Day 31 Strathroy, ON to Simcoe, ON

Posted by cgiblin2 on July 23, 2011 in Day 31

Day 31 Strathroy, ON to Simcoe, ON
Riding time today: 6:37
Riding time total: 175:30
Distance today: 87.24 mi
Distance total: 2,116.62 mi
Average speed: 13.2 mph
Top speed: 30.8 mph
Average cadence: 69 rpm
Max cadence: 134 rpm
Calories burned: 4,313

Despite going to sleep at 11:30, I somehow ended up waking up at 9:15! That never happens. I honestly can’t remember the last time I woke up so late. Oh well, if I hurried, I could still make the 10:00 breakfast cutoff time at burger king.

At burger king, an elderly man came up to my table and asked me about my tour. He was knowledgeable about the area, so I asked his opinion on which eastern route to take. He recommended Hwy 3 as he believed it was: safer, more scenic, and had good spacing between towns. My GPS had me on a route taking frontage roads paralleling the 402. I took the old man’s recommendation, and headed to Hwy 3.

I reached London, ON and found a bike shop. Time for a quick pop in. The name of the shop was: Reynolds Cycle, and it was one of the better shops that I’ve come across in recent days. I spoke with Doug about routes, and while he did confirm what was said by the old man, he also added that it was a trucking route, and sometimes the traffic can get a little on the heavy side. I also needed some air in my tires as they had started feeling squishy. Sure enough, they were around 90 psi, 30 psi less than I normally run them. I bought some energy gu to support the shop and was on my way.

I was having a difficult time finding a good place to head south from off of the 81 to the 3. I was on Dingman Rd. a little past London, when it became a gravel road. For the record, that is something that I absolutely hate! Why can’t there be a sign at the beginning of the road saying when it will become a gravel road? Luckily, there happened to be a narrow southbound road nearby, so instead of backtracking, I took my chances on this mystery road. I road this new road for awhile, until it too turned into a gravel road. However, I was fortunate again to have an east bound road right where the road turned to gravel. That road took me to the 74. From there, I took the 74 all the way south to the 3. Everything turned out ok, but the only part that was a little on the dangerous side was riding on the 74. There is no shoulder whatsoever, and it is packed with traffic. Canadian drivers are for the most part really careful, so I wasn’t too worried.

Around 3:30, I started getting hungry, and coincidentally, there was a Tim Hortons two blocks ahead. If you are unaware, Tim Hortons is like the Canadian version of Krispy Kream donuts. They also have lunch items to go along with their donuts. I walk in, wait 10 minutes for the ditsy cashier to finish helping the people ahead of me. When she finally finishes, I proceed to order. Since this is my first time at a Tim Hortons, I had so e questions, and took a little longer than I normally take to order. When it came time to pay, I used my Visa card and swiped it through the reader. It didn’t work. I tried a few more times, and then asked her to input the numbers manually into her register. She replied saying that she wasn’t trained on how to do that, so she couldn’t. I politely asked to speak with her manager. She informed me that she was the shift manager. Two more blocks down the road was a McDonalds. I went inside, used my card, it worked fine, and got my food with top notch service. So much for trying some genuine Canadian cuisine.

After that, I kept on riding through farm land. The scenery was pretty nice and the road conditions were good too. I came into Simcoe on the late side due to starting late and got what is considered to be a cheap motel in Ontario, $70. I even did some shopping around, and that was the best rate. Oh well, I will be in New York tomorrow where hopefully I can find something cheaper.

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Location:Queensway Dr W,Simcoe,Canada


Day 32 Simcoe, ON to Buffalo, NY

Posted by cgiblin2 on July 27, 2011 in Day 32

Day 32 Simcoe, ON to Buffalo, NY
Riding time today: 7:24
Riding time total: 182:54
Distance today: 88.72 mi
Distance total: 2,205.34 mi
Average speed: 12.0 mph
Top speed: 26.6 mph
Average cadence: 70 rpm
Max cadence: 178 rpm
Calories burned: 4,010

Today started off with something that I haven’t quite experienced since my last morning in Minnesota, a powerful headwind. It was relentless, and I just couldn’t break 10 mph. The roads on the other hand, were decent in terms of traffic, shoulder width, and pavement quality. The landscape was more farmland, albeit more hilly than the past few days, nothing too exciting.

While I had enjoyed my time in Canada so far, it does tend to drain your wallet a little quicker than America. Pretty much everything from motels to Powerade, to Cliffbars, just cost more.

