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

Friday, May 25, 2012

Day 34 - Mohawk River

We're getting closer to Massachusetts.  I rode happily to Albany today, 90 miles. Here's a link to the map of today's ride.  I was rained on this morning for a while, but it stopped before I could get to the rain gear.  The remainder of the day was dry. 

This was the first rain since Arizona! We've experienced great weather on this journey.  The theory about taking advantage of prevailing south west winds held true for the first two weeks. For the remainder of the trip I experienced mostly easterly head winds.  I'll have to speak with a meteorologist about this after we get home.

Today's ride was much better than yesterday's as I traveled Route 5 and various side road options losely following the Mohawk River.  This route eliminated multiple long, steep climbs.  I also made use of the Erie Canal bike path for several miles, where a very large deer was foraging.

The Berkshires are ahead for tomorrow, should be a good challenge. I can't wait to see how they shape up. I'm found myself feeling sad this awesome adventure will over in a couple days. I must be going slightly mad.

New York has been a beautiful state to ride across, and challenging too from a climbing and navigational perspective.

Over the next couple of days I'll be leaving more information on the blog about our expected time of arrival on the Cape on Memorial Day.  I'll be coming over the Bourne bridge and then riding to Old Silver Beach in Falmouth for the wheel diping ceremony

Erie Canal Lock 16

Kateri Shrine


  1. Good luck in the Berkshires Dave! I can understand why you'd feel that way about the ride ending. You've been blessed with great weather, good health, no major issues and great company! See you Monday!

  2. Dave,
    Hope we can catch you at the Bourne Rotary!!!! Good luck through the Berkshires. We have really enjoyed reading the blog every day.

  3. Dave and Claire,
    Got a late start reading the blog today. You may be in Ma. by this noon hour on Saturday.
    Thrilled with your success in this journey. Can't wait to see you on Monday. Be SAFE ! This is the home stretch !!
    Annie and Kevin

    1. Go Davey Go, Almost home. Nice work Claire. Maureen