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Gary and Peter Ride Across America In 2004
 June 12 - August 21, 2004

 From Perth Amboy, New Jersey to Newport, Oregon on 1880's High Wheel Bicycles:
60 days of riding and covering over 3.500 miles of road.
 

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Peter Matthews is a Wheelmen who lives in Dublin (Ireland) and Gary Sanderson is a Wheelmen who lives in Verona, NJ (USA). Peter and Gary have been friends for several years and they have ridden together on many long distance rides, but never on such a long ride as this one. Both riders are 69 years old, and they want to complete this ride that they have been planning for a long time before they can no longer get up on their high wheel bicycles. Both riders are fans of Thomas Stevens who was the first person to ride a bicycle across America which he accomplished in 1884. However, these riders have chosen a route different from the one that Thomas Stevens took in order to break some new ground for this type of travel. Please wish the riders good health and lots of luck on their journey.

Gary and Peter describe their journey in summary:  "This ride will start in Perth Amboy, NJ, which was an important port on the Atlantic coast from colonial times up into the early 20th century. We will ride the first day to Verona, NJ, which is where Gary lives. From here we will ride thru the Delaware Water Gap in NW New Jersey to Port Jervis, NY. Then we follow NY Bike Route 17 past Lake Chatauqua to Erie, PA. We then follow the southern shore of Lake Erie to Sandusky, OH, where we veer toward the south into Findlay, OH. Then we travel on to Indianapolis, IN, for a day's rest. From here we travel due west and across the middle of Illinois to St. Charles, MO, where the Missouri River meets the Mississippi River. In St. Chharles, we pick up the KATY Trail (a Rail-to-Trail Conversion) which we will ride across the state of Missouri. From the end of the KATY Trail it is about 100 miles to Baldwin City, KS, and the 2004 Annual Wheelmen Meet which we will attend. After the Meet, we continue north in Kansas to Mcaster, KS, and then along the top of Kansas to Oberlin, KS. From here we travel north to North Platte, NE, and then along US Rt. 30 into Cheyenne, WY, for another day of rest and relaxation. From Cheyenne, we travel along I-80 to just north of Salt Lake City, UT, where we turn north traveling thru Twin Falls, ID, to Boise, ID. In Boise, we take US Rt. 20 into Oregon. We will follow US Rt. 20 thru Bend, OR, after which we will take Rt. 126 thru Eugene, OR, and on to the Pacific coast at Florence, OR. We will ride along the Pacific coast for one day to reach Newport, OR, which is our final destination. Here is a detailed itinerary (could be changed by weather or events).  We would like to have Wheelmen join us for segments of our ride as they might be able to find the time and energy." 
 

Date

Place (End of Day)

Daily Miles

Total Miles

June 12, 2004 Perth Amboy, NJ, Start of ride at old sea port town.

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June 12 Verona, NJ, Stay in Sanderson's home. 35 35
June 13 Verona, NJ, Phillip Sanderson's 50th Birthday. 0 35
June 14 Verona, NJ, Prepare for the rest of the trip. 0 35
June 15 Andover, NJ 55 90
June 16 Port Jervis, NY, Follow NY Bike Route 17 from Pt. Jervis 35 125
June 17 Long Eddy, NY 59 184
June 18 Kirkwood, NY 66 250
June 19 Elmira, NY 62 312
June 20 Hornell, NY 59 371
June 21 Olean, NY 61 432
June 22 Lakewood, NY 60 492
June 23 Erie, PA, Follow Adventure Cycling Route 56 548
June 24 Perry, OH 70 618
June 25 Lakewood, OH 41 659
June 26 Bellevue, OH 67 726
June 27 Findley, OH, Stay with Bob and Ruth Balcomb. 54 780
June 28 St. Marys, OH 73 853
June 29 Muncie, IN 62 915
June 30 Indianapolis, IN, Stay with Tammy Haley and Tammy Hanson. 79 994
July 1 Indianapolis, IN, Rest Day. 0 994
July 2 Terre Haute, IN, Stay with Curt DeBaun 60 1054
July 3 Effingham, IL 68 1122
July 4 Greenville, IL 51 1173
July 5 St. Charles, MO, Start of Katy Trail. Stay with Mary Darting 72 1245
July 6 St. Charles, MO, Rest Day, Visit St. Louis, MO 0 1245
July 7 Hermann, MO 66 1311
July 8 Hartsburg, MO 54 1365
July 9 Boonesville, MO 41 1406
July 10 Sedelia, MO 34 1440
July 11 Clinton, MO, End of Katy Trail 39 1479
July 12 Baldwin City, KS 100 1579
July 13 Baldwin City, KS.  Wheelmen Meet. 0 1579
July 14 Baldwin City, KS.  Wheelmen Meet. 0 1579
July 15 Baldwin City, KS.  Wheelmen Meet. 0 1579
July 16 Baldwin City, KS.  Wheelmen Meet. 0 1579
July 17 Baldwin City, KS.  Wheelmen Meet. 0 1579
July 18 Topeka, KS 53 1632
July 19 Manhatten, KS, Stayed with Keith and Gay Stewart 55 1687
July 20 Marysville, KS 57 1744
July 21 Belleville, KS 50 1794
July 22 Phillipsburg, KS 90 1884
July 23 Oberlin, KS 64 1948
July 24 McCook, NE 28 1976
July 25 North Platte, NE 65 2041
July 26 Ogallala, NE 50 2091
July 27 Sidney, NE 66 2157
July 28 Kimball, NE 38 2195
July 29 Cheyenne, WY 63 2258
July 30 Laramie, WY 44 2302
July 31 Medicine Bow, WY 57 2359
August 1 - Day 42 Rawlins, WY 57 2416
August 2 - Day 43 Table Rock, WY 60 2476
August 3 - Day 44 Rock Springs, WY 49 2525
August 4 - Day 45 Diamondville, WY 84 2609
August 5 - Day 46 Cokeville, WY 46 2655
August 6 - Day 47 Soda Springs, ID 60 2715
August 7 - Day 48 Pacatello, ID 53 2768
August 8 - Day 49 Burley, ID 78 2846
August 9 - Day 50 Twin Falls, ID 39 2885
August 10 - Day 51 Hammett, ID 43 2928
August 11 - Day 52 Boise, ID 83 3011
August 12 - Day 53 Vale, OR 71 3082
August 13 - Day 54 Jantura, OR 53 3135
August 14 - Day 55 Burns, OR 59 3194
August 15 - Day 56 Hampton, OR 65 3259
August 16 - Day 57 Bend, OR 63 3322
August 17 - Day 58 Belknap Hot Springs, OR 60 3382
August 18 - Day 59 Eugene, OR 57 3439
August 19 - Day 60 Florence, OR 70 3509
August 20 - Rest Day Florence, OR, Rest Day 0 3509
August 21 - Day 61 Newport, OR, Final Day of Ride Across America 52 3561

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