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Boston to Santa Barbara

Overview:

The summer of 2013 will be Maine to Santa Barbara’s (previosuly Boston to Santa Barbara's) sixth year of operation. From the quiet backcountry roads of the Northeast to the majesty of the Southwest, this route showcases a breadth of American history, culture, and terrain. This is a truly breathtaking route that winds its way across the country to impact cities and regions formally untouched by Bike & Build’s other routes. The Maine to Santa Barbara ride is dedicated to the memory of Chris Webber (NUS '05), former Bike & Build program director and beloved friend to the organization. The ride will pass through his home town of Andover, MA, and his alma mater of Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY.

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Route:

After a two day Orientation held just outside of Portland, ME, the ME2SB route heads west across the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts and the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania, interrupted by a day-long ride along the Hudson River. Upon leaving Pittsburgh, the trip continues across the rolling hills of Ohio and vast open spaces of Indiana and Illinois, crossing the Mississippi river in St. Louis, Missouri. At the end of week four the route turns southwest to parallel classic US Route 66 through Oklahoma and Texas. As the terrain transforms from plains to desert, riders will literally be, as The Eagles sang, “standing on the corner of Winslow, AZ…” Pie Town, NM, voted one of the top three overnight locations by last year’s crew, will see riders cross the continental divide, as well as indulge in copious amounts of the local delicacy.

Tulsa, OK, Amarillo, TX, Roswell, NM, and Flagstaff, AZ are all stops en route to the Grand Canyon's south rim. The last week of the trip says goodbye to the Mojave Desert, as California’s border gives way to rugged cliffs, beautiful vineyards, and finally the beautiful coast of Santa Barbara, CA.

Boston to Santa Barbara