Alan and Dave’s 2022 Coast to Coast Cycling Adventure

Alan Gilbert
3 min readJun 10, 2022
The plan
The result
Dave and Alan in Columbus

This year, after an amazing 40-year career, I decided to retire and ride my bicycle across the country (planned route pictured above). I am keeping this journal to chronicle my journey as Dave, my riding partner, and I attempt to ride across the United States in 38 days, with the support of our incredible spouses Dee and Sue.

I am also continuing my ongoing support for Pelotonia, an organization dedicated to rallying the cycling community to fund cancer research. If you follow my adventure, I ask that you please consider donating to my fundraising efforts.

The Journey

All in all, including our warmup rides on the Oregon Coast Highway, I logged 3,118 miles and 103,871 feet climbed. Dave logged 3,330 and 110,833.

Before the Trip

Why Do this Crazy Thing?
Planning and Training

Getting Staged

The Drive Out to Oregon
Pre Ride in Oregon

Phase 1: Florence to Jackson

Day 1: Florence, OR to Eugene, OR
Day 2: Eugene, OR to Sisters, OR
Day 3: Sisters, OR to Bend OR
Day 4: Bend, OR to Burns, OR
Day 5: Burns, OR to Ontario, OR
Day 6: Ontario, OR to Boise, ID
Day 7: Boise, ID to Mountain Home, ID
Day 8: Mountain Home, ID to Cary, ID
Day 9: Cary, ID to Idaho Falls, ID
Day 10: Idaho Falls, ID to Jackson, WY

Phase 2: Jackson to Estes Park

Day 12: Jackson, WY to DuBois, WY
Day 13: DuBois, WY to Lander, WY
Day 14: Lander, WY to Rawlins, WY
Day 15: Rawlins, WY to Walden, CO
Day 16: Walden, CO to Grand Lake, CO
Day 17: Grand Lake, CO to Estes Park, CO

Phase 3: Estes Park to Springfield

Day 19: Estes Park, CO to Byers, CO
Day 20: Byers, CO to Eads, CO
Day 21: Eads, CO to Syracuse, KS
Day 22: Syracuse, KS to Dodge City, KS
Day 23: Dodge City, KS to Kingman, KS
Day 24: Kingman, KS to Agusta, KS
Day 25: Agusta, KS to Parsons, KS
Day 26: Parsons, KS to Springfield, MO

Phase 4: Springfield to Piedmont

Day 28: Springfield, MO to Mountain View, MO
Day 29: Mountain View, MO to Dexter, MO
Day 30: Dexter, MO to Martin, TN
Day 31: Martin, TN to Savannah, TN
Day 32: Savannah, TN to Priceville, AL
Day 33: Priceville, AL to Piedmont, AL

Phase 5: Piedmont to Tybee Island

Day 35: Piedmont, AL to Fairburn, GA
Day 36: Fairburn, GA to Milledgeville, GA
Day 37: Milledgeville, GA to Metter, GA
Day 38: Metter, GA to Tybee Island, GA

What I am listening to?

Books (on Audible)

Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi (training)
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah (training)
Leviathan Wakes: The Expanse, Book 1 by James S. A. Corey
Caliban’s War: The Expanse, Book 2 by James S. A. Corey
Abaddon’s Gate: The Expanse, Book 3 by James S. A. Corey
Cibola Burn: The Expanse, Book 4 by James S. A. Corey
Nemesis Games: The Expanse, Book 5 by James S. A. Corey

My Songs of the Day (playlist)


NPR Up First
NPR Planet Money
NPR Short Wave
Techmeme Ride Home
Terry’s Talkin’ (Cleveland sports)