175,000ft elevation gain
42 amazingly generous hosts
12 mountain passes
7 National Forests
6 National Parks
5 Continental Divide crossings
2 National Monuments & Memorials
2 ferry rides
1 National Grassland
1 night camping in a severe storm (never again)
1 turtle saved from near certain death
Hundreds of wind turbines
1 (and thankfully only 1) time riding through a herd of bison
Probably a couple gallons of ice cream consumed
1 creepy dude
1 National Mustard Museum
Lots of rail trails
1 tunnel straight outta Spirited Away
1 of the world’s largest nutcracker collections
1 palace adorned with corn
Countless acres of corn
1 crashed college reunion party
A little over an inch of beard growth
1 time camping in an alpaca pasture
Dozens of rad people met along the way
Too many headwinds
Not enough tailwinds
✔ COAST TO COAST!
I am very happy to report that Frank and I successfully made it to the Pacific Coast this past Tuesday, August 20th! 86 days after I initially left Glen Rock, New Jersey on May 27th.
Since I haven’t written in quite a few weeks, I realize this update may be a surprise to some. I may as well have dropped off of the map for over a month!
To be honest, writing as much as I did was unsustainable… for me, at least. Finding the time to document the trip while also sleeping, eating, conversing with hosts, and seeing the sights proved to be a constant struggle, one that was most often satisfied by foregoing on one of life’s most important necessities… sleep. After 33 posts, I thought a lot about the above realization and allowed myself to stop writing altogether in favor of alloting more time to live in the present and enjoy the adventure to the fullest. In hindsight, it was the right decision.
Thank you to everyone who has followed this blog and shared in the experience. Your comments were exceptionally motivating throughout the journey and the support Frank and I received was enthusiastic and unwavering. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be preparing a photo album of selected pictures from the tour as well as a reflection post.
Frank and I are currently biking East to Seattle, where I suspect I’ll be spending at least a couple days before flying back to the East Coast. We’ll likely stay with a series of Warmshowers hosts, but if you or anyone you know are in the Seattle area, I’d be great to connect. It’s my first time in the city, after all. 🙂
Until next time!