It was foggy but still smelled like victory.

It was foggy but still smelled like victory.

There it is!! As if people didn’t already look at us like we were crazy, we decided to make things a bit more flashy.

There it is!! As if people didn’t already look at us like we were crazy, we decided to make things a bit more flashy.

At the wharf! It was a trip in itself finding the Golden Gate bridge in the San Francisco fog.

At the wharf! It was a trip in itself finding the Golden Gate bridge in the San Francisco fog.

"Im in there, right?"

"Im in there, right?"

Last Day on the Road!

We’re getting on our bikes now and will arrive in San Francisco around lunchtime. We’ve had an unbelievable journey and want to thank everyone who has contributed to our adventure. If you haven’t donated to the Autism Society there is no better time than now- we’re so close to our goal, the beach, and the end of a saga that has been our entire lives for two months on the road more than a year of planning. Thanks again to our families, old friends who kept up with us, new friends from the road, Marty & Geekhouse, and most importantly our legs.

Culture-Shox

It is pretty wild to come from “The Lonliest Highway in America” to the proclaimed bike capital of the country (Davis, CA) in the matter of a week. It hit me when we pulled up to a stoplight and as I turned to give Bianca directions, I realized it there were another eight people on bikes waiting for the light with us. We’re having fun doddling around and soaking it up though- I am just shocked to learn that there is a place that I consider too laid back.

Even though Bianca got a little lost during some really intense cousin-talk we both had a great time visiting with Michael and Bianca even went in the water above her knees! It was a blast getting to see family members who have made it out of New England- like our stops here and in Kansas City. I would definitely recommend to anyone going on a long ride to hunt out and link up with family or friends you haven’t seen in a while because, for me, it was the best part of the whole trip.

Even though Bianca got a little lost during some really intense cousin-talk we both had a great time visiting with Michael and Bianca even went in the water above her knees! It was a blast getting to see family members who have made it out of New England- like our stops here and in Kansas City. I would definitely recommend to anyone going on a long ride to hunt out and link up with family or friends you haven’t seen in a while because, for me, it was the best part of the whole trip.

Meet-up with Michael Flynn & jump into the American River. Check.

Meet-up with Michael Flynn & jump into the American River. Check.

Then it was onward to Sacramento to meet up with Greg’s cousin. We made good time with more than 170 miles in two days (including Carson climbing) but were slowed down due to some wildlife in the road that needed protecting/saving.

Then it was onward to Sacramento to meet up with Greg’s cousin. We made good time with more than 170 miles in two days (including Carson climbing) but were slowed down due to some wildlife in the road that needed protecting/saving.

Mid-descent Pop Tarts. Yes, please.

Mid-descent Pop Tarts. Yes, please.

Carson Pass was really our entry into urban/sub-urban California. It was a beautiful way to see the Sierra Nevadas for the first time not on the label of a beer bottle. Pictured here is the last bit of climbing up to the summit- while it was a difficult climb with a gain of almost 3,000 ft. it was a piece of cake when you remembered it was the last one of the whole trip!

Carson Pass was really our entry into urban/sub-urban California. It was a beautiful way to see the Sierra Nevadas for the first time not on the label of a beer bottle. Pictured here is the last bit of climbing up to the summit- while it was a difficult climb with a gain of almost 3,000 ft. it was a piece of cake when you remembered it was the last one of the whole trip!

California

Our first couple of days in California have been beautiful and the riding has been enjoyable (there are bike lanes again)! We could be swimming tomorrow in the ocean but decided to split the 90 mile day up to slow down a bit and take in the last days of the trip. We had a great lunch today with Gregs cousin, Michael, and then had a refreshing swim in the American River. Lots of pictures coming soon!!

Flying down from the Sierras right to sea level! 
“we wouldn’t be this high up again untill we’re on a plane” -Greg

Flying down from the Sierras right to sea level! “we wouldn’t be this high up again untill we’re on a plane” -Greg

Now which way to the beach?

We crossed into California yesterday morning and what a wimpy sign! Haha we wanted something epic to dance around but that will just have to wait till we take our first swim in the Pacific!

Now which way to the beach?

We crossed into California yesterday morning and what a wimpy sign! Haha we wanted something epic to dance around but that will just have to wait till we take our first swim in the Pacific!

We left Boston, MA on July 1st after more than a year of scheming, planning, and saddle changes. We are riding to San Francisco, CA in support of the Autism Society of America. We aim to arrive in September and we hope that you'll follow us the whole way.

Thanks to everyone who has donated so far!

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