I took North Shore Highway, a scenic route that runs along the shore of Lake Erie. It was my favorite route that I had taken in Canada. If you have a chance to ride it, or some of the interconnected bike trails, you would probably find them very tranquil and relaxing, just as I had.

One thing that I had noticed, but unfortunately didn’t take a picture of, was the amount of American flags in Canada. In the front yards of homes, businesses, and other random places, I would encounter American flags along side Canadian flags. The reason I was intrigued was I simply didn’t see too many Canadian flags in America.

I arrived in Port Columbia, the town right before Fort Erie, and I got stuck at a draw bridge. Originally, I thought it was going to be interesting seeing the bridge in action, but later it became a painstakingly long ordeal. They raised the bridge 15 minutes prematurely for some strange reason and in total I had to wait 30 minutes. There was no other reasonable path to take in order to cross, so I waited it out.

I arrived in Fort Erie and made my way to cross the bridge into America. I reached the end of the bridge and ran into these three:

Seth, his girlfriend, Michelle, and his mom Sharon, were all natives of Buffalo and seemed to be really into riding bikes. We were stopped at the pedestrian/bicyclists customs area and talked about touring, things to see in Buffalo, finishing in Boston vs New York, and other various things. Before I knew it, they had offered for me to stay with them in Buffalo! Awesome! I accepted their offer, went through customs, and away we went.

We road though the residential neighborhoods, which all had bike lanes by the way, and soon arrived at their house. We dropped of the bikes and then went for pizza, New York style. Later, Seth and Michelle gave me a tour of Buffalo. Then, somewhere in the conversation they had mentioned that there was a midnight bike ride in which hundreds of riders gather together, ride their bikes, and drink beer. It sounded right up my alley, however I was exhausted. Later, I was thinking to myself, here I was in Buffalo, on the one night where this bike ride occurs, and I’m turning it down? I changed my mind, and thought that instead of beer, I could drink an energy drink to stay awake, and that’s exactly what I did.

Every Sunday at Midnight, bicycle riders in Buffalo congregate downtown, stock up on riding beer, and then head out to ride around random places downtown and beyond. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from, or what kind of bike you ride, everyone is welcome. It was a nice leisurely speed we road at, and it sort of had to be, given that everyone had only one hand on the handlebars. The other hand held a can of beer.

I can’t disclose everything that happened that night, but let’s just say it was one of the most exciting 12.5 mile rides that I’ve ever had! I will never forget that night, ever.

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Location:Buffalo, NY


Day 33 Buffalo, NY to Clarence, NY

Posted by cgiblin2 on July 27, 2011 in Day 33

Day 33 Buffalo, NY to Clarence, NY
Riding time today: 1:18
Riding time total: 184:12
Distance today: 14.83 mi
Distance total: 2,220.17 mi
Average speed: 11.5 mph
Top speed: 18.8 mph
Average cadence: 62 rpm
Max cadence: 166 rpm
Calories burned: 677

Today started off with the storm of storms. I giant lighting storm took over the entire morning, which I was fine with given the fact that I was still recovering from last night.

After we said our goodbyes at the Seth and Michelle household, I was on my way to a bike shop to get my bike looked at. It was making a squeaking noise intermittently. If you are ever in the area, Campus Bikes in Buffalo is a really great bike shop. Brendan, one of the employees there, isolated the issue, and fixed it free of charge. He was a fellow bike tourer, so we hung out for a bit and talked about touring.

Later I was off to Rochester. The only problem was, my mind and my body weren’t agreeing with each other. Around 10 miles into my ride, I started getting really tired, almost to the point in which it seemed like I was going to fall asleep on my bike.

As ridiculous as that sounds, I had to end the day with only 15 miles. I checked into a roadside motel, and within minutes passed out. I guess, my body needed the rest.

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Location:Clarence, NY


Day 34 Clarence, NY to Newark, NY

Posted by cgiblin2 on July 27, 2011 in Day 34

Day 34 Clarence, NY to Newark, NY
Riding time today: 6:00
Riding time total: 190:12
Distance today: 85:45 mi
Distance total: 2,305.62 mi
Average speed: 14.3 mph
Top speed: 29.3 mph
Average cadence: 64 rpm
Max cadence: 122 rpm
Calories burned: 4,526

I got off to a late start this morning, which I’m unsure why. But, I was feeling good and knew I could get in a big day. I’m riding along when a strong headwind picks up and doesn’t stop. Oh great, it’s going to be one of those slow moving days. The headwind lasted for three more hours, then it turned into crosswinds. Then, I had a brief tailwind, and then back to a headwind again. The second headwind didn’t last too long as it became a tailwind again. This second tailwind lasted the rest of the day. Today definitely had the craziest winds so far.

