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Re: 1,000 km - Toronto to Coney Island by bike with a 10 yr old.
« Reply #200 on: June 15, 2018, 05:46:05 AM »
The last couple weeks have been full of ups and downs - but mostly ups as we accelerate toward the ride...

Yesterday we had an interview on our local radio station - unfortunately James was having an "off Day" so he didn't participate well, but it still came out alright. The DJ does really well with us, and is basically a big kid himself, so it's always fun in the studio. Plus the studios are at our small-town airport, so its fun watching the Cessnas and corporate jets take-off and land while we're there.

In the past week, we've heard from the Children's museum of Albany and a Children's treatment centre there as they are trying to arrange a place for us to stay. Fingers crossed that between them, they come up with a place for us.

Next week we have an interview with the Anderson Centre for Autism to be featured on their podcast, which has a pretty strong following, so that is a good thing. I hope its not a clinical conversation... I can't talk Dr. I can talk Dad.

We have made a presentation to out local Rotary club, which was very impactful and meaningful to them. The club is a big supporter of our charity (Grandview Childrens' Centre) and it was good to give back to them.

We have a cycling activist group in New York City that is working on finding us a place and thinks they have something secured on the upper east side (did I get that right?) Anyway, 96th Street - near the Intrepid Museum. We still need to find a place for the rest of our stay in NYC - nearer Coney Island. I have a forumite to reach back to on that front.

Many of our stops already have accommodations, but we continue to try to find a place in Rochester. For a big city, you'd think it would be easy. Alas, it is not. There is a peppering of small towns that we still have to work  through - mostly along the Hudson Valley.

One of our local craft breweries (Five Paddles) has expressed an interest in a RideJamesRide collaboration brew if we can find a NY brewery to work with. @Pizzabrewer - what does this mean? Would a 3-way collaboration work with your restaurant and a third brewery in NYC (Brooklyn Brewery maybe?) What does it mean to have a collaborative brew, how do we set it up, and can 3 players be part of it?

And finally (I think) our local charity is putting on a "Coney Island Style Hotdog" sendoff for us the day before we head to New York. They will be cooking up dogs and getting us set for our trip. We need to wrassle up some voluntolds and a BBQ, but apart from that, I think the charity will be taking care of everything else (food, permits, advertising, etc.)

We have a lot going on right now.
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Re: 1,000 km - Toronto to Coney Island by bike with a 10 yr old.
« Reply #201 on: June 15, 2018, 08:14:26 AM »
Lots of fun news! :-)

If you're interested in a smaller brewery (as opposed to the larger Brooklyn brewery) you might reach out to Threes Brewing. Also in Brooklyn, they seem like good people and they support progressive causes. They have done a couple of beers to raise money and awareness for orgs like the ACLU and HRC (Human Rights Campaign). So it's possible they would be interested.

And I think it was Upper West Side, not Upper East Side. :-)
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« Reply #202 on: June 16, 2018, 03:09:57 PM »
James and I are fresh back home from a 90 KM "Practice Ride" he wasn't very cooperative or fast and he didn't have fantastic stamina, but he made it through and we only stopped for ice cream once.

This bodes well for building up to our NYC trip. If we keep doing 90 km days, we should build it up to being the new normal and be ready for the trip by August. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself.
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« Reply #203 on: June 18, 2018, 01:08:11 AM »
Seems legit.

I wish I could go out for a 90km bike ride.

I'm heading out on the Karakoram next weekend for the Melburn Roobaix.  Only bike with big enough tires to get me through all the cobbles.


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« Reply #204 on: June 18, 2018, 07:14:07 AM »
This Sunday, James and I will be in the www.ridedonthide.com Grey-Bruce ride. I entered us in it to get him familiar with riding in a crowd, and to give him a chance to get longer miles on a timed course. We'll see how he does. We signed up for the 80km course, but now I see that they want us off the road in 5 hours. No way that kid is keeping up a 16+ km/h pace for 5 hours straight. I think we'll start with the 80 km riders, then turnaround at the 50 km turnabout and sneak over to a loop intended to stretch the 80 km route to a 100 km route if he's feeling well enough/going fast enough. (Map: http://ridedonthide.com/on/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/map_route_logistics_signs_2017.pdf)

The organizers may hate us, but I'm OK with that. We don't go fast, we go far. After the finish line party, we may tag on another 20 km, just to make it a legit day. We need to cover at least 80 km.

I also need to get a hold of a cheap cycle-computer for James' bike. I think seeing his speed is a boost for him, and makes him feel like he's accomplishing something. Sometimes I think the monotony of a day on the bike gets to him.

