Cycling across America from Williamsburg, Va to Florence, OR.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Wheel Dipping - We're Off!
Wednesday 5-5 28 miles, 2:14 ride time 12.7mph avg. Rode to Yorktown and dipped wheeles into Cheseapeak Bay (Atlantic Ocean). We are oficially off.
After the wheel dipping we had lunch served to us by the wonderful people at Grace Episcopal Church in Yorktown. They were very generous and meeting people like that is the reason many of us are doing this trip.
I have been asked many times why we are doing this trip from east to west. Here is the official American Cycling Association reason. The ride began in 1976 as a celebration of America's Bicentennial. America was settled from east to west and this recreates that adventure. Sounds good to me.
There is some serious bike repair going on here.
A statue of Pocahontis and an archeological dig of the original Jamestown fort/settlement.
Williamsburg Inn - Williamsburg, VA - not where I am staying, and a shot of some beautiful flowers in front of the Inn.
I have long had a dream of cycling across America, but I could never talk my boss into a three month vacation. April 2nd I will retire and May 4th I will begin a TransAm ride with Adventure Cycling Association. The ride begins in Williamsburg, VA travels through 10 states and 4305 miles later ends in Florence, OR. This blog is about this dream. Another passion of mine is photography. I will be traveling with my Canon 50D DSLR and an Olympus Stylus 790 SW camera. Between now and May 4th I will post information and pictures of my preparation for the ride itself. Then on the ride I will post pictures of people, places and landscapes from the road. This will be a pictorial documentery of my dream. I hope you will check back often and enjoy the dream with me.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowline, sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore, Dream, Discover."