#lungride by the numbers:
583 miles, 2 countries, 2 states, 1 province, 6 days, 5 nights, 44.2MPH max speed, 5 unintentional lbs lost, 3 ferries, 38,232 calories burned (estimated), 1 flat tire, 0 rain drops and over $3000 raised for the American Respiratory Care Foundation!
It’s been an amazing journey!
My Dad and I rolled into Boston’s Copley Square just before 5pm this evening.
We started the day with full stomachs and full hearts. The inlaws really took care of us. I think it was the best we ate all trip.
Despite our best efforts, we were unable to leave any earlier than 820am. The last day is underway! We cruised through Springfield–where basketball was invented by a Canadian.
Not the most pleasant ride getting out of Springfield as most roads we were on for the first 15 miles were heavily trafficked and littered with shopping centers.
Once we got to some smaller roads we started to make some decent progress.
We took a quick brake in a small town.
Our lunch stop was in Worcester. Note: Worcester should be avoided if you are on a road bike. A lot of patched roads and missing culverts meant it was a slalom exercise until we were clear of city limits. The ONLY flat tire of the entire 583 mile trip was in Worcester, 46 miles away from Boston.
Worcester marked the halfway point on the day so once we got back on the bikes for the last leg of the journey we started to make some really good progress. Plus, a little boost knowing that the ride is nearly complete and I got to see my wife Erika and baby girl Sadie provided some extra motivation.
We finally made it to Boston!
It felt really good to be back.
With less than 2 miles left on the entire journey we passed by Fenway park.
We cruised down Commonwealth Avenure, turning right on Gloucester and made our last turn onto Boylston Street. We crossed over the Boston Marathon finish line, cruised into Copley Square and were greeted by hundreds of cheering fans (well at least a few)… The pictures below show us in front of Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library. Boston really is special.
Thanks everyone for your encouragement and especially your support for the ARCF. The trip has been a huge success. Before beginning this trip we prayed for safety, good weather and lots of speed. We got all 3!
Dad did a fantastic job. He absolutely chewed up the miles. I think it’s safe to say that this has been a fairly epic adventure and one that we both will cherish for many years.
Mad props to my wife for holding down the fort! She’s the best. These last 97 miles are all yours. Also, thanks for the ride home. My butt hurts.
Support the ARCF!
Until next time…