Who are the riders?
The riders are John Bartlett,
What is your route?
We opted to begin our ride at the Point Reyes National
Seashore. From there we will ride over to St. Helena and then on to
When is this ride starting? When is it finishing?
We begin riding on April 25, and plan to finish on July 15. Since none of us have ever done a ride of this length it is hard to know whether the planned schedule is too aggressive or too conservative, or perhaps some of both.
What kind of bikes are you riding?
Johnís bike is a bona fide touring bike. The other three are all creations of Annís. All three begin with a mountain bike frame of some sort, but end up looking more like road bikes. More details later.
Are you going to camp out along the way?
No, we plan to stay in motels, and we will stay with friends whenever possible. Since we expect to be pretty slow, we thought that traveling light might make us just a tiny bit faster.
How far are you going to ride each day?
We plan to average about 60 miles/day, and take one day off per week. Having said that, there are some days when will have to ride as much as 85 or 90 miles because there is no place to stay in between.
Do you have SAG support?
Yes. John has arranged for SAG support for almost the entire
trip. Ericís wife and son, Sally and Cory, are coming out twice, as is our mother,
What does SAG stand for?
SAG means Support And Gear.† Our SAG support is our friends and family driving Annieís car.† In the car we have our suitcases, sleeping bags and blow-up mattresses, tools and parts for the bikes, food for breakfast and lunch, and various other items we might need along the way.† The car is very full!
Why are you riding from West to East?
We wanted to get across the desert (
How will you get your
Ann and her friend David Buckley are driving her car to