New York (24 nights: May 2-7; May 16-19; Jun 24-27; Jul 1-14)
|Distance cycled:||123 mi / 198 km / 799,961 RJP|
|Elevation gained:||3,845 ft / 1,172 m|
|Elevation lost:||4,063 ft / 1,238 m|
Naturally we started our trip in New York. Although homeless now, we used NYC as our home base for travel and concerts until mid-July when we finally got the hell out of there. We rode around the city quite a bit, but I only included miles to and from the train station and the Phish shows at Randall’s Island. We also did a mini-tour between a festival in Vermont and some shows upstate.
New Jersey (1 night: May 7; May 16; May 19-20; Jun 24)
We were in New Jersey several times, passing through to/from Virginia or the Newark airport. We spent one night there before catching our flight to Hawaii.
Pennsylvania (May 7; May 16; Jul 14) Transit only
We passed through Pennsylvania on our way to/from Virginia as well as on the train to Ohio.
Maryland (May 7; May 16) Transit only
We passed through Maryland on our way to/from Virginia.
West Virginia (May 7; May 16) Transit only
We passed through West Virginia on our way to/from Virginia.
Virginia (7 nights: May 7-16)
Our first trip out of New York was to visit Brandy’s folks in Virginia and drop off a vanload of crap we decided to keep. We did no cycling in Virginia. We drove through the night on the way back. That night is not attributed to any state.
North Carolina – Lewis only (1 night: May 13-14)
I took a day trip down to Raleigh and Chapel Hill to visit a friend while Brandy stayed behind to finish some sewing projects. I ate good BBQ, went to a brewery and did no bicycling.
Georgia (1 night: May 20-21)
We were stranded in Atlanta after we missed our connection to Hawaii, until we remembered that my cousin, Matt had just moved there. Luckily he had randomly chosen to take the day off work and we had a nice surprise visit with Matt and his family.
Hawaii (33 nights: May 21-Jun 23)
|Distance cycled:||36 mi / 58 km / 232,645 RJP|
|Elevation gained:||1,542 ft / 470 m|
|Elevation lost:||1,542 ft / 470 m|
We were lucky enough to come across some insanely cheap tickets to Hawaii in the months leading up to our trip. In the past we’d skipped similar deals because it just didn’t seem right to go there for only a week. Finally! We’d have enough time to give Hawaii our full attention. We spent over a month there and visited all but one of the populated islands open to the public. The people we met were incredible and showed us that the aloha spirit is still alive. Each island is unique and magnificent in its own way and we absolutely intend to return, possibly to live. We only did a small amount of cycling, on crappy rental bikes on the very bike-able island of Molokai. The bikes were in such poor condition that I broke several spokes on mine.
We paid for accommodations for 11 of our nights there, including 5 nights of backpacking on the Na Pali Coast. Our 19 nights of camping ranged from squatting with a homeless guy in Kona who claimed to be the deposed king of Hawaii to some of the most beautiful spots we have ever been. Of those, 13 nights were on the seashore.
Vermont (4 nights: Jun 27-Jul 1)
|Distance cycled:||68 mi / 109 km / 438,646 RJP|
|Elevation gained:||4,101 ft / 1,250 m|
|Elevation lost:||5,016 ft / 1,529 m|
|Ass kicked by bike:||1 time|
There was time for one last festival with our buddies Austin & Elyza. The Frendly (sic) Gathering in Vermont attracted a much younger crowd than other festivals, but was a good time nonetheless. The festival fit in logistically well with the Phish three-night run at Saratoga Springs so we made a small cycle tour out of it. The Green Mountains were our first true climbing with loaded bikes. Just getting to the festival entrance was challenging enough, but we were shocked to learn that there were another seven miles and 900 feet of elevation gain to get from the check-in to the actual festival. The choice of riding or taking the yellow school bus was easy and provided some unearned downhill coasting when we left the fest on Sunday. Perhaps to pay us back our insolence, the road hypnotized Brandy to forget to unclip from the pedals going into the campground that night and she toppled over onto her poor knee. It was pretty bashed up, but luckily it was superficial and she was able to ride the next day. Sleeping arrangements ran the gamut on this ride: state park, free camping next to a creek in the woods, escaping a storm in our tent behind the house of a friendly jogger, Warm Showers hosts, stealth camping behind an Amtrak station.
