Al's Bike Trip Journal
Fort Collins, Colorado to Connorsville, Wisconsin
August 17 - September 1, 2002.
These pages are based upon the journal I kept while riding. Every evening I tried to take a few minutes to record some of the days events. While preparing this, I have added a few stories that I didn't write down, and done a small amount of editing and wordsmithing, but for the most part I have tried to keep the flavor and style of a journal or daybook. Below is a map which shows my route, and the nightly stops.
I took over 200 pictures while on this trip with a digital camera. Most
of them appear in the pages that follow, and you can click on any of the
images to see a full-sized version, which is particularly useful for reading
the historical markers.
I left on August 17, 2002, the day after my 39th birthday. I was on the road for 16 days, which included two rest days, in Broken Bow, Nebraska and Cherokee, Iowa. I traveled 970 miles, and climbed a total of approximately 29,000 feet. My longest day was Day 1 (Fort Collins - Sterling), when I rode 110 miles, and the shortest non-rest day was Day 3 (Julesburg to Ogallala) when I rode 34 miles. There was one day of rainy weather.