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Approaching the Big Apple

Posted by on May 21st, 2012 3 Comments

Spring was in the air and the weather was absolutely gorgeous on our ride out of Washington D.C. We had spontaneously adjusted our route plan the night before – and instead of heading towards Baltimore and Philadelphia, we left the metropolises behind and turned our wheels due east towards rural Delaware. We had set our sights on arriving in New York City by Eden’s birthday – May 3, and could just make the timing work out using two boats as shortcuts: the Lewes/Cape May ferry to get into New Jersey and the Belford ferry to jump right into Manhattan. Reuben’s aunt and uncle live just north of NYC and we were eager to visit with them and enjoy some downtime at their house. Also, my mom, dad and sister were planning on driving down from Hamilton to see us for a few days, so we had a lot to look forward to. The icing on the cake was that the largest cycling event in the country, the NYC 5-boro Bike Tour, was scheduled for May 6th and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to experience New York with 32,000 other cyclists on traffic-free streets. We did not have registrations for the event, however, as they were assigned months ago with a lottery system, so we were hoping to somehow make things work when we arrived.

April 28 2012 DSC 8653 548x362 Approaching the Big Apple

Delaware fields

Our ride across Delaware was a quick one thanks to the flat nature of this small state, or maybe we were just distracted with the thoughts of tasting some great craft beer at Dogfish Head in Rehoboth Beach. A generous reader hooked us up with an amazing beach house near the brewery where we had an incredibly relaxing and wonderful stay after enjoying tiny sips of 16 flavourful brews.

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Bikes rule in El Salvador

Posted by on March 28th, 2012 9 Comments

As we’ve begun to learn, crossing into a new country usually means you will have a change in traffic types and road conditions. El Salvador was no different – after the border we were greeted by a wide road with a five-foot smoothly paved shoulder, and an astounding amount of bicycle traffic – with almost more bikes than cars! Bicycle repair shops seemed to dot the side of the road, and we saw one at least every 10km our first day in the country. It was amazing to see so many people using this mode of transportation to move between small towns, usually carrying wood or supplies, or even their children or their spouse and baby on one bicycle. Most of these cyclists would keep a pretty leisurely pace, so it would usually be a surprise when we overtook them with ease on our enormous rigs. Maybe it was the cycling culture in El Salvador, or maybe the people there just have a competitive attitude, but we began to notice that sometimes the folks we passed would start to put a little more effort into it and whiz by us a few minutes later. It was great fun having these spirited little races with school kids and teenagers who were always determined to out-cycle us – and even more fun playing silent games of ‘leap-frog’ with the adults who obviously felt the same way.

March 04 2012 DSC 7877 548x279 Bikes rule in El Salvador

A series of six tunnels took the edge off some of the climbs.

We met up with the Pacific again on our second day in this fine country, once more hugging the coastal cliffs with their challenging climbs. We had last seen the beach weeks ago in Mexico, so we were shooting for a rest day in El Zonte, a small town with a reportedly relaxed scene and great surf. We were pretty certain it was about 80km away, meaning a rather long day for us considering the hills we anticipated. Early in the day, a pick-up truck pulls up along side us and the woman offers us a ride to our destination. It was tempting, but we didn’t see a reason to cut out a day of riding with potentially beautiful views.

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Sun, Sand, and Celebrations along the Oregon Coast

Posted by on November 8th, 2011 8 Comments

November 06 2011 DSC 5622 548x266 Sun, Sand, and Celebrations along the Oregon Coast

After traveling inland through Washington, we wound our way west and crossed the Columbia river into Oregon, connecting with the official signed Oregon Coast Bike Route in Astoria. This route winds south, mostly along Highway 101, for 592 km (368 miles) to Brookings — where we’ll pass through tomorrow and head into California! We have truly been blessed with beautiful weather – for most of our days here in Oregon the sun has shown brightly on us, and we have encountered very little of the rain we were expecting. While the temperatures have been cool (highs of 10-14 ºC or 50-57 ºF and lows of around 2 ºC or 36 ºF), we are acclimating and now quite comfortable to the point of stripping off some layers to play in parks and beaches in the afternoons, both of which are pretty deserted this time of year.

October 30 2011 DSC 5293 548x362 Sun, Sand, and Celebrations along the Oregon Coast

October 31 2011 DSC 5299 548x362 Sun, Sand, and Celebrations along the Oregon Coast

We took seeing this rainbow as another sign that the sunny weather we are getting during this time of year is unusual.

I had always assumed the coastal route would be rather flat, seeing as it follows the ocean. However, as any other cyclist will attest, it is anything but flat – constantly going either up or down, and weaving in and out with peaks of peaceful mossy forests and lookouts over stunning rocky beaches and capes in between. While there are no Colorado-style climbs over mountain passes, on any particular day we see numerous hills over 500ft, and every once in a while spin up to around 1000ft elevation.

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Freedom to fly

Posted by on May 27th, 2011 10 Comments

Despite some of the cold, wet, and windy weather we have encountered so far, we have seen plenty of gorgeous evenings and afternoons. Love this photo of Eden taking advantage of one of those moments to fly the kite she has been waiting all winter to play with!

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Morning Routines

Posted by on October 2nd, 2010 1 Comment

I cherish the special times I get to spend with Eden on this trip. We usually get alone time when Heidi is putting Harper to bed or when she is feeding him in a quiet area. It is a nice coincidence that these times I get with my daughter are during some of the most well-lit moments of the day!

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