30 Major League Ballparks

11,000 Miles

6 Months

1 Bicycle

 

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I've been getting lots of questions about this trip. Rather than answer them directly, as a civil, well-mannered person might do, I will be referring people here. It's just like a customer service department in the 21st century.

If you have any other questions not covered here, feel free to email me, and maybe I'll answer you.

 

Q: You are crazy.

A: Questions end with a question mark.

 

Q: What are you going to do with your bike while you are attending games, especially in places such as the Bronx.

A: I'm not necessarily riding my bike to each stadium. I'll probably ride into town, find a place to stay, and take a cab or something to the stadium. If I do take the bike, it will probably be part of a publicity stunt, or it means I am running really late. I bet the folks at most stadiums would try to accomodate me, though. I went to a game in Oakland, and due to a late plane, showed up in the seventh inning carrying all my luggage. The ticket window was closed, and an extremely nice employee of the A's gave me a free ticket to get in, and put my luggage in a safe place. Unfortunately, the A's fans were much less friendly, probably because Pedro Martinez was making their whole team look like Rob Deer, minus the home runs.

 

Q: Why did you pick the wierd name 'Hit for the Cycle'.

A: I'm surprised I have to explain this. It is a baseball term. If you hit for the cycle, you get a single, double, triple and home run in the same game. It is a difficult thing to do, and generally meaningless, which I think describes what I'm doing pretty well. Not many players have hit for the cycle, and most that have are good hitters, but every once in a while a schmoe sneaks in. Also, it has the word cycle in it.

 

Q: How did you come up with this idea?

A: My fabulous wife, Molly, asked me one day, "What would you do if you could do anything you wanted?" (she ends her questions with question marks). I said something stupid like, "uh, I guess I'd get a job doing....", and she interrupted, "no, what would you do if you could do ANYTHING you wanted", and a few days later I cooked up this idea. Originally I was going to start in Phoenix, and skip Atlanta, Florida and Texas. Then my buddy Dave said, that if I was going to do this, I might as well do the whole thing. Also, I may have been drinking at the time.

 

Q: What is wrong with you?

A: I only have 10 megabytes of space for this website, so I can't answer this properly in this forum.

 

Q: Who did the artwork in the upper left corners of these pages?

A: My god-children. They are great kids, in spite of my influence.

 

Q: What are you taking with you?

A: A bike, equipped with a rear rack, two rear panniers (bike talk for bags that fasten to the rack), a handle bar bag, filled with all kinds of stuff: tent, sleeping bag, mattress pad, cycling jerseys, t-shirts, bike shorts, regular shorts, rain coat & pants. I'm also bringing tools, replacement parts, tubes and tire for the bike. I'm also bringing a laptop (weighs less than 3 pounds), camera, etc. I'm still trying to make up my mind about a GPS unit. I'm hoping all this crap comes in at under 30 pounds, but I doubt it.

 

Q: Is this your midlife crisis?

A: That's pretty obvious, isn't it?

 

Q: How are you getting away with this?

A: I'm not really. We are selling the house, and I'm quitting my job. My fabulous wife Molly is going to spend the summer on the cape working on her art, working on her business, and hanging with the animals. Molly has been really supportive, and has helped talk me into this, rather than trying to talk me out of it. She is the greatest.

 

Q: Do you already have tickets to the games?

A: No. I'm hoping that the teams will provide me with tickets because this is raising money for charity. Plus, getting tickets at most places is not hard, or too expensive. The Marlins, who just won the Series, ONLY HAVE 5,000 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS. But, free tickets are always appreciated.

 

Q: Can an old fart like you really ride 11,000 miles?

A: Sure, why not?

 

Q: Your route takes you right through downtown Manhattan, the center of LA, and other crazy routes.

A: Even though this isn't a question, I'll 'answer' it. I used some mapping software to generate the routes. I will be using the power of the internet to contact some locals to come up with better routes. When I get them sorted out, I'll update them. I also plan to use the Adventure Cycling maps wherever they overlap my trip, which is quite a bit, fortunately.

 

Q: Who is going with you?

A: To start out, no one. I have friends interested in riding part of the California route, another guy I haven't met wants to ride from San Francisco to Seattle, and another guy may ride from Denver to Boston with me.