TRIP 2009

Update #13 - May 07th
East Norwalk, Connecticut
2166 miles (3466 KM) since March 22nd
2329 miles (3726 KM) since January 01st

It's been just five days since my last update but things have happened. I've made a jump and I'm well over 2/3rds the way up the East Coast. The only thing bad is that I'm around nine days ahead of schedule so that might cause me to get into colder weather than expected in Northern Maine.

On Monday, May 4th, I rode from West Lancaster to New Holland. I stopped at a local welding shop to see if they could do something about my seat frame. The shop that I stopped at normally charged $65 per hour for work but they only charged me $10. A square aluminum bar was cut and welded onto the frame for bracing after the two cracks were welded together. I was back on the road in about a half hour.

Since it was raining, I thought that I would call it an early day. I stopped at the Lutheran Church but the pastor passed me off. I went to the UCC Church next door. I didn't know that there was a funeral going on but the pastor welcomed me with a kind word and a handshake. The pastor had only been at the church for three weeks. The pastor offered to get me a room at a motel a block away and he also made up a meal that was being served at the funeral dinner.

Tuesday, May 05th, I stopped at the Shirk's Bike Shop outside of East Earl. They were quite busy so they could not do anything for me. They didn't have time to check out the front wheel brake rotor and to check the spokes of my rear wheel. I did get the special Allen wrench so that I could try and take the rotor off myself. I wanted to see how close that I could get to New Jersey so I rode to Harleysville. I saw some action at the Advent ELCA Church. They were having an all-TEAM meeting for groups who were getting ready to select a new minister. Their former minister had retired in November. The interim minister was quite friendly and I was allowed to spend the night in the sr high youth room for the night where there were some sofas.

Wednesday, May 06TH, I rode through Doylestown to New London, Pennsylvania where I crossed the Delaware River to Lambertville, New Jersey. From Lambertville, I rode on to Flemington where I was hosted for the night by the Presbyterian Church.

Thursday, May 07th, I decided to make a leap through NE New Jersey and get through New York City. I rode to Plainfield where I caught a train to Newark where I caught another train to Penn Station in downtown Manhattan. The two train rides only cost me around $9 and they lasted about 90 minutes. I walked the sixteen blocks to Grand Central Station in uptown Manhattan where I caught a train to Darien, CT. The ride cost me only $9 but I had to buy a $5 bike permit that would last about a year.

I spent the night at the youth house of the Noroton Presbyterian Church where I had stayed a couple of times before. The last time was two years ago a few days before my last recumbent was destroyed in a freak car accident in Mystic, CT.

Today (Friday), May 08th, I rode a short distance to East Norwalk where I am staying the day with an internet friend who I've tried to meet in person. Tomorrow, I am looking at catching another train to New Holland so that I could get out of the Metroplex area and all of the congestion and strip malls.

The next update should be between May 15 and May 22.



Bicyclist in Sunset



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