Welcome to my first blog entry! I want to thank all of you that are interested in following my "little" adventure. I want to open by making this entry about what to expect in my blogs and to give you a little more insight into the route I have chosen. So let's start with what to expect in my upcoming blog entries.
My blog entries are going to fall into the following categories:
Insight & facts around MS and Narcolepsy - including effects they have had in my family.
The Plan: This is for those of you out there wondering what goes into planning a long bicycle tour
My Training leading up to the ride
And of course the ride itself
I selected US Rte 6. It is a designated bicycle route in PA that cuts across the state East to West. It lies in the northern part of the state and runs between I80 and the NY border. This will bring the Allegheny mountain range into play for most of the trip.
I will take off Friday morning in the town of Port Jarvis on the NJ/PA border. Over the next 6-8 days it will be 4 to 7 hours of pedaling a day. I hope to end up at the end of day 5 on the shores of Lake Erie. Here I will camp at the home of a family member, but that is not the end of the journey. The next day I will pedal the final 53 miles (my shortest day) in the town I grew up in - Titusville, PA!! Go Rockets!
Here are some facts and goals I have for the trip:
453 Miles - if I don't get lost
Longest day 110 miles
Goal #1: make it in 6 days of riding - I have given myself two extra days in case I run into bad weather.
Lots of climbing: over 110 miles going uphill. In total this will be over 25,000 feet of vertical climbing. For you non-cyclists, if you added the vertical height gained while climbing it would total 25,000+ feet. FYI ; 25,000 vertical feet would be over 5 miles tall!
Goal #2: No walking - even on the steepest climbs!
More Hill Info: While the Allegheny Mountains are babies compared to the alps - there are some pretty steep hills. For you King of the Mountain, Tours de France fans, here is some Category Climb info. (thanks MapMyRide): 3 Cat 2 climbs, 3 Cat 3 climbs, 7 Cat 4 climbs, and 14 Cat 5 climbs.
Goal #3: Average 15 MPH. OK, for all you weekend warrior cyclists, I know that isn't impressing you. BUT - let's no forget almost 25% of the ride will be climbing, AND I will be carrying a minimum of 40 extra pounds in equipment/gear!
Well that should do it. I hope that you continue to follow my blog, and I welcome your comments and support along the way. Also you can follow me on twitter @i_RIde_4. It is my hope that this will inspire some of you to find a way to help others.
Signing off...... Bill
PS: Special thanks to my wife Theresa. Her support for me in this endeavor has been incredible. Without her it wouldn't be possible. I love you Theresa!!