I am home. The gang dropped Steve at the airport Sunday morning and then the three of us, Jeff, Pete and myself drive home. Sunday night was spent near Chicago and we arrive back in Michigan noon Monday. I loaded my car, said hello to Ajax, then headed from home in Ohio. 5:30 I was home. I was super glad to see my wife. Six weeks away is a long time. Next year we my have to ramp up our days to 100 miles. Fat chance.
Things I have learned:
Adventure Cycling Association maps are great. Now I will not be without them. It first I thought I did not need them. In the past tours, I had Q-sheets or I followed someone. This tour I rode mostly alone and I came to love the maps. The maps have much detail and great information on them.
I rode with a Garmin Edge 25. This tracked my ride so I had a copy of where I rode at the end of the day. That is what I posted each day. It has speed and mileage during the ride but to me the most important value was my cadence, how fast I was pedaling. It was very helpful as I climb long passes.
My new bicycle, bought last fall, Surly Disc Trucker, worked great. The gearing let me climb the mountains and the brakes slowed me down after I top the mountain passes.
A question was asked of me, What was the best part of the ride? The best part was being on the ride. It was something I have wanted to do and I thought my time has pasted. It has not.
Lastly I plan NOT to post as much on this blog. I plan to post my pictures and my facebook page. I will return to this blog in 2020 when I start my training for the second half of the ride.
Bismark, ND to Maine in 2020. Franklin is ready to go, why wait?
Thank you to all who have viewed this blog.
John, the writer, Schweitzer