Friday, May 30, 2008

One More Day

Down to the last day before I take off on Sunday morning.

Please join me on Sunday on a benefit ride for the Panhandle Alliance for Education to Newport Washington. We will leave promptly at 8:00 am from the parking lot of the Power House in Sandpoint. The route, which will the be first 34 miles of my cross country trip, will be across the Long Bridge, Lakeshore Drive and Old Priest River Road. There will be a BBQ in the park at Newport.

Packing


Wednesday, May 28, 2008

May 28, 2008

Spent the day running around trying to wrap up various personal matters before I leave. More cutting back on things to take. Had a great meeting with Marcia Wilson, Executive Director of the Panhandle Alliance for Education (PAFE). What a great organization. The early childhood literacy program they are implementing is outstanding and I am more convinced than ever that raising funds to support this effort will be one of the most satisfying things I have undertaken.

Don't forget to join me on Sunday at 8:00 am for the start of my ride and a great fundraiser for PAFE. We will start at the Power House Parking lot in Sandpoint and ride to Newport Washington. If you can't make it all the way to Newport, plan on riding across the Long Bridge as this is a great opportunity to show your support for PAFE and the incredible work they are doing.

Monday, May 26, 2008

More time spent packing

Still packing and trying to get the amount of gear I am taking to a minimum. Looks like I will have somewhere in the neighborhood of 45 pounds of stuff. I had dinner about 10 days ago with Dave, Norb and Anne from Springfield Mo. who are doing the Northern Tier ride from Anacortes, Washington to Maine. They had a lot of good tips on how much stuff to take for the trip. Dave had already sent back 22 punds of gear and they were only 10 days into their trip.

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

May 25, 2008


Well, I'm less than a week from embarking on my trip. Still have to finish packing and figure out how to use my new 2 pound PC I purchased for the trip. This is a test to see if I can send a picture to the blog with my new PC.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

May 14--

The weather continues to be lousy; however, it is supposed to be in the 80's tomorrow. Hopefully, I will get some time outside.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Gearing up for the ride


Despite some occasionally crummy weather, I'm getting my miles in, in preparation for my June 1 departure. By the way, everyone is invited to join me on the initial 30 miles from Sandpoint to Newport, Washington as part of Bike to Work week in Sandpoint, Idaho. We leave Sandpoint at 8 a.m. from the Power House parking lot. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Starting in beautiful Sandpoint, Idaho

I'm Mel Dick, and I've got roughly 10,000 miles (maybe more) of bike riding ahead of me.

If you've come to this web site, you've likely arrived here through a story you read or an e-mail someone sent you. I hope you've come to get involved, because I'm about to take off on a cross-country bike ride. For me it's to fulfill a dream, but I have other ambitions for it, too. Specifically, I want to raise money for the good work of the Panhandle Alliance for Education and their new early childhood literacy program.

My ride starts on June 1 in Sandpoint. First I head west, to get to the northwestern most point in the U.S. Then I turn south and east, headed to the southeastern most point in the U.S. at Key West. You can click the Route button at left to see my intended route (though weather or road conditions may call for a few alterations once I'm on the move). I'll be blogging my experiences here, hopefully a couple times or more a week, or as often as I can ride across a good Internet connection.

Right now I invite you to look around my website. And I hope you'll consider donating to the cause. In fact, why not click that Donate button right now?

If you want to put a comment of your own up here, scroll down just below the map and click the Comments link. And be sure to check back from time to time to see my new posts.

After days of thinking about it, I am finally packed. 40 pounds of stuff!!!!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

May 28, 2008

Spent the day running around trying to wrap up various personal matters before I leave. More cutting back on things to take. Had a great meeting with Marcia Wilson, Executive Director of the Panhandle Alliance for Education (PAFE). What a great organization. The early childhood literacy program they are implementing is outstanding and I am more convinced than ever that raising funds to support this effort will be one of the most satisfying things I have undertaken.

Don't forget to join me on Sunday at 8:00 am for the start of my ride and a great fundraiser for PAFE. We will start at the Power House Parking lot in Sandpoint and ride to Newport Washington. If you can't make it all the way to Newport, plan on riding across the Long Bridge as this is a great opportunity to show your support for PAFE and the incredible work they are doing.

Monday, May 26, 2008

More time spent packing

Still packing and trying to get the amount of gear I am taking to a minimum. Looks like I will have somewhere in the neighborhood of 45 pounds of stuff. I had dinner about 10 days ago with Dave, Norb and Anne from Springfield Mo. who are doing the Northern Tier ride from Anacortes, Washington to Maine. They had a lot of good tips on how much stuff to take for the trip. Dave had already sent back 22 punds of gear and they were only 10 days into their trip.

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

May 25, 2008


Well, I'm less than a week from embarking on my trip. Still have to finish packing and figure out how to use my new 2 pound PC I purchased for the trip. This is a test to see if I can send a picture to the blog with my new PC.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

May 14--

The weather continues to be lousy; however, it is supposed to be in the 80's tomorrow. Hopefully, I will get some time outside.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Gearing up for the ride


Despite some occasionally crummy weather, I'm getting my miles in, in preparation for my June 1 departure. By the way, everyone is invited to join me on the initial 30 miles from Sandpoint to Newport, Washington as part of Bike to Work week in Sandpoint, Idaho. We leave Sandpoint at 8 a.m. from the Power House parking lot. Hope to see you there!