June 30, 2021 Total Trek Miles to date: 1083. Done!
June 13, 2021 Total Miles to date: 870 (How did we do that?!) Virtual Trek Goal: 1000 miles by June 30, 2021
There is still time to donate! Deadline is June 30. Any amount helps! Anyone who donates gets a piece of artwork made by me; please see previous posts for details. Love to you all on this beautiful day in June.
June 11, 2021 Total Miles to date: 842 Virtual Trek Goal: 1000 miles by June 30, 2021 Coming down to the wire! Only a bit more effort on the pedals and we're there! Thanks from the bottom of my lungs to all who donated so far!
Samples of my recent artwork appear on Facebook or I will email or PM samples to you. Make a donation to support my Trek Across Maine and receive a piece of artwork by me. Good art exercise for me, a lasting joy for you!
Total 2021 Miles to Date: 649 (indoor and outdoor) Total Outdoor Miles to Date: 526 Goal for the Virtual Trek: 1000 Goal this year: 2021 miles
Why I Ride
I ride the Trek because I have known more people who have lung disease than any other human malady, and that shocks me. I ride because the quality of the air we breathe needs protection on behalf of everyone's lungs. I ride the Trek because the American Lung Association (ALA) fights to clear the air of pollution and cigarette smoke while working to protect our lungs from Covid-19 and vaping. I ride because biking strengthens my lungs and through the Trek, my lungs can power the ALA's help for all of us to breathe; me, my relatives, my friends and millions of people I don't know. How often do you get to lend a hand by doing something you love? I ride to share this great adventure with my husband and training partner, Dave. When the Trek returns to pre-pandemic status, with hundreds of cyclists biking together, we will celebrate the ride with old friends and new ones, but for now, we can concentrate on the beauty of the world around us as we cycle through it and send love to every being who breathes. Please consider tapping the "Donate" button. Everyone who does so, receives a piece of artwork made by me. Samples of my recent work to appear soon....
February 7, 2021: Sorry, didn't update here; used Facebook instead. Strava says we biked 583.9 miles by June 30, 2020, exceeding our 500 mile goal for the Virtual Trek Across Maine. We did 1967 miles for the whole season, an unprecedented amount! Our last day of biking was December 3, when we cycled 13 miles freezing in 40F weather. We did learn how to dress, and how not to dress, for that!
June 1, 2020: 306 total miles done. 10 trips in May. Longest trip was 38 miles around Lake Webb. We went from weather in the 60's to 91 degrees this month, then back down to 55 yesterday with winds gusting to 30 mph -- too high for biking. The hills are getting easier. We have to do 50 miles per week in the coming month to get to our goal of 500 miles by June 30! Please help push us along by donating on our behalf to the American Lung Association, where your money will help push COVID-19 research along. Thank you!
May 5, 2020: We've been biking any day that it is 50F or warmer, not raining with wind less than 10mph-- which means 6 trips in the past month. The roads have fewer cars and trucks on them, which is good for biking and walking. Saw big moose prints from a moose coming out of a swamp; too bad we missed seeing it. A pileated woodpecker flew in front of me and then alongside me at eye level so I got a chance to see it well; the red on its head is hard to describe -- used to be called candy apple red when it appeared on Corvettes, lipstick red, scarlet, a red with no blue in it. We saw lovely clouds a couple of days ago, ones that Monet or Seurat would have painted. Our yard, woods and neighborhood are free of snow mostly, but you can see snow on some of the mountains still, Saddleback, for one.
Our health is fine-- so far, so good. We never go anywhere except to the grocery store and hardware store and we wear masks in those places. This is a strange time, for sure. Please consider hitting the Donate button to sponsor my virtual ride around the hills of Western Maine and help the American Lung Association direct funding to researchers working on lung health and Covid-19. We did 100 miles so far this season; our goal is 500 miles by June 30!!!! Thank you, and keep safe and healthy!
April 15, 2020: A virtual Bike Trek this year! Will miss all the bikers, the new route, and the adventure but will be able to cherry pick the days with the best weather to bike! We biked 26 miles outside last week, then got 13" of snow! It has almost all melted, at least. Hope you are all getting outside, breathing fresh air, getting some sun, keeping more than a bike length away from each other, and keeping safe and well! Please consider hitting the "Donate" button to support my Trek and the American Lung Association, whose work is even more critical now. Everyone who donates will receive a piece of artwork made by me in return!
February 8, 2020: I write from the depths of winter, which is half over up here. We have not been winter traumatized this year at least. Only a couple of feet of snow fell so far, compared to 11 feet last year. At this time in 2019, there were 4 feet of snow on the ground; this year there's less than a foot. I know, it ain't over til its over! But with so much less snowblowing, roof raking and shovelling, I have time to dream of the coming Trek.
Training should be easier this year because we don't have to establish a whole new garden, which took up a lot of our decent weather time last year. We also didn't know where to bike around here. Now, we know the bike routes we can use, and how much time and energy each route takes. Can't wait to get back out on the road!
