Day 6. #lungride COMPLETE. 

#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…

Craig

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Day 5. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Berkshires.

Today was tough. 

On the day we had nearly 6000 feet of vertical gain. 


We said goodbye to Albany at 820am and we were immediately climbing. One of the benefits of climbing is that you can get out of the saddle for a few minutes; an EXTREMELY welcome break.

The first 2/3 of the day was a pretty steady grind. Rarely did our speed top 10mph. We even had the chance to ride on some gravel roads. It sounds worse than it was. There was no traffic and good tree cover provided some shade. 


Made it back to Massachusetts! 

Our lunch stop was in Lee, MA; a quaint,  almost stereotypical New England town. 


During lunch a couple tourists came in to our cafe and asked if they could take our picture… Sure. 


After lunch we passed by an old Shaker Town which had been converted into a museum. 


Today was the most time we have spent on the bike, logging nearly 6 hours of riding (not including rest stops and lunch). We arrived in Agawam just before 5pm. The in laws have been great. A huge meal of pasta, salad and Italian baked goods. I feel ready for the last day tomorrow. 

This trip has flown by. It’s been great spending time with my Dad. He still has it! After all these years (he’s going to by 60 later this month) and he has plenty of speed left!

Last day tomorrow: Agawam to Boston. We plan to depart at 830 with a target of arriving in Boston in the early afternoon. I can’t wait to see my wife and baby girl. I’m also really looking forward to seeing my Mom and Sister who have come into town for the event (and also to give my Dad a ride home). 

Thanks again for the support. We are on the home stretch!

Day 4- More hills! And the NY State Capital

ONLY 2 MORE DAYS TO GO!

Time is running out! We are pounding the miles. Please click that big red donate button and support the American Respiratory Care Foundation! Also, thanks to all our supporters; for your encouragement and donations!

Check out the video update below.

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We got a bit of an earlier jump on the day this morning. We were the first customers in and out of the diner in Barneveld NY. Packed up, sunscreen applied, water bottles filled and we hit the trail. 

I thought yesterday was hilly. It wasn’t. Today “was relentless” as my Dad put it. At one point we just stopped looking for a summit because everytime we thought we had reached the peak, our hopes were dashed. 


We passed by the Erie Canal on several occasions. It’s impressive to think that at one point the waterway was a major shipping lane. 



If you read yesterday’s post then you are aware that my Dad’s bike had a busted front derailer. On a flat day, this wouldn’t be a big deal because for the most part you would keep the chain on the large front ring. BUT, on a hilly day like today, he really could have used it. I actually felt a little bad for him; so to even the score I resolved to only use my large front chain ring as well. Misery loves company… Plus, I’m a glutton for punishment. 

The derailer eventually just started falling apart so we had to make a roadside pit stop to rip it off the frame. 


9.8 metres per second squared + full grown human + bike + 30 lbs (packs, gear and fluids) + HILL = lots of work


Despite all the climbing I would say the worst part of today’s ride was a 5 mile stretch in the suburbs leading into downtown Albany: traffic and culverts. It wasn’t too terrible I just prefer the country road riding we have been doing the last couple days. 

We arrived in Albany at 430pm and went straight to the bike shop. We had called ahead to ensure that they have the part we needed. 


20 minutes and $70 bucks later and my Dad is the proud owner of a used, but now fully functional road bike. 

About a 3 minute ride from the shop was the State Capital park. I flagged some locals to grab a picture of us. They were nice enough to ablidge. Plus, they didn’t steal my phone. 

Tomorrow we head to Agawam, MA. It’s going to be a (*slightly) lighter day, 88 miles. My in-laws are putting us up for the night. Thanks Beth and Brad!
To get to Agawam we will be heading through the Berkshires. Looking forward to another climbing day… 

Seriously though, we’re crushing it. 

Day 3- 95 miles. Fields, hills, cows, fields and more cows…

A very hilly ride today. I recall when I was plotting our route on Google that one day in upstate NY was going to be hilly. That was today. Today also happened to be the windiest day so far; with cross-head winds at 10-20 miles per hour. We’ve seen a lot of wind turbines on our route. Now I know why…


Despite the hills and the wind it was actually a great day. The paved shoulders afforded plenty of room between us and automotive traffic and we were on country roads for half the day. At one point, we travelled 15 miles and got passed by 1 car and one GIGANTIC tractor.  That’s it…. It was so nice. 

As the title suggested, we were in rural upstate New York. Lots of farmers out cutting hay, kids playing in roadside ponds, horses and cows looking curiously upon us as we pass and… slurry storage systems… I’ll let you look up what that is…

The Black River is a great rafting spot. I only brought my bike though. 


Our planned lunch stop in Boonville, NY was a bust. We were hoping to grab some food and refill our water bottles, which we needed desperately. However, the single corner store and diner were both closed for the holiday. 

Fortunately, one of the locals was kind enough to give us some water and even some ice. We spent a few minutes chatting about the ride and he showed us his brand new 2016 Harley Iron, 2200cc. The guy was great but I didn’t even catch his name. I guess I’ll remember his as Iron Man. Thanks for the water Iron Man!


The next town was 11 miles down the road so we rode on. We took a late lunch break grabbed a sub, drank plenty of fluids and the hit the road for the final 19 miles of the day.

What a way to end the day…

All the climbing we had done earlier in the day was paid back in full. We traversed the final 19 miles in about 56 minutes. At one point I deserved a speeding ticket. The posted limit was 40mph and I was doing 43-44mph. OK… I probably would get away with a warning; but I felt pretty good about myself for technically speeding on a bicycle. 

