Here's the story of why I'm riding across america

Hello, I’m Dave Nowlan. I cycled from Encinitas, Calif., to Cape Cod, Mass. from April 22 through May 28, 2012 in an effort to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and to help fund research for a cure. My wife, Claire, and daughter, Julia, both have MS. I broke my back in a sledding accident almost three years ago; I’m the luckiest guy in the world to have recovered without being paralyzed and was able to ride this long cross continent adventure. Click on this link to “my story” for more information and why I continue riding. Here is a link to Information about MS
































































Sunday, January 29, 2012

Last Outside Ride in January

Back home on the Cape, today is most likely the last outside ride of January.  I'm working this week so I'll be relegated to indoor training after today.  I'm bundled up riding in 40 degrees with a 20 mile per hour headwind at times.  I had a nice tailwind on the way back home which made for a nice overall ride.

Friday, January 27, 2012

West coast training

I did some west coast training this week.  The hills are definitely a factor vs. Cape Cod and will help prepare me for the mountains I'll encounter on the cross country ride.  There is a nice 1 mile hill at Torey Pines that is humbling, and the ride downhill is FAST.  Here's a video overlooking the Pacific Ocean from Route 101 in Carlsbad CA.  Beautiful view.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Spinning Indoors

I've been using a spinning bike to train the past few days. I'm also cross training in the gym with weights (legs; hamstrings; calfs, etc.) to improve leg strenght.  I also perform a daily physical therapy routine to maintain my back in working order, which has been required since recovering from my broken back injury 3 years ago. Cheers!

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Volcano Hole

This week one of my training rides brought me past the Cape Cod Country Club. Here's a clip of the volcano hole. You have to hit your ball into the crater, that's where the green is.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Another great Training day

Saturday was an amazing day weather wise, 50 degrees and sunny. I could not believe this weather was here on January 7th!  God is paving the way for this ride.  I had a family reunion to attend so I had limited time to ride. Here 's a link to the day's traing route for your review.  Also here is a sunset picture over looking  Buzzards Bay in Falmouth.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Nobska Light

Yesterday's training ride brought me to Nobska light, Falmouth's lighthouse near Wood's Hole.  The wind was blowing 25 miles per hour, out of the south west. This was a beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the mid 40s.  It's amazing that I'm still riding outside here in January. 

Monday, January 2, 2012

Last Ride of 2011

The weather cooperated with no wind on December 31, 2011 for a great 55 mile training ride inlcuding Quissett harbor. Thanks to all who have sponsored me in 2011!