Welcome!

The Pedaling Astronomer Project began as an outreach/education effort focused solely on the August 2017 Great American Eclipse. When I set out in May of 2016, I did not intend to pedal beyond that event.

But the project’s impact exceeded my expectations, plus it was ridiculously fun, so I continued with the simplest of strategies: Keep pedaling throughout the USA, sharing views of the Sun, Moon and planets with all I meet.

What I hope to achieve through the project is equally simple: Show, don’t just tell, that both astronomy and bicycling are fun, accessible and healthy.

Given that astronomy was my passion, it’s no surprise I’d be an avid cheerleader for it. But bicycles? I didn’t see that one coming.

In one of those pinch-yourself moments long ago, I asked daughter Rachel, “What did I do before astronomy?” She answered, “You worked, Daddy-O.” Sad words hers. Now, I imagine her asking the same of bicycling and hearing, “You drove, Daddy-O.” Ouch!

I’m not saying you should have the same enthusiasm for astronomy or bicycling that changed my life so much for the better, but have you tried either lately?

Anyway, after a too-long COVID pause, I’m back on the road pedaling west through communities the Big and I have yet to visit. And there are so many of them! The journey will continue at least through April 8 of 2024, the date of the next Great American Eclipse.

I’ll be 70 that year. Sheesh!

To learn more about the project, click the About link above, or just email me directly. There’s a Contact link up there for that, as well. To support the project, there’s a link above for that, too.

While you’re here, this home page is arranged in classic blog format, with all new stories posted below in something approaching reverse chronological order, as I recall or experience them.

I hope you find something of interest there.

Clear skies!

Gary

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