We finally made it! We arrived to Lubec at about 7 PM last night and crossed into Canada. I can't believe he rode that many miles in 6 days!! Pretty impressive stuff. I also couldn't believe how big of a state Maine is. It took us the entire day to get across it, unlike other days where we crossed through numerous states. Dr. Ross put in just about 200 miles again to make the final push to our destination. When we got to Lubec it was really foggy, and when we went to cross the bridge into Canada you could only see maybe 10 feet or so ahead of you. It was pretty crazy. It was also about a 15 degree difference in temperature compared to the day before in massachusetts and new hampshire. The fog was actually kind of a mist in the air and you could feel your body getting damp from it, kinda weird. Anyways, it was pretty crazy at the border. For those of you who have crossed into Canada or another country know how serious it is. They asked us a bunch of questions. I had a bottle of root beer in the front seat and he questioned me about that. I told him it was Maines finest. haha. They made us roll our windows down and asked us if there was anyone else in the car about 3 different times. And once again, last night we drove into a smaller city in maine, and of course...No Vacancy! ugh!! So we just drove the extra 30 miles or so on our way back through Maine into Bangor to stay for the night. We arrived to our hotel at about 10 PM and went and ate dinner, because neither of us had eaten. Basically, we got to our hotel rooms at about 11:30, which is why there was no blog last night. So today we are going to Portland, ME to talk to the Boys and Girls Club there. Should be fun. I am excited to see the kids and talk with them. This has been such a great journey. I will probably do another blog tonight and add some pictures of the rest of the trip, so keep checking in, because we got some pretty cool pictures that are worth viewing. Well, off to Portland.
Monday, August 13, 2012
What a day! We started early today once again, and had about a 20 mile ride straight into Boston just in time for early Monday morning rush hour. Going through Boston was pretty cool, and it was actually the most bike friendly city we've been through. Though, the traffic did not help at all and we definitely made some wrong turns which made for some not so fun times. When we get into the big cities, Dr. Ross is on a bike and usually can go faster than me in the car because I am always stuck in traffic, so he is able to go way ahead and navigate his way out of the city and not have to sit around and wait. We actually lost each other for a while and it took almost an hour to meet back up, but we made it out ok and were on our way north into New Hampshire. The hills definitely didn't get smaller today, they got bigger. They have basically turned into small mountains, making riding even more difficult for Dr. Ross, and every time I see a big hill/mountain coming up I just know he is dreading it. But he is still making amazing time somehow even with the tough terrain he has come up against. Dr. Ross had his first lobster roll today. Lobster rolls are a pretty popular food up here in Maine, so he wanted to give it a try, and he loved it. I believe we took a picture of him with it, so pictures of the famous lobster roll to come...We are now in Wiscasset, Maine staying in a random hotel in the middle of nowhere, and lets just say...this place has seen better days....But either way, it's a place for us to lay our heads down for the night, and get up early for another day of riding. Oh yah....so we went to check in at the front office of the hotel and were telling the guy working about what we were doing. So the guy says "oh really, these two guys over here did the same thing". And there on the wall in the office is a picture of two guys that stayed at the exact same little, tiny, run down hotel in the middle of nowhere, and they had a picture of them with their bikes at the southernmost point in Key West, FL and at the northeast most point in Lubec, Maine. Pretty crazy! I believe we went another 200 miles or so today. Anyways, more tomorrow. Thanks for tuning in!
