Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Bicycle Commuting Diaries: Commuter of the Year

I was honored yesterday to receive a really cool award, the 2007 Eco Trails Commuter of the Year award. Check out the details here:

Thanks to the Eco Trails committee for their votes. And a BIG thanks to my good friend Jennie for nominating me.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Vail Daily Article

We got our first media exposure today with a great article in the local Vail Daily paper. Read the article here:

A huge thanks goes out to Ian Cropp for meeting with us and listening to the whole story about our upcoming adventure.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

How Far? How Many?

Here's a few stats on the big picture:

Miles we plan to pedal (approximately) - 19,000
Continents - 4 (Australia, Asia, Europe, North America)
Countries - 34 (+/- depending on our route through Europe)
Major Religions - 4
World Biomes - 5

Along the way we will travel through the most populated country (China) and the least crowded country (Mongolia). We will see some of the cleanest cities (Honolulu), most expensive places to live (Moscow) and the biggest islands (Sumatra).
You can get a feel for how diverse the cultures and the landscapes will be.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Two One-Way Tickets Please...

Today we bought our first one-way tickets for the trip. Monday September 24th is the day. We will fly to Auckland to start our trip. I guess we feel relieved to have a day set now. Really, we're experiencing many emotions from nervous to really excited.
We've been very busy packing and wrapping up things in Eagle County. We have two more weeks in our house and four weeks at work. It's finally setting in that this trip is very real. We've been able to catch up with many friends and acquaintances - everyone around here seems to know about the trip.
We had a chance to meet with someone from the local paper here, The Vail Daily. It was fun to talk about our trip in detail. We look forward to the upcoming article.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Moving Right Along

It's been two weeks since we made our trip public. We've had such a positive response - thanks to everyone. It means so much to us to have support and encouragement for something like this. It's amazing how many people have said "you're very brave" or "that's going to take a lot of courage". I guess we're so used to the idea of riding our bikes around the world now that it seems like something anyone could do.
We finish up our jobs on July 12th and then move to Denver into my parent's house. It should be a great time. Maybe we'll convince Mommo and Papa to go with us...