“Complete the streets! Complete the streets!” This was the rousing cheer from the crowd at Atlanta’s Capitol building last week. I was lucky that my visit in the city coincided with the yearly Georgia Rides to the Capitol event. After meeting with Neil and the Metro Atlanta Cycling Club at a satellite location in Decatur, we rolled with hundreds of other cyclists towards downtown, meeting up with other groups along the way.
1,000+ people on bikes convened at the Capitol. Students, businessmen and lycra-clad racers stood side by side as the event took on a festival-like atmosphere. There were cheers, speeches and even s’mores made on the back of a bicycle!
A self-proclaimed "Pedalvore". Definition: Eating within the area that your bike travels. Love it!
I was impressed with the attendance and energy at Georgia Rides to the Capitol and wish these bicycle advocates the very best in the future. Thank you for making an Oregonian feel so welcome.
The Gulf Coast has been full of adventure. Namely, the surprise appearance of my good friend Felice, ready to act as support crew for a week of riding. What a treat to have a traveling buddy! We were able to put in some long days that were only manageable due to the spectacular ocean views and great company. Alas, Felice will soon depart, so today I rest and tomorrow I head north, away from the shining white beaches of Florida. Next stop: Atlanta, for events on the 25th -27th. Onward for good food!
Question: How many communities can a girl visit during a 6,000 mile bicycle tour?
Answer: It depends on how fast she rides!
In case you were curious: Planning a 6,000 mile, 9 month bike tour is a complicated endeavor! I have been poring over maps, rereading emails, crunching numbers with the calculator and creating draft after draft of Tour calendars… A finalized route and timeline is almost ready. My most recent revelations:
- Washington DC is a go!
- 30: # of official Tour locations I will have time to visit
- 50 miles/day is a conservative estimate of average cycling rate
- What if it snows in Atlanta again next year?!
I will be posting a tentative list of communities soon. In the meantime you can see my detailed proposed route in segments*:
Oregon to San Fran
San Fran to Arizona
Arizona to Texas
Texas to South Carolina
South Carolina to Ohio
Ohio to Michigan
*note – the markers on the map are completely arbitrary and do not necessarily indicate Tour stops.