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« Reply #205 on: June 18, 2018, 07:54:18 AM »
Something like a Garmin Edge 20 or 25?  Or something super simple like a Cateye Velo?

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« Reply #206 on: June 18, 2018, 07:57:44 AM »
Something like a Garmin Edge 20 or 25?  Or something super simple like a Cateye Velo?

Leaning toward something like the Cateye. All he needs is to see his speed, distance and what time it is. Last year we bought some no-name units off amazon, and they worked but kept resetting when the battery contacts made/lost connections. It kept deleting out distance travelled, resetting the clocks, and deleting his wheel diameter. It was better than nothing, but only barely. Also I have spending $$$$ on bike computers when I have my phone, the SPOT tracker, etc. already on me.
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« Reply #207 on: June 18, 2018, 08:02:15 AM »
Would a donation of a bike computer be acceptable in the general scheme of things?  Rather than you forking out the $ maybe someone else could donate one?  I might know someone who'd be happy to donate to the cause as they're far away and can't join in on the ride or offer a place to stay...

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« Reply #208 on: June 18, 2018, 08:50:01 AM »
Would a donation of a bike computer be acceptable in the general scheme of things?  Rather than you forking out the $ maybe someone else could donate one?  I might know someone who'd be happy to donate to the cause as they're far away and can't join in on the ride or offer a place to stay...

If someone far away chose to do that, it would be way cool!
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« Reply #209 on: June 21, 2018, 09:24:58 AM »
Two cool "gifts from strangers" moments occurred this week...

1. When Momma stopped to pick up the mail one afternoon, a car rolled up alongside her and its drive waved her over. They gave Momma $40 and told her to make sure James got an ice cream out of it from them. Its nice when neighbours come together to support each other.

2. A package arrived this week from AMazon - a stranger from a faraway land sent us a cyclecomputer and heart rate monitor. It will be cool for James to see how fast he's going and how hard he's working. I like that it also came with a cadence sensor so he can see when he needs to pedal faster/harder. With the Tour de France starting next week, we'll start talking about how fast the cyclists legs are moving and hope that James tries to emulate them. Thanks internet stranger!! You bought him a unit that was way more better than we expected!

And on the administrative side...

Last night I sat up until 02h00 writing up a blog post for Frog bikes. Their initial response was super positive, so I hope that it goes on the website quickly. I need to get them some pics of James in his shirt and on their bike. Its hard to find good pics - the darn kid really prefers riding to posing, and hides from the camera all the time. I wish he understood how important the smiling for the camera part is. He prefers to scowl or hide.

We also have our accommodations in Utica and Coney Island sewn up now, so we have a quickly diminishing list of places where we still need accommodations. Some will be easier than others, but I have so much work to do that at this point I've pretty much take a hiatus from nagging town councils for rest houses. We'll find them in time. It will work out.

Tomorrow night we are hosing some warm showers cycle-tourists who are riding here FROM NYC en route to the west coast. I'm hoping to pick their minds for routing and rest stops and things to look out for. Maybe they have contacts in the towns that are still outstanding and can help us out a little too, who knows.
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« Reply #210 on: June 21, 2018, 07:02:39 PM »
Not all strangers are danger.

Can understand the pic thing, so hard to get a decent natural one of kids without some sort of face contortion.

P.S. A soft silicone case for bike computers are somewhat useful in protecting them from drops.  Says the bloke who scratched his Edge 810 screen on the first day he had it, before getting a slicone case...

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« Reply #211 on: June 24, 2018, 08:15:45 AM »
My mum knew I had friends involved in #ridejamesride last year....this weekend we were talking about how the main participant took over my Netflix and then did a training ride the next day.

Eventually it clicked that I know James and his organization team. I suspect that she will be spreading the word more through.the area James rides though first.

Do you have postcards or posters hat people can drop in along the route?

Do you have 45 minutes to make some using canvas, that supporters can print and post?

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« Reply #212 on: June 25, 2018, 09:48:25 AM »
My mum knew I had friends involved in #ridejamesride last year....this weekend we were talking about how the main participant took over my Netflix and then did a training ride the next day.

Eventually it clicked that I know James and his organization team. I suspect that she will be spreading the word more through.the area James rides though first.

Do you have postcards or posters hat people can drop in along the route?

Do you have 45 minutes to make some using canvas, that supporters can print and post?

Ugh - I was going to make up something like this months ago. It never came together. The combined impact of my unartistic lilt and a lack of inspiration.

I should do it. Excuses and all that.

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Had a very busy weekend on the cycling side of things...

