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

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Day 4 Mojave Desert

Today was a much better day, no dead ends and all the roads were paved.  I had a flat tire early, and had to replace both the tire and tube. There was a hole in the tire and the tube broke through.   Had a hefty climb through another mountain pass which brought us directly into the Mojave Desert, with a nice 5 mile down-hill ride to the desert floor. What an unbelievable place, lots of sand and sage brush, no trees, surrounded by mountains.  The temperature reached 94 degrees, and the locals say this is cool by comparison to the summer months.  I thought Cape Cod had a lot of sand..

I biked 83 miles today, a good day.  The tracking app isn't working well, it was tracking after I shut it off and tracked me riding in the car to the hotel and thought I rode 112 miles, in error.

If all goes well tomorrow we should reach Nevada and maybe even Arizona.


  1. Dave, Glad to hear yesterday went much better. Good luck today.
    - Tim

  2. Dave hope you have a great ride today, stay hydrated in those deserts! CCR staff and FitPlan members are asking about you and we are keeping them posted!

    1. Eric, thank you say hello to all my friends at Cape Cod Rehab. Tell Brianna my kne is holding up. Thanks to all for helping to make this trip a reality!

  3. Go Dad go. Thinking about you and hoping that you are eating and drinking enough to get you through! xoxo We are so proud of you.

  4. You're looking good Dave. I guess the tire was to be expected at some point. I love following your progress - keep up the great updates. All the best on your next leg.

  5. Keep up the great work Dave! You're tracking quite a few miles and must be burning some major calories - Enjoy the scenery...


  6. Dave
    Congrats. Keep up the fantastic peddling.

    Lather on extra sunblock every few hours. Sun must be scorching out there.

    Annie C

  7. Dave,
    We're glad to read of great first few days riding. We will be thrilled to keep reading about your progress and how the landscape changes along your journey. Keep on cruising along and avoid those lizards!