Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Day 8 brings us to Manhattan. This is the best trail I have seen so far. I don't get out to run as much as I would like because Dan makes good time, but the scenery is spectacular! I always thought that Manhattan was a busy place with too much traffic. That's why you have to love the East Coast Greenway - this trail was incredible.
The day finishes with my new host Oscar Hernandez and his neighbor Anthony helping put away the bike - Dan was way too tired! Then Oscar provided Dan and guests (e.g. Karen Votava) with cold beer, good music, and appetizers. This was followed by dinner for Dan et al. What did he cook? How about brown rice mixed with tomatoes, onions, various peppers, and topped with clams, shrimp, scallops, and lobster tail? Based on the way Dan was eating, this guy can cook up a storm! Thanks Oscar - you're going to be hard to beat!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Most of the trail on the way to Edison was hard-pack with periodic muddy sections. I just ran along but the mud would fly up and stick to my belly. I looked like I was black under and white on top. I didn't mind at all and I guess Dan liked it because he let me go swimming. I then hopped out of the water and rolled in the mud. Dan must have liked that also because I was invited to swim a second time.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
This is Scott Maits, his two dogs and the historic house he lives in. Scott provided a guided tour of the Philadelphia area and kept me from getting lost. Scott knows his information and he was generous with his time.
Scott set up an event at a school. I got petted by a zillion kids and had to perform my tricks over and over. Dan seemed proud of me - you know I looked good! Kids and adults were sitting on the bike and asking Dan many questions about the bike and me. Dan met a new friend who helped adjust the gears. It was another great day.
When Dan and I were about a half a mile outside Bristol borough, PA, we met Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglio and a police escort. We followed a policeman riding his bike and the Commissioner (with a police car behind us holding up all traffic) as we entered Bristol borough. It was a sight that is hard to describe, but I believe all the dogs behind us being held up in traffic were happy for me.
Bristol looked like a happy town with plenty of water to swim in, a great park where my friends could play, and neat looking old buildings, one of which Dan ate at. He told me later the food was really good.
There was a large arrival party and they looked happy to see me get there. I suppose some of them might have been happy to see Dan, but I was clearly the star! Per the picture below and listing them from the left to the right, there were Spencer Finch (Director of Sustainable Development at Pennsylvania Environment Council); Dan; Rick Dalton (Department of Natural Resources); Diane Marseglio (Bucks County Commissioner); Robyn Trunell (Borough Council); Andy Hamilton (Pennsyvania ECG Committee Chair) ; Jeff Darwak (with the Bucks County redevelopment Aurthority); and Don Fisher (ECG Board Member). I don't know what all these things mean, but I was impressed they came to see me arrive. I like Bristol and I want to come back!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Day three certainly ended well. How can you beat 100 people partying with food, drinks, and a live band? Obviously, I didn't partake in this human food and beverage, but I could tell Dan was enjoying himself. Dan had me doing tricks over and over but I got lots of extra petting and I do love to impress humans. Dan also took advantage of the time to show off the Sun bicycle. Many asked questions and many tried the bike on for size. I drew the line there - I sit in my trailer only if Dan is at the hyelm. It was a fabulous time and I think we're going to have more bloggers! I am tired! Tomorrow we ride again!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
As the title indicates, Day 2 was not as good as Day 1. Actually, the hills were better, but the bike broke down and the day ended early. As I think about it, maybe Day 2 was better than Day 1! After all, I was so hot and tired. Every time Dan stopped I flopped in the grass. I didn' see Dan flopping, but he sure was sweating. It was only later this evening that we found out why.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Our ride today was difficult. The tempature was around 90 and the humidity was high. This would also be (hopefully) one of the hilliest days. That being said, we only have to get there and the hosting couple said they would have dinner ready whenever I arrived - no pressure. This allowed Dan to take as many breaks as he needed - I was hot and tired but I didn't need any breaks!
When I neared the hosting couple's house, they had seven screaming people on the main road with signs! One said "Free Beer!" and another said "I'll drive you to Maine for $100." I don't know what these mean because I can't read! It was quite unexpected and Dan said it made every hill worthwhile! Thank you Chris and Carrie Sapienza!
Dan hopes to add more pictures and a video tommorrow. It is 9 pm and he looks exhausted!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Dan, Eileen, and I went to downtown Annapolis today to meet Ellen O. Moyer, the mayor of the city of Annapolis. She would proclaim today East Coast Greenway Day and officially kick-off our trip to Portland, Maine. Here we are waiting her arrival.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I've been planning this trip for several months now and have had Dan in training for that period of time. But now, it's time to make this dream real! You can see I've had Dan change my training sign to one that will let people know what we're really up against! My limousine, fully loaded (trailer, all gear, my food and, most important, ME!) weighs 195 lbs. Dan won't tell me his personal weight but firmly believes it will be quite a bit less by the time we arrive in Portland, ME :-)~
You can see the Chesapeake Bay in the background of one of these photos - this is a "Port to Port" journey.