One of the best parts about riding in upstate New York is how towns are spaced out. I will be riding in the countryside for 15 miles, then another town will pop up. Then, another 15 miles, and yet another town. That pattern contented throughout the day.

Because of the late start this morning, when it came to 2:00, I didn’t want to spend too much time for lunch. The quickest way to have lunch is to microwave something at a gas station. Pictured below is a typical lunch for me.

Another nice thing about riding in upstate New York, is riding Hwy 31/Bike Route 5. Yes, this is a dual purpose road, have road and have bike path. As you can see in the pictures below, this is one really nice shoulder. It’s wide, clean from debris, and the pavement quality is excellent. Plus, there were tons of “share the road” signs warning drivers to look out for bicyclists. I saw a handful of other cyclists making good use of that route.

I arrived in Newark around 6:30 and decided to scope out the motel situation. The only one in town was a Quality Inn. I knew it would be on the expensive side, but still I didn’t have any other choices. Also, the next set of motels on the 31 would be another 20 miles. Rooms started at $99! I explained my situation to the clerk, and she was able to bring the price down to $77. It was still a lot more than I wanted to pay, but oh well, that’s just how it is sometimes.

Tomorrow, I’m thinking of ending up somewhere around Utica. I hope to get another dose of those tailwinds!

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Location:W Shore Blvd,Newark,United States


Day 35 Newark, NY to Utica, NY

Posted by cgiblin2 on July 28, 2011 in Day 35

Day 35 Newark, NY to Utica, NY
Riding time today: 8:31
Riding time total: 198:43
Distance today: 109.66 mi
Distance total: 2,415.28 mi
Average speed: 12.9 mph
Top speed: 28.8 mph
Average cadence: 63 rpm
Max cadence: 111 rpm
Calories burned: 5,736

Today I wanted to lick up the pace a little and get a century ride in. It’s not that I rush the rest of this tour, rather I would like to take a rest from cycling everyday. It’s too much of a good thing. Anyway, Utica was a bit of a stretch, especially since getting off to a late start again, but I set that as my goal.

The towns I was riding through were becoming a little more interesting. There were more historical monuments, as well as the towns themselves had a lot of history. I passed through so many towns, that it seemed like half the time I was in a town, and the other half I was in the countryside. This messed with my distance perception. It seemed like I wasn’t covering as many miles as I normally do. I think it has something to do with towns are a little more interesting than cornfields. In cornfields, my mind sort of tunes out and before I know it, I’ve covered 10 miles. In towns, my mind is “tuned in” and 10 miles feels like it takes much longer.

I mostly traveled on the 31 and the 5 today. There were good shoulders on both, however many drivers here don’t like to give you room. Sometimes they drift into my bike lane. I’m not sure what their point is by doing that.

The weather was in the low 80s, perfect riding temperature. The winds were reminiscent of yesterday’s winds. They were all over the place, however the one difference was I didn’t get that long tailwind like I did yesterday.

Once I got to the 85 mile mark, I started passing several very tempting motels. I was ready for a break, but I felt like I had to meet my goal in getting to Utica. In hindsight, I should have stayed at one of those places, because riding through downtown Utica at 9:30pm was a tad on the crazy side. This wasn’t only due to the danger of getting hit by a car on busy streets with no shoulders, but also because of some of the neighborhoods I went through to get to the motel district. There are some sections in Utica that need to be avoided if possible. I wasn’t quite sure what was going to happen in some of these rough neighborhoods, but I had my spray ready, and was also ready to bolt to a main street. I made it to a $50 hotel and crashed soon after. I guess there was some satisfaction in meeting my goal of the day.

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Location:N Genesee St,Utica,United States


Day 36 Utica, NY to Guiderland, NY

Posted by cgiblin2 on July 30, 2011 in Day 36

Day 36 Utica, NY to Guiderland, NY
Riding time today: 7:37
Riding time total: 206:20
Distance today: 80.07 mi
Distance total: 2,495.35 mi
Average speed: 10.5 mph
Top speed: 34.2 mph
Average cadence: 61 rpm
Max cadence: 143 rpm
Calories burned: 4,140

Even though I had only got in 80 miles today, it was one of the most difficult days yet. Eastern upstate New York gets really hilly. That was something I heard a few people warn me of, but disregarded it because if I could handle the Rockies, then I could handle anything. Let me tell you, while not quite as bad as the Rockies, today was tough. Actually, it was to the point where I was contemplating finishing at 50 miles.

