Saturday, 28 August 2010

A New Adventure Beckons..

First a big thank you to all of you that followed my Trans American cycle ride, your comments on Facebook, Tweets on Twitter and comments on the Blog have been great.


As most of you are aware I've spent the last three weeks on Vancouver Island as guests of my good friends Mark and Becky, I have eaten them out of house and home and been taken on some lovely trips around this beautiful island.


I'm now champing at the bit to get pedalling again and I've been keeping my cards close to my chest about my route as I wasn't 100% sure myself where I might head to next. I've now decided,  that having loved the East to West Trans Am across America that I should get a full flavour of the country and cycle from North to South following the Adventure Cycling Association's Pacific Coast route.


So tomorrow I'm heading off via a few different ferries to Anacortes in North America stopping off on the islands of San Juan and Orcas first.


I will then head back out to Astoria in Oregon and follow the Pacific Highway down the coast of America to the Mexican border. 


It's a 1853 mile route and I'll be using the ACA's trusty maps to keep me on track, although it should be a bit easier to navigate as I just need to keep the sea to my right!


As usual I'll keep you updated on my adventures and wry observations of life on the road via this Blog, so please keep visiting and follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/stuwitterer


I'm still raising money for ShelterBox, especially after the flooding in Pakistan, so if you'd like to sponsor me and help this great charity see the link at the top of the page.


Regards
Stuart Woolger - The Midlifecyclist


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I Ride Therefore, I Transam

Journeys end, Astoria OR 
Well folks this leg of the journey is over, on the 6th August 2010 at 10 am I officially finished my 4600 mile Trans America cycle ride following the Adventure Cycling Associations Trans Am route East to West.

The journey was a test of physical and mental stamina, but with every corner and new horizon offering stunning scenery, chance encounters with great people and a million memories, the rewards far outweighed the effort.

I now feel the fittest I’ve ever felt in my adult life and certainly the slimmest! If you’ve ever considered doing something like this, all I can say is go for it, you’ll never regret it!

Thanks to all the people I met on route who helped make the ride such a great experience and thanks also for your kind sponsorship which has raised £700 (inc gift aid) for Shelterbox.

There are still stories to be told, so watch out for new Blog posts in the coming weeks. I am also planning my next leg of the ride and will be announcing that soon.

A wet & windy Pacific Ocean!
Until then I am enjoying some R&R on Vancouver Island Canada.

Here are a few factoids from the ride.

88 Days in total
4659.7 miles
17 Punctures (don’t ask!)
40lbs in Body weight lost.
States crossed = 10
Virginia
Kentucky
Illinois
Missouri
Kansas
Colorado
Wyoming
Montana
Idaho
Oregon


Trans Am photos on Flickr - Click Here
Trans Am videos on YouTube - Click here
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Sponsor Me - http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StuartWoolger