Introduction

If you're visiting this web site, you probably already know what this little adventure is all about, but...

On June 2, 2000, I began a ride across the United States organized by a group called the Adventure Cycling Association. The 93-day tour consists of a group of about 15 cyclists, and the ride will cover almost 4,500 miles: from Portland, Oregon all the way to Williamsburg, Virginia. The ride is completely self-contained; we carry our own gear, camp each night along the way, share cooking and clean-up duties, etc. Adventure Cycling provides the maps and an experienced touring cyclist as our guide.

Our ride across the United States takes us through an amazing diversity of terrain, from the plains of the Midwest to mountains as high as 11,541 feet (at Hoosier Pass near Breckenridge, Colorado). Check out the map page to see an overview of the route we're taking, as well as our progress along the way. Also, have a look at the schedule page to see a more detailed description of our route. I'll do my best to post a few photos from the road and hopefully write a few words now and then to let you know how I'm doing.

To help motivate me through the physical and mental challenges of my journey, and to make the experience more meaningful, I have decided to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association as part of my trip. If you would like to support this worthy cause, have a look at the fundraising page for details on how you can contribute. To all of you who've already contributed, a million thanks! Your generosity and support will help me through the tough times ahead and make a real difference to those suffering from the Alzheimer's.

Finally, I encourage you all to SEND ME STUFF! Check out the mailing info page for information about how to send packages to various destinations along the way. Care packages are always greatly appreciated!

I hope you all have a great summer! Keep your fingers crossed for clear skies, tail winds, and strong tires...

Love,

Karen :)