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
So first of all, sorry there was no blog yesterday. Dr. Ross has been riding from 5:30 or so until about 8 to 8:30 PM and by the time we get settled in, showered and eat dinner, we are both ready to sleep. Also, last night we stayed in Nottingham, PA and the only hotel in Nottingham did not have internet service. I believe they only have one stop light there as well. So between yesterday and today, I don't know where to start, but lets start with yesterday for the sake of being chronologically correct :) In the morning Dr. Ross decided he wanted to ride himself into Washington DC, more specifically because there are specific bike routes that we thought would be easier for him, so I met him there. Come to find out, it wasn't as easy as expected and he had to back track a few times due to wrong turns. Not to mention, the one thing you will probably hear Dr. Ross talk about most, I believe, is how hilly this ride has been compared to the Key West trip. There is hill after hill after hill after hill after.......hill..after hill...you get the picture. Finally, late morning we met in DC at the Lincoln Memorial and took some pictures. After DC, we headed out towards Baltimore. This is where things got tricky. We thought it would be a decent idea to just ride through on the not so busy highway through Baltimore. Less traffic, less people hopefully, and a straight shot to avoid riding extra miles. What we didn't take into account were the rough areas we would have to ride through, and how difficult it would be to navigate through a big city. All the streets change direction and name and the traffic, no matter where you are, is terrible. The craziest part of the Baltimore section was when we were coming up to a street Dr. Ross went up to a police officer and told him the direction we were trying to go and if we were headed in the right direction. He said yes, but just to let us know, we were heading straight into the most dangerous part in all of Baltimore. In fact it has a name "murderers alley". I was thinking "ok, well lets find another route, even if it means going a little bit out of our way". But....Dr. Ross said "Thank you" and we rode straight through it! I'm not gonna lie, pretty scary stuff, but we made it all in one piece. Later that evening, around 8:30 PM we arrived in Nottingham, PA and called it a day, 185 miles later.....unbelievable!
Today, we made our way into the New Jersey/New York area. This morning, Dr. Ross got up at about 5:30 as usual and head out. Apparently, early this morning, while he was riding on Highway 1, a State Highway Patrol officer kicked him off the highway and told him he was crazy for being on there. Dr. Ross basically just laughed it off, and obliged by changing course and taking a bit of a longer route on our way towards New Jersey. The story of yesterday and today was the difficulty of riding through big cities. We rode through Trenton and Newark, NJ as well as New York City, Manhattan, and the Bronx, New York. We rode through some of the craziest and wildest traffic that we have ever ridden through. Not to mention riding through the Bronx was an experience in itself. We actually took the time to eat at Wendys for dinner in the Bronx. haha. My wife is probably going to kill me when we get back. The one thing I will say is as I drive through these rougher areas I can't help but reflect and be grateful for the things that I do have. Just when you think times are tough in your own life, you see a situation someone else has been dealt and it brings you back to a reality that helps you remember the things you've been blessed with. So, we are now near Port Chester, NY in a small town called Rye Brook about to fall asleep in the Hilton here. Speaking of that, I'd like to give a shot out to Richard Christensen, a guest service agent here at the Hilton in Rye Town who gave us a room when the hotel was supposed to be full and no rooms available. He made it happen for us and we appreciate it. We tried two other hotels in a different town that were full and we were on about an hour's journey trying to find a place to sleep for the night. Oh yah...By the way, Dr. Ross rode 206 miles today!!! Anyways, it is time for bed. see ya!
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Thursday, May 31, 2012
BY THE NUMBERS......
1200 plus.....number of miles biked in 9 days (the plus figures in 3-4 wrong turns, thanks Cody)
7.....................number of flat tires, ( 6 on bikes, 1 on Tahoe)
3.....................number of large chocolate Frosties we had at EVERY Wendys (2 dennis, 1 Cody)
2000.............toothbrushes given away at 9 Boys and Girls Clubs
9...................miles away from key west when i got the last flat tire ( and didnt have my phone)
2...................number of dogs that chased me in 9 days
4....................number of dogs that chased me on my last bike ride to Robersonville
42................bridges between miami and key west
1.................number of ladies ( i use the term loosely) that fussed out Cody for photographing her house
5..................gallons of liquid Dennis drank every day to stay hydrated
85,000.......dollars raised so far to distribute to The Boys and Girls Clubs ( thanks again if you donated)
1200...........number of miles from greenville to LUBEC, MAINE ( next trip???? to get to $100,000 for the clubs)