Friday, June 8, 2012

Pre-Departure Post

In normal Adi fashion, I did not have time to write before I left home, because I was packing until 2AM (which was early in my book, thanks to Danielle’s expeditious help) and had to be up by 5:45 this morning. Thus, I began writing this post at 35,000 feet above our beautiful country. There is A LOT of farmland out there, and so perfectly shaped as well. We encountered some turbulence over Gillette, WY, but had smooth sailing after that.   

I am now somewhat settled at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA, about 30 mins northeast of Seattle. Although the weather has been a bit dreary it is a beautiful campus. I have met my core group for the next TEN WEEKS and all is well. Everyone seems to be in very high spirits and excited to hit the road. There are only 12 of us, so let’s hope for the best. While the interesting mix of people - from college student, to post-college, to young doctor, to CFO, to retiree – could lead to slight trepidation, I am actually feeling quite positive about the group after spending the day with them. I am sure certain dynamics will develop as we get to know each other and as the Ride progresses. For now, I will withhold further comments about the group and various personalities.

Before I set out I would like to thank:
  • All of my donors who have made this ride possible. 
  • My parents who have provided additional funds, without which I would have half as much gear. More importantly, their unconditional love and support for me and all of my endeavors have allowed me to ACTUALLY do this. (Can’t wait to see Dad in Pittsburgh for the home stretch.)
  •  My sibs, grandmothers, and the rest of the family for always cheering me on!
  • Danielle. Enough said. But really… for her endless support and love. And yes, she too is crazy enough to do a third of this trip. I can’t wait until we reunite in Chicago!

There are two people without whom I would not have a bike:
  • Former Rosh Al Hagova and semi-professional cyclist, Josh Friedman. He spent HOURS with me on the phone, video chat, and e-mailing until we selected the best bike for me on this journey. We took a lot of factors into consideration (price, terrain, amount of “cargo,” etc.) and decided that a properly outfitted Cannondale CAAD8 Tiagra was the best choice. This is the third Cannondale in my growing collection! Thank you, Josh!
  • Sal Lilienthal is THE MAN!

    He provided Danielle and me with our bikes at a price you can’t beat. Sal didn’t just order and build the bikes. He added the best components and gave us all the time in the world to ensure that we will be SAFE and comfortable on this Ride. In honor of his great service, we have named our bikes Sal and Sally, respectively. 
    I HIGHLY recommended Sal and The Bicycle Tour Company for all your cycling needs. The ride to Kent, CT is both beautiful and completely worth it.  
I am excited, nervous, and scared. This trip is a dream come true! Every day is going to be a new, amazing adventure as I physically move myself across the country. The people I meet, the sights I see, and the random things I do and learn will undoubtedly (and positively) shape who I am. Yet, cycling is inherently dangerous. I have promised my parents I am committed to not just returning in the same condition, but in better shape than I left. I promise all of you that I will exercise every caution and ride with due regard. While FUN, adventure, and traversing the country are the goals; SAFETY is the top priority. As a wise man once taught me and as I have passed on to the next generation, we must always live by the 7 P’s: Proper Prior Planning, Prevents Piss Poor Performance.

Thank you again for all your support and I look forward to keeping you posted along the way!

With much love and excitement,


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Befuddlements to come…