Occasionally I would check the elevation on my GPS and it was fluctuating between 300 and 1,100 ft in elevation. Once I would reach the top of q hill, I couldn’t jam down as I normally do as there was intermittent light rain for most of the day. At least the temperature was in the low 80s. If it had been a hot day, then it would have been absolutely miserable.

The scenery was pleasant to look at. More farms, some really large swamp areas, a small town here and there, made up the majority of today.

Like Wisconsin, New York is also a very bicycle friendly state. Not only do they have the bike routes with the wide shoulders, but also they have trails that run parallel along the highways. Here is the Canalway Trail which runs next to Hwy 5. I didn’t keep track on how many miles I rode this trail, but it was probably between 5 and 10. The trail continued, but I had to switch over to the 162 South, which was the hilliest route in the state so far. I took that to the 20 East.

Since I learned my lesson from yesterday about riding my bike in big cities at night, I thought it would be a better idea to stay somewhere on the outskirts of town. According to my GPS, there were two motels nearby, here was the first one:

Now, I know that I traveling on a budget, but I thought that I could do a little better than that. So, I checked out this one:

The room was $40! I rarely get a rate like that! There was no Internet and the room smelled funny, but for $40, how could you go wrong!

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Location:Guiderland, NY


Day 37 Guiderland, NY to Lenox, MA

Posted by cgiblin2 on July 30, 2011 in Day 37

Day 37 Guiderland, NY to Lenox, MA
Riding time today: 5:34
Riding time total: 211:54
Distance today: 52.20 mi
Distance total: 2,547.55 mi
Average speed: 9.4 mph
Top speed: 31.9 mph
Average cadence: 59 rpm
Max cadence: 185 rpm
Calories burned: 2,798

After stopping off at Dunkin Donuts for two of their sausage croissant sandwiches and a coffee, I headed east on the 20 towards downtown Albany. It seems like Albany has more high rise buildings, a larger financial district, and generally a safer city, compared with Buffalo, Syracuse, and especially Utica. I road around downtown for a bit, then stopped off at The Downtube, a local bike shop. I needed three things: advice on Hwy 20, air in my tires, and a bike shop sticker (I’ve been collecting them). The shop did recommend Hwy 20 the entire way to Boston, but later on in the day I noticed Route 9 may be a better option.

Hanging out and chatting about touring with the shop employees, which is inevitable at most bike shops, I soon found myself out the door and in light rain. No big deal, that’s why I have rain gear. What was a big deal were two things. First, an unrelenting headwind was not making my ride any easier. I was still tired from yesterday, and a powerful headwind was the last thing that I wanted. Second, I was heading into the Berkshires, which are not for the faint of heart. This mountain range is actually quite intense. So, for the majority of today I was heading up steep grades with an intense headwind, yay!

Here was a freeway overpass in Albany that I wasn’t suppose to ride my bike on, but I did anyway because that’s how I role.

After hours of climbing, I made it to the Massachusetts border. Their state sign was pretty weak to be honest. In comparison, the New York sign was much more impressive.

I didn’t have much time left as an impending hail storm was looming above. You can see how gray the sky had become since entering Massachusetts. I needed to find a cheap motel and fast. However there was only one small problem, there are no cheap motels in this state, or so it seems. In Pittsfield, I stopped off at a few places and they were all well over $100! I decided to ride downtown to see Pittsfield, which is a very old and interesting city, then continue south east to Lenox. Even the dive motels in Lenox were ridiculously expensive, or were completely booked. It turns out that there was some concert going on and thus all of the motels raised their rates. I finally stopped off at The Wagon Wheel Motel and payed the highest price I’ve payed on this tour so far, $85! About 45 minutes later it began pouring rain, so at least I was indoors. I hope the rest of the state isn’t as ridiculously overpriced as Pittsfield and Lenox.

