Monthly Archives: May 2012

Natchez Trace: Broken Seat; Busted Tire; Meriwether Lewis’ Grave

At mile marker one of the Natchez Trace, I put my feet on the pedals with 455 miles to Nashville, Tenn. It felt like an early fall day with plenty of sunshine and a light breeze blowing. After spending the … Continue reading

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Greyhound Bus Trip: Worst Experience of My Life

It was close to 2:00 am when the Greyhound bus pulled into the Abilene depot. I had been asleep on a bench in the depot since 12:00,  the bus’ scheduled arrival. Jeana and I had parted ways earlier that morning. … Continue reading

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Abiline, Texas: Jeana Leaves the Bike Trip

On Black Friday, Jean and I biked a sluggish 42 miles to La Mesa and ate a lunch of Thanksgiving day leftovers on a library picnic table. The day before, we had been unable to find pumpkin pie, so I … Continue reading

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Carlsbad Caverns: Area 51; Cool Caves; West Texas Thanksgiving

In the morning, Jean and I hiked with Ben and Alex on a four mile trial up Guadalope Peak, Texas’ highest point at 8,749 ft. I walked with Ben, an Eagle Scout who took hiking as serious business, and Jean paired … Continue reading

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El Paso: Hitch Hiking Through NM; Guadalupe Mtns; Traveling Minstrels

We woke up early the next day. Lately, I’d noticed that our energy and mileage had started waning with the shortened days. We were now in the practice of waking up with the sun, biking with everything we had until … Continue reading

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Chiricahua Mountains: Contested Lands; Rocky Paths; Good Sunsets

Matt left us in a gravel lot outside of Benson, AZ, 45 miles from Tucson. Excluding the first week of the trip, it was the furthest east I’d traveled in over two months. On the roadside, we exchanged sad partings. … Continue reading

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Las Vegas: Yard Drinks; Lost Fortunes; Hot Dogs

After a few days in Tucson, we all piled into Katie’s car on a weekend road trip to Las Vegas for 11/11/11, a once a century occurrence and also Matt’s birthday. We had an eight hour drive, mostly boring with … Continue reading

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