TRIP 2005

Update #29 - August 19th
Americus, Georgia - 10,183 miles (16,293 KM)

It's been a long stretch of 898 miles of pedaling without being able to take time off the road. I did have one day under 30 miles but this was because of some mountain climbing.

I actually spent four days off the road with my friends in Arlington, Virginia. I could have taken more days off the road but I didn't want to stretch my welcome with my friends. It was quite hot in the Washington, DC area. I did the tourist thing one day by taking the Metro in from the Pentagon so that I could visit some of the new museums on the Mall.

The one that I was really impressed with the National Museum of the American Indian. It has been open for almost a year. The exhibits that I really enjoyed were "Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shapes Our World" and "Our Peoples: Giving Voice to Our Histories". There was a really good movie in the theater on the first floor.

Because of the heat, it took me about two days to recover from the sightseeing so I didn't get back on the road till Thursday (August 4th). From Arlington, Virginia, it took me fifteen days to travel down to Americus. Five of those nights were spent in my tent (outside of Jarretstown and Lexington, Virginia; Cowpens and Easley, South Carolina; and Hartwell, Georgia). Churches and Ministerial Associations offered to get me rooms at motels. This happened in Charlotteville and Rocky Mount, Virginia; Madison, Mocksville, and Lincolnton, North Dakota; and Monroe, Jackson, and Fort Valley, Georgia. The most expensive motel was the Monticello Comfort Inn outside of Charlotteville, Virginia. The rate of the room was $120.

I had enough funds available to get a motel room in the Roanoke, Virginia area. This was because I spoke to one of the Sunday School classes at the Main Street Methodist Church in Waynesboro, Virginia (it was my 48th time that I was able to speak at a church this year - also I spoke at churches in Mocksville, North Carolina and Cowpens, South Carolina (my 49th and 50th churches). One of the neatest night stops was on Afton Mountain about five miles east of Waynesboro, Virginia. I got to meet the Famous Cookie Lady "June Curry". She has been hosting cyclists traveling across the country on Adventure Cycling Trans-American Bike Route (the original BikeCentenniel Route) and occasional hikers coming off the Appalachian Trail at Rockfish Gap since 1976. The house that she was born in has been turned into the "Bike House". There are hundreds of postcards on the walls, pictures, and other cycling stuff given to her as gifts. She has had around 11,000 cyclist stop by since 1976. Right now, she is 80 years old. There were two other cyclists staying in the Bike House that night. They were within three days till finishing a trip from Florence, Oregon.

The hardest thing about this section of the trip was the heat. Average temperature was 93 with heat indexes up to 110. I took plenty of breaks along the way each day and drank gallons of water.

I'll be here in Americus till possibly the first of next month. I'm staying with a friend who I've known for about 10 years. I used to work with him when I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity at the International Headquarters.

The new recumbent is holding up okay. Since getting it back at the end of April, I've cycled 6,019 miles on it. I need to readjust the bike some since I got some newer tennis shoes that have thicker soles on them.

After this stop in Americus, I probably be heading back to Ft. Wayne, Indiana. I hope to be able to take some time off the road to help and elderly friend there. This might give the needed time off the road to write completely or start to write the book that everybody wants me to do.

I'll try and post and update as often as I can if my plans change.



Bicyclist in Sunset



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