Cathy’s Big Rde across America – Washington to Washington
The Big Ride Across America was a huge success for all. I loved every day of the tour – and never once wanted to quit! Thanks for all the support from the people who cared for us during the tour. It was fun to train and get ready for the trip, including the equipment and supplies. Each of the 49 days was filled with joy and excitement as we toured the landscapes. Being away from home was a bit hard especially for those of us with children, dogs and missing partners. Each day’s bicycle ride full of new experiences.
The flight to Seattle with our bicycles in boxes was smooth as could be. We arrived with bicycles intact and proceeded to dip our back tires in the Pacific ocean. We started our journey, traveled across the Rocky Mountains and into the amazing American Serengeti areas before reaching the urban North East. Our tour guides from VeloSante presented high quality road maps, intelligent food and a wide range of support every day – without ever a moment of negative energy.
Here we are in Washington D.C. after successfully ending our cross country bicycle ride.
Arrived in Washington DC – 3387 miles by bike
The people on The Big Ride Across America were all amazing with talent and personality. If I could do it over again, I would spend more time getting to know every person better. The energy was positive and supportive every day. We tented in amazing campgrounds and rested in several colleges and universities across the states. The work of traveling was spread so that everyone could participate as a giver and a taker at meal times. Each morning we gathered to plan the day’s ride and load our bags into the truck.
The Riders in The Big Ride
If you ever think…riding across America would be fun to do
– it was very fun. With a Pedego
electric bicycle, anyone with a good attitude can ride this ride. The physical aspects were very rigorous but not more than any healthy person could endure. I am an old lady of 57 and if I can do it, you can too!
Big Ride in the News….
Creating Awareness for the American Lung Association:
Electric Bike Ride Across America Reaches Halfway Point – EVWORLD.COM
Big Ride cyclists stop in New Ulm – NUJournal.com | News, Sports, Jobs – The Journal, New Ulm, MN
We reached the final Destination, Washington D.C. — 3300 Miles by bicycle from Seattle.
Taking the bike trail into D.C.
Special Greeters – with bicycles for the last couple miles. Thanks Ben, Jenny, Paul, Lizzie, Andrea and Teddy!
There was an electrical fire as soon as we reached D.C. Because when we arrive, we bring the power, makes them come alive… see video
2014 Big Ride Family bonding
Our route was blocked by Palestine protests in front of the White House.
The last lap
Everyone on the ride got a customized “2014 Big Ride Across America” medal.
We couldn’t have done it without them – Thanks Lynn, Will and Charlton!
This part of our coast-to-coast bicycle tour was getting bittersweet — happy to be reaching our destination but a bit sad to see it end. Most of us were in great spirits as we got into Maryland ready for our final night in the tents at a campground. We worked our way through narrow country roads that were in pretty good shape. The traffic was bearable even on Maryland Route 27 South. The road had a shoulder that was wide enough to keep us out of the traffic. The weather was cloudy and threatening all day but never got wet. We were thrilled to get through yet another rain-free day on the road to D.C. Our dinner was catered at the campground that evening and we all enjoyed steak, chicken and a welcome bit of booze. The Big Riders gathered for our final dinner together as a group and declared ourselves a “family” — the 2014 Big Riders. We will go down in history as having the best possible weather in the history of the ride.
Riding into our 12th state on rolling hills
State #12 – Maryland
Maryland has big turkeys that are free to roam.
Maryland also has lots of huge turkey vultures.
Horseback riding signs all over the back roads.
