Our Root


 a beautiful garden accompanied by a beautiful quilt mural, philadelphia, pa

July, 2007 we will headed out from D.C. and checked out sites in Baltimore, Philadephia, New Jersey, and New York City.

August 2007 we traveled and visited sites through out New York state towards Montreal, Canada where we turned around and headed towards Vermont.

September 2007 we traveled and visited sites in Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island and from this point we made our trek back to our beloved capital city.

Go to: http://www.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=108759326842811130749.000001129766e6e5b4371&z=6&om=1

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Washington, DC to Baltimore, MD – http://bikewashington.org/routes/dc2balt/dc2balt.htm

This site will give you a cue sheet that is a bit confusing once you get outside DC and into the suburban areas – our suggestion, just make sure you have a pretty decent map that shows alternate routes that put you in the direction of Baltimore….you should run into it!

Baltimore, MD to Philadelphia, PA – http://www.bikely.com/cuesheet/route/SUSQUEHANNA-river-Conowingo-dam-to-PHILADELPHIA-Independence-Hal

This route shows you how to get from the Conowingo dam to Philadelphia which is a different route then the one we took. We went through Lancaster County because we wanted to get away from the major highways but this looks like a route that wouldn’t be too heavy with traffic. From Baltimore you can weave your way to Conowingo a different alternate routes, route 1, is a large road and I’d stay off of it till you have to cross the Susquehanna River.

Philadelphia, PA to Princeton, NJ  – Click here to find a map of our route on google maps. We traveled with our friend Sam who is from this fine stat of New Jersey and we were able to travel quickly along the Deleware River and through suburban country roads with out much traffic. 

Princeton, NJ to New York, New York  – as you can see from the photo above, getting into the city is not easy, the roads get really dicey and we were continuously encouraged to take the train into the city so we buckled and brought on our bicycles and road it all the way into Penn Station. We sold out, sorry. The only bridge you can bicycle across to get into NY, NY is the George Washington bridge and we didn’t feel like truckin’ through Newark, maybe next time.

Here are some bicycle maps to get you around the city: Manhattan, Bronx, Queens – http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/bikemapfront2007.pdf   and Brooklyn and Staten Island – http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/bikemapback2007.pdf

New York, New York to Terrytown, NY –


9 responses to “Our Root

  1. What you are doing sounds awesome. I hope you don’t mind Liz but I let Nanny in on the news. Best of luck to all of you. We hope to join you on some leg of the trip.
    xoxo, WHT3 og JET

  2. Henry Higgins

    Hey Liz … your mom and dad called with the address of the webpage… Anne and I will be following your progress thru the East Coast… GOOD LUCK !

  3. Nicole Penick

    Hi ladies,
    I am currently staying w/ my friend Kat and we are on the NY/Vermont boarder near some local farms and gardens –keep us posted when you get to this area happy to connect with you !

  4. Hey LIz, Hope the ride is going smoothly. My Mom and dad had a blast at your fathers birthday party. My mom said that william stood up and gave a nice speech and said that you sent your love to your father on his birthday. Good luck and safe travels. 🙂

  5. Hey Lara! John and I are trying to find out Randy’s contact information, and so I thought to google you. This is amazing! Way to go! I’d love to hear more about what your doing… In the meantime, can you send me Randy’s info 🙂

  6. i saw your posting on COMFOOD and wanted to send along this link – please see the Community Food Assessment done in the community, which has a map showing the extent to which our community faces a significant food desert adn some of the other research that accompained it. please feel free to contact me with any questions.

    love your website!

  7. Patricia Dubroof

    I love your story, hope to see the film. I have a potential community garden in my backyard, do you need a test yard?? or know some folks who would like to make use of a lot of yard for good eating and sharing. Let me know. Best to all. Patricia

  8. Catherine Gomez-Goodnow

    Hi Liz!

    I was so excited and surprised to see your picture and the accompanying article about urban gardens in the Home section of the Washington Post today (7/24/08). What an incredible endeavor you and your 2 friends undertook! I am so proud of you and hope to see the the documentary soon. You might contemplate bringing your documentary to EHS and making a presentation to our students. Hope to see you soon. Wish you and your friends continued success with this wonderful project. Catherine

  9. I want to see your film and share it with friends. I live in London, UK, where urban food growing is about to take off. Do you know if there’s a DVD already here? If not, how do I get one? How is it distributed? My daughter is coming here from St Louis soon – could she bring it?

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