Bike trip across America, DONE!

Almost exactly one year after I started, I’ve finally completed my transcontinental virtual bike tour from San Jose, California to New York City, New York. 4723km ~= 2936miles. Quite a bit of distance! My blog posts along the way can be seen here. Interestingly, it wasn’t this goal that pulled me forward. It’s the small…

Rutherfurd Hall

I’m biking east along Interstate 80 and today I’m at Rutherfurd Hall in Allamuchy, New Jersey. Rutherfurd Hall is a lake side estate, currently used as an event venue. It’s owned by a school district (!) and to the left of this picture is an actual school (elementary school + middle school). This house was…

DuBois, PA

I’m biking east along Interstate 80 and today I’m in DuBois, Pennsylvania. DuBois is a small town that scores 1 on the McDonalds index. But they do have a historical society located right in the middle of what appears to be a downtown. The article that got my attention was how USPS experimented with no-landing…

Nomadland

My colleague told me a while back that he watched Nomadland and he wondered what I’d think of the movie. Yesterday I finally had a chance to watch it. I have a few vivid fears in my life. One of them goes like this; I’m old, the world has changed around me, and whatever skills…

Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic

I wanted to assemble a motorcycle model. And it had to be a Harley Davidson. I think it’s because now I ride a bicycle. It makes me appreciate the feeling of open air, going slowly and taking it in, and going a road less traveled. In other words, the joy of adventure. It feels free,…

William H. McGuffey Boyhood Home

I’m biking east along Interstate 80 and today I’m at William H. McGuffey Boyhood Home, near the border between Ohio and Pennsylvania. He wrote textbooks for elementary school grade 1 to 6, and his book was sold more than 120 million copies (!). That’s a mind-boggling number. Growing up, Japanese was not my favorite subject…

Fremont, OH

I’m biking east along Interstate 80 and today I’m in Fremont. OH. The name reminds me of California because there’s Fremont, CA. What I didn’t know was that there is more California tie than I knew — both cities are named after John C. Frémont, a man who played a key role in the formation…

Ohio

I’m biking east along Interstate 80 and today I’ve just entered Ohio. Last week I bought a new road bike. It’s an entry level model as far as the “real” bicycles go, but even still, compared to the previous bike that I was using, I can go about 15% faster just by switching, it’s amazing….

Lotus Super 7

My next build is Lotus Super 7. This was an “in-between” build; a kit that I bought without careful consideration, just so that I have something at hand to build. I cannot afford not to have anything to build! The same goes to the choice of colors. So I lacked the intentionality in building this…

Gary, IN

I’m biking east along Interstate 80 and today I left Illinois and entered Indiana. This is the closest I-80 gets to Lake Michigan, so I wanted to see what the lakeshore looks like, and I discovered US Steel Gary Works. This is a huge steel plant. Wikipedia says for many years this was the world’s…

Illinois waterway visitor center

From this visitor center and Wikipedia I learned that there’s a 100 mile canal here that connects the Great Lakes to the Mississippi river.

Crossing Mississippi

I’m biking east along Interstate 80 and today I crossed the Mississippi river. This feels like a major milestone to me. Good bye, Iowa, hello, Illinois! Right next to where I’m crossing the river is Rock Island, which is said to be the largest arsenal and the only Army foundry in the US. I haven’t…