This is the last night on the road at the Bennett Park Campground
Awards — I missed a few of them but here is what I listed:
Most Bonus Miles: Anita
Chamois Cream King: Kenny
Best Motor: Terry
Sweethearts: Kevin & Jen
Longest Distance Couple: Charles & Lisa
Coffee King: Paul
Party Planner: Lisa
Most Flats Queen: Jen- 7
Most Flats King: Kenny – 6
Least Flats: Paul & Cathy – 1 each
Fastest Eater: Anita
First in Camp: Terry
Last in Camp: Anita
Least Gears Shifted: Rob
Eagle Eye: Kevin (95 bungee cords counted)
Fastest Recovery: Becca
Best Climber: Jen
Best Ass: Paul
Most Likely to Sing: Cathy
Best Lunch: Will
Most “Favorite Ever”: Becca
Most Charitable: Cathy
Most Self-Sufficient: Lynn
Best Smile: Charlton
Bad Ass: Charlton
Class Clown: Rob
Late to Breakfast: Lisa
Most Improved: Anita
Breaking a Fast: Terry
Most Photos on rides: Jen
MapMyRide Stats: 102 Miles | Time: 9:26 | Speed 10.8 mph
Another rain-free, cool summer day – perfect cycling weather. We stopped several times to rest along the way on this century bicycle ride. There were several well needed breaks along the way including a wonderful home cooked meal. Tony, an alumni of The Big Ride Across America packed up his garden’s bounty and prepared a gourmet meal including grilled burgers and chicken. He carried in his own barbecue grill and delivered fresh salads, flowers and an abundance of deliciousness from his garden. We met his son Ryan who will be attending Penn State in the Fall. Thanks Tony!
Still in the Polar Vortex – the morning was really cold in the 50’s
Pennsylvania Apple Cider is coming your way soon!
Today, I noticed there were some unusual signs on the road like this one
The mature Alfalfa crops are sweet smelling
Panorama view of Pennsylvania farmland
Share the Road Sign
Going down…the maximum speed I saw on the odometer was 35 mph
Gettysburg – Just two more riding days!
MapMyRide Stats: 80.4 Miles | 8:00 hours | 10 mph
This ride was very hilly and mountainous, and it was a hard day for everyone — even me. I could not have done the riding on this day without the Pedego electric assist. The hills were long and hard and my old legs needed the support. The first e-bike battery lasted about 29 miles — the fastest discharge of the entire trip. The second battery lasted about 30 miles. I was getting a little nervous when I was on my third battery thinking I might run out. The land started to flatten out as we made progress and the third battery got me to the 80-mile mark.
Kristina and Brooke are Cheerleaders in Altoona, Pa.
Thanks Pedego, I got to the top of all the Pennsylvania mountains…whew!
It was a chilly July morning – we are all still wearing coats.
Strip mining for coal in Pennsylvania
Rail-trails on the Highlands Trail to Rockwood at 1826 ft. elevation
Yikes, what is that in the corner?
It was a cloudy day, but rain-free until the very end of the 80-mile ride
The Flight 93 memorial was sobering. Cherish every single day!
Pennsylvania had many scenic views to enjoy and ponder as we rode through the hilly terrain.
You can see the thickness of the air, but no rain – fortunately
Our loving cheerleaders greeted us with signs and a special cheer as we entered the campground. Thanks Mom! See Kristina, Brooke, Pat, Dee and Corky
MapMyRide Stats: 83 Miles | Time: 7:59
The day we started to ride through my home state of Pennsylvania it was cloudy and cool but no rain. We started out in a moist fog which was cold for cycling – about 45 degrees. It warmed up to the 70’s but the day never really got warm. It was a wet and cold summer day. The Polar Vortex is still with us.
Much of our route was country roads on the Bicycle PA route S
Company arrived at our Confluence campsite. My Uncle Maurice rented an apartment and rescued us from the rain and a wet tent. Best Friends here!
My good friend Sally Martin is wearing her national championship bike jersey. She also rode her bicycle around the world – 22,000 miles
My Sister and my Uncle came to ride with us from Ohiopyle to Confluence on the bike trail.
What? Not going in the bushes?
Pennsylvania bike trail is lush and green
Youghiogheny River Trail
On this day of cycling across America, day 42, we woke up to rain. The tents were soaking wet when we packed them away. The day started out wet as we left the Terrace Lakes campground and headed out to our next destination which is very close to home for us. Riding into Pennsylvania was exciting as we get closer and closer to our final destination – Washington, D.C.
Leaving camp with wet roads ahead and thick clouds in the sky – 6:00 a.m.
The Mighty Ohio River – Flowing out of Pennsylvania
Shippingport Nuclear Power Plant
Cooling Towers – watch video below…
Camping at the Whispering Pines Family Campground
Family came to visit us as we entered the state of Pennsylvania