After four wonderful weeks in NJ visiting family and friends, we are back on the road, or more accurately, sailing towards new roads. We boarded the Queen Mary 2 on July 28th to begin the international (sorry Canada) portion of our trip. We’ll land in Southampton, UK on August 5th after our Atlantic crossing and the following day board a train for Inverness, Scotland where we will finally start cycling again. We’re eager to be back on the bikes, but for now are enjoying a few days of pampered relaxation reminiscing about our not-so-relaxing time off in NJ.
Upon arriving in NJ on June 28th, we spent the next few weeks visiting all of our family, doing chores, talking with reporters from local newspapers, and gladly eating everything that was put in front of us. Our very good friends from Seattle, Alan and Katrina, flew out to spend a week with us touring New York City, the Jersey Shore, and the neighborhoods we grew up in. We had a great week and before we knew it we were all headed to the airport, them to return to Seattle and us to my family’s beach house in Venice Beach, Florida. We spent a lot of time relaxing in the sun and managed to finally even out our biker’s tans, just in time to return to NJ for a day of tubing down the Delaware River with Doug’s sister, Jessica, and her husband. Then, before we knew it, it was time for our East Coast Bon Voyage party. What a great send off!
Finally, on Monday afternoon, we arrived in Brooklyn to board the Queen Mary 2. As we rolled our bicycles up the gangway and through the hallways to the ship’s elevator, we attracted quite a crowd. Eventually, after several duplicate conversations, there was a lull in the questions and we were able to sneak onto an elevator to find our cabin. Though it’s technically the smallest aboard the ship, it’s still quite large and we are able to store our bicycles on either side of the king-sized mattress and place all of the panniers into the closets.
Later that evening, as we pulled away from the dock, we gazed upon the NYC skyline and the USA, unsure of when we would be back. It was bittersweet as we left our friends and family and moved onto the next phase of our adventure. We’re halfway through our crossing and the time spent aboard the Queen Mary 2 has been relaxing. There are plenty of options for entertainment to pass the time including a variety of guest speakers, shows, movies, games, and wonderful food everywhere you look. We’re meeting wonderful people and soaking in the luxury before we return to life on the road next week.
Special Thanks: We want to extend a special thanks to our friends Katrina and Alan for flying out to NJ and spending a week with us. We so enjoyed our visit! Also, thank you to Pamela Mackenzie of the Courier News (and Home News Tribune) for the wonderful article and also to Jake Perry of the Bernardsville News for his equally excellent article about our journey. And last but not least, to our family for putting up with us lingering around for a full month, sleeping in your houses, using your cars, and eating you food. We love you all and will miss you dearly.