Day 4: New Haven to Norwalk

Before leaving on October 13th, with Pete at his studio

In the morning, Pete and Sarah made apple pancakes for breakfast, which were delicious.  We only had to ride 37 miles to Norwalk, so we got off to a late start (around noon).  After packing up and saying our goodbyes, we were off for day four.  Phil had spent a fair amount of time figuring out how to get Garmin to tell us our route, which facilitated our navigation considerably.

We stopped once for lunch, at a sandwich shop in Stratford called Roly Poly.  The roads were pleasant aside from a bumpy stretch through Bridgeport.  Having Garmin know the route and tell us where to turn was a huge time saver.  Still, we didn’t arrive at our host’s house in Norwalk until just after 5pm.  Michael is also a triathlete and plans to go on a cycling tour himself next spring, riding out to his daughter’s graduation in California.  We relaxed in his living room, drinking Sam Adams Octoberfest and talking about bicycling, while he prepared dinner.  Since we’re expecting rain tomorrow, we’re hoping to get an early morning start in our ride to New York City.

About Sarah

Sarah grew up in Cranston - just south of Providence, Rhode Island - and developed a love for travel, music, and outdoor sports at an early age. She had started bicycling long distances at age 12, as a participant of the MS150 bike tours to raise money for the MS Society. She didn't use her bike regularly until she built her own while studying in Montreal and found it an excellent way to get around the city. After graduating from McGill and moving back to Providence, Sarah started working at Brown University's office of Environmental Health & Safety as the Biological Safety Specialist. She was living 4 miles away at the time, and for the first few weeks was driving to work. She made the switch from driving to bicycling when she realized that she could get to work faster, avoid parking tickets, and integrate a few miles of training into her day. Bicycling was better for the environment and better for her own health and mood. She found that she had more energy and felt much happier once she started biking to work. When her car broke down several months later, she never bothered replacing it. After 4 years of working in Biosafety (and on her master's in Environmental Studies), Sarah left her job to pursue her passion. She has been working various jobs in the bicycle industry since June of 2011, including pedicab driver, bicycle tour guide, bike mechanic and traveling bicycle advocate. In between seasonal jobs, she has done a few long-distance bike tours, which is the main reason for this blog. Her dream is to eventually ride around the world and sail across the oceans.

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