It seems like it was just a few days ago that I was leaving Halifax, Nova Scotia and already here’s
I rode through the heart of the downtown, which was very exciting and at the same time sad, because it was in Boston five years ago that my daughter Stephanie, her husband Gary and we in the rest of the family had to come to grips, after several months of unsuccessful proton radiation treatments, that their son Aidan’s very aggressive brain cancer was not treatable.
Aidan passed away a day before his second birthday late in 2011. He was very much on my mind today.
My route out of Boston was planned to be the ferry to Provincetown on the tip of Cape Cod. Brisk winds caused the Atlantic to be too choppy for the ferry to run, so I wound up on a bus for almost three hours instead, going the long way around. The wait to depart was cheered by the opportunity to meet two longtime friends made over the Internet. I was treated to several beers (truth be told, about half the beer I have drunk during my entire life) and great conversation for most of an hour.
It was really nice to put real faces with names, but I was surprised at the degree of connection that online interaction over the course of the past decade had created. I can only hope that I can be as gracious a host in Alaska when folks drop out of nowhere and visit me there.
So, with about 1,300 miles down and 2,100 left to go, my trip is getting close to 40% complete. I’ll go into greater detail in a coming post, but for now I’ll just point out as well that three-quarters of the trip’s projected elevation gain is behind me. This is a big deal, as I will need to pick up the pace in order to keep my promise to my wife to be in Key West by November 10th. My average riding speed has definitely increased several miles an hour over the past few days as the terrain has flattened.