What follows is the emailed text from the bike diary, reformatted as HTML (with some minor spelling and typographical corrections) with photographs I took during the trip inserted where they belong in the narrative. Purely for archival purposes, I have also preserved the original, unformatted email text (in Unix mbox format).
I would also like to thank all the folks who helped make this ride so much fun: my dad for coming along for the last 700 miles of it, Cindy for being there when I came home, da Boss for letting me take a looong vacation, Maria and Kate for sending mail, Chuck, Barb, Seth and Micah Childers for their hospitality in Bowling Green, Ohio, the Heidemans and Tholens of Ashkum, Illinois for shelter from the storm and many many other "ordinary" people I met along the way who took an interest in my project.
4036 miles in 52 days means the average was 77.6 miles per day, but I took a total of five days off. If you exclude those then the moving average was 85.9 miles per day. I made a histogram of daily mileages which gives a better idea of what the distance distribution was like.
I was mostly alone. My father joined me in Whitefish, Montana and rode the last 700 miles to Seattle with me.
Yes, and I knew that when I started. See the screed in Bike Diary #6 (day 13) for details on why I did it that way. In the end, I think it was pretty much a wash: I had about as many tailwinds as the eastbounders.
Yes, in 1990 I bicycled from Gainesville, Florida to Seattle, Washington; 5000 miles in 100 days. I've also done some shorter trips: Gainesville, Florida to Durham, North Carolina in 1986; Boston, Massachusetts to Bedford, Virginia in 1992; Tucson, Arizona to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1999.
Definitely, next chance I get. Probably Boston to San Francisco next time. 2002 is already booked up, maybe 2003?
No, this expedition was entirely self-financed and for fun.
Hardly any: two flat tires, one broken toeclip strap and one of the bolts that held the rear rack to the seat stay vibrated loose and fell out. I was able to repair all of them along the way.
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