Day 3: West Hartford to New Haven

Phil and Bobbie were kind enough to let us stay as long as we needed before heading off, while they went to work in the morning.  We had a good breakfast and ended up leaving around 9:30.  This was going to be a short day, only 41 miles.

Our first stop was the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, which we passed by before deciding to go in and see if they wanted to interview us.  After a brief interview with Art, the director, we were on our way again.  The course brought us through some scenic bike trails, and right by an aromatic barbecue place, which drew us in for a late lunch.  This day was cooler than the first two, and it started to rain a bit for the last 10 miles of our ride into New Haven.

We arrived at Pete’s apartment in the late afternoon.  Pete is a sculpture grad student at Yale, and he showed us his studio behind his apartment, where we could keep our bikes.  He had some very interesting projects going on in the studio.  Pete shares a spacious 4-bedroom apartment with Thomas, another sculpture grad student, and Sarah and Daria, architecture grad students.  Sarah is actually from Rhode Island, and Daria went to Brown, so we were familiar with the same places.  Pete found all of these connections fascinating.  While Pete was in class, Phil and I went to a Thai restaurant for dinner and Starbucks to take advantage of their free wifi.  Afterwards, we shared some good conversation and Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream with Pete, Sarah and Thomas.

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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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