Last August I shared my mission to virtually bicycle across the US from Ipswich, MA, to the Seattle Aquarium. I am logging all the miles I ride on the recumbent bike at the YMCA & the miles I walk into myvirtualmission.com. Each time I log new miles my virtual icon moves across the map. I am hoping to complete the 2,936 mile ride in 2 years, but it’s been a year and I’m only 30% there… I’ve recently upped the time I spend at the gym, so hopefully my progress will improve!
Currently I’m [apparently] on the S.S. Badger ferry going from Michigan to Wisconsin – LOL!!! The map shows me out in the middle of Lake Michigan, almost to the Wisconsin/Michigan line:
I googled “Ludington – Manitowoc” [the text written along the map line] and it came back to this: The S.S. Badger “offers the largest cross-lake passenger service on the Great Lakes and an authentic steamship experience. The relaxing four-hour, 60-mile cruise takes passengers, autos, RVs, tour buses, motorcycles, bicycles, and commercial trucks across Lake Michigan between Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin”. It looks like a cruise ship. I’m very impressed it takes semi trucks:
It also seems to run in super rough weather & in the icy winter:
I am very surprised that MyVirtualMission.com includes ferry rides 🙂 I have ridden 925 miles since 7/11/2016:
I feel good about my progress, but not compared to my blog friend Jessica’s husband Douglas. He’s just finishing up a charity bicycle ride across the country to raise money & awareness for traumatic brain injury. During his first 2 weeks of riding he and his partner [also named Douglas] rode 1,526 miles… IN TWO WEEKS!!! Holy crap. But he’s an expert level athlete, competing in ironmans, marathons, & triathlons every year. AND he’s a professional athletic trainer. Here’s how next level [aka crazy] he is: on his “day off” from the charity ride he ran a half marathon! O.M.G.!
But I’m making my own way across, at my own pace, challenging myself along the way.
My best ride so far was 12/7/2016 when I rode 10 miles in 33:15 minutes = 18.04 mph! I am currently averaging about 38 minutes per 10 miles… Here’s how many miles I’ve ridden each month since 7/11/2016:
JUL16 – 90 miles
AUG16 – 140 miles
SEP16 – 110 miles [10% complete]
OCT16 – 20 miles [sick most of the month]
NOV16 – 101 miles
DEC16 – 66 miles
JAN17 – 97 miles [20% complete]
FEB17 – 40 miles
MAR17 – 65 miles
APR17 – 49 miles
MAY17 – 51 miles
JUN17 – 13 miles [sick most of month]
JUL17 – 60 miles [30% complete]
AUG17 – 23 miles [so far]
TOTAL = 925 miles out of 2,936 [31.5% complete]