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Update #27 - October 04th
Americus, Georgia
9944 miles (15,910 KM) since Jan 01st
9103 miles (14,564 KM) since March 03



My time off the road is being extended for a little while longer. I was planning to get back on the road to start my 16th missionary bike tour two days ago on the 2nd. It's been put on hold for a while for a couple of reasons.

I need the rest. It's taking me a lot more time to recoup from the last trip. I really pushed myself trying to get a lot of things done in such a short time. This was a mistake since I got really sick with dehydration, low potassium level, and major diarrhea a couple of days after my 51st birthday up in North Dakota. I was so sick that I had to be taken to the local hospital emergency room for several hours.

I have to face the facts that I'm not a young person anymore (even though a lot of people at first glance think that I'm in my late 30's). A friend of mine in Texas (who's first initial is P.) told me that once I pass 50, I'm officially a geezer. LOL. Let's see how many geezers could cycle around 1300 miles in a month on a fully-loaded bicycle (recumbent).

My nose really needed time out of the sun to heal. I got a really bad sunburn on it this last trip even though I used sun screen. There's nothing that I can think that will help prevent damage from windburn except for wearing a clear face shield on the helmet. Several layers of skin on the nose peeled off. It was getting so red that people were starting to call me "Rudolph the Reindeer". No, my nose doesn't glow.

One of the reasons is that I'm waiting for several things to happen. Several churches have sent me inquiry emails wondering whether I might be interested in coming to their church to speak. I've sent them replies but I have not gotten any confirmation emails back. Another reason is that I want to see if this will be the year of any more major hurricanes or tropical storms. I'm only going to be traveling between Florida and Texas this time.

Also, my very good friend, P in Texas, has gone out and bought me a portable USB CD-Drive for my laptop (which he gave me earlier in the year when my older laptop died). He's having it sent to his place so he can check it out and then he will send it to me along with some software that he had promised to get for me. I really appreciate P for doing this. The laptop that I have now is the second one that P gave me. It is so good having a laptop to carry on my trips so that I can maintain my website and post updates whenever I want to without having to rely on library computers or other's people's computers.

I've not ventured out much from my friend's Richard's condo. Richard is always trying to get me to go with him to his church for the Wednesday night family meals or when he goes out to be with his friends. I'm not really the one that likes to socialize. The main reason is because I do not like to be in places of loud noise because of my hearing impairment. I cherish my time when I can be alone and not have to deal with other people.

I have taken Alice out for a few spins around town to get a few groceries and supplies. I'm not wanting to take it out very far away from town since I'm worried about breaking something on it since I don't have the money at the time to get it repaired if it needed to be. Since being back here in Americus, I've ridden just 100 miles. This is nothing since I usually do this amount in two days. I just need to keep my legs in shape. It feels so different not riding on a loaded recumbent. The recumbent is really a speed demon when it's just me on it. There's been some places where I've caught myself getting up to around 20 mph. Also, I've taken quite a few walking laps around the apartment complex where Richard's condo is.

I've not squandered my time off the road. I've done a lot. I have spent a lot of time working on my website. In two weeks, I'll be celebrating the ninth anniversary of this website. Also, it will be the ninth anniversary of my ordination as a minister. When you have a website with around a thousand pages on it, you can't fly through it to check every link to make sure that they all work. I've added a few more things to the website. Being your own webmaster and designer does have some kudos. This year the website has won five more awards. Also, I've been asked to join the International Organization of Associated Christian Webmasters as a charter member.

Another thing that I've been doing is catching up on my reading. My friend Richard has a pretty large collection of books on a lot of topics. One of the books, that I'm reading again is about "Peace Pilgrim". Some people who I've met along the way have told me that I'm like a modern day Peace Pilgrim. Between 1953 and 1981, Peace Pilgrim became a wanderer talking to people about peace and telling everybody that her walk was a prayer and she had vowed to be a wanderer until mankind had learned the way of peace.

She gave up her former identity (her real name, her birthdate, and her place of birth), carried no identification other than a few letters of references), no money, and had very few personal possessions. Her outfit was a navy blue shirt and slacks and a short tunic that she had made with many pockets and had the words "Peace Pilgrim" painted on it. The things that she stored in the pockets was a comb, a folding toothbrush, a ballpoint pen, copies of her message, the letters of reference, and her current correspondence. Peace had accumulated 25,000 miles by 1964 and then she stopped counting. She made it across the country four times. Peace walked in all 50 states, the ten provinces in Canada, and parts of Mexico. She was killed in 1981 when the car that she was a passenger of was struck head-on by another vehicle.

As I've been mentioning, I'll by riding through the Gulf States (between Florida and East Texas (no farther west in Texas passed San Antonio) this next trip. Depending if any hurricanes come through the area, I will try and plan to spend most of the time in Mississippi and Louisiana to see how the recovery effort is still going on after Hurricane Katrina. Hopefully, the agencies that I stop at will be more willing to take on solo-volunteers this time. I'd like to make my way up to Shreveport, Louisiana to check out the housing development being built by my friend, Millard Fuller, and his organization the Fuller Center For Housing.

I'll try and post and update as often as I can if my plans change. The next update should be posted between October 11th and October 18th. Hopefully, I'll have more to write about by then.




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