Welcome to the daily diary of my coast to coast cycle across America.
With British cycling on top of the world, I thought it would be very good of me to take our talent abroad and show the rest of the world how it is done. My first stop will be the USA. Flying out to Seattle, WA on the 8th August, I aim to cycle 3,800 miles across the country to Boston, MA.
Why would I want to do this?? Going to America after graduation was always part of my plan, cycling across it certainly wasn’t!! I started to plan all the places I wanted to visit, things that I wanted to do and sports events that I wanted to see. But then came the brainwave to travel by bike. So after three years of inactivity, I started to prepare myself for the big challenge. Joining the uni gym has become an annual event for me, but actually going to it was something new. Trying to tear myself away from uni work proved very difficult as usual but by the end of 2011 I was in decent shape. Into 2012, as the weather improved, I began to rack up some miles on a real bike. However, this highlighted another problem. The old adage of “you never forget, it’s just like riding a bike” certainly doesn’t apply to me, although perhaps the problem is that I never really learned to ride in the first place. Slowly I got better on the bike and now have the ability to do most of the basic cycling moves. Fitness and riding ability had reached a sufficient level, so I am going for it. It could be the last chance to do such a long tour, so its now or never. USA here I go!!!
A little bit about the site to make life easier for those who struggle slightly with technology. Daily updates of my trip, including pictures, distances and stories can be found in the section ‘The Blog’ at the top of the page. The provisional route that I will take can be found in the section of ‘The Route’. Next to this is the section ‘Follow Me’ which is a link to another blog site with an interactive map which illustrates exactly where I am, where I’ve been and where I am going. The final section ‘Sponsor Me’ is a link to my justgiving page where I am raising money for CHAS, a hospice for terminally ill children.
Fell free to leave comments, encouragement, criticisms, insults I don’t mind, it will all drive me on to go faster and further. Hope you enjoy!!!