On Friday, some cycle-tourists were coming for a visit. I suggested a route to our house for them, and then headed out from the office to meet them and escort them through town. They were distracted along the way, and took a different route. Meant I got to finish my workday with a 20km ride through a part of town I usually don't get to. It also meant the cyclists beat me home.

Since the cyclists were vegetarians with an array of food allergies, we weren't sure what to feed them. This was made simple when they volunteered to cook for us! For dinner we had Tacos with beans and rice filling, and an array of veggies for toppings. Delicious.

In the morning we had scrambled eggs, and then rode with them to Toronto. A nice and familiar 60 km ride to the roundhouse... in the rain! Not really ideal weather-wise, but great for us to see that even in poor weather we can tick off the miles. James really wanted to ride the mini-train around the Roundhouse Park, but it was out of service due to weather. He was bummed, but alas, such is life.

We got on the Go Train back to Whitby, packed, put the bikes on the car, and drove to Owen Sound for Ride-Don't-Hide ,a charity ride for mental health that we had signed up for months earlier. We got to a hotel at about 1:00 AM and I carried James from the car to bed.

Waking up the next day, we had missed the alarm, and were late to the bike ride. Because of this we didn't get into the 80km ride that we had signed up for, and instead we had to go in the 50km ride. In the rush, we didn't get breakfast or fill our water bottles and a pile of other nuisance things were out of place. We ended up on the second-last start of the 50 km ride, almost an hour behind the start time we were planning on, without breakfast. Ugh. At least we made it to the ride.

As we hopped on our bikes, James stuffed his face with ride-supplied granola bars and a banana, and packed his handlebar bag with fruit.

We rode with the crowd keeping up nicely. I was pretty proud of James for keeping pace and even pushing our pack a little early on. Then, when we came to the first rest stop, we ducked in and got our water-bottles filled while everyone else rode on - really the stop was not needed, except for the bottle fill. This bumped us to the very back of the 50 km ride. Ugh.

James pedalled hard, and we passed a few people, eventually finding a couple of folks with a pace close to our own. We stuck with them until we came to the second rest stop at the peak of a tough hill. This stop was needed, and James decided to eat everything on his handlebar bag, grab more food from the table, and visit the folks at the stop. Then, when we should have really left, he decided to use the washroom. There was a lineup. We waited. While peeing, the call came out that the 50km sweep was leaving, anyone still at the stop would be cut from the ride. Crud.

We ran from the bathroom to the bikes and rode with the sweep 15km to the next stop. James put a plan together as we rode. At the next stop he was going to just get a banana and a drink, and then leave right away. So we did that... and it worked. On the ride back to the start/finish, we did great, and finished the 50 km ride just ahead of the sweep for the 25km event.

So over the weekend we rode just over 100km - which is pretty respectable. But more important is that we upped our speed by oodles. The 50 km Ride Don't Hide event we started at 8:00 AM and finished around 11:15. Very respectable.
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« Reply #213 on: June 25, 2018, 03:37:27 PM »
The threat of the sweep will up the average speed in my experience.

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« Reply #214 on: July 17, 2018, 05:07:49 PM »
We continue to work up our miles and go on practice rides. This past weekend that meant a ride from Exhibition GO in Toronto back to our home in Whitby - not long, but challenging because the Toronto Molson Indy was on, which meant crowds and noise from race cars.

Loud noises can be a trigger for James. Crowds are not a thing he manages well. The Waterfront trail was closed between the GO station and the trail we use. I was perplexed - and yet, we managed. We got from teh GO station to Strachan Street, around teh closures, through a park and then... we were on familiar ground biking home.

We've got our SPOT tracker working well now, so folks wanting to can follow along on our adventure as we go. The link is here: https://bit.ly/2Nigel8 - it only shows a tracklog of 50 points though - so you won't see a full history of our adventures there. I tried to set up a feed from the tracker to our website and other stuff... not having any luck although I know others have managed to build a link somehow.

Most of our stopovers are now defined. We are missing three communities (Fonda, Red Hook, and Carmel) - but most of our stops are with families who have offered dinner and laundry along with space for our tent.
 
Our list of outstanding items is very short - we need notarized letters to enter the US, a few supplies, and those three layover spots. We will be fine. Support is starting to grow as folks realize how close we are getting to doing this. Hopefully our donations follow as media and local events boost us. We have a ways to go before we can start talking up our goals.

In any case, things are putting along nicely. We will get there soon. In a month actually.
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« Reply #215 on: July 18, 2018, 06:09:58 PM »
^ Mileage, speed, adventures, preparation - AWESOME!!

Like many others, I continue to feel a warm glow of admiration and happiness for the wonderful upbringing you are giving your son.