TRIP 2008

Update #19 - August 24th
Williamsburg, Virginia
8111 miles (12,978 KM)

This is the fourteenth update from the road. It has been over three weeks since I've been able to post an update. I'm not sure when the next time will be but I will take any opportunity that I can get on the web to try and update this website as often as I can.

It's been a busy three weeks with cycling. The miles have gone by fast and so have the states. Since my last update, I've finished my ride through Michigan, cycled across Ohio, cycled across the Nw Corner of Pennsylvania, cycled across Maryland, visited Washington, D.C. and almost rode down Virginia within 70 miles of the North Carolina State Line (1105 miles (1768 KM)). I've been pushing myself again. It's a habit. I've told myself that I would limit the day mileage to around 50 miles per day but most of the days have been between 60 and 90 miles per day. I did slow down some when I was on several bike paths (more about them later) According to the schedules that I had made in February, I am between 29 and 35 days ahead of schedule.

From Bay City, Michigan, I had tentative stops in Davison, New Hudson, and Monroe, Michigan; Fremont, Bellevue, Hinkley, and Canton, Ohio; Wheeling, West Virginia, and Connellsville, Pennsyvania. Between Connellsville, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., Instead, I had stops in Perry, Arian, Michigan; Wauseon, Tiffin, Burbank, and Alliance, Ohio. I found myself too far north in Ohio so I didn't make it to Wheeling, West Virginia.

The last 400 miles from the Ohio-Pennsylvania state lines to Washington, D.C. were mostly off-road. I got on the
Montour Bike Trail between Coraopolis and McKeesport, Pennsylvania. At Mckeesport, I got on the Great Allegheny Passage (G.A.P.) that took me to Cumberland, Maryland. At Cumberland, I got on the National Park Service Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath that took me to Georgetown, Maryland (Washington, D.C.).

You can check out the links yourself instead of my telling what the trip was like. I really enjoyed riding south on the G.A.P. trail. The surface for the most part was crushed limestone. One of the highlights on the trail was the old Big Savage Train Tunnel. It had cost over $12 million to rehab it and it's 3,294 feet long. When you cross the Eastern Continental Divide (2392 feet above sea level) a few miles north of the Pennsylvania-Maryland state line, you have almost a 24 mile coast down to Cumberland, Maryland loosing a little over 1,800 feet in elevation.

I wasn't sure that I would be able to ride along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath. The surface was mostly packed dirt instead of nice crushed limestone and in some places there were a lot of mud and stones. I made it down the canal without not much problem.

I got into the Washington, D.C. around noon on August 19th. The trip of 4,023 miles from Seattle, Washington took me 62 days of cycling. I only spent a couple of hours in Washington, D.C. I wanted just to check out the WWII Memorial. It was pretty impressive.

From Washington, D.C., I headed down to Bowling Green, Virginia where I spent a couple of days off with some friends. I'm spending the night with some new friends in Williamsburg. After Williamsburg, I'll be heading southeast to the Virginia Beach area and then heading to the North Carolina Outer Banks. I'll be riding to Columbia, South Carolina and then possibly Atlanta, Georgia before heading back to Americus. I estimate that I am at least 1,000 miles away from Americus. I'm hoping to find some way that I could post another update the end of this month or around the middle of next month.



Bicyclist in Sunset



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