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…

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….

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…

World’s largest wooden nickel

I’m biking east along Interstate highway 80 and today I’m visiting the “world’s largest wooden nickel”. It’s 16 feet / 5m across. First, when the Americans say “world’s largest” they really mean “America’s largest”. I find it cute in the same way teenagers can be cute. I genuinely love the unabashing exceptionalism and the moral…

Des Moines, IA

I’m biking east along I-80 and today I’m in Des Moines, Iowa. When you look around in downtown, it’s quite noticeable. Buildings are interconnected with pedestrian bridges, forming an extensive network of enclosed walkways. It’s called Skywalks. According to one article, it appears to be a result of a series of fortunate events, rather than…

Jesse James historical site

I’m biking east along I-80 and today I’m stopping by at Jesse James historical site. He is apparently a “legendary” criminal of the Civil War era. He was active as a guerrilla / militia man of the Confederate during the Civil War, and I guess he couldn’t adjust back to civilian life after the war?…