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, May 23, 2012

Day 32 - Weedsport NY

Every day brings its own flavor and today we had two appointments to squeeze into our day.  We met the folks at the Upstate NY Chapter of the National MS Society.   They tried to establish a meeting with the press. However, it wasn't meant to be.  We were fontunate enough to meet several of the chapter's staff and they even provided us with a nice magnetic sign for the SAG vehicle. Thank You all!

We also had lunch with our family, Mark and Margee, on the Erie canal.  This was very cool and it was a blessing to see them.  Mark has been my ride surgeon for the journey.  Thank you!

Mark also informed me that there was a bike path on the Erie Canal, which goes all the way to Albany.  So I tried it out for about 10 or 12 miles, but it wasn't paved and really slowed me down.  So I jumped on Route 31 and this turned out to be a very good cycling route. 

So today's ride was split because we started on US Route 20, then hopped in the car for the appointments, then continued the ride from our lunch spot on the canal. This added a few riding miles but made a nice variation vs. heading straight east on Route 20. Today's miles totaled 87 and was tracked in two sections, pre-appointments and post-appointments. Heres the map link for the first section, and here is the map link for the second leg.

Today was a varied, fun, and long day.  I rode until almost sunset this evening.

Nice Magnetic Sign for the SAG Vehicle


  1. Dave, It has been great fun to follow your journey. What an inspiration! Keep up the great work.

  2. Keep it up Dave! Almost there. What a journey. As you get closer if you are looking for a group to ride to Old Silver with let me know. Either that or I'll just plan to see you there!


    1. Everyone is welcome to ride with me Monday. Several have mentioned riding from the Bourne bridge to Old Silver Beach. It would be great to ride the last few miles with friends and supporters. I don't know what time I'll be coming over the bridge yet. Once I get through the Berkshires, I'll have a better idea. I'll continue post the estimated time of arrival on the blog through Sunday night. You can keep in touch with Claire, the SAG manager extrodinaire, on Sunday at 508 274 8247.

    2. Great! See you Monday then!!

  3. Dave & Claire -- you two are fantastic people! It was so great meeting you. Thank you so much for all you're doing, and good luck to you both!

  4. Dave, what an amazing journey. I took off for the weekend, now check in and you're already well across NY state. Congrats to you and Claire on what you've done so far and godspeed for the rest of the way. Woo hoo!