May 2019: NYC to Philadelphia Independence Ride
Welcome one and all to my latest bike adventure. For the next few days I will update you on this exciting cycling trip.
Many of you followed my previous bike adventures of 250 Miles in Maine 8/17, 440 Miles in New Orleans 1/18, 350 from NY-MD 8/18, and the 400-mile Freedom Ride in Alabama in December.
The Route – I call this the Independence Ride because I will be riding through significant historical Revolutionary War areas between New York and the City of Brotherly Love.
The route is roughly 250 miles, The big ride is on the first day, mostly flat, with a break day on Saturday, and the return trip will take me through the DE Water Gap at the base of the Northern Appalachians, finishing at home in New York, New York, the city so nice they named it twice.
The schedule is as follows:
Friday: NYC to Philadelphia
Saturday: day of rest, although a special blog post is planned
Sunday: rain permitting, Philadelphia to southern New Jersey
Monday: southern New Jersey to NYC
I decided on this trip because I wanted to visit my sister-in-law Nghi, who, after graduating NYU Stern, has taken a primo job with Vanguard and is now happily living in Philadelphia.
Temperatures are looking good for spring weather, between 50 and 80 F. Just need to dodge the rain a bit, but spring is in full bloom!
The Bike – Since I was able to leave from home, I get to ride my Mikkelson cruiser. This is a bike that was custom-built for me in 2003 by Bernie Mikkelson in Alameda, CA, which I upgraded to nearly-all American parts last year, with the exception of a Bianchi carbon fork, which was a holdover from my first real Italian road bike.
The bike is Chromoly steel with the aforementioned Bianchi carbon fork. It’s fitted with Sram Force 22 groupset and velocity wheels holding Conti gator skin classic 25mm tires. Cockpit and seat post are aluminum by Ritchey and the saddle is my comfortably worn Brooks Swift. It all weighs about 23 pounds plus gear. For this short trip, I’m carrying roughly 15 lbs of gear, plus 3 liters of water on my back.
The Dedication – This ride I’m dedicating to my sister in law Nghi. She is just kicking ass and taking names in the finance world.