So it begins…

By Alexia Springer

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” – Alan W. Watts

For the next month and a half, this blog will follow a grand cycling adventure from Indiana to Maine and then from Maine to Boston. My partner and I are pedaling to Maine to participate in Climate Ride Northeast, a green conference on wheels spanning 5 days and 390 miles in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Along the journey to the starting point, we will be fundraising and spreading the word about the ride and our selected beneficiaries who are doing amazing work related to sustainability. Check out our fundraising pages and help support our cause! AlexiaNan & AlvinGoeser

Monroeville, IN to Orchard Park, NY = 408.5 miles
Monroeville, IN to Orchard Park, NY = 408.5 miles

Route Waypoints

  • Richmond, IN
  • St. Mary, OH
  • Paulding, OH
  • Bowling Green, OH
  • Cedar Point, OH
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Geneva on the Lake, OH
  • Erie, PA
  • Van Buren Point, NY

    Orchard Park, NY to Ticonderoga, NY = 421 miles
    Orchard Park, NY to Ticonderoga, NY = 421 miles
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Middleport, NY
  • ** Ithaca, NY ** (meet Alvin & shuttle)
  • Fayetteville, NY
  • Boonville, NY
  • Raquette Lake, NY
  • Newcomb, NY
  • Ticonderoga, NY
  • Rochester, VT
  • Thetford, VT

    Ticonderoga, NY to Bar Harbor, ME = 401.5 miles
    Ticonderoga, NY to Bar Harbor, ME = 401.5 miles
  • Lincoln, NH
  • Tripp Pond, ME
  • Waldoboro, ME
  • Orland, ME
  • Bard Harbor, ME


Frame/ fork: Surly Long Haul Trucker
Seatpost: Surly Stainless, 30.0mm
Crankset: Andel RSC6 (26/36/48)
Cassette: Shimano HG-50-10 (11-32)
Front Derailleur: Shimano Sora FD-3503
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT-T780-L SGS
Saddle: Velo, VL1353
Bars: PMT, 26.0mm
Brakes: Tektro CR720, Cantilever
Shifters: Microshift BS-M10 (10-speed)
Hubs: Shimano LC T670
Tires: Continental Tour Ride (26 x 1.5”) 

Touring Stuff
Front Rack: Tubus Tara
Rear Rack: Blackburn EX-1
Front Panniers: Arkel T-28
Rear Panniers: Ortlieb Back-Roller Classic
Racktop Bag: Chrome Hi-Vis Yalta
Handlebar Bag: Po Campo Six Corners
Fenders: Planet Bikes Cascadia
Water Bottles: 2 for the bike + 1 Nalgene
Lights: Princeton Tec Push; Planet Bike Spok
Rain gear: Women’s Double Century RTX; Patagonia Rain Jacket
Helmet: Cannondale
Gloves: Pearl Izumi Select
Bike Lock

Multi-tool: Cannondale Mini Tool
Patch Kit: Slime Tube Repair
Tubes: Specialized 26 x 1.5 (2)
Wrench: 4” Craftsman
Tire Irons: Pedros (2)
Co2: Planet Bike Red Zeppelin
Lubrication; Duct Tape; Nylon Cord; Nuts/Bolts; Bungee Cords; Frame Pump

Camping Gear
Tent: REI Quarter Dome T2 Plus
Bag: Mountain Hardwear Heratio 15
Sleeping Pad: Klymit Static V
Dry Bags: Event Waterproof Compression
Towel: REI Camp Towl
Misc: Nag Campa; Cocoon Travel Blanket; Eno Hammock
Camp Chair: Alps Mountaineering Tri-Leg
Headlamp: Black Diamond Icon
First-Aid Kit: Ultra-Light/Water Tight
Journal; Pens; BikeCampCook; Eco-Foods Guide

Stove: MSR WhisperLite International
Fuel Bottle: Optimus 890 mL
Pot: Power Pot
Fry Pan: Evernew Titanium Nonstick Pan
Spatula: GSI Mini Camp Spatula
Utensils: Bamboo To-Go Ware; Ozark Trail Pocket Knife
Water Filtration: Platypus Gravity Works
Dishes/Cups: Sea to Summit X-Bowl (2); Stanley Adventure eCycle Nesting Containers; Coffee Mug
Dishwashing: Piragis Scraper
Spice kit: Salt, Pepper, Curry, Italian, Rice Seasoning, Garlic Powder, Cinnamon; Oil; Tomato Powder; Soy Sauce; Maple Syrup
Coffee: Bialetti Moka Expresso Maker
Food: Oatmeal; Pancake Mix; Bread; Peanut Butter; Bananas; Oranges; Carrots; Cucumber; Cheese; Pasta; Sweet Potatoes; Dehydrated Mushrooms; Lentils; Quinoa; Dried Black Beans; Dried Fruit; Nuts; Granola Bars;
Cutting Board

Baselayer: NRS Fleece Bottoms; Basics Top; Club Ride
Tanks: Club Ride Tweet Top; Lucy Tank
Jerseys: Miles of Trees; Climate Ride
Shorts: Climate Ride; Garneau; Primal
T-shirts: Climate Ride (2)
Hoody: La Sportiva – Buttermilk Hoody
Down Jacket: SierraDesigns DriDown 800
Pants: Patagonia Venga Rock Pants
Dress: Patagoina Kamala Twist
Skirt: Patagonia Baggies Skirt
Bandana/Hat/Gloves: Coal Wool Hat; NOLS Hat
Shoes: Keen Commuter & Chacos
Arm Warmers: Smartwool
Sun Glasses: Julbo Dirt 2.0

Soap: Dr. Bronner’s
Menstruation: Diva Cup
Sunblock; Bug Spray; Arnica; Shampoo; Conditioner; Nail Clippers; Toothbrush; Paste; Floss; Tweezers; Razor; Deodorant


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