Northern Tier 2010

-Trip Overview

Well, after years of talking and talking, and talking some more about doing a cross-country bike tour, it looks like it’s finally going to happen.  This will be a solo, self-supported tour following Adventure Cycling’s Northern Tier route from Anacortes, WA to Bar Harbor, ME.

This summer will work particularly well because I’ll be on sabbatical for the fall semester. I don’t plan to spend my sabbatical doing this tour, but it will afford me some flexibility in terms of when I get back.

My wife, Jennifer, and I will fly to Seattle together on June 30th. We’ll vacation together in the Pacific Northwest until July 8th, at which point she’ll fly back and I’ll start pedaling. The entire route is around 4,300 miles, and I expect to return sometime in September.

I intend to make stops in national parks along the way both for my own enjoyment and to get first-hand experience for my geology of the national parks course at IUSB. I’ll definitely visit Olympic, North Cascades, Glacier and Acadia National Parks. Perhaps it is a stretch, but I’m partially rationalizing such a long trip as curriculum development 😉



  1. Henry, good luck on your trip! I’m happy to see you’re going to finally learn some geology!

    Comment by Mark — June 11, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

  2. Oh my gosh!! This looks so cool. What an adventure you’re going to have. Kevin and I will definitely be checking this out:)

    Comment by Joanna McNulty — June 29, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

  3. I enjoyed catching up with your blog this morning. It’s all I hoped It would be, and I look forward to following the whole trip. I wish I was with you for some parts of it, but don’t mind missing some others. It would be nice to have a link to a map once in a while to see where all the towns you mention are, otherwise, it’s great and I am really enjoying it.

    Comment by John Scott — July 15, 2010 @ 9:12 am

  4. I am jealous. I wish I was riding with you….but I would need a 4 star hotel, good restaurant and a glass of white wine every night ;>)

    Have a great time and be careful

    Comment by Carol Pierce — July 24, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

  5. Henry, I’m glad to see your ride is going well. Keep on the bicycle!

    Comment by Mark — July 25, 2010 @ 10:27 pm

  6. I just noticed that part 4 of the Northern Tier ends just across the river (?) from Moorhead, MN — home of Concordia College and one of my MoNA collaborators, Bryan Luther. If you’re in need of a shower or a dose of academia at the end of part 4, Bryan might be able to help. Let me know if you want me to give him a heads-up that you’ll be passing through…

    Comment by Jerry — July 29, 2010 @ 3:06 am

  7. Hey Dr. Scott! Just saw the link to this on the school website. Best wishes & safe traveling!

    Comment by Kayleigh — August 4, 2010 @ 2:11 am

  8. They had a very nice article in the South Bend Tribune today about your trip. It looks like your having the time of your life out there. I have enjoyed following along in your blog and have found the images and descriptions to be wonderful. Enjoy yourself….

    Comment by Nate Barnett — August 6, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

  9. Henry,

    A truly great trip and experience. Thank you for making all of the effort of posting your adventure online day by day. All of us experienced the sweet vicarious enjoyment of your travels minus the bugs, heat, wind and other problems. Acadia is a fitting ending. We go there on vacation a lot and spend the entire time hiking its many trails.


    Comment by Tom Anthony — September 9, 2010 @ 8:00 pm

  10. I just saw this on the iusb website I cant believe you are bicycling across the entire U.s. (well actually I can :-)) I took your geology of the national parks course and I loved it. You seemed so passionate about what you were teaching which is not always the case with some professors. I hope you have a lot of good stories to share with your students this semester.

    Comment by Amber W. — March 9, 2011 @ 5:07 am

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