S: Bike Across America 2010 Ziva's Ride at 65
FC: Bike Across America 2010 Ziva's "Ride at 65"
1: It was Sept. 21, 2009, when my biking buddy, Susan Fullenbaum, and I sent off our registration and committed to do the "ride of the century." Our spouses, of course, thought we should be committed! But this is a dream that Susan and I have both shared; and to have this opportunity to honor my brother and so many other friends and acquaintances by raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, gave me all the motivation I needed.
2: It was a gorgeous day to re-assemble my bike. I met a few folks from the group and discovered that I was not the most "senior" member. Everyone was anxious to get going. We did a test ride on Vashon Island in Puget Sound. | Friday, June 18 SEATTLE
3: June 19-26 | We climbed over 4,000 ft. to cross the Cascades. It was cold and wet but beautiful to be in the clouds and see the snow on the mountains.
4: Sleeping at Skykomish HS | We stayed in Leavenworth, WA, a "Bavarian Village" on our way to Spokane. | How did they know I was coming?!
5: On the east side of the Cascades, it dried out and the temperature jumped about 30 deg. We did a few 75 mile days and passed the "Coulees," cherry orchards along the Columbia River, and many really small towns. | Pine Canyon
6: Endless wheat fields on the way to Spokane | A day off in Spokane | Breakfast at Gonzaga University | Me and Tim, our wonderful "SAG"
7: The Spokane River
8: Idaho June 26-27 | Osprey | Ken, Mr. Fix-it, repairing my bike at the Idaho border.
10: Pen d'Oreille Lake, ID
11: Montana June 28-July 10 | We made a 75 mile push into 'Big Sky Country.' The mountains and lakes in northern Montana are magnificent. We spent our first day riding around Lake Koocanusa: a mile up hill, a mile down hill, a mile up hill... We could see the Canadian Rockies as we approached Eureka, MT.
12: It's 60 mi. from Eureka to Whitefish, MT, with no shortage of water and mountains as we approached the Continental Divide.The roads are curvy with narrow shoulders and it's REALLY tense when the timber trucks zoom past at 80mph. At Whitefish, the "church ladies" were wonderful and the huckleberry shops were amazing!
14: We were all looking forward to going "over the top" at Glacier National Park. There was freezing rain and snow all the way up the 6646 feet to Logan Pass.
15: The Blackfoot Nation | There was fierce wind on the plains on the east side of the Rockies.
16: Our meals on wheels
17: I got to see my first RODEO in Choteau, MT, on July 4th. What a piece of Americana! On Monday, July 5, we pedaled 57 miles in the rain to Great Falls. | The road was pretty flat and we rode past huge fields of barley and saw many silos in the small towns.
18: Great Falls, MT
19: Sunrise over the seemingly endless stretch of Montana
20: The 'washboard' roads were often tough on the backside, but the amazing diverse scenery made up for it. I'm still not sure of the difference between 'plains' and 'prairies' but we definitely saw all of them and lots of streams and mountains as well. On the way to Hardin, MT, we crossed the 1,000 mile mark since leaving Seattle!
22: The Big Horn River | July 11
23: Adios,Tim | Wyoming oil rig | Rest stop | The "Bar Girls" | At this point, Blaine replaced Tim as our loyal SAG
24: Spearfish Canyon, SD | Crazy Horse Monument | Leaving WY with a strong tail wind, we climbed 30 miles into the Black Hills of SD. We stayed in the dorms at Black Hills State Univ. in Spearfish. | July 15
25: ...and there were those who didn't make it...
26: En route to Rapid City, we passed Sturgis, the "hog" capital of the world... not pigs, Harleys! | Oy!
27: We had TWO wonderful days off in Rapid City, where there is a statue of every president, beautiful Native American art galleries, and "Art Alley." There are also 70,000 people! We rented a van and toured Black Hills National Park. I particularly enjoyed the wild buffalo and Mt. Rushmore.
28: Rapid City, SD Gallery of Native American Art
29: Reconstruction of an old Norwegian church.
30: On the way to the "world famous" Wall Drug Store, we watched in awe as tornado clouds rolled in. A few minutes later the sky was blue and we continued to the Bad Lands.
32: A bumpy ride through the Reservation.
33: Small town hospitality in SD.
34: All that remains of Manchester, SD
35: July 24 | Wind farm | The actual "Little House on the Prairie"
36: It took 4 days in rain and sun on pretty trails and twisty rodes to cross MN. We had a day off in Winona, the "stained glass" city on the Mississippi, where we saw replicas of the Nina and Pinta.
37: July 30 | We crossed the Miss. into Wisconsin and stayed on shady bike trails for a whole day; lots of tunnels and wooden bridges.
39: I couldn't resist climbing on an old battle tank along the trail. I slipped, got a nice ambulance ride to the ER, had 21 stitches and was forced to ride in the SAG van for a few days.
40: Classic Wisconsin dairy farms.
41: A 6-hour ferry ride across Lake Michigan Aug. 3
42: I'm back in the saddle in Michigan!
43: We rode 5 days in rural MI and passed Amish farms, the historic German village of Frankenmuth, and lush vegetable farms. We were treated royally at the small private Alma College. It was a 7-minute ferry ride on the St. Claire River to cross into Ontario. Aug. 8 | Passport check at the border.
44: Uncle Tom's Cabin | Canadian tobacco | Canadian ice cream
45: We pedaled 74 miles on flat land along Lake Erie, camped at Port Burwell, and got caught in a terrible rain storm. But the sunrise the next morning was gorgeous!
46: Last coffee stop before Niagara. Only 70 more miles... piece of cake!
47: Aug. 11 Niagara Falls! Forty nine biking days and 3,224 miles from Seattle.
48: Bikes I met along the way...
50: The BAA Gang | Sharron | Tim | Kim | Ken | Blaine | Chuck | John & Lisa | Ed | Nancy | Susan | Dick | Tom | Ziva | Susie & Greg
51: If you want it badly enough, and you work hard enough, and you have the loving support of wonderful family and friends, dreams really can come true! | Reuven, You will always be the wind at my back.