Guess what came in the mail today?

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One of my brothers has been living out in Colorado for the past few years and although my sister and parents have gone out to see him, I haven’t had the chance to visit him yet. But this summer my brother Noah and I have decided that it is high time to get a move on it and go to the great state of Colorado to visit our brother. Since it is scientific fact that cycling is the best method of transportation, we are making preparations to bike out west. (You can’t argue against science after all!)

Today our maps came in the mail from the Adventure Cycling Association and I am beside myself with excitement. We are going to ride down to the Erie Canal trail and take it to Buffalo, then hop on the Underground Railroad route and follow it until we reach the Trans America. Then we will stay on the Trans America trail and eventually arrive in Colorado (if we manage to follow the maps properly). Here is a rough sketch of our planned route, starting from where we reach the Erie Canal.

We are expecting to leave at the tail end of May, so there is a lot of planning to do and much gear to buy. Is this actually happing? I think this is actually happing!

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33 thoughts on “Guess what came in the mail today?

  1. Okay Missy, now I am baffled.. Your date is vague, but I will be heading east along your route as follows.. Leave.. 5/23 Austinburg Ohio 5/24 Westfield NY, 5/25 Buffalo NY, 5/26 Rochester, 5/27 Weedsport NY, 5/28 Utica. I will not be on the canal as it is loose pea gravel and not suitable for road bikes, but will be doing alot of parallel to it. I’ll be leaving Albany for Chicago on Amtrak on 5/13.

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    • That is so cool, there is a good chance we will bump into each other along the way! Sorry for the vagueness, my brother’s college classes end on 5/17 so we will be ending out sometime after that.

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  2. “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,” he used to say. “You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to. Do you realize that this is the very path that goes through Colorado, and that if you let it, it might take you to the Lonely Mountain or even further and to worse places?” (Perhaps even to an ocean so blue, such an expanse of waves and water and wind you’ll never find a way back. There are creatures the likes of which even I’ve never seen. Gobble you up in a single bite.)
    ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring (but not in the parentheses)

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  3. Wow! That’s an epic adventure – you must be so excited. Cycle touring is so much fun. I think the only probablem I would have is stopping in Colorado – by the time you’ve got that far, San Francisco looks enticingly close 😉

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