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We are BACK – alive & well!

8 Oct

During August & September 2013, Dean & I, (aka VT’s Forever Cycling Duo) left our VT home on our recumbent tandem bicycle headed cross country for a six week expedition unlike ANY we had taken during 20+ years of long distance touring.
The states Dean chose were; VT,NY,PA,Ohio,IND,ILL,& IOWA.
We would enjoy hearing from other tandem couples that have taken on a USA tour!
Dean & I, in the end, amassed 9 days LOST due to extreme T – storms; 27 days with our wheels spinning 50 miles; & 4 days with Dean driving a rental truck our recumbent, & baggage home – home to VT.
We discovered that Greyhound Bus has very different “requirements” regarding acceptability of transport of passengers with items (ex; our tandem!) depending on WHERE said passengers are located in the USA. Dean & I decided quick to rent a U – Haul truck – desiring to control the handling of our baggage & tandem. Costly though comfortable, this transportation allowed that we stop & try out a tandem trike (& singles) at the “Bicycle Man” shop in NY.
At the end of 6 weeks, we had pedaled 1400 miles – & God willing dream of returning to IOWA in 2014 to start at our 2013 turn – around spot to continue forward to California…
More details & photos once I get organized!
Did I mention the barns in the Midwest are spectacular???


March 18 – 24, 2012 80 miles in 5 days!

25 Mar

Sunday 3/18 – Dean & I & little sister took a day off the tandem. We drove to Montpelier, VT to attend the Green Mountain Film Festival. All of the films are made by amatuers chasing their “dreams” of being movie producers. Lucy decided after the first that this WASN’T her idea of movie making! She did go to the total 3 to give them a chance to convince her — they didn’t!   😦 Dean & I would be happy to go again anytime…

Monday 3/19 – Todays ride went from our home  to South Randolph traveling Route 107 a short way. The rest of the trip we pedaled Route 14. I was shocked to notice that the 2 locations of Pussywillow bushes (one next to the RR track on 107 & the other in a swamp on 14)  had already gone by! They don’t last long…

Tuesday 3/20 – Same pedal as Monday…

Wednesday 3/21 – NO ride as is customary! The 2 elderly ladies I visit demand too much of my time on Wednesdays, so I do all errands this day of the week before a later than usual bed time… LOVE those ladies dearly!   Noteworthy – this evening was the first of the Spring that the Peepers sang loud & succinct their joyous song… Welcome Spring!

Thursday 3/22 – Today we journeyed further up Route 14 all the way to East Randolph cemetery. Here, are buried all my paternal ancesters along with my folks. I bid them a hello & strolled to each stone of my Dad’s brothers & wives too. Forever missed as this part of our family tree were my favorites! Todays ride was close to 25 miles.

Friday 3/23 – This morn we waited awhile so the mercury could climb a bit. Spun our tandem wheels to the Creek House Diner just a couple miles outside of Bethel. Turned around rather than eating I am proud to say! The food is all homemade & it’s easy to lose track of time sharing in the hospitality the diner offers. 

Saturday 3/24 – The entire week had been summer -like with temperatures near 80 degrees. Today we are back to winters return! The thermometer may read 50 – but it feels more like 30. I dress heavy with 3 layers on the top, thermal undies, heavy fleece, then winter jacket. On my bottom half I chanced a single layer of sweatpants with smartwool socks.

   We pedaled to Sharon, VT from our homestead using Route 107, Route 14, & the Back River Road. Another 20+ miles by days end!   The devastation from Hurricane Irene that caused the worse flood since the one of 1927 continues to be evident most everywhere we look when pedaling this trip. August 28, 2011 will never be forgotten!

March 9, 2012 – A chilly pedal…

10 Mar

 After the brutal pavement Route 107 today we headed out Route 14 seeking a smoother ride. The lack of traffic made it easier to navigate around the crumbling areas that were fewer than the day before.

 I was excited to get a glimpse of Pussywillows attempting to peek out at the sun! The first healthy bush I had found this year & in a new location. Not quite ready to pick for my vase yet.

 As the temperature was just 30 degrees when we left, Dean suspected possible frostbite of his fingers & I the same of my toes! There was a fierce wind that had the threat of winter cold on its  breath.

 We did survive a 12 mile ride in the bitter cold & were relieved that neither Dean’s fingers or my toes fell off! Weather like that sure is invigorating …

 Our motto is daily exercise of the pedaling kind on a daily basis once Spring has sprung — hope yours is too!!!

 The Neo (my wordprocessor that goes for the ride!) & I wrote this tiny poem at days end:

         No green do I see,

             Not one leaf, sprout, or tree bud –

                 Frozen much like us…

 Forever,   “E”   (c)   😦

First ride March 8, 2012…

9 Mar

 Our tandem is on the road! This morn we pedaled from home to Stockbridge school – 20 miles round trip.

 The bike required no adjustments on the road so it was a joyous occassion! Temps in the 50s, sunshine, a crisp wind with a slight cool edge — Spring my favorite time of year!

Warning to all who may pedal Route 107 — due to Irene the tar is treacherous with many a crumbling area & potholes… The road has been narrowed in places due to ongoing bridge replacements. Many construction vehicles frequent the road too. Practice caution to the extreme…

Forever, “E”   (c)   🙂