"State maps"

August 25, 2009...

I am three days away from pedaling a bike through my fifth state. I'm feeling pretty good physically.

Thank goodness.

Before I started riding on July 21, I rarely looked at a big United States map. I preferred breaking the trip down into a final route by looking at individual state maps.

I did this so as to NOT overwhelm my thinking with just how B-I-G the U.S. really is. I didn't want to give my brain ammunition to bail on the goal.

Slowing down...

August 23, 2009...

I am in Hastings, Nebraska tonight. 

The town population is around 25,000 people and it's about 100 miles west of Lincoln.

In checking into the motel, I was tired from my long bike ride, but I hung around a little longer and chatted with the owner, Vidu Patel. I won by taking the time.

"What happens next?"

August 19, 2009...

I'm one of those people that have a hard time focusing on the lyrics
of entire songs. I start out listening to the words closely, but it
seems before long, I am captivated by an idea or phrase sparked by the
singer. It happened recently.

I was listening to a song by Natasha Bedingfield called Unwritten. I can't even begin to tell you what the song is about, but I can tell you that single word sent my brain spinning.


Riding in the rain

August 15, 2009...

11,312 feet!

August 12, 2009...

100 miles!!!!

August 9, 2009...

Today, I pedaled from Green River, Utah to Grand Junction, Colorado. 

It was 100 miles.

Marker 412...

August 2, 2009...

The individual mileage markers keep ticking by: 57, 109, 237, etc.

Today, I reached 412 which equates with being in Wendover, Nevada.

An exhilarating day!

July 31, 2009...

Today was my most invigorating ride of the Extra Mile America Tour. Usually, I like to pass on a message with this blog, but today, I just want to share a story.

The Nevada desert

July 29, 2009...

I am pedaling through the Nevada desert. Today I rode from Lovelock to Winnemucca (72 miles).

Two challenges today (besides staying hydrated!):

1. There are no trees in the Nevada desert. Finding shade is only a dream.

Just one more pedal stroke!

July 27, 2009...

I made it over the Sierra Mountains.

On a bike.

The idea sounded far better in my head than when I actually planned it, but the victory was far sweeter than I ever imagined when I made it to the top of the Carson Pass.

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