Would you make a 750-mile bike trip to a small State of New York town? Not many would. One person who would is Montgomery City Council Member Mike Cappel.
“I thought I would just ride up to the Village of Montgomery, New York, and enjoy the scenery, the town, and their annual General Montgomery Day festival and parade. After I told a couple of people about my plans, many asked about making a donation to charity to support my effort,” explained Cappel.
With this intent in mind, Cappel started to think more deeply about his plans and decided that this trip could be so much more than a 10-day bike ride. As a member of Montgomery City Council member, they are deeply committed to three valued City programs: the WeThrive Initiative, the Environmental Advisory Commission, and the Sister Cities Commission.
The WeThrive Initiative is a countywide program to make healthy living easier and Montgomery has committed to supporting the initiative and focusing on preventing chronic diseases and emergency preparedness. Cappel intends to show that if it is possible for him to ride 650 miles to Montgomery, New York, it is possible for residents to ride locally to stores, parks, and churches. This activity also encourages others to practice healthy habits, such as exercise.
Another key program in Montgomery is the Montgomery Environmental Advisory Commission. This commission works to develop practical ways in which residents, the City, and its commissions can responsibly use resources in an environmentally-conscious way. Cappel supports the feasibility of biking to reduce carbon emissions and reliance on fossil fuels.
Finally, Cappel and his wife, Anne, have been major supporters of the Sister Cities Commission and its programs including Bastille Day and exchanges with the City’s French Sister City, Neuilly-Plaisance as well as furthering the friendship with domestic Sister City, Montgomery, New York. In 1795, six families traveled from Montgomery, New York and founded Montgomery, Ohio. Cappel’s trip to Montgomery, New York, will draw attention to the two cities shared history and friendship and show what those first settlers experienced when traveling to southwest Ohio.
Cappel leaves on Wednesday, Aug. 30, departing from Montgomery, Ohio, and expects to arrive in Montgomery, New York, on Thursday, Sept. 7. Follow his progress here or on the City’s Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/CityofMontgomeryOhio/
8/30/2017 Montgomery (OH) – Columbus (OH)
107 Miles 8:45 Hours 925 Ft Climb
Via Google Bike Option Ohio Bicycle Route 1
8/31/2017 Columbus – Millersburg (OH)
94 Miles, 8:00 Hours 1050 Ft Climb
Via Heart of Ohio Trail
9/1/2017 Millersburg – Poland (OH)
97 Miles, 8:30 Hours, 1300 Ft Climb
9/2/2017 Poland – Kittanning (PA)
70 Miles, 7:00 Hours, 3300 Ft Climb
Via Google Bike Option US 422E
9/3/2017 Kittanning – Ebensberg (PA)
72 Miles, 6:30 Hours, 2800 Ft. Climb
Via Google Bike Option Ghost Town Trail
9/4/2017 Ebensberg – State College (PA)
70 Miles 6:15 Hours, 2300 Ft. Climb
Via Google Bike Option PA-45 E
9/5/2017 State College – Danville (PA)
75 Miles, 6:30 Hours, 1700 Ft. Climb
Via Google Bike Option PA-45E
9/6/2017 Danville – Pocono Pines (PA)
77 Miles, 7:30 Hours, 3300 Ft. Climb
9/7/2017 Pocono Pines – Montgomery (NY)
90 Miles, 8 Hours, 2400 ft Climb
Via Google Bike Option US209N