Tomorrow, May 26, a group of 27 RMU staff members, students, alumni, and friends will be embarking on a 300-mile bike ride from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. These adventurous—and slightly kooky—individuals will be riding approximately 60 miles a day until they reach our nation’s capital, five days later on Memorial Day.
And yours truly will be one of these batty bicyclists.
Being a writer, I wanted to document this trip in some way (although, I’m not sure how I’m going to ride and type at the same time). Since we’ll be finishing the ride on Memorial Day, I thought it might be cool to tie the ride into the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, which is being marked all over the country this year.
As I started to do some research, I discovered that each of our stops along the way—Ohio Pyle (Pa.), Cumberland (Md.), Hancock (Md.), and Harpers Ferry (W. Va.)—has some connection to the war, either through a particular battle or with residents who took part as soldiers. Over the next five days I’ll be publishing a daily post that focuses on that particular day’s destination and its ties to the Civil War. Then, after the ride is complete, I’ll share some stories, photos, and video from the ride itself.
And did I mention I’ll be bringing my good friend RoMo along for the ride? Follow Robert Morris University's official Facebook page for daily photos of RoMo along the trail.
Until then, wish me luck. And if anyone has any tips for mounting a laptop on your handlebars, please pass them along.