Colorado has been glorious. I knew immediately after crossing the state line that Colorado would literally and figuratively be the peak of my Bike and Build trip. As much as I was dreading leaving the lovely predictable flatlands of Nebraska, my excitement burgeoned as we rode closer to the mountains. The terrain changed noticeably from green and yellow pastures to red and purple mesas. When we entered Loveland, the day before entering the Rocky Mountains, we did a leisurely hike to Devil's Backbone, a really incredible formation of rocks jutting up like a spine, with the Rockies in the distance. As we watched the sun set over the mountains, the wispy clouds above bathed in pink and orange, I nearly cried of joy in anticipation of the beautiful days we had ahead of us.Read More
We're in Maryland! We just arrived in Hagerstown, which is just south of the Pennsylvania/Maryland state border. Luckily, Pennsylvania's been a lot less difficult than Connecticut; there are a lot of nice rolling hills and pretty farms and pastures!
Here in Hagerstown, we will have our 2nd build day with Habitat for Humanity! I and everyone else on the trip really value these "days off" - our butts get a break from the bike, we get to sleep in an extra hour and a half (7:30 am wake up), and we don't have to repack the trailer right away! And, most importantly, we get to really participate in our mission: working towards the affordable housing cause and spreading awareness about the issues we are riding for. We even got featured in the local paper at our last build site; you can see me on the roof removing the shingles!
To avoid boring everyone, I'll try to be short and sweet in my posts and use a lot of pictures!
We've ridden 3 days now for a total of about 150 miles, from Providence, RI to Plainfield, Middletown, and Danbury in Connecticut.
The first day, we dipped our wheels into the Atlantic Ocean in Providence to commence our journey!Read More