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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???


Vt’s Forevercycling Duo “Catching up”…

23 Jul

So MUCH has happened the past few months – where do I begin? ALOT of pedaling our recumbent tandem bicycle more miles per day than usual. Have been visiting Gaysville, Pittsfield, Tunbridge, Sharon, & Bethel  more than in the past. The humidity has had us working up a dripping sweat on an everyday basis!

This photo was taken by a pro photographer that put us in the newspaper & on the local Camden, Maine TV station the day we did a “turn – around” for the pedal home… It was a great feeling to pedal ourselves from our central VT. homestead all the way to the eastern most point on the entire Northeast seaboard & then back home again!!! Anyone else reading this ever done the same???

In the future will return to posting once each month…Image


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 11 – 17 Weeks total = 60 miles!

23 Mar

Sunday – NO ride – WHERE does the time go???

Monday the 12th left home & looped to Tunbridge General Store & back. Route 14 hazardous with crumbling & frost heaves. The narrow underpasses make it slow in places. Route 110 a bit better. The hills roll easy pedaling in that direction! I could go across the USA if the job didn’t prevent it!

Tuesday the 13th was half the miles (10+) of Monday pedaling Route 14. A quarter of the way homeward bound & we are drenched with a pelting cold rain that changed to icy hail! Only so fast a tandem can roll in those conditions with it’s 2 riders sleep deprived… We persevered & were granted a safe journey! 1,000,000 thanks for that blessing!

Wednesday – NO ride as is true every Wednesday!

Thursday the 15th we repeat Tuesday’s pedal.

Friday – NO ride as rainy weather!

Saturday the 17th we pedal Route 14, cross the bridge into So Ro village & hang left to roll the back river road ending in a turn around for us to return using Route 14 a second time. Total this day 20+ miles! Sandy’s Drive In restaurant is reopened. Glad to see those possibilities have returned!

A phenomenal week!   🙂   (c) “E”