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Location:Pittsfield Rd,Lenox,United States


Day 38 Lenox, MA to Brookfield, MA

Posted by cgiblin2 on July 31, 2011 in Day 38

Day 38 Lenox, MA to Brookfield, MA
Riding time today: 6:54
Riding time total: 218:48
Distance today: 79.67 mi
Distance total: 2,627.22 mi
Average speed: 11.6 mph
Top speed: 39.8 mph
Average cadence: 60 rpm
Max cadence: 156 rpm
Calories burned: 4,672

Today started with one of the worst mornings yet. I was all set to ride out up to Route 9 and get 70 to 80 miles in. I began riding out of the motel parking lot when I noticed that my real wheel was severely rubbing against my right brake pad. I spun my wheel around and discovered that my wheel was bent. Oh great! I remember hearing a rubbing sound from yesterday, but I brushed if off as I was more concerned with getting out of the impending storm. I started to think just how long I have been riding with my wheel bent. I asked the motel owner if he knew where a bike shop was and he said there was one 3 miles down the street in the opposite direction that I needed to travel in. I went down the 20, and eventually made my way to Arcadia Shop with almost like a hidden bike repair shop around the back. I took it in and one of the mechanics showed me that I had broken a spoke. He also informed me that my chain and cassette were incredibly worn. I had 1,800 miles on the chain and 2,700 miles on the cassette. The teeth on the cassette were worn down to nubs. I had to change them as well.

While my bike was getting worked on I couldn’t help but think that I was wasting precious hours waiting for my bike to be finished.

Eventually, it was finished and it felt nice having my bike in good working order again. It rode like a new bike especially with the new cassette! It was around 1:00 and since I had skipped a few meals, I needed to find some lunch. I stopped off at a Subway, which was packed. Someone had noticed my California bike jersey and asked me if that was where I was from. I said yes, but I started in Oregon. Soon, almost the entire restaurant was asking me questions about my tour and saying how proud they were of me (mostly elderly people). It was some nice encouragement, but I had to be going.

There were still some intense Berkshires to climb. In fact, I would say that today had the steepest grades out of any mountain on the entire tour, including the Rockies.

I had an interesting route. I started off on the 20, then to the 112, then to the 66, then to Country Rode, then I was on the 9. I know it sounds like an indirect route, but surprisingly it was mostly east bound.

I ended up in Ware, MA exhausted and with no daylight left. According to my GPS there was one motel in town, so I headed towards it. It was just my luck, it was out of business. I would have to ride another 5 miles uphill, in the dark, in a forest, with a very minimal shoulder. It was the most precarious situation I have been though yet. My chances of getting hit were pretty high. I was pedaling on pure adrenaline and made it to the worst motel in the history of mankind, the Copper Lantern Motel. I can’t get into too much detail, but let’s just say that after the manager let me into the office she didn’t exude professionalism. She was incredibly rude and ignorant towards me, or maybe cyclists in general. I just wanted to pay her and get my room, but she wouldn’t stop nagging and insulting me. Word of advice, don’t stay here!

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Location:Brookfield, MA


Day 39 Brookfield, MA to Boston, MA

Posted by cgiblin2 on August 1, 2011 in Day 39

Day 39 Brookfield, MA to Boston, MA
Riding time today: 5:56
Riding time total: 224:44
Distance today: 71.08 mi
Distance total: 2,698.30 mi
Average speed: 12.0 mph
Top speed: 32.8 mph
Average cadence: 58 rpm
Max cadence: 237 rpm
Calories burned: 3,731

Feeling fully rested from yesterday, today I set out for Boston. The temperature in the late morning was in the 90s and there were headwinds again! No matter, I could put up with another day of headwinds, as I was going to be in Boston today!

One thing I need to touch on about the state of Massachusetts is how it is actually a challenging state to bike through. It is all up and down with minimal level ground. For example, when you finally reach the top of a steep hill, you my think that it is over for awhile, well not here. Once you reach the top of a hill here, you immediately see the next hill you need to climb, and the next, and et cetera. In some ways the Rockies were easier than the Berkshires because it was more of a consistent climb, although much longer. In the Rockies, once you reached the summit, you had made it.

I was back on Route 9 today. It had been pretty good to me so far, but that would gradually change, the closer I got to Boston. Keep in mind that Route 9 is not a state highway, but it slowly turned into one. It came to the point where I was riding my bike on freeway like conditions, sometimes with a very small shoulder. By just looking at this road, I would think that it was a freeway and bikes weren’t allowed. But, I did pass a few police cars and they didn’t seem to mind at all that I was riding on this road.

One thing I was really looking forward to today is dropping by an old friend from Korea’s bike shop (Troy at Ace Wheel Works). He knew that I would be coming sometime in a few days, but I don’t think he was expecting me today. As I was getting closer to his bike shop, I ran into another bike touring aficionado, Colin. He was biking behind me and caught up and asked me if I had started in California, as I had been wearing my California jersey. I told him that I had started in Astoria, Oregon. It was a crazy coincidence, that was exactly where he was from. He gave me a fistbump of approval and said “right on dude!”

