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Update #23 - September 13th
Americus, Georgia
5,587.63 miles (8,940.21 KM)



Just a short update. I arrived back in Americus, Georgia this afternoon. It has been almost nineteen months since I've been here. Things have changed. The new courthouse has been open for about a year and the new hospital has been built on the west edge of town. In the past when I arrived in Americus my trip would be over but this is the case any more. I used to have connnections here because I volunteered at the headquarters of Habitat for Humanity but that was years ago. Tonight, this was just a stopping point for a day's trip.

Todays ride didn't go as planned. Between Montezuma and Ogelthorpe, the rear tire went flat. I was on a narrow strip of paved shoulder. My primary bicycle pump had fallen off the recumbent somewhere and I did have a back-up pump but it didn't work very well. I had to take the pump apart and I was able to get it to work. The problem that I had was to find the two small pinhole leaks in the tube. The repair took me nearly two hours.

I was planning to ride through the Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, Alabama areas to see how the recovery is coming along from the April tornadoes but I decided against it. This route would have me try and get across the Mississippi River at Vicksburg, Mississippi but it would be hard. Instead, I plan to head Southwest to the Gulf Of Mexico and then take the toll ferry across the Mississippi River between St Francisville and New Roads, Louisiana. From the ferry, I will have around a 250 mile ride to Shreveport.

As I have mentioned in these past couple of updates, I have decided that this year's mission trip was going to be more of service to others instead of just riding. I'm not going for high number of miles. If I ride just 6,000 or 7,000 miles (9,600 Kilometers to 11,200 Kilometers). this year that will be okay. My plans will be returning to Shreveport, Louisiana and volunteering with the
Fuller Center For Housing of NW Louisiana in Shreveport again.

I will possibly be there from late September or early October of this year to possibly March or April of next year. Shreveport will become my new homebase.

I will keep everybody abreast through upcoming updates. Usually, I try and add a new update every two weeks along the way so the next one will be around September 27th, 2011.




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