My Route, More or Less (Red line, but starting in NY)

My Route, More or Less (Red line, but starting in NY)

Make a Difference

I'm pedaling for many reasons, the most important of which is to raise awareness and funds for Pedals For Progress. P4P is a non-profit that collects used bicycles and sewing machines in the US and donates them to poor people overseas. P4P combines my love of bicycling with my growing concern for those deprived of life's most basic necessities - sparked by a visit to the slums of Kibera in June '09 (pictures). P4P improves mobility and economic options for destitute people, opening pathways to greater dignity and opportunity.

Please make a donation, if you can (please write "TSQ2USQ" in the '...honor of' field). Remember, a bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses. :)

My Game Plan

I'm following portions or all of three routes mapped out by the Adventure Cycling Association: the Atlantic, TransAm, & Western Express. I'll cycle through thirteen states: NY, NJ, PA, MD, VA, KY, IL, MO, KS, CO, UT, NV & CA! I'm leaving on 4/17/10, and expect to return to New Jersey by mid June - back to my family, friends, & neighbors. I plan on cycling 5 - 6 hours per day, 6 days/week, usually starting in the early AM. My laptop and phone will allow me to work remotely most days, but I won't pass up opportunities to smell the roses along the way!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Day 31

Flew into Garden City, KS on Tuesday. 

I went through 8 tires patches yesterday, Wednesday, all but one as dusk approached. Two seemed to be the result of a old rim liner that I "fixed" with duct tape, and the rest from nasty prickly things - "goat heads" they're called - in what passes for grass. I rode about 80 miles, back to The Spot where I had ended the second leg of this journey. I intended on riding west from Garden City if I had no luck hitching a ride to The Spot, but after a half assed attempt to catch a ride, I hopped on my bike and cycled there. I would have preferred a ride, but I'm glad I started from where I had stopped. I'm in good spirits, but worried about running out of patches.

Met some good people yesterday. Kathryn and Fred, proprietors of the B&B in Garden City; Joe & his wife, owners of the pizza shop in Dighton, and Pastor Howard, who invited me to "camp" in his church, where I took a shower in a sink. I'm trying to experience this leg of my trip like most other TransAmers...sans hotels (at least some nights). 

Today I'm feeling particularly grateful for good friends, new and old! Also: for a well functioning tire pump, a contrast to the last leg of my journey.

Sent from my phone. Please pardon the tpyos. 

Sent from my phone. Please pardon the tpyos. 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Day 30

Garden City, KS.

I'm back on the road! Flew into KS yesterday. I'm killing time waiting for the post office to open so I can ship a borrowed bike case back home. Thanks for the loaner, Andrew. After that I'll attempt to hitch hike to this spot, precisely where mechanicals forced an end to the last segment of my ride and motivated me to hitch hike 250 miles to Pueblo, CO.

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