Today I had my second flat, my first was in Punta Gorda across from a bike shop. No manmade objects have caused them, so far thorns are the culprits. The Cannondale is holding up well, thanks to the guys at The Bike Route Naples who built my wheels and overhauled the rest in preparation for my journey. Thanks guys!
Sunday I crossed over the mighty Mississippi Riverleaving behind the deep southern states, 15,000 feet of hill climbing and over a thousand miles. as I travel I meet wonderful and unique people however they all have similar questions for me. Where….from… to… WHAT??…WHY??….HOWWW LONG?? You should see the reactions. As far as distance goes, I tell them that I don’t have to get to Alaska today, I just have to get to that next curve, (I point…they look). Little daily milestones keep me going and just when I think I’m not getting anywhere, I look back and think it all went by too quickly. This week I’ll be crossing the Ozark Mountains and I can test out my Alabama climbing basic training that I put myself through. Route 84 through Alabama, The El Camino Trail, is a logging road that other bikers avoid because of the unending hills and logging truck traffic, good to know now.
Maggie’s used books in Dothan Alabama was a great stop, initially went past but was drawn to turn around. I walked in and Maggie welcomed me with a cold bottle water and said a lot of people come in after turning around, something draws us in. Maggie picked the perfect book and gave it to me for a rainy tent day. Her mom’s book shop is in Franklin NC. Thank you Maggie!
Resetmyself.com’s Director of Operations is retired NCH Head Dietitian Dianne. Dianne has been involved in the planning and execution of this bike tour from day 1. She is in daily contact, as signal permits, consulting on dietary and nutritional needs as well as drop shipping supplies as necessary. 110 g. Protien is the optimum necessary to keep my body from consuming muscle. We are constantly adjusting as food availability and carrying weight are major factors. As the days go on and patterns become recognizeable we will report what seems to work best to keep my energy levels at peak. Dietitian Dianne will also periodically provide us some insight and stories aquired during her professional career.
my disclaimer first of all this blog is going to be created using my Plantronics headset in my voice activated samsung phone so please excuse errors and omissions and editing screw ups difficult to edit from the bicycle most the time I think if you just read through it you can kind of figure out what I was trying to convey in case the words are not right
mix my topics I’m discussing here on my blogs a large portion the focus on the last 2 years of my lifeand my endeavors to get healthy learn about health and hopefully tell my stories in such a way others may find them relevant in some way or form
just too short years agoI was headed for speed towards the grave eating and drinking everything insight human vacuum cleaner and headno concept of the true harm I was doing to my body also looking back on photographsit is truly horrifyingso and some of my blogs I will try to convey my journey and impart some of my newly learned wisdom I’m not a doctorand I have just scratched the surface I’m learningbut the truth is everyone that I speak with is touched somewhere in in their family or close associations by this open by this open mouth cramming food intodisease diabetes and they’re desperate to find some solace or solutions of which I can only tell my story as it relates before I woke up to this problem nobody could tell me so I understand what people are up against and yes it usually does take some kind of a catastrophe or tragedy so wake people up or open their eyesso I will be my part to recount some of the faces I went through and until some other people storiesthat I’ve met during my journey and if I can just help one personmake a reset that I have done then it’ll all be worth it
I’m coming to realize one of thethe things I’m loving most about this experience so far is that everyone that I meet and talk about what I’m doing with my positive outlook regarding this endeavor is having a positive and contagious effect on them. no matter what type of day people are having when they spot me read my poster or ask me what’s going on believe me my answers change their day! the looks the reactions and the comments are priceless as you could well imagine.
Farmland and forests very green part of Florida, grinding out the miles on a sunny day.
Fred took me in and fed me dinner and breakfast and gave me a bed to sleep in but more importantly than that gave me a sensei to grasshopper education regarding bicycle touring as he had done several tours and just happened to be the owner of the Crystal River Bike Shop named Surreys Sycles. he sent me away with spokes and tool after extensive lesson on spoke replacement and rim and spoke maintenance, a professional patch kit, perfectly fitting padded bike shorts, and even his own personal cornstarch dispenser for those times when baby powder just won’t do. I can’t thank you enough Fred, however thank you in advance for the many disasters you’ve already helped me avert that I totally was not aware of
Sunday morning started off with our waitress at breakfast telling us she had seen this on television after breakfast while riding up through Madeira Beach I had an escort from and Ohio Harley club beeping and waving flags,lot of people all day waving cheering very excited for me, got a police escort through traffic jam and over the bridge. met a great guy named Frank who save me from going to highway 19 and let me to the Pinellas trail system which was a fantastic ride much better than the highway. Jason rode with me most of the way to Palm Harborand we talked about the trials and tribulations he’s going through with his family going to diet going to vegetarian going back to meat, at the end he gave me all his power snacks and bought me some waters very nice guy thank you very much Jason.