Jan 26

It’s Official

by in Pre Trip

Sheila and I have long dreamed of cycling across America. Many things have come together to make 2012 THE year. I had already planned to skip Camp UKANDU for other reasons, so the summer was open. Then we found a supported, vegan, permaculture-focused  trip leaving June 1 for three months. When I couldn’t get THAT much time off, we learned about this trip with Cycle America. The more we thought of it, the more excited we got about going. Couple that with my coming 60th birthday (what a way to celebrate), our continually aging bodies (better get going while the going’s good), and we decided, “Let’s go!” So we’re planning on riding from Everett to Boston in the summer of 2012.

There’s suddenly a lot to do. We’re going to have to get in much better shape than ever to make this a happy experience. The first week has four 100 mile days (century rides). And what isn’t a century is a mountain pass! We’ve already started spinning classes 3-4 times a week to wake up our legs. There are tons of logistics to nail down, like finding a large camping tent (anyone?), planning training rides, planning how we’ll supplement our meals to survive the trek, how we’ll stay in touch while on the road, finding someone to house and cat-sit for us until mid August (anyone?), and much, much  more.

As we get things answered, or as new questions arise, we’ll blog about it here. There will be a pre-trip blog, then sections for every week of the trip. We don’t really know what we’re getting into. 4,200 miles is more than we’ve ridden in the last two years, and we’re going to do it in 2 months! Hang on to your helmets. It’s going to be a wild ride!

6 Responses to “It’s Official”

  1. From John Philip Smith:

    Hi Guys
    Welcome aboard. I’m from Rochdale(near Manchester) in the UK and am also doing the coast to coast this year. I also decided this was the year as I will be 55 during the ride. Manchester like Seattle is very wet and cold in the winter so I have a cycle turbo trainer that I try to use everyday. I am travelling to Seattle on Weds 13th June so I can get over the jetlag and buy my camping gear. Looking at the REI half dome 2 tent.

    Maybe we could meet up for a coffee or a meal in the days leading up to the ride – not sure where I’m staying in Seattle yet – waiting for the motel info from Cycle America. Hope to hear from you soon. John

    Posted on Feb 1, 2012 at 12:24 am #
    • From S2Cycle:

      Yeah! So glad to meet you. We were hoping having the blog up early might lead to getting to know our fellow travelers. We’d love to meet you when you get to Seattle. The tour leaves from Everett which is nearly an hour north of Seattle. You might enjoy staying your first few days IN the city for ease of access to REI and the sites then staying at the Everett site the last night.

      Posted on Feb 1, 2012 at 6:36 am #
  2. From John Philip Smith:

    Hi Again
    At the moment I’m arounf 2000 miles south of you in Ensenada, Mexico. Together with a group of others from the UK I run a purely voluntary charity for kids who live in a shanty community (Bella Vista) overlooking the city. I will be cycling for sponsorship for the project and also for a ocal charity back home supporting homeless people in my hometown.

    After 2 weeks here we then have a little road trip for 1 week taking in Palm Springs, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and San Diego. It’s going to play havoc with my training schedule not to mention my waistline with all the enticing Mexican food!

    By the way I are you riding a tandem on the ride as i se you riding one on your facebook page.

    loook for forward to hearing from you again soon.


    Posted on Feb 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm #
    • From S2Cycle:

      Yes, it is going to be all about the training schedule this spring! And, yes, we will be riding a tandem. It is Sheila’s only bike. We’ve got about 26,000 miles on it so far. (That’s about 42,000 KM.) (And that’s total miles since we started tandeming, not this year’s miles.)

      Your charity work sounds great. We’ll be interested in hearing your stories on the road.


      Posted on Feb 5, 2012 at 8:31 pm #
  3. From Denny:

    Greetings. I live in Seattle–actually Mukilteo–and plan to do the bike trip. I only intend to ride to Wisconsin…I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and want to ride Seattle to Madison, Wisconsin. Look forward to meeting you.


    Posted on Feb 13, 2012 at 11:43 pm #
  4. From Ric:

    John, consider the Big Agnes Fly Creek tent five stars at REI. $350

    Posted on Feb 28, 2012 at 9:14 pm #