Jeff's Schwinn Trailway Hybrid
Jeff's Schwinn Trailway Hybrid

Riding 37 Miles to Crazy Town

Do you want to know how to quickly lead people to believe that you’re crazy?

Step 1: Sign up for a triathlon (easy enough)
Step 2: Train for said triathlon (slightly more challenging, but still doable)
Step 3: Ride your bike 37 miles to get to the triathlon before racing in it (umm….ya)

Do or do not, there is no tri(athlon)

As you may know, after chatting with our good friend Joel, Marla registered, and has been training for, her first triathlon.

It’s not the full distance of your standard triathlon, more of a ‘get your feet wet’ kind of event, but a triathlon and a challenge nevertheless.

Well the race is just over 37 miles from our garage, the current location of Marla’s bike. And while smooth talking our way into borrowing a vehicle large enough to transport the bike wouldn’t be all that hard, where’s the fun in that?

So I decided to just throw it out there. “Why don’t we ride there?”… you know I’m not the one triathlon-ing ;)

Well Marla jumped at the idea and here we are.

Road Trail Trip

After just taking a little road trip, I feel like this is like a little bike trip. Well of course it’s a bike trip as in a ride, but since we’re staying overnight it feels like an actual trip, albeit a short one, with the mode of transportation being our bikes. I think that’s kinda cool.

About a month back we participated in the L.A.T.E. Ride, which I still have to post the video for, but on the train ride into the city we met a couple guys who were in the process of riding across the US. One had already ridden his bike from California to Chicago and his friend had recently joined him for this final leg, which will end in New York City.

I naively told him how fun that sounded and he responded with, “Fun?! Ha.”

Riding across country puts a lot of strain on your body, straddling that saddle day in and day out, pedaling non-stop for 8 hours a day, but nevertheless it sounds exciting, does it not?

Well this little trip feels a bit like a tiny tiny taste of what it would be like to travel on our bikes, granted we’re not traveling that enormous of a distance :)

It does feel kinda funny though that we’ll be checking into a hotel. First, of course, because we’ll be so close to home, but second, we don’t normally stay at hotels even when we really travel. But in the end it was just the most convenient way to swing the weekend on bikes, without putting anyone out (ie crashing on a friend’s couch).

The Response

As our friends have found out that Marla’s not only doing the triathlon, but also riding 37 miles to get there (and another 37 to get back), she’s received responses ranging from, “that’s hardcore” to “you’re crazy and gonna die.” But the surprising, comment that’s come out of nearly every person who we’ve spoken with was, “If you need a ride, give me a call.”

While we don’t plan on having a reason to take anyone up on the offer, it’s still a great feeling to have so many people looking out for our well being.

The weather is looking so-so so far. There’s a 30% chance of rain and scattered thunderstorms. We do have a couple tiny emergency ponchos just in case, but hopefully any severe weather will hold off until we arrive. But if worse comes to worse we know that we have plenty of family and friends who will come through in a pinch :)

Alright, well that’s all for today. Now what should I throw in this messenger bag? I guess a change of clothes is a good idea otherwise our post-ride dinner is gonna be stiiiinky ;)

Traveling to far off lands is exciting, but remember that you can easily turn an everyday event into an adventure by ditching the car, packing a lunch and riding to wherever the trail takes you. Are there any local adventures planned for your near future? Let us know in the comments.



  1. I love y’alls sense of adventure! I’d say “good luck,” but I don’t think you need it. Even if you get a few little showers, it’ll just make the journey more exciting. I can’t wait to see how it goes :-)

  2. So I had no idea you were biking to the triathalon here in Oswego! Which hotel are you staying at? Had I known I would have recommended AmericInn on Douglas Rd which is pretty much right by our house! Of course we do have that amazing 40 foot fifth wheel parked in our yard right next to our house which could have worked our real well too….. I’m sorry I’m probably going to miss it, since I was the one who told you about this triathalon!! But that’s what happens with life, surgery and all….. keep me posted on where your at and how everything goes!

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