Jeffrey connects all our Rides to NYC. He won’t parachute into a place and consider it part of our tour of the Lower 48 States.
Last year’s Ride to Seattle was relatively short. Floods, gales, downpours, landslides, a collapsed highway, a logging-road detour . . . we pedaled less than 600 miles, interspersing 2 parts biking with 1 part motor transport.
We decided to add 160 miles more to connect Washington, DC, to our 2012 Ride to Nashville; and to connect Jeffrey’s native village to our 2014 Ride to the Five Great Lakes.
Enjoy this travelogue!
Now we’d connected D.C., and George Washington’s Mt. Vernon (Virginia) estate to which we biked in 2018, to NYC. No loose ends!
In August, our friend Shira drove with us to Cicero, NY, from which we pedaled our Lightning Phantom 103 miles north to Jeffrey’s native village.
Jeffrey grew up here. He stuck me between the screen doors.
Jeffrey’s mother roller-skated here. (The sidewalk, of local marble, may be over a century old.) I’m up the hill, for scale.
I’m on the porch of the house where Jeffrey’s mother was born in 1927. Her parents were refugees from Russian persecution. They arrived in America with no money, speaking no English. During and after the Great Depression, their children went to college. Their sons served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War 2.
Now our government declares that refugees and their children no longer are welcome in America.