Hi! I’m Kiki and decided to take on a little adventure this summer. Instead of doing the normal 7:30-4:00pm work schedule all summer long, I decided it’d be nice to ride across America on bicycle! I have always wanted to do a long-distance ride and more specifically, across the U.S. I have traveled a good bit outside of the United States and thought it was about time to see a little of the country I live in. I was fortunate enough to get a leave of absence approved through work so will have a job to return to in September when I finish.
To start things off, I have been preparing for this trip for months, hoping it would happen and nothing would fall through. I think I got the initial idea to try to make it happen sometime in October 2008 and then slowly started making purchases towards the gear I’d need on this self-supported ride. By the spring it was official that I’d get the time off from work and be able to do the ride. I finished buying the rest of my gear, planning my route with the Adventure Cycling Association maps (or in my case, the GPX files) and found a couple others to ride with. I’ll be starting my journey on Tuesday, May 26th from Yorktown, Virginia with Chris (from Wisconsin) and George (from New Jersey).
Our route (the traditional Transamerican Route) will take us through Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California for a total of something like 3,800 miles (without deviations), or in my case probably over 4,000 miles as I’d like to vear off to Denver/Boulder area for a quick visit with friends. Then I’ll ride back down to Pueblo, CO and catch up with the Western Express route from there to San Francisco.
My cause has always been Multiple Sclerosis – I have riden in 12 rides since 2000 and am making my transamerican ride my big MS Bike Tour. I am always accepting donations, so feel free to visit my MS Bike Tour webpage for more information.