Colin road out here two months ago, got a job at a bike shop, and has been enjoying Boston ever since. I asked him if he wanted to swing by Ace Wheel Works, and he agreed. He took some bike trails there that weren’t on my GPS, and I started to question if he knew where he was going. It turned out he knew exactly where it was. On the way there we talked about touring non stop. Finally, someone someone who understands what I’ve been through.

We arrived at Troy’s shop at 6:15. 15 minutes after it had closed. The doors were locked, but I did see some people inside. I knocked on the door and it was promptly answered by another employee. I told him that I was looking for Troy, and he then immediately let Colin and I in. Troy was busy working on a bike, so I hung out with a few of the other employees and told them that I just road my bike across America. We chatted for awhile, then Troy came out. It was nice to see an old friend from Korea, as sometimes you make friendships there, then never see that person ever again. Soon after, Troy shouted, “hey this guy just road his bike across America, someone get this guy a beer!” Those words alone made my day. Here is a picture of Troy (right), Colin (middle), and me on the left.

We enjoyed some nice bike shop beers then headed back to Troy’s house. It was a beer and pizza night full of talking about touring. Troy had also ridden his bike across America a few years ago and was one of the main people who talked me into doing my tour in the first place.

We may ride to Cape Cod together in a few days, but I’m not sure at this moment. However, Troy is housing me for a few days, so it may be obligatory for me to ride with him. It would be a 2.5 day ride, so nothing too big.

Tomorrow, I will ride to Nahant and reach the Atlantic Ocean, officially concluding the tour!

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Location:St Peter St,Boston,United States


Day 40 Boston (Jamaica Plain), MA to Nahant, MA

Posted by cgiblin2 on August 3, 2011 in Day 40

Day 40 Boston (Jamaica Plain), MA to Nahant, MA
Riding time today: 4:10
Riding time total: 228:54
Distance today: 42.47 mi
Distance total: 2,740.77 mi (4,410.84 km)
Average speed: 10.2 mph
Top speed: 22.9 mph
Average cadence: 57 rpm
Max cadence: 136 rpm
Calories burned: 2,011

Today was the big day, the day that for the past two weeks that I couldn’t wait for. The lonely rides through the great plains, the unrelenting headwinds, the countless miles in scorching 100 degree temperatures, the rainy days, and of course all of the pleasant days would all soon come to an end. I couldn’t help but feel the most conflicted that I have ever felt in my entire life. “Now what?” was a question that ran through my mind all day long. My life has been all about waking up in the morning and riding my bike all day long. What could possibly top that kind of lifestyle?

Riding in downtown Boston can be a challenge in of itself. However, with it’s relatively recent development of adding more bike lanes throughout the city, bike travel is definitely doable and practical ;) .

Getting into the northern parts of Boston, the neighborhoods got a little rougher, but nothing as bad as Muskegon or Flint, MI. I crossed a few bridges, weaves around some narrow roads, and before I knew it, I was on the road leading to Nahant.

Just like someone who has a near death experience, a million thoughts rushed into my mind. It was as if I was reliving each day of the tour up to that point. I’m not sure how else to describe it. Maybe it’s a unique feeling that one can only achieve at the end of a long bike tour, who knows.

Here is a video, describing the moment:

I road the main road in Nahant down to the tip of the island and found a nice place to take some pictures and shoot a video. The main points that I addressed in the video are as follows:

-encouraging more Americans and Canadians to bike across North America
-what was special more me personally in my tour
-how nearly anyone can bike across North America
-thanking the people who made my trip possible
-encouraging any prospective bike tourers to contact me with any questions they my have
-final point of taking your time throughout the tour, touring isn’t a race

Here is a second video as I somehow forgot to thank some very important people in Wisconsin for their tremendous support:

In conclusion, I would like to encourage anyone who is riding any part of the route that I did or anyone who may have questions, feel free to contact me. I would be more than happy to provide assistance with your future tour.
Here is my email: chris.giblin1@gmail.com
Here is my twitter: @chrisgiblin

Well, that’s it. Thank you for reading. It will soon be time for me to go back to work in Korea, which is honestly something that I have missed. I just know that after a long day of teaching or grading papers, I will take out a world map, and start planning the next tour in Asia, South America, Europe, or maybe North America again!

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Location:Nahant, MA

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