site chronicles a cross-country bicycle trip I took in
the summer of 2004. I originally planned the trip with no cause
in mind other than personal experience. But, at the urging
of several friends, and after officiating a lot of lacrosse
games with my friend Tom Hoeland, I changed my mind.
You can read about Amanda and the Hoeland family on this site.
my trip on Tuesday, June 8th, leaving Philadelphia on a three-legged
train trip to Astoria, Oregon (via Chicago and Portland, OR).
I arrived in Astoria Friday evening, June 11. On Tuesday
morning, June 15th, l started my 90-day ride home. Of
course, it would have been easier to fly west than to train,
but I've always wanted to take a train across the country.
And the train gave me a glimpse of the territory I'd cover
by bike on the way home.
to stay in motels one or two nights per week, and camp the rest to cut my overall cost. But circumstances forced me to spend more time in motels than I'd hoped. Camping
was in a mix of national, state, and city parks, and private
campgrounds. I started out cooking as many of my own meals as
possible. In the end, in many places it was easier (and no more expensive) to take advantage of cheap, plentiful food in local establishments- often no more than a gas station.
You can follow my journey
on these pages. I updated them with photos and stories as
often as possible during the trip, and am still working to finish the dispatches. Keep checking back here for more pages. I hope you enjoy
them- and that they encourage you to take the journey of your
First Dispatch: Train Trip