Well, we’re back in the USA for the summer. What better time than now to finally post the summary of our travels in the USA last year?
What follows contains excessive quantification of our activities from my last day at work, May 2nd, 2014 until we crossed the border to Mexico at Douglas, Arizona / Agua Prieta, Sonora on Christmas Eve, 2014. I kept track of a bunch of random useless information with respect to our cycling, sleeping, breweries visited, transit used and other stuff so put on your nerdiest glasses and get ready for the good times. I have broken it into the following posts:
This post contains our overall numbers for USA/Canada for a bunch of different categories. The regional posts contain brief-ish reviews of what we did in each state and some photos.
We entered 24 US states and 1 Canadian province, but 3 of those were drive-thru and 5 were train-thru:
– New York (May 2-7; May 16-19; Jun 24-27; Jul 1-14)
– New Jersey (May 7; May 16; May 19-20; Jun 24)
– Pennsylvania (May 7; May 16; Jul 14) Transit only
– Maryland (May 7; May 16) Transit only
– West Virginia (May 7; May 16) Transit only
– Virginia (May 7-16)
– North Carolina – Lewis only (May 13-14)
– Georgia (May 20-21)
– Hawaii (Jun 21-23)
– Vermont (Jun 27-Jul 1)
– Ohio (Jul 15)
– Michigan (Jul 15-17)
– Indiana (Jul 17) Transit only
– Illinois (Jul 17-22)
– Wisconsin (Jul 22-Aug 27)
– Minnesota (Aug 27-28) Transit only
– North Dakota (Aug 28) Transit only
– Montana (Aug 28-29) Transit only
– Idaho (Aug 29) Transit only
– Washington (Aug 29-Sep 3; Sep 8-18)
– British Columbia (Sep 3-8)
– Oregon (Sep 18-Oct 9; Oct 16-18)
– California (Oct 9-16; Oct 18-31)
– Nevada (Oct 31-Nov 4)
– Arizona (Nov 4-Dec 24)
We cycle toured in 12 states: New York, Hawaii, Vermont, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona; and 1 province: British Columbia. This brings our state cycle touring total up to 17, with the inclusion of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Maine and one duplicate, Wisconsin from previous tours.
|Total USA & Canada Cycling|
|Distance cycled||2,080 mi / 3,347 km / 13,516,150 Ron Jeremy Penises (RJP)|
|Elevation gained||62,106 ft / 18,930 m|
|Elevation lost||64,608 ft / 19,693 m|
|Paid (inc. camping)||43|
|Drove All Night||1|
We were in a bed almost half of the nights of our trip, which seems crazy when I look at it, but it makes sense considering how much we visited friends and family. The hammock nights were woefully few because we kept chasing autumn down the west coast and nights were a bit too chilly. Luckily we were able to dust them off once we got to the coast of Mexico.
We spent the most nights with friends (thanks guys!), including a handful of nights with friends of friends. We had no specific host on 82 nights, but this category is varied because it includes wild camping, park camping, hotels and hostels. Family put us up for 39 nights, which is actually a bit less than I thought it would be.
Other Miscellaneous Crap
Here is some more miscellaneous crap we kept track of.
|River / Stream||12|
Yes, I know camping in arroyos is foolish, but it’s also the best place to camp for every other point aside from being washed away in the night.
We would have loved to have way more fires than that, but I’m pretty conservative about the conditions in which I’ll build one, especially in the desert. The backpacking nights come from four hikes: Na Pali Coast; Pololu Valley (I barely count this because it was a 45-minute hike in and out); Lost Coast Wilderness; and Superstition Wilderness. All four of these places demolish anywhere else I have backpacked in amazingness factor. Most of the 23 concerts are Phish, but we did also see Primus on the Primus and the Chocolate Factory tour, which was one of the best concerts I’ve seen. Two weekend music festivals make four nights and very good times. Mosquitoville nights are nights where the mosquitoes are “out of control” and are not good times until you’re in your hammock laughing maniacally watching the bastards bouncing off the net.
