The ride will start at Astoria OR (just west of Portland) and end in Portsmouth NH. It’s run by an outfit outfit called America by Bicycle who will provide daily ride maps, daily route and safety briefings and they provide hotels each night. They’ll move luggage from hotel to hotel, provide breakfast and dinner on ride days and provide bicycle repair and minor medical services as needed. They will also provide several re-fueling stops each day during the ride with snacks, sports drinks and water. We’ll ride rain or shine as the next hotel awaits our arrival on time. Some of the riders are riding for a charity they support. Others are not. St Jude is a charity that my wife Jacquie and I really believe in and one that we’ve supported each month for over 20 years now.
I will be covering the full cost of the ride itself, so 100% of your donations will go directly to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
There will be 30 or so cycling enthusiasts doing the coast to coast version and 12 others doing regional segments. The coast to coast ride will pass though OR, ID, WY, SD, MN, WI, MI, Ontario Canada, NY. VT and NH over the course of 45 riding days and 5 rest days.
We’ll head out of Astoria and through Portland as we climb through the Cascade Mountains in OR, where we’ll pass snow capped Mt Hood with views of Mt Jefferson. We’ll cross the high plains plateau of Idaho over 5 days, then we’ll traverse the Teton Range near Jackson Hole WY via Teton Pass at 8431 ft above sea level on day 15. This is the signature climb of the ride with a stretch of 7 miles above 6-7% grade and the last two miles at just over 10%. All at high altitude. Some red lights will be blinking in the engine room and circuit breakers will be popping I’m sure !
We then cross the continental divide as we climb the Togwotee Pass (pronounced TOE-gah-dee) the next day at 9650 ft but via a longer but gentler climb. After descending out of the Eastern Rockies we’ll ride across the short but steep Black Hills of SD while dropping by to see Mt Rushmore. Next come the lakes and rolling hills of MN and WI, followed by a ferry ride across Lake Michigan on a vintage coal fired ferry. We’ll then traverse the relatively flat MI peninsula, cross into Canada at Sarnia Ontario (my wife Jacquie’s home town) and spend three days cycling in ON before crossing back into NY state at Niagara Falls. After riding across rolling hills in northern NY state it’s on to the Green Mountains of VT for the ride’s final climbing challenge before we end in the pretty coastal town of Portsmouth NH about 70 miles north of Boston on the Atlantic.
Ride Stats: Total miles: 3,660. Total climbing: 107,000 ft. Highest Altitude: 9,650 ft. Daily avg miles: 82. Longest day: 120 miles. Biggest daily calorie burn: 4,800