How Far is 5,000 Miles???

Let’s began in Fayetteville, North Carolina:

I trust this gives some perspective of the actual bicycle miles I’ve established as my goal.

Note: This distance calculator uses data from the US Census and a supplementary list of cities around the world to find the latitude and longitude of two places, and then calculates the distance between them (as the crow flies).


2006 Cycling Goals

I am now within 662 miles, and 4 centuries, of obtaining my cycling goals of 5,000 miles and 20 centuries during calendar year 2006. Of course, these are GPS documented miles recorded since March 06, when I purchased my Garmin Edge 305. I rode several hundred miles before the purchase and I now ride some undocumented miles for warm ups and cool downs as well as a few check rides. If I am blessed to reach the GPS documented 5K mark, I know the distance ridden will be well in excess of that mark.

So, here is the plan. I have 10 weeks remaining in the calendar year to realize my mileage and century goals. I must average at least 67 miles a week to achieve the mileage goal and I must ride 4 more centuries. One way of doing this is to ride to Richmond, VA again. The last tour was 435 miles. In coordinating with the Artis family there, the time to do so would be between 11/11 and 11/19. If I were to do so, I’d complete the century goal and then need only 227 more miles for the 5K mark. Depending on weather, I may well do a second tour (probably 2 days up and 2 days back) to Richmond, VA. The RANS Stratus is up to the trip. I may add a fairing for greater comfort.

If I do not do the tour, my goal will be to ride the 67 weekly miles Monday through Friday or 14 miles a day over the 5-day period), leaving the weekend mileage as extra.

At this point, these are my thoughts. Let’s see how many miles I’m able to get in over the next 3 weeks.

Thursday Morning [10/19] Fun Ride!

An association of 3 riders, one new to the trail, Miss Pauline [Grandma], struck out to conquer the Cape Fear Trail and its associated hills–we did! Last Friday, I introduced Pauline to the trail, but only went about half-way [no GPS recording]. Today, Rev. Jamale gave her the full monty. Miss Pauline did quite well as a hobbyist, new to the sport. This is a ride we plan to do again soon.

Congrats to Grandma and continue the great riding!!!

This is a close-up map of the ride from Motion Based Map Player Beta
Following are a few pictures from the ride:
…and here she [Miss Pauline] is, followed by the watchful eye of Rev. Jamale
What a beautiful morning for a ride. Miss Pauline rode 8 miles–props…
She rides on…