We spent 38 nights on public land (5 in official Wilderness Areas). Below is the breakdown by agency or type.
|Public Land Management Entity||Nights|
|Other state land||1|
Ethan Allen Express: Saratoga Springs, NY-NYC
Lakeshore Limited: NYC-Toledo, OH
Wolverine: Jackson, MI-Chicago, IL
Empire Builder: Columbus, WI-Seattle, WA
Coast Starlight: Eugene, OR-Oakland, CA
California Zephyr: Richmond, CA-Truckee, CA
Metra Union Pacific North: Clybourn Station Chicago, IL-Kenosha, WI
Sounder: Seattle, WA-Everett, WA
BART: Oakland, CA<->Berkeley, CA
BART: San Francisco, CA-Richmond, CA
Caltrain: Bayshore Station San Francisco, CA-Palo Alto, CA
Caltrain: San Jose, CA-22nd Street Station San Francisco, CA
East River Ferry: Wall St-Greenpoint (home from my last day of work)
East River Ferry: Randall’s Island Special
Washington State Ferries: Anacortes, WA-Orcas, WA
Washington State Ferries: Orcas, WA-Friday Harbor, WA
Washington State Ferries: Friday Harbor, WA-Sydney, BC
Washington State Ferries: Sydney, BC-Anacortes, WA
Washington State Ferries: Clinton, WA-Mukilteo, WA
Washington State Ferries: Edmonds, WA-Kingston, WA (on a bus)
San Francisco Bay Ferry: Alameda, CA-San Francisco, CA
Kauai County Bus: Lihue, HI-Hanalei, HI
Kauai County Bus: Hanalei, HI-Kapaa, HI
Kauai County Bus: Kapaa, HI-Lihue, HI
Hawaii Island Hele-On Bus: Kona, HI-Hilo, HI-Pahoa, HI
TheBus: Pupukea, HI-Honolulu, HI
Olympic Bus Lines Dungeness Line: Seattle, WA-Port Angeles, WA
The Wave (Tillamook County): Tillamook, OR-Portland, OR
*I believe that all of these but the Dungeness Line are operated as local, fixed-route bus services, but I am categorizing them as intercity because of the distances.
We had our bicycles with us for the most part, so generally did not use local public transit, despite my professional interest. However, we did use local transit in the following cities:
Atlanta, GA (rail)
Chicago, IL (bus & rail)
Milwaukee, WI (bus)
Phoenix, AZ (rail, we tried to use the bus, but after three passed us with full bike racks, we just rode the 25 miles)
These are all trails we rode on for more than some short, half-assed amount. What that cutoff means is chosen arbitrarily of course.
|East River Trail||New York||Manhattan|
|University Parks Trail||Ohio||Toledo|
|Centennial Trail||Ohio||Toledo area|
|Pike Bike Trail||Wisconsin||Kenosha|
|County Bike Trail||Wisconsin||Kenosha & Racine Counties|
|Root River Pathway||Wisconsin||Racine|
|MRK Trail||Wisconsin||Racine County|
|WE Energies Trail||Wisconsin||Racine County|
|Oak Leaf Trail||Wisconsin||Milwaukee County|
|Ozaukee Interurban Trail||Wisconsin||Ozaukee County|
|Eisenbahn State Trail||Wisconsin||Washington County|
|Sheboygan Interurban Trail||Wisconsin||Sheboygan County|
|Friendship Trail||Wisconsin||Calumet County|
|Fox River Trail||Wisconsin||Calumet & Brown Counties|
|Wiouwash Trail||Wisconsin||Shawano County|
|Mountain Bay Trail||Wisconsin||Shawano County|
|51/29 Trail||Wisconsin||Marathon County|
|Green Circle Trail||Wisconsin||Portage County|
|Wisconsin River Trail||Wisconsin||Wood County|
|Southwest Commuter Path||Wisconsin||Dane County|
|Badger State Trail||Wisconsin||Dane County|
|Capital City Trail||Wisconsin||Madison|
|Highway 2 Bike Path||Washington||Snohomish County|
