The Pedaling Astronomer Project began as an astronomy/bicycling-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 wildest expectations, plus it was ridiculously fun, so I continue with the simplest of plans: 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 well worth pursuing.
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 asking the same of bicycling and hearing, “You drove, Daddy-O,” which would be even sadder.
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 the long COVID pause, I’ll be back on the road in the fall of 2021, pedaling west through communities the Big and I have yet to visit. And there are so many of them!
I’ve pedaled the Big a bit more than 50,000 miles now, at least half of which were directly related to the project, and more than 50,000 folks have viewed celestial wonders through her exquisite little telescopes. So, one new guest per mile? Not bad, that!
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, too. To support the project … well, you know what to do.
While you’re here, this website 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.