A little bit about the Southern Tier Route

During this journey across the United States, I will cross the following 8 states: California (~270 mi.) Arizona (~467 mi.) New Mexico (~273 mi.) Texas (~970 mi.) Louisiana (~352 mi.) Mississippi (~155 mi.) Alabama (~95 mi.) Florida (~460 mi.) The Southern Tier Bicycle Route provided by Adventure Cyclist Association “offers a wide variety of terrain,…

Quarantine at home sweet home

Friday April 10th – We arrived in Maine on Tuesday after our last night of camping in front of Gorham, NH’s police station. The night was cold (28F/-2C) and at 5am Noreen and I were getting coffee and donuts at the Dunkin Donuts’ drive thru. Tuesday was Mary’s birthday so we surprised her with coffee…

“A Sunday drive across the country” (Hogan, 2020)

Sunday, April 5th – We spent the night at the Fairfield hotel in Fenton, MO on the outskirts of Saint Louis. The place was so empty that we got upgraded to a suite with 3 giant beds! What a treat. We left the hotel towards the Gateway Arch in Downtown Saint Louis. It looked like…

Ends bring new beginnings

Saturday, April 4th – The past couple of days have been full of emotions and we had to take the tough decision to stop our biking trip. The situation regarding the spread of covid-19 in East Texas and Louisiana is very concerning. We recognized that it was not safe to continue. Our last night of…

No county for independent women

Tuesday, March 31st – While biking, if the wind is not too loud or we are not on a busy road, I enjoy listening to podcasts. I am currently listening to one called « No country for young women » from the BBC about fitting in for minorities, where is home and other interesting contents…

1000 miles today!

Friday, March 27th – this morning we celebrated our first 1000 miles. We are now in Texas and after surviving the rough traffic of El Paso, we are back into the countryside. Tonight, we are spending the night in Sierra Blanca Historical Lodge and it is good to be indoor since the wind is blowing…

Emory Pass, NM aka damn my legs hurt but the view was worth it.

Tuesday, March 24th – Two day ago we climbed Emory Pass (elevation 8228 feet or 2507 meters), and wild camped in Gila National Forest. It is bear and puma country so we kept our food in bags hanging from trees away from our tents. We had no humans nor animal visitors but the temperatures dropped…

From Duncan, AZ to Silver city, New Mexico

Saturday, March 21st – We arrived in Silver city, NM this afternoon after some serious climbing. Tonight we are camping at an RV place which means we did laundry (woot woot clean clothes!!!), enjoyed a hot shower and WIFI. Life is great. Two nights ago (our last night in Arizona), we stayed in the small…

To going to bed with a full belly and a big smile!

Wednesday, March 18th – Today feels like a week. This morning we woke up in Peridot, AZ, within the San Carlos Apache Reservation and tonight we are staying in a motel in Thatcher (it’s supposed to rain all night).Last night, we camped on a rodeo ground next the camper of Don, Iris and Barbara. We…

Sonoran Desert and the beauty of rest days

Saturday March 14th – I am writing from the warmth and comfort of my tent. Tonight, we are wild camping 45 miles east outside of Phoenix. For dinner, we had ramen noodles (the shrimp ones) with garlic and spinach. Noreen boiled the water with her stove and we had a feast! It is great to…

Rain in Phoenix

Wed, March 11th – According to the locals, it only rains 4 days a year in Phoenix, we’ll guess what? Those four days are happening as we are biking through the city and its surroundings. Last night we stayed at a Warm Shower’s household in Peoria, AZ (Warm Showers is a app that connects cyclists…