun Rest day in La Crosse, WI

ORAM Newsletter Week 4 06/15/2020 to 06/20/2020

Hello All,

Summary

Our Ride Across America is planned for the ‘Northern Tier’ from Anacortes, WA to Montauk, Long Island.  We’ll be mostly following the Adventure Cycling organization Northern Tier maps.  The planned time-frame schedule would be approximately 9 weeks.  Week four will be mostly thru North Dakota and ending just over the border in Minnesota.  Overall it should be a light week barring bad weather and winds.  Mostly flat to downhill for the week and we’ll cover ~400 miles.

News & Events

  • Attached is a detailed look at the day-to-day ride schedule and town stops.
  • Ed has temporarily tabled pulling the trigger on a new rig, more to come on that.
  • Still need to determine a start date.  Looking at 1-Jun 2020 and finishing around the week of 27-Jul 2020
  • The ride is welcome to anyone who wants to join for all or part of the ride.  However, there are logistic issues and planning that need to happen prior to jumping in.  So, if you want to plan to join in, when we get our route defined then you can start your planning.
  • As you may or may not have noticed we have several new subscribers to our newsletter, this is awesome!
  • Drive-along folks that want to join to drive the route with us are welcome, we’ll keep you posted.
  • I will be creating a new web site for the ride and we’ll be actively posting updates on that site, we’ll let you know when that is available.
  • We will also be creating a new Facebook and Instagram site and be adding pictures and thing to that as well.
  • Feel free to include anyone else I forgot …and let me know.
  • The planning continues…

***Update***

The updated route diverts once we arrive in Fargo, ND where we will head south, following the Trails Alternate route toward Bowlus, MN.


  • Week four will start off in Dickinson, ND 434 miles to Sauk Centre, MN. 1708 miles from Anacortes, WA – 06/15/20 – 06/21/20
  • Day 1: 15-Jun – Dickinson, ND to Bismarck, ND – via Old Hwy 10 and 139 102 miles ~-700ft of elevation loss
  • Day 2: 16-Jun – Bismarck, ND to Napoleon, ND- via US-34 67 miles ~250ft of elevation gain
  • Day 3: 17-Jun – Napoleon, ND to Litchville, ND – US-34, 30 and 46 83.5 miles ~-500ft of elevation loss
  • Day 4: 18-Jun – Litchville, ND to Fargo, ND – via US-46 81.7 miles -600ft of elevation loss
  • Day 5: 19-Jun – Fargo, ND to Fergus Falls, MN – via CR52 63.2 miles 275ft of elevation gain
  • Day 6: 20-Jun – Fergus Falls, MN to Sauk Centre, MN – via I-94 65.6 miles 75ft of elevation gain
  • Day 7: 21-Jun – Rest day in Sauk Centre, MN
ORAM Newsletter Week 3 06/08/2020 to 06/13/2020

Hello All,

Summary

Our Ride Across America is planned for the ‘Northern Tier’ from Anacortes, WA to Montauk, Long Island.  We’ll be mostly following the Adventure Cycling organization Northern Tier maps.  The planned time-frame schedule would be approximately 9 weeks.  Week three will start off mostly as a negative elevation gain for the first three days, which means we’ll be going downhill overall.  The weeks’ mileage is up there week 3 but our climbing should be minimal.  We have a 101, 89, 70 and an 80 with two short days of 49 and 38 miles respectively.  Whereas there’s minimal climbing and should mostly be flat, there’s always the risk of winds on plains.  Hopefully it’s minimal and hopefully the weather holds off from rains and cold temps.  Honestly, this looks like a somewhat boring area to go thru for the week but who knows, it could be the best.  One thing’s for sure, all of us have probably never been on any of these roads before.  Should be awesome as usual.

News & Events

  • Attached is a detailed look at the day-to-day ride schedule, mileage and town stops.
  • Ed has narrowed down the rig he wants.  We went shopping about a month ago and saw many nice rigs.  We began focusing on toy-haulers and migrated to just regular 5th wheels.  So, there are a few he’s narrowed down to.  I’ll keep you posted..
  • Still need to determine a start date.  Looking at 1-Jun 2020 and finishing around the week of 27-Jul 2020
  • We’re inquired about getting Sam and Tamela Teeters to drive the rig from town to town.  We think having a pilot and co-pilot would be very beneficial.  We understand the totality of the decision to take this much time and no pressure, but we’d love to have you guys along for the adventure!
  • Ed has a couple of his relatives (sister, nieces, brother(s) brother-in-law) that would like to join us as we come across and help, ride or just hangout with us.  This would be awesome and more the merrier.
  • The ride is welcome to anyone who wants to join for all or part of the ride.  However, there are logistic issues and planning that need to happen prior to jumping in.  So, if you want to plan to join in, when we get our route defined then you can start your planning.
  • Drive-along folks that want to join to drive the route with us are welcome, we’ll keep you posted.
  • Feel free to include anyone else I forgot …and let me know emails.


