A rainy day in Watchung
Phil and I decided to stay in for the day in Watchung, and Liz and Brian were generous enough to allow us to stay one more night at their home. It was going to rain all day, and would have been a miserable ride to Pennsylvania. I feel like it was still a productive day, as I made progress on the website. Please excuse the slowness with which we have been able to improve the site by adding content. We are always so tired at the end of our ride, and the few hours between arriving somewhere and going to sleep are usually spent showering, eating, and making conversation with our gracious hosts, leaving little time for web content editing. It still needs work, but today’s work brought the website a great leap forward, in my opinion – although, I still need to figure out how to display a map of our journey. I worked on the website nonstop until 3:30, when I decided to venture out for a run before it got too late. I’ve only been able to run twice since we left Providence, and I really miss it. Since I’ve only brought my vibrams with me, I can’t yet run more than 5 or 6 miles without my feet and calves screaming at me. Running back up the steep mountain was a wonderful cardio experience, and I felt quite good afterwards. The rest of the day was spent inside eating, talking and reading.
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.