Now that I’ve been checked-out by my Doctor, who informed me the injury sustained on this year’s installment of the Drunken Bicycle “Race” won’t have a lasting detrimental effect on my ability to Bicycle the 3 (three) Tours I have planned for this year, I can get back to planning the 4th Annual MSP-NYC Bicycle Tour. This year’s plan is to cross Lake Michigan at Milwaukee/Muskegon, Ride to and through Detroit, somehow cross into Canada, meander to Lockport, NY, where the Erie Canal will by and large lead to Albany, and then follow the Hudson down to NYC. A wrinkle is leaving in early July to maximize daylight hours so I’m not forever arriving at a given campground in darkness.
I know I’ve yet to finish writing about last year’s odyssey, but last Autumn my laptop (from the previous Century) quit doing many things most people take for granted, and I’m reduced to either taking advantage of stolen moments on work-computers, or doing this– typing everything out on the tiny screen & keyboard of a ‘smart’phone (it’s ‘smart’ because it can get me to endlessly peck away on this microscopic contraption, secretly laughing at me all the while!). Perhaps I’ll finish last year’s tale in time to go on this year’s Tour?
Anyway, I give warning here, in case anyone would care to accompany me on this journey. The nuts & bolts: about 160-klicks a day (100-miles, give or take), camping every night, traveling entirely self-contained, completeing the Tour in about 2-weeks, 3-days or so in NYC staying at the HI-Hostel in Manhattan, and returning via AMTRAK on the Lakeshore Limited and the Empire Builder (I just like typing-out Train names). Joining warmshowers.org is recommended, as is HI-International.
Plans/Itinerary to follow.
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