Wednesday, June 12, 2013

T-minus 4 days

As I write this, I am sitting on the dock in Stone Harbor, soaking up the last of the summer before I start off across the country.  In three days I will be driving up to Portland with my parents, my bike, and my duffle, prepared for an amazing summer.  In four days I will meet the other riders on the Maine to Santa Barbara ’13 (ME2SB’13) route with me and begin orientation.  In six days we will have our first Build Day in Portland, ME.  And finally, in just one week, I will be setting off on my first day of biking—60 miles from Portland, ME to Kittery, ME.  It is still somewhat surreal to think that I will be spending the good majority of my summer biking from one coast to the other, but I couldn’t be more excited.  As our route is one of the last to start, I’ve been checking out the blogs of some of the other routes to see how their trip is going.  Overall, the two themes of summer for each route are fun and camaraderie.  Yes, they talk about how tough some of the rides can be, especially steep inclines, but they talk about the games they play to keep each other motivated and the crazy things they’re seeing/doing while riding more.  I can’t wait for my own adventure to start.

While I am biking this summer, I will have my phone with me.  However, that doesn’t mean it will always have the best service or I will have much time to use it.  If you would like to get in touch with me, you can either comment on a blog post, send an email to, leave a message on my phone, get in touch with me on Facebook, or if you’re feeling generous, send me mail or a package to one of the mail drops along our route!  Along with this blog, my group will be keeping a joint one that you can also follow here. There are 11 mail drops, one every week while we’re riding, that things can be sent to.  If you do send something, make sure to send it with ample time to arrive at the post office—if it gets there too late and we’ve already left town, they will forward the mail to the mail drop 2 weeks ahead.  On the envelope or package, make sure to label it “Please hold for pick-up on DATE”.  The address should be formatted like this:

Bike & Build
Attn: Sarah Hirschfeld
General Delivery
Street Address
City, State Zipcode

The mail drop addresses are the following:

June 21
477 Main St
Fitchburg, MA
(978) 345-0864

June 28
9 Pine Hill Rd
Mt Pocono PA 18344
(570) 839-7461

July 05
516 Chestnut St
Coshocton, OH 43812
(740) 622-4821

July 12
520 South Walnut St
Bloomington IN 47401

July 19
500 West Chestnut Expressway
Springfield, MO 65801

July 26
333 West 4th ST
Tulsa OK, 74103

August 02
1010 Main St
Friona, TX 79035
(806) 250-3080

August 09
5 E Main St
Springerville, AZ 85938

August 16
100 Mather Business Ctr
Grand Canyon, AZ
(928) 638-2512

August 23
1500 South California Ave
Parker AZ 85344

August 30
111 S Mill St
Santa Paula, CA 93060
(805) 933-2821

Please stay in touch this summer, and I will try my hardest to do the same!  I can't wait to get started and to share this amazing experience with everyone that has supported me thus far.

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