A few days ago, we made a command decision to hop on a train. We looked at the maps and we looked at the calendar and we thought about what we wanted to do with the last bit of time before winter descends upon us again. And we realized that we have a long list of places we want to explore and people we want to meet… in states that are further North. Friends in Baltimore, artists in Central Pennsylvania, bike builders in Philadelphia, Laura’s cousins in New Jersey and alma mater in Massachusetts, activists in Boston. Winter comes early to Boston, and we realized that, if we are to make it that far north without trudging through snow, we need to get there by the end of October. So, today, we hopped on a train.
It feels weird to cut out a huge chunk of the country that we would otherwise ride through, and to fly past it all in a big metal box. We look out the windows at beautiful rivers, quaint towns, restaurants with intriguing names, and we want to be over there, experiencing it all in person. Yet, we cannot see everything that we are skipping in the way that we would want to see it, and also see the NE in the way we want to see all of that. It’s a conundrum that comes up again and again for us… we are moving so slowly and seeing so much, and yet we are still missing a lot. We have to make peace with the fact that we can’t see and do it all right now, and we take comfort in the fact that we’re seeing and doing anything (and that, hopefully, we’ll have many more years to double-back over all these places that we have skipped).
Ironically, even though we’re “speeding things up a bit,” we still aren’t moving fast enough to reach New Hampshire and Maine and upstate New York before they’re blanketed in white. (And we’re steering clear of the white stuff this year.)
Tonight we are in Baltimore. We’re going to lay low and explore the city and see friends and relatives for a few days (and finally finish our ebook!). Because we can’t take the bikes on the MARC trains, we will likely skip DC this time around (sorry everyone!). But, if you’re north of Baltimore, drop us a line! We hope to spend a week or so in Philly, and possibly another week in NYC, before riding through Connecticut and Rhode Island on our way to Boston.
Joe K. September 14, 2010 at 9:11 pm
After Michigan, you could come through Indiana and Kentucky. Bloomington, IN and Louisville, KY have great bike scenes. Lafayette, IN (where I am) is showing signs of bike life, too.
dukiebiddle September 15, 2010 at 2:59 am
If we cross paths I’ll be sure to ring my bell.
sara September 15, 2010 at 4:38 am
YAY! Here’s our line. New Haven, CT. You have a room to stay. And yes, we’d love to hire Russ for some family snaps.
Cyclin' Missy September 15, 2010 at 5:17 am
You may not have any reason to visit the midwest, but if you happen to make it to Michigan or the Chicago area, let me know! My hubby and I would love to meet/host you guys!
Stuart Knoles September 15, 2010 at 5:26 am
I am a believer that trains can be an integral part of bicycle touring. Beautiful how you relate looking out the window at the scenery going by in terms of being there and experiencing it: the true traveler.
Kaferine de nerve September 15, 2010 at 6:36 am
Right on Stuart. Bike, bus, train, hitch….it is your adventure and thanks for sharing it with us.
Aaron September 15, 2010 at 8:36 am
You mentioned central PA. Are you planning on coming to State College? I bet there would be a great turnout for a presentation. Also, I can offer a place to stay.
twodeadpoets September 15, 2010 at 12:29 pm
Trains and bikes go well together!
babs September 15, 2010 at 9:08 pm
hello folks! i am the person who just recently submitted a comment on ‘always thinkin ’bout food’ it was rather long and had info on dehydrating your own food…i figured it would be weeks before you made it to my city, Baltimore, but apparently, here you are! you seem like you have plenty of friends/ places to stay here, but if you’d like to meet for coffee, i’ll arrange my schedule… i am a self-employed woman who has been bike touring for about 30 years. i am a neuromuscular massage therapist, i teach yoga and dance, and i quilt… so i have made the artistic lifestyle work for me…and bike touring is THE KEY to maintaining my creativity. i am always planning a tour, always just back from one, bike touring is my rock, and it is my cherry. it saves me, and it inspires me to great heights..
ps. bike tours are MY TIME, and i’m not always so social on them. i totally understand if you need to be quiet and reclusive. babs
Louise Koenig Morris September 18, 2010 at 7:52 pm
Yes! Give us a heads up a couple days before you leave Philli. Looking forward to it!
Chris Cavs (Part Time Vagabond) September 19, 2010 at 5:43 am
I hope you guys can make it up to Portland, Maine for a day or two! Would love to finally meet you in person!
mike September 19, 2010 at 8:05 am
hope you make it north to vermont! lots of cool stuff going on – local food movement, plenty of bike geekery, and wonderful fall riding!
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Was hoping you guys would make it north! What’s your return route? Any chance through Michigan?