Sunday, August 13, 2006

The Home Stretch

We left Louisville, KY on Wednesday 8/9 to begin the final week of our trip. Well, actually its more like 9 days. We have decided to forego our final rest day in order to get home a full week ahead of schedule on Thursday 8/17. To be frank, we are eager to get home. Yes, I know that spending all day outdoors enjoying the beautiful scenery is a great way to enjoy a summer but the combination of 8 hours a day on a bike and living out of a suitcase for almost 2 months can get old like anything else. Thus, we decided to average 115 miles/day across Ohio. The landscape was rolling hills and farms like the one above.

Throughout most of Ohio, we were lucky to have friends and family to stay with. In Cincinnati I got to meet my long lost cousin, Greg Landsman. I had never met this side of my family so it was great to get in touch and Greg took great care of us in Cincinnati. Then, in Columbus we stayed with Kevin and Sandy Grady (relatives of Ben's girlfriend Jenn Grady). Sandy made us an amazing dinner and we really appreciate the hospitality we were shown.

Yesterday, we left Ohio (insert cheer here) and crossed the Pymatuning Reservoir into PA. It was absolutely one of the most beautiful days of our ride. 75 and sunny, you can't beat that. (Picture above)

In short, we were glad to be in Pennsylvania (only two states away from home). The scenery started to feel familiar. On the whole, Pennsylvania is pretty hilly but has so far been very fun to ride. Below is the Acock Inn in Pittsfield where we stopped for lunch today (Sunday). Trust us, they make a mean sanguitch. Also below, our trusty steeds chill out in the ivy by the Inn while we eat.

Our final destination today was Warren, PA. Below, Ben climbs a hill on the way to Warren.

Our itinerary for the rest of the trip is as follows.

Monday - Warren, PA to Mansfield, PA

Tuesday - Mansfield, PA to Harford, PA

Wednesday - Harford, PA to Poughkeepsie, NY

Thursday - Poughkeepsie, NY to Hartford, CT

Special thanks to Tim Grady for putting us up in Holiday Inns along our last leg both in Warren, PA and Poughkeepsie, NY.

See you soon!!

All the best,

Jeremiah and Ben


Anonymous Gerry said...

You guys are blazing through the northeast! And very close to completing an extraordinary and inspiring journey. We are very proud of both of you. Be safe these last three days.

12:04 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome...amazing...rad...finish strong!!!!


7:14 PM

Anonymous Nancy said...

What a vicarious thrill you are giving all of us as we read about your amazing cross-country journey...I thank you for that! Have a great finale; I look forward to your safe homecoming!

7:26 AM

Anonymous Olivia said...

You rock, Jem!

7:27 AM


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