We arrived in Barneveld (our destination) at 5pm. Dinner was at a gas station. I admit that sounds terrible; but it really wasn’t too bad. Actually it was kind of delicious. I ate a large BLT, salad and vanilla milkshake. BTW, I know that my body is essentially in survival mode at this point. As such, my body is so desperate for calories that my brain is going to send delicious signals to me no matter what I ate. But I’m OK with that.

We really have been blessed with great weather thus far. It’s been 70s-80s the whole trip. A little windy, but beautiful. 

Apparently this is a problem in Barneveld. 

Laundry day…


Tomorrow we are heading to Albany. 
We noticed today that My Dad’s front derailer is missing a spring and is therefore out of action. The bike is still ridable, but he won’t be able to downshift to get up hills. So other than lots more miles, staying hydrated and eating tons of food, we will find a shop tomorrow to get a replacement (probably not until we hit Albany).

Another important development is our ETA to Boston. We had originally forecasted a 7 day trip/Friday arrival. But we have averaged a little under 100 miles each day so it looks like we are shaving a day off the trip. We’re kind of crushing it.

Halfway there!  

Don’t forget to share this with all your rich and generous friends so they can support the #lungride for the American Respiratory Care Foundation. 
Peace.

See you tomorrow. 

Day 2- 91 miles, 3 ferries and the USA

The last 7 miles of the journey…

We get off the ferry from Kingston, ON to Wolfe Island. We hope off the ferry at 6:39pm and we have 21 minutes before the next ferry leaves AND we still have 7 miles to get there. We start pounding on it. This ain’t touring speed. This is full on drafting, rotating who leads every few minutes- Tour de France style riding (at least that’s how it felt).  Dad put up a good effort but at the end of a long day on the road we were both a bit beat. We averaged 22-24 miles per hour. We pull into the ferry boarding area at near full speed, board using the ramp with 2 minutes to spare. Phew… We are on our way to Cape Vincent, USA. 

Here’s how we got there…

We began the in Brighton, ON after a great breakfast at the B&B. The original plan was the take the Millenium trail to Glenora where we would take our first ferry ride. The trail was a no go; gravel, dirt, terrible. Not a big deal, just had to stick to the main roads which added a couple extra miles. The bulk of the ride was on the Loyalist Parkway which offered great views of Lake Ontario. 


I really dig all the 18th century heritage. After a solid morning and afternoon of riding we arrived in Kingston which has many historical sites including forts, gun emplacements and other 18th and 19th century buildings (important structures to protect against the American rebels).


We board our second ferry. But not before a 50 minute wait and some Tim Hortens. The wait didn’t bother us one bit. Riding this much, you really just look forward to not sitting on that friggen bike seat. So it was a needed respite. 


“Beware of propeller”- our last ferry ride from Wolfe Island in Canada to the US came VERY close to a large cargo vessel. The area we crossed is a big shipping lane. 



Welcome to the United States of America. 


We still have plenty of ground to cover but it feels good to be about 1/3 of the way done. If we can keep this up we will shave a day off of our anticipated journey and arrive in Boston after 6 days. Whig would be excellent. I’m really looking forward to seeing my wife and baby girl. 
I’m logging a lot of miles for the ARCF. Nearly 200 this far. But it’s totally worth it. I’ve seen a lot of generosity and it’s a great cause. Go ARCF. 

Day 1- 105 miles… Oops

We got a little bit of a late start but pulled away from the CN tower (which was once the world’s tallest freestanding structure) at 9am. 
So the original plan was to do 84 miles. We did 105. Oops. 

As for the ride…
The bike paths in Toronto are awesome. The first 10km/6 miles had dedicated bike paths. Then things got a little tight and had to share the road for the remainder of the journey to Brighton ON. Weather was hot, a little humid, not a cloud in the sky.


All in all I’d say we got by relatively unscathed. No flat tires. We did have a couple problems with my Dad’s rack. I think it was a little overloaded with the amount of fluids he was carrying because the brackets which attach it to the frame bent. It survived the ride… But barely. We will have to stop at a hardware store to fix it up tomorrow. As for myself, everything worked great, except for the rear brake that was rubbing (aka slowing me down). I didn’t really notice until we got about 80 miles into the journey and I was really having to work hard to maintain a decent speed. Looking back- I think this was happening for 50-60 miles. So I inadvertently was doing resistance training. My bad. Problem solved.

The B&B we are staying at is legit. The hosts are great. He gave us a ride to dinner since we are staying out of town and he figured we wouldn’t want to ride our bikes into town and back (he figured right). Thanks Kent! He also took us in style. Check out his ride in the pic. 

 

I’ve drank about 6 liters of fluid today, got a good dinner at a restaurant on the shores of Lake Ontario and am ready for tomorrow. 


By the way, if you haven’t already done so, please support my ride by making a donation to the American Respiratory Care Foundation.

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Thanks for your support. 

See you tomorrow!

All packed and ready to ride

The bike is assembled. The bags are packed. My gear is layed out. The iPhone, GoPro and backup battery are charging and the Gatorade is cooling. 

I enjoyed an excessive dinner followed by blueberry pie from the local bakery and drank plenty of fluids. 

Everything is ready. 

Now all that’s left is to bike 600 miles… Starting tomorrow around 830am. 

BTW, donations are at 125%!!!  Thank you! The ARCF is a great cause and I’m pumped to rep the foundation on this ride. 

See you on the road tomorrow!