  • Week three will start off in Havre, MT 428 miles to Dickinson, ND. 1251 miles from Anacortes, WA 06/09/20 – 06/15/20
  • Day 1: 08-Jun – Havre, MT to Malta, MT – via US-2 89.2 miles ~-250ft of elevation loss
  • Day 2: 09-Jun – Malta, MT to Glasgow, MT – via US-2 70.8 miles ~-200ft of elevation loss
  • Day 3: 10-Jun – Glasgow, MT to Wolf Point, MT – US-2 49.0 miles ~-100ft of elevation loss
  • Day 4: 11 – Jun – Wolf Point, MT to Glendive, MT – via MT-13 S and MT-200S 101 miles 2700ft of elevation gain
  • Day 5: 12-Jun – Glendive, MT to Wibaux, MT – via I-94 38.6 miles 1600ft of elevation gain
  • Day 6: 13-Jun – Wibaux, MT to Dickinson, ND – via I-94 80.6 miles 2000ft of elevation gain
  • Day 7: 14-Jun – Rest day in Dickinson, ND
ORAM Newsletter Week 2 06/01/2020 to 06/06/2020

Hello All,

Summary

Our Ride Across America is planned for the ‘Northern Tier’ from Anacortes, WA to Montauk, Long Island.  We’ll be mostly following the Adventure Cycling organization Northern Tier maps.  The planned time-frame schedule would be approximately 9 weeks.  Week two will be especially great.  We’re looking at some climbing in the earlier part of the week (2500ft, 4600ft, 5200ft) then it’s blasting downhill from St. Mary, MT to Havre, MT over the last three days of the week.  Cruising thru some cool towns and staying in Whitefish mid-week.  This might be a good week for all the slackers to join us.  …Just kidding.  The route, week two will take us up thru Glacier National Park and over the Going-to-the-Sun Rd.  Should be awesome.
News & Events

  • Attached is a detailed look at the day-to-day ride schedule and town stops.
  • We went 5th wheel shopping last Saturday!  Made several stops, figured out that maybe a 5th wheel with a toy-hauler garage may not fit needs after the ride, so re-focused on looking at 5th wheels that will suit the ORAM just fine but also be a great place for Ed to live in after.
  • Still need to determine a start date.  Looking at 1-Jun 2020 and finishing around the week of 27-Jul 2020
  • The ride is welcome to anyone who wants to join for all or part of the ride.  However, there are logistic issues and planning that need to happen prior to jumping in.  So, if you want to plan to join in, when we get our route defined then you can start your planning.
  • Drive-along folks that want to join to drive the route with us are welcome, we’ll keep you posted.
  • Feel free to include anyone else I forgot …and let me know.
  • Week two will start off in Sandpoint, ID 419 miles to Havre, MT – 06/01/20 – 06/06/20
  • Day 1: 01-Jun Sandpoint, ID to Libby, MT – via SR 56 and US 2 97.9 miles ~2500ft of elevation gain
  • Day 2: 02-Jun Libby, MT Rexford, MT to Whitefish, MT – via SR 37 and US 93 60.2 miles ~2900ft of elevation gain
  • Day 3: 03-Jun Whitefish, MT to St. Mary, MT Essex, MT – via US-2. 52.3 miles ~2100ft of elevation gain
  • Day 4: 04-Jun St. Mary, MT Essex, MT to Cut Bank, MT – via US 2 76.3 miles 2300ft of elevation gain
  • Day 5: 05-Jun Cut Bank, MT to Joplin, MT – via US 2 76.3 miles -500ft of elevation loss
  • Day 6: 06-Jun – Joplin, MT to Havre, MT – via US 2 51.1 miles -800ft of elevation loss
  • Day 7: 07-Jun – Rest day in Havre, MT
ORAM Newsletter Week 1 05/25/2020 to 05/30/2020

