Over the past few weeks, you might have noticed a few small changes to our site. Nothing major, but we wanted to use a short blog update to let you know what we’ve been doing and what we plan to do on this site of ours.
First of all, you might have noticed our awesome new logo! Many thanks to our good friend and designer Robin Mooty, who created our “new look” on the site. To be honest, we’ve wanted to get a personalized logo since we started our trip, but just never made it happen. We decided as a part of finishing the Tour well, we would make some upgrades to our web site, and this was the most logical place to start.
The biggest shift you’ll see in coming days will be in our (mostly) weekly updates. For most of our trip, we’ve put summaries of activities, outings and adventures that we’ve undertaken along the way. And have no fear, for all you curious folks out there, we plan to keep that up… even after the trip. But we’re going to try to blend those updates with some resourceful information about the more practical side of the trip. We get asked logistical questions all the time—how much does it cost, what do you cook, how did you plan, what gear did you buy… you get the idea. We want to help other people who want to plan trips like ours… whether for two weeks or two years. And even if you’re not planning a cycling trip… let’s be honest, you might be at least a little curious about those things anyway! As we publish these updates, we’ll also be classifying them by category and adding them to the new “Resources” tab on our site menu.
And then there are smaller changes. For example, we’ve been much more intentional about updating our route, so you can actually follow us all the way home! For several stages of this trip, we would catch up on big chunks of our route at a time. But now we’re trying to update it every week when we update the blog (or more!). Plus, we have added our overall trip distance to the route page. We just recently rolled over 30,000 kilometers! We’re not sure what our finishing distance will be, but we’re guessing somewhere between 35,000-40,000 kilometers.
We’ve now arrived in San Francisco and are staying a few days in the Bay Area. We will be updating again before we leave to give a summary of our adventures as we made our way down the West Coast. And for those who are curious about our route home from here, we’re planning to turn inland and head through Yosemite National Park, then up to Lake Tahoe. We’ll ride across Nevada, Utah and Colorado where we plan to stop and spend some time with family in Denver. From there, it’ll be a more direct route home… booking it across the Plains states and turning south near Missouri. Alabama, here we come! When it gets closer, we’ll lay out some details for our official homecoming date—and invite you to be a part of the fun. More on that later!