Date:July 30,2011-August 9, 2011
Depart:New York City, NY
Distance: 372 Miles
An all too short trip to New York City came to an end, and I was back across the Brooklyn Bridge and onto a ferry to New Jersey. The ferry was one of many that I would need to take as I bike along the Jersey coast. With a degree in Marine biology and a love of the ocean, it had been far too long since I had felt the ocean, so instead of going to D.C. via Philadelphia I chose the long route via the Jersey Shore!
The first day was 72 mile ride to Manahawkin, NJ and went great. The first view of the beach was amazing and I knew that I would be enjoying flat ground for a while! I got there and met an amazing retired teacher who I’d be staying with. He is a cancer survivor and a very inspirational person. He brought me to a friend of his for some BBQ, got me an interview with the local paper, and has remained a great follower throughout the ride. Through comments and gestures by his friends, it was obvious that this guy was and is a huge inspiration to all those who had the opportunity to be in his class. I learned alot in my short time there, and he was a great host.
The next day I headed further south to Ocean City, NJ, ate an awesome philly cheese steak and enjoyed the ocean water for the first time in over 4 months! Suprisingly chilly, but felt great after a days ride. The hosts were great, and the next day was a short ride to Wildwood, NJ to stay with my childhood friend, and longtime neighbor. It was great to see him, and he treated me to an amazing lobster dinner.
I went to bed and rose early due to an early ferry ride I had to make which left Cape May at 7:30am and was followed by a 99 mile ride! A southern breeze didn’t make my long day any easier, but after traveling through New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland , I finally arrived to Chincoteague Island in Virginia, home of wild ponies and an amazing state park.
Due to a incorrect assumption on the schedule for the ferries, I had to stay in Chincoteague Island for a couple days instead of 1. Apparently some of the ferries in this area only run on Friday and Saturday. Luckily, my host was a great guy and didn’t mind me staying couple extra days. With the extra days I got some work done, as well as a little exploration of the lush island. The island was great, but I was itching to get across the Chesapeake bay and head to Washington D.C.
Finally on Friday morning I set off to the Ferry, climbed aboard and enjoyed a long, 20 mile ferry ride to Smith Island, where I transferred over to another ferry for another 20 mile ferry ride. Once on land, I had another 20 miles to bike before arriving in St. Leonard. It was a short stay, a short night, and I was again off with Washington D.C. being my destination of the day!
It was a 68 mile ride that I thought would never end! My excitement for the city was making minutes feel like hours, and when I finally saw the tip of the Washingon Monument, the feeling was overwhelming! Chills shot through my body just as they did when I saw the Statue of Liberty. Washington D.C. wasn’t only a great destination in that I would be biking on the same ground in which so many important decisions have been made, but it is here that Infinity and Beyond would be making their 2nd donation! In D.C. I stayed with a good friend of my dad’s who had a condo in Arlington, VA just a few miles south of all the wonderful sites of D.C. This made it very easy and convenient to bike there to see the amazing buildings. I had a few days to explore the city and gets some work done before I headed off towards VA Beach, the Outer Banks, and then Charlotte, NC!
Here is an article describing the donation!
I know this was a long article, but I appreciate you all following along as I ride around the country to raise money for infinity and Beyond and our mission. I hope you enjoy what you read, and I hope it encourages you to get out, get active, and strive to make a difference in the world.
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