Hello All,

Summary

Happy 4th of July 2019!  Our Ride Across America is planned for late May to early August 2020.  I’ve chosen the ‘Northern Tier’ route from Anacortes, WA to Montauk, Long Island (specifically the lighthouse at the point).  The route itself is defined quite well by the Adventure Cycling organization Northern Tier maps.  The planned time-frame schedule would be approximately 9 weeks.  The various metrics for the ride are 3200 miles, 51000ft of elevation gain, average of 59 miles/day, 6 days/week,1 rest day/week.
News & Events

  • This is the second newsletter and week one route email for our Our Ride Across America (ORAM) 2020!  Attached is a fairly detailed description of the route for the first week to include mileage, elevation gain and start/stop towns.  There’s a huge amount of other detail in the maps I have but I didn’t want to clutter this sheet up with that data.
  • Ed is currently searching for a 5th wheel.  He’s narrowed his search to the features/size he wants.
  • Need to determine a start date.  Looking at 1-Jun 2020 and finishing around the week of 27-Jul 2020
  • The ride is welcome to anyone who wants to join for all or part of the ride.  However, there are logistic issues and planning that need to happen prior to jumping in.  So, if you want to plan to join in, when we get our route defined then you can start your planning.
  • Drive-along folks that want to join to drive the route with us are welcome, we’ll keep you posted.
  • Feel free to include anyone else I forgot …and let me know.

Week one will start off in Anacortes, WA. 408.2 miles to Sandpoint, ID – 05/25/20 – 05/31/20

  • Day 1: 25-May – Anacortes, WA to Newhalem, WA – via Cascade Trail and WA-20 76.1 miles ~1100ft of elevation gain
  • Day 2: 26-May – Newhalem, WA to Winthrop, WA – via WA-20 72.7 miles ~7200ft of elevation gain (over two mountain passes, Rainy Pass and !!! Washington Pass)
  • Day 3: 27-May – Winthrop, WA to Tonasket, WA – via Omak Riverside Eastside 76.0 miles ~2900ft of elevation gain
  • Day 4: 28-May – Tonasket, WA to Republic, WA – via WA-20 40.2 miles ~3600ft of elevation gain
  • Day 5: 29-May – Republic, WA to Colville, WA – via WA-20 52.5 miles ~3800ft of elevation gain
  • Day 6: 30-May – Colville, WA to Sandpoint, ID – via WA-20 90.7 miles ~4600ft of elevation gain
  • Day 7: -31-May – Rest day in Sandpoint, ID
Kick-off edition of the ORAM Newsletter 06/14/2019

Hello All,
This is the official kick-off email for our Our Ride Across America 2020!  This email chain/group will serve as a communication mechanism leading up to and possibly during the event next year.  I’m not sure of the exact cadence of emails but maybe Bi-monthly for now 1st and the 15th of the month.  The intent is an open-forum for anyone to contribute, share news, event information, and general commentary.  I was also thinking a once a month conference call would be a good thing to do as well.  Any other suggestions are welcome.  To really kick things off for this first email newsletter I’ll give an overall summary of the ride and news & current events.
Summary

Our Ride Across America is planned for late May to early August 2020.  I think I’ve talk to all of you at some point about my idea/desire to do this ride.  I’ve chosen the ‘Northern Tier’ route from Anacortes, WA to Montauk, Long Island (specifically the lighthouse at the point).  The route itself is defined quite well by the Adventure Cycling organization Northern Tier maps.  They show many different bicycle-friendly routes and detailed information on bicycle-specific services like camping, laundry, bike shops and online access to current information on hazards and word-of-mouth current events.  A rough overview of the route goes thru Washington, Idaho, Montana and a brief stint up to Canada, Glacier Park, and the rest we still need to define for ourselves.  The planned time-frame schedule would be approximately 9 weeks.  The various metrics for the ride are 3200 miles, 51000ft of elevation gain, average of 59 miles/day, 6 days/week,1 rest day/week.

  • News & Events
  • I have official maps I’ve ordered from Adventure Cycling org and am going thru them.  I can share my member login to their site so you can see a little bit of the maps themselves.  The official copies I have, have all the services and other valuable info that’s not available online that I could see.
  • Ed is currently searching for a 5th wheel trailer.
  • I’ve mapped-out the first week of the ride in pretty good detail which basically shows each days destination, camping options, route and mileage info.  I’ll send these out when I’ve formalized them.
  • The ride is welcome to anyone who wants to join for all or part of the ride.  However, there are logistic issues and planning that need to happen prior to jumping in.  So, if you want to plan to join in, when we get our route defined then you can start your planning.
  • Drive-along folks that want to join to drive the route with us are welcome, we’ll keep you posted.

That’s it for now.  Feel free to include anyone else I forgot …and let me know.