Early in 1997 I finagled a two month leave of absence from
my job and used the time to bicycle across the United States,
from Delaware to Oregon. I'm not quite sure what impelled me
to do it, other than that I like to ride my bike, I was feeling
an urge to do something Large in life, and I suddenly found myself
with an opportunity to get away from the office for a while without
being missed much.
So I set out with no other goal than to go for some good rides
and have an adventure or two, figuring that the expedition's
meaning would become clearer after I had done it. It didn't --
there were no Zen Masters on the tops of the mountains, only
liquor stores -- but I had a wonderful time, something I'd call
the "adventure of a lifetime" if I didn't intend to
do it again.
I saw interesting and pretty places, met great people and
learned a lot of lessons about long-distance bike touring and
about being away from home for a while. In these web pages, I
hope to be able to describe the trip (or the better parts of
it) in a way that spreads around the fun I had.
This has been a "work in progress" for a decade, so if you're interested in something that updates more often than every other year, check out my (new!) site about bicycle commuting in Washington, DC - DC Bike Commuter. And once you've exhausted this site and that one, try reading about my 1995
ride from Boston to DC -- more photos there!
Finally. I have a Guestbook and I'd be real happy if you'd
it! You can also read
what others have had to say (from April 2001 forward).
Thanks for visiting!
-- John Dorsey
Perfunctory autobiographical postscript: I'm originally
from Michigan but I have lived and worked in Washington, D.C.
since 1981. In the spring of 1997 I was 41, and single (a distinct
advantage when it comes to planning trips like this).