Setting Out

Proposed route

Yesterday (5/31/2017) marked the beginning of Clara and Erick’s bike trip around the U.S. (the map on the right more or less shows our planned route). Day 1 was supposed to be full of thunderstorms and rain throughout Massachusetts–but it wasn’t! We somehow managed to avoid rain the entirety of the day–a good omen.

 

Here’s a little bit about our day:

We planned on setting out at 9am and covering about 30 miles to Littleton, MA (from which I am currently writing this). In reality, we were out the door by 9:30am and then spent the next 2 hours figuring out how to best rig all our stuff onto our bikes then getting hungry and finding breakfast. After a little bit of fumbling we were ready and on the road!

Ready to ride!

We took the Minuteman Bike Path out of Somerville into Belmont and then hopped onto the Bay Circuit from Belmont to Concord. The Bay Circuit was a really cool dirt path in the middle of the woods (see images below) that was so much fun to ride! I very much recommend if you’re a cyclist in the Mass area.

Minuteman Bike Path, Massachusetts

Bay Circuit, Massachusetts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few other notable encounters from my ride included running into KILLER TREES and slow turtles crossing the road!

Beware the killer trees

There are slow turtles crossing here ..but not as slow as Clara and I

Once we arrived in Littleton, MA, I met Austin and Phoebe (with whom we stayed last night). We were so pumped to have arrived at our destination only to be asked by our hosts if we wanted to go back to Boston to ring some big ol’ church bells…. Hell yeah we wanted to! So we hopped in the car and drove back to the city that I had just said my sentimental goodbyes to. We climbed up to the top of the Advent Church on Beacon Hill to meet the historic North American Guild of Church Ringers and ring some fat bells (see video below)! We might be visiting some more churches along the way to continue ringing–stay tuned.

Lastly, I would like to apologize for my crappy blogging. I’m new to this but am confident that I will get better along the way if you bear with me(: Thanks for reading and feel free to message me to say hi!

– EG