Philadelphia to Raleigh

Riding 5-8 hours per day, planning my next move, and visiting with people is leaving me with surprisingly little free time.  I intended to do a blog post between Philadelphia and DC but after DC I increased the mileage, which left me a bit worn out physically and psychologically.  There appear to be plenty of state and federal parks along the NC, SC, and GA coasts, so I hope to relax more with shorter days and some camping.

Madeline and Lily mapping my journey in their pajamas. 


CT to Philadelphia

The stretch from Newtown CT to Philadelphia via New Jersey is rich in history and a look at some of the stark racial and economic inequalities we have.  In route to Tenalfy NJ the roads and trails through Westchester and Rockland counties of NY are mostly beautiful and well maintained.  Old railways have been converted to well used bike baths around NY reservoirs and expansive vistas are frequent along the Hudson.   Roads are mostly biker friendly, especially around Nyack and Piermont where there are many well manicured and restored homes, train stations, bridges and factories from the 19th century.  I spent a nice afternoon hanging around Nyack NY, a seemingly friendly, hip and affluent community, which I learned is the hometown of Edward Hopper.

Me, Cousin Nancy and the Guinea Pigs in their mostly empty house in Croton on Hudson NY.  Nancy & family are moving to FL so they will likely get two visits from me! Anybody interested in adopting some guinea pigs?


CT Send Offs

My first night on the road.  Wonderful accommodations, company, and food at Sun One Organic Farm in Bethlehem.  How could I resist the offer to sleep in a barn with solar panels on it? Thanks Rob!