Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The route

I am piecing together a route which hits big and mid size towns in the Midwest, allows me to enjoy long solitary rides in Central US and will take me through several National Parks in the West.

The plan is to head out on July 26 leaving Washington DC in the early afternoon. I am heading north west out of DC, through Leesburg, VA along the C&O canal, then into Cumberland and, by way of the Great Allegheny Passage through Pittsburgh. Gary, Indiana is the mid-size town right before the huge urban sprawl of Chicago then I will head north along Lake Michigan to Milwaukee then I turn north west to Minneapolis and all the way north to Fargo before veering west through Bismark, the Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park then north again to highway 2 and then west through Montana, the Glacier National Park, into Idaho and Washington on a straight line until I turn north on the very last day of my trip to hit Vancouver.








15 comments:

  1. Hey, Louis, I will follow your journey, heading West. You are non ambitious, you are brave!

    M. Vittoria

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  2. Ok, I'm in! Just Jumped in your dream, I'll fight for it!
    Thanks for inviting me, Carlotta

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    1. It is my pleasure to have you on board!

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  3. Marty from Mahtomedi, MNJuly 10, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    So you'll keep us posted on arrival times for Minneapolis, for example?

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    1. Hi Marty,
      Sure! I should be in Minneapolis August 8 or 9

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  4. Hey Luigi,good luck man. Wish I could document this journey but I look forward to seeing the person who comes out at the end - again.

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    1. Hey Collin, thanks man, I am sure you'd do a wonderful job documenting my trip. You could jump on a plane and report on my arrival in Vancouver!! :-)
      Luigi

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  5. Gloria and I are hurt to learn about your illness but we are happy that you are approaching it in such a selfless and noble manner. We pray that all the arrangements will go well and that it will be a great success for you and the many who will benefit from your generosity. We will follow your progress. God bless, Mac (Barbados)

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    1. Dear Mac, it is great to hear from you. Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers. Give my best to Gloria and keep checking in, only 2 weeks to go now.

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  6. My little sister passed away from leukemia at 15 yrs in 2005 but I identify the same admirable trait I witnessed in her and that was the stength to live. I wish you the absolute best & I'll keep you in my prayers. I'm pretty sure you will have many angels looking out for you.

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    1. Thank you for your heartfelt message. I draw inspiration from what you said and from your sister's fight. She is one of those angels.
      Thank you for following me.

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  7. Luigi, if you would like some company as you ride by Pittsburgh, let us know which route you will be taking and when.

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  8. Forza Luigi! I'm Italian and i'm proud of your strength and courage. I can understand your parents, they may be surely worried but i believe in you! Do your best! You are great. Keep us updated :)

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  9. Hi, this is Mirko from Italy.
    I just read your story on La Repubblica and it sounds amazing. I wish you all the best, from getting over your health problems up to completing your journey and helping other people.
    My mother was operated of breast cancer and my aunt has leukemia too and I definitely know how you feel with those treatments.
    I am gonna share this blog on my Facebook profile, I want all my friends to know about you and your situation. Please keep us updated and do your best! Good luck, Luigi!

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  10. L’itinerario
    Sto delineando un itinerario che tocca città piccole e medie nell’Est e mi permette lunghe pedalate in solitudine nel Midwest per arrivare all’Ovest attraversando una serie di parchi nazionali.
    Penso di partire nel primo pomeriggio del 26 luglio. Uscendo da Washington mi dirigerò a Nord-Ovest attraverso Leesburg in Virginia seguendo il corso del canale Cheesapeake & Ohio verso Cumberland e poi Pittsburgh. Farò tappa a Gary in Indiana, subito prima di Chicago, dopo punterò a Nord lungo il lago Michigan in direzione di Milwaukee e di nuovo a Nord-Ovest per Minneapolis. Successivamente andrò a Ovest attraversando Fargo, Bismark e il Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park. E poi ancora a Nord verso la Statale 2 e ancora a Ovest passando per il Montana, il Glacier National Park, l’Idaho e lo Stato di Washington in linea retta fino a girare a Nord proprio l’ultimo giorno per arrivare a Vancouver. Considerati le mie condizioni e i tempi che mi sono dato, è un programma ambizioso. Stiamo a vedere...andiamo avanti un giorno per volta.

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