My Route, More or Less (Red line, but starting in NY)

My Route, More or Less (Red line, but starting in NY)

Make a Difference

I'm pedaling for many reasons, the most important of which is to raise awareness and funds for Pedals For Progress. P4P is a non-profit that collects used bicycles and sewing machines in the US and donates them to poor people overseas. P4P combines my love of bicycling with my growing concern for those deprived of life's most basic necessities - sparked by a visit to the slums of Kibera in June '09 (pictures). P4P improves mobility and economic options for destitute people, opening pathways to greater dignity and opportunity.

Please make a donation, if you can (please write "TSQ2USQ" in the '...honor of' field). Remember, a bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses. :)

My Game Plan

I'm following portions or all of three routes mapped out by the Adventure Cycling Association: the Atlantic, TransAm, & Western Express. I'll cycle through thirteen states: NY, NJ, PA, MD, VA, KY, IL, MO, KS, CO, UT, NV & CA! I'm leaving on 4/17/10, and expect to return to New Jersey by mid June - back to my family, friends, & neighbors. I plan on cycling 5 - 6 hours per day, 6 days/week, usually starting in the early AM. My laptop and phone will allow me to work remotely most days, but I won't pass up opportunities to smell the roses along the way!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Days 40, 41 & 42

Day 42 | July 7, 2011. Salina, UT to Delta, UT - 71 miles.

Day 41 | July 6, 2011. Green River, UT to Salina, UT - 109 miles.

Day 40 | July 5, 2011. Grand Junction, CO to Green River, UT - 97 miles.

Segment 4 has begun. I arrived in Grand Junction on July 4. Catherine drove out from San Francisco and met me at the airport. I'm delight to have her company, especially on the desolate roads of UT and NV.

The cycling's been so much easier than I expected, due entirely to Catherine's support, riding along with me in a Chevy loaded w/ food and cold water. The weather's been dry and, owing to our 2:30 AM daily departures, temperatures in the 60s and 70s. It heats up to the 90s in the afternoon. The distances between services is routinely 50 or more miles - 109 miles between Green River and Salina. I've only had one flat so far, the result of road gravel. My bike, christened "USQ", is holding up well. So am I.
Tomorrow we'll clear UT, with plans to stay in Baker, NV. We may linger there for a day, taking in Great Basin National Park.

I'm looking forward to reaching San Francisco, and see Christina, Elliot, Heather and her charming children, and hopefully Vijay and Pat. 630 miles to go...

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