Biking with Eli from Ohio to New York State, 2012

This post describes a father-and-son five-day bike tour that took place in 2012, before launching the blog in 2014.

Eli and I had an unforgettable adventure riding the tandem from Oberlin Ohio to Skaneateles NY

Back in the Spring of 2012, when Eli was finishing up his first year at Oberlin College, we spoke on a Skype call. I asked him if he wanted me to give him a ride back home after his final exams. “Yeah, that’d be great,” he responded, then paused to confirm one important detail. “You are bringing the car, right?”

“No car. Just the tandem bike,” I replied. A few weeks later, I flew into Columbus Ohio with our Bike Friday tandem packed in two suitcases, and my old friend David Levine drove me up to Oberlin the next day. I assembled the bike, and Eli packed his summer gear into the suitcases, which David shipped back East for us. Eli had seven days to ride over 400 miles to central New York State for a family reunion and memorial service for my father, John, who also enjoyed riding his bike. Below is a photomap of our ride, or see the full-screen version. We originally planned to ride 480 miles across the Northern Tier bike route by Adventure Cycling and the Erie Canal bike trail by Parks and Trails NY to my hometown of Morrisville, NY. But we modified our trip and rode 429 miles in 5 days, then caught a ride with relatives in Skaneateles, NY to avoid some hills on a very hot day.

See full-size photos in my Flickr album