Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Kyle's First Day

5/12/2009, Day 1

Today Kyle Arrived In: Wellsville, NY

Miles Traveled Today: 98

Miles Traveled Total: 98

Miles Remaining: 3,302

Kyle’s Update: Hello everyone! As you may have heard, Kyle started his 3,400 mile journey today from Ithaca, NY, where he has resided for the past two years, towards the Pacific Ocean, fully self-supported via bicycle. His route includes roads through New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and finally Washington. I’m Kyle’s brother Steve and I’ll do my best to keep everyone in the loop over the next 7ish weeks.

Kyle left 35 degree Ithaca this morning at 7:30am under mostly sunny skies and headed west. Kyle’s dad and brother Kenley were in attendance to see him off. Kyle just reached Wellsville, NY, his resting place for the evening, capping a long and hilly 98 mile first day. As he’s carrying everything on his bike that he needs to survive the majority of the summer alone, Kyle’s bike and gear account for approximately 90 pounds more than his usual training bike. In addition to the weight, hills, headwinds, and late spring weather, this will be a tremendous challenge! Please feel free to respond to this update with encouragement for Kyle and please also email any further recipients if you would like future updates sent to additional friends/family. I hope you can, as I will, enjoy living vicariously through Kyle’s adventure!

Keep Peddling Kyle!!


  1. Cool man! Good luck and be safe Kyle! Can't wait to see the daily progress and hear some stories.

    Eric Hanson

  2. Hi Kyle,
    This will be so interesting to see your daily progress. What an adventure! I'm going to try to send this to Jody so she can post comments to you too! Be SAFE and have an awesome trip! What great memories you are making for yourself! Blessings, Sue :)

  3. Hey Kyle, Good luck man. Cross country journeys are the best. Be safe. Have fun. I'll try to keep track of you as much as I can.

  4. Good luck Kyle and have a great summer

  5. Hey, way impressive on what you are doing! I wish you luck, and stick with it, it will be worth it once you are sitting here in washington remembering the whole trip. Nate Bradshaw

  6. Looks like after the 2nd day, Kyle should have brought a GPS with him, haha. Very impressive feat, I look forward to hanging out when we both make it back to Washington. Wishing the best of weather, health, and good sights along the way.
    -Sam Stehle

  7. The Connolly FamilyMay 13, 2009 at 7:11 PM

    Hey Kyle!
    What an experience! Thanks for sharing with the rest of us!
    We are cheering for you!

    The Connolly Clan

  8. Hey Kyle!
    Craziness must run in the family!
    We are wishing you safe travels an looking forward to watching your progress! God Bless You!
    Keith and Paige!