A first draft of the Tour timeline in spreadsheet format. I think this will be easier to read than the calendar version. Tangible progress!
Also, I am fairly certain I will ride faster than I have projected. This means that I will have time to include additional communities and schools along the route. This timeline will be in a constant state of refinement.
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Start: August 20, 2011 in Bend, Oregon
Finish: June 1, 2012 in Houghton, Michigan
Check out the calendar!
*A nifty spreadsheet with Tour dates and locations will be completed on Monday to complement the calendar.
This week: My timeline will be completed!
(I’d like to add that projecting how far and how fast one will complete various legs of a bike tour a whole 1 year prior to departure is a laborious task and not to be undertaken lightly… I’m pretty sure route planning will prove to be more difficult than actually riding the Tour!)
Additionally, I had a super successful meeting last week with a local middle school. The staff are really enthusiastic about the Tour and keen to get their students involved. I am lucky that the teachers are also willing to give me some feedback about the curriculum. The end result is going to be productive, exciting and interactive classroom sessions. Fantastic progress!
A Tour community makes the news! HUGE props to Houghton, Michigan for its recent passage of a Complete Streets Ordinance. This new health statute is an exciting step forward for an unpretentious little community in the almost entirely rural Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Houghton also happens to be my hometown (Go Gremlins!) and still holds a dear piece of my heart. I have watched cycling bring this quaint midwest college burg alive over the past 15 years. Thanks to the diligent efforts of a handful of bike-minded (hah!) individuals, Houghton has been designated as a ‘Bike-Friendly City’ by the American League of Cyclists and is also host to many popular mountain biking events during the summer. I am so proud of my hometown and my dear friends who have led the healthy living charge there through their passion for promoting cycling. The School Food Tour can’t wait to complete the ride in Houghton!
On a side note, I am still totally in love with DoSomething – an organization dedicated to involving teens in changing their communities. They’re offering Be Amazing Grants of $2,000 for young applicants who are “inspiring people to act big”.
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.