|Centennial Trail||Washington||Snohomish & Skagit Counties|
|Tommy Thompson Trail||Washington||Skagit County|
|Lochside Regional Trail||British Columbia||Vancouver Island|
|Galloping Goose Trail||British Columbia||Vancouver Island|
|Interurban Trail||Washington||Snohomish & King Counties|
|Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop||Washington||Seattle|
|Olympic Discovery Trail||Washington||Clallam County|
|Waterfront Park Trail||Oregon||Portland|
|(San Francisco) Bay Trail||California||San Mateo County|
|Guadalupe River Trail||California||Santa Clara County|
|The Wiggle*||California||San Francisco|
|Pioneer Trail||California||Nevada County|
|I-225 East Beltway Trail||Nevada||Vegas Area|
|St. Rose Parkway Trail||Nevada||Vegas Area|
|Amargosa Trail||Nevada||Vegas Area|
|UPRR Trail||Nevada||Vegas Area|
|Arrowhead Trail||Nevada||Vegas Area|
|River Mountains Loop Trail||Nevada||Vegas Area|
|Arizona Canal Trail||Arizona||Phoenix|
|Sun Circle Trail||Arizona||Phoenix Area|
|Other unnamed canal trails||Arizona||Phoenix Area|
*Note that the Wiggle isn’t really a trail, but it’s cool enough to mention here. It is a signed route that “wiggles” through many blocks to follow the best grade east/west to reach the Panhandle and Golden Gate Park.
Breweries & Other Alcoholeries
We also visited the following breweries and makers of other fine alcoholic substances. I’ve noted where we filled a growler, just because.
|Dirk the Norseman||New York||Brooklyn|
|Brooklyn Brewery||New York||Brooklyn|
|Crank Arm Brewing Company||North Carolina||Raleigh|
|Kona Brewing Company||Hawaii||Kona|
|Grand River Marketplace||Michigan||Jackson (growler)|
|Haymarket Pub & Brewery||Illinois||Chicago|
|Saint Francis Brewing Co.||Wisconsin||St. Francis|
|Sprecher Brewing Co.||Wisconsin||Milwaukee|
|Red Eye Brewing Co.||Wisconsin||Wausau|
|Bull Falls Brewery||Wisconsin||Wausau (growler)|
|Hydro Street Brewing Co.||Wisconsin||Columbus (growler)|
|Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub||British Columbia||Victoria|
|Tugwell Creek Honey Farm & Meadery||British Columbia||Sooke|
|Astoria Brewing Company||Oregon||Astoria|
|Nehalem Bay Winery||Oregon||Nehalem|
|Hopworks Bike Bar||Oregon||Portland|
|Hair of the Dog Brewing Co.||Oregon||Portland|
|Base Camp Brewing Company||Oregon||Portland|
|Crux Fermentation Project||Oregon||Bend|
|Deschuttes Brewing Company||Oregon||Bend|
|Block 15 Brewing Co.||Oregon||Corvallis|
|Flat Tail Brewing||Oregon||Corvallis|
|Lost Coast Brewery & Café||California||Eureka|
|Redwood Curtain Brewing Company||California||Arcata|
|Rock Wall Wine Co.||California||Alameda|
|Magnolia Brewing Co.||California||San Francisco|
|Southern Pacific Brewing||California||San Francisco|
|Mother Bunch Brewing||Arizona||Phoenix|
|Prescott Brewing Co.||Arizona||Prescott|
|Beaver Street Brewery||Arizona||Flagstaff|
|Hops and Vines Winery||Arizona||Sonoita|
|Hannah’s Hill Winery||Arizona||Sonoita|
I could go into all sorts of additional detail with crazy maps and reviews and plenty of other crap, but I’m going to leave what remains of my eyeballs in my skull and leave it at that. The next post will begin the less detailed state summaries. The first will be the East Coast & Hawaii (Hawaii included because it was sandwiched in time by the East Coast).