The new Trek route was great last year except for a few issues they are attempting to address this year by adjusting it a bit here and there. Stand outs: Biking by the water down the Harpswell penninsula, along the Androscoggin River, along the Rail Trail from Augusta to Gardiner, and overlooking Long Pond in Belgrade Lakes. Bates College food was outstanding and the biking community was fun as always. The new bike license plates were great conversation starters and helped continue contact because people's clothes change, but their license plates don't! Mine was "Bike 2C+heart Nature". Dave's playing Dave Matthews; got to go get on the exercise bike! Thanks for reading, and cheers for your health!
May 21, 2019, Phillips, Maine: I can't say that we took every opportunity to bike outside that the weather presented to us, but we missed only a few chances in a Spring that has just really sprung in the past week. We had a lot of gardening to do this year especially because we are establishing a new garden in a place we bought last Fall. The people we bought the place from did garden, but not last year and some kind of plant did a lot of invading with a web of roots in the meantime. So lots of shovelling and plodding through soil, but it was lovely anyway. I have radishes, peas, two kinds of lettuce and beets coming out of the ground, but I haven't biked outside nearly as much as I did last year. So we biked half way to Mt. Blue State Park on Monday and will do the whole trip in the near future, a very hilly 26 miles. I take photos and the cameras I have just don't do the hills justice. There is a mile long hill between our house and the park which we did Monday, to our amazement. I know a place in the park that is covered with Lady Slippers; I think it may be too early for their blooms up here, but I'll check anyway! Wish us luck on our travels. Wish you were all in a bike flock with us, but you are in spirit!
March 11, 2019: Three and a half to four feet of snow on the ground makes you wonder if you will ever see the green stuff on the ground again! Dave and I have been shoveling snow a lot, which is great resistance exercise. If anybody wants anymore of that, come on up (sure!). I'd wager we have way more of the stuff than you do! We have been snowshoeing a lot around our buildings in order to rake roofs. Whatever you do, don't fall backwards while wearing them-- you end up like a turtle on its back! Doing some workouts at the University of Maine at Farmington's gym and using exercise equipment at home to try to avoid Winter Comfort Food Weight Gain (WCFWG). Listening to Talking Heads, Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, and Bowie Legacy to keep us moving! Please consider making a donation to the American Lung Association to help me qualify to ride in the Trek Across Maine this year while you help to keep all of us breathing! The address of my Trek Across Maine/Cycle for Air page is http://action.lung.org/goto/JoanPerry Thank You!
2018! Evidently, this year is the last time we will do the mountains to the sea trip; I will miss it! Next year, the Trek will go in a circle beginning and ending on the coast in Brunswick, travelling through Gardiner and Lewiston. Very beautiful areas too but I will miss the welcome and great food of Farmington; the lakes, fields and rivers of the interior of Maine and the sea air of Belfast; not to mention the Olympic pool at Colby, watermelon hill (which I'm sure they will replicate on the new route), the people who always have a campfire for warming up somewhere near China and fiddler's corner (which I hope someone will replicate on the new route!) Thanks to all who made the Trek fun along the way for the last 34 years, 3 of which I will have done by next week.
This year's training challenged us with a very cold April. Got in 416 miles so far and there are 5 more days til the Trek. Did 50 miles today, half of the time in 10mph winds, so it counts double! Thanks for supporting me, the American Lung Association and every breath we take.
2017–Thank you in advance for your support!! Things look dire on my blue fundraising bicycle graphic because I have pledges that don't appear there; no fear, I will be doing the Trek this year! You can still pledge online with the "Donate" button or let me know what you'd like to pledge. I will be thinking of you and how you helped during that 180 mile marathon ride!
Total miles biked to prepare for the Trek this year: 373 (will do a few more this week- the Trek starts Friday!)
Dog bites: 2 (two grabs by the same dog);
Tick bites: none (three attempts, no grabs);
Bird species, spring wild flowers, sunsets, hills: Countless
Life is good, especially when you can breathe easy; please help others do so with your support for the American Lung Association.
Thank you. Best, Joan
Well, I tried to write a blog this year about what I saw while training on a bike in Maine but the website wasn't working for me. It's a nice way for readers to armchair experience Maine and biking. But I can say we enjoyed spring so much more this year. We saw ospreys return to their huge, stick nests in two places on our 22 mile route along the Androscoggin River. We saw painted turtles sunning. We enjoyed baltimore orioles up close while they visited the grape jelly feeder on Sue's deck. Felt great to smell the crab apple and lilac trees in bloom, and some lilies of the valley in the ditches by the side of the road. We saw gorgeous burgundy trillium by the side of the road too. On the downside, we also met a dog whose owner thought it was too early in the season to worry about her chasing bikes; and after two years of no negative dog encounters, I got bit! It wasn't a deep bite, luckily. I got off my bike very quickly and put my bike between me and her and she went on to try to savage Dave! He was ready for her, though and the dog’s owner grabbed her just in time...
I am very happy to be able to join many other cyclists and the American Lung Association in a journey across Maine; I can't wait!
We are raising money to support the fight against lung cancer, COPD, Asthma and other serious lung diseases.
I hope you can contribute too to protect all of our personal and collective breath. Best, Joan