Thomas Stevens. The first man to successfully cross the U.S. by bicycle. He later went on to ride around the world.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Farmington, MO

Crossed the Mississippi yesterday morning. Rained pretty much all day. Rode straight into the Ozark Mountains. Thought I was done with mountains for a while?? I guess not until Kansas. I stayed at an amazing hostel last night. It was more like a fancy loft apartment than your typical hostel. I started riding at daybreak yesterday so i finished early. The rest of my day in the fancy hostel was spent eating and sleeping and now this morning i feel great and I'm off to tackle some more mountains! 

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010

Elizabethtown, IL

Rode to Cave In Rock, IL today where I took a short ferry ride across and up the Ohio River to Elizabethtown, IL. The cave in the picture used to be home to river pirates who would attack and pillage the boats of unsuspecting travelers. Yargh! 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sebree, KY

Well this will be my last night sleeping in Kentucky. I'm staying at a Baptist Church tonight that has a bike hostel in the back of it. Shower, washer and dryer, a mattress to sleep on, internet, and they're even cooking me dinner. Amazing!!! In the past few days I've traveled through Bardstown, the home of Bourbon. I've seen the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. I did my first century ride of the trip. And I've biked through miles and miles of tobacco, corn, and soy bean fields. Great job, Kentucky.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Elkhorn City, KY



Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Damascus, VA

My trip into Damascus sent me up and over Mt. Rogers (5,729 ft elevation) through pretty heavy rain. Despite the hills and the rain it was easily one of the best rides so far. The last ten miles or so were all downhill through lush, green forest complete with a river running next to the road the whole time with an occasional waterfall or two. The town of Damascus is basically here for travelers. The Appalachian trail runs through it and its directly on the TransAmerica trail as well. So there were hostels, cafes, bike shops, gear shops, and pubs a plenty. 

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Friday, August 13, 2010

Blue Ridge Mountains and The Cookie Lady

Riding through the Blue Ridge Mountains was hands down the BEST bike ride I've gone on. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Charlottesville, VA

10 days in. At a hostel for the night. Blue Ridge Mountains tomorrow. Hope I'm ready for this.
Best pulled pork sandwich I've ever had.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Day 8. James City, VA to Mechanicsville, VA

Plantations, plantations, plantations.

free food and nice folks

As I pulled into my campground on Day 7 I asked these people for directions to the registration office and they, in turn, offered me friend chicken, pasta salad, and lemonade.
Is everyone in VA this nice?

After I'd set up camp and was off to take a shower I ran into Dave and Kim. Two Chicago transplants living in the area and out camping for the weekend. They were gracious enough to invite me to their camp to sample some crab they'd just caught that day. We ate steamed crab, mac and cheese, and some strawberry rhubarb pie. It was all amazingly delicious and I was so honored by their generosity. 

Awesome chefs and awesome folks!!