September 2018: NYC to DC
Many of you followed my previous bike adventures of 250 miles in Maine 8/17 and 440 miles in New Orleans 1/18.
The list of followers has grown, mostly by choice. For the next 8 days I will be sharing the scenery, food and experience of my ride from New York City to Fairfax Virginia (Washington DC area) in one email at the end of each day.
The Route – Anne Mary helped me craft a perfect route. Starting from my home on the Upper West Side, to the tip of Manhattan where this morning I took the ferry to The Jersey Shore.
After riding to Cape May, I will cross by ferry again, this time to Delaware and then head to Maryland and the Chesapeake bay before riding through DC into Virginia.
The route is roughly 375 miles, largely coastal and mostly flat. The trip is scheduled for 8 days of mostly 35 – 50 miles per day with a century ride (100 miles) scheduled for this Wednesday. I will carry only about 18 pounds of stuff and stay at a combo of motels and Airbnb homes along the way.
The Bike – My previous trips were on folding bikes since I had to travel to the location. This trip I am excited to ride a recently upgraded road bike which was custom made for me in 2003 by Bernie Mikkelson in Alameda. This bike has been excellently set up by the guys at NYCvelo.com in Manhattan. Thanks guys. There is a pic below.
The bike is Chromoly steel with a Bianchi carbon fork. It’s fitted with Sram Force 22 groupset and velocity wheels holding Conti 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.
Of course I am now actually 10 pounds lighter than my NOLA ride so that makes me faster as well.
The Dedication – Many of you know that I have a new Italian sprint bike being built for me on a frame bike master builder Dario Pegoretti. Sadly he passed a couple of weeks ago. Van and I were truly blessed to visit with him. In Verona last March and receive the frame a few weeks later.
This trip and riding the new bike is the best way I know to celebrate this passionate artist and dedicated entrepreneur who continued to work and build bikes so he could keep employing his disciples. Here’s to you Dario! https://pelotonmagazine.com/features/the-legend-of-dario-pegoretti/