New Blog – maybe

New Blog – maybe

Five years is a long time. This blog was a short but brief bit of fun, and for perhaps too long, a reminder of what was. Much has changed and so it’s time to move on. Will there be a new blog? That’s hard to say. Perhaps, if life’s road leads somewhere interesting, and if it seems to make sense to share. Otherwise, thanks to all of you who participated, made comments and gave reason for the words. Is it…

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It’s a Wrap!

It’s a Wrap!

Well, I haven’t updated in quite a while as I’ve been so busy with school! Everything’s been going great- albeit slightly rushed. It’s hard to believe that not even a month ago I was cycling along, cherishing every break I took, every meal, and yes– every ice cube. Now I can already tell I’m starting to take all the simple things for granted again, and I’m somewhat saddened by it. I’m stating to care more about tomorrow’s outfit than the…

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Yabadaba did it!

Yabadaba did it!

Destination in sight! The state capital. The ending mileage, so what if we cheated by a quarter mile? Getting the news out! Whole Foods- Yum! South Congress Lance Armstrong’s bike shop. The last stop for a soda That is it then, the 2222 mile North Carolina to Austin Texas trip is now complete. Now I have to change gears and become the normal seventh grade student and get focused on schoolwork, sports and music again. Wow. Thank you everyone for…

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Re-route

Re-route

Change of plans. Between the fact that two of the roads we’ve tried we’re too dangerous to ride into Austin on due to, we think, too many drivers of dualies who seem to feel that it is their constitutional right to not have to share the road with strange and slow vehicles and the fact that all of moms friends have left town so dad can’t get a place to camp out cheaply – we are changing plans. We are…

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Dry but Rolling!

Dry but Rolling!

Crossing a bridge just before finding a dirt road to spend the night. Bianca was right …. Texas is NOT flat, at least here where we are here in the East I didn’t believe her, but then I am still reeling from the disappointment of crossing the border with no one standing there waiting to hand me my complimentary gun, cowboy hat and large belt buckle. That was just a joke? Now I feel slightly under dressed with my spandex…

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Southern Hospitality

Southern Hospitality

Yesterday we fell short by 10 miles, so we didn’t make it to the campsite. But we found something much better– showers and a bed! We stopped at a Mexican restaurant and met a man named Donny Marrs who ate dinner with us and covered the cost! But the Southern hospitality didn’t stop there, he and his wife also let us spend the night in their guest room and have nice warm showers! the largest bean bag I’ve ever seen!…

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Infor the night

Infor the night

We me tome great people tonight and have a pretty place to swim and camp for the night. Life seems good. Bianca putting the phone camera to good use Location:Flowers Ln,Kountze,United States

“The Long Way Home”

“The Long Way Home”

The biggest sign yet- but that’s to be expected from good ole Texas! Exactly 1,900 miles at the Texas border! What’s the modern girl to do? 🙂 No, I’m not posing next to a cockatoo– just helmet head! Too much to handle? Nah… Location:Farm to Market 2626,Newton,United States

Y’can’t alway get what ya want

Y’can’t alway get what ya want

As the song says – You can’t always get what you want. But sometimes, never mind whatcha need – You simply luck into far, far more!! 🙂 We rode a nice 74 miles, flat first and then with increasing hilliness. The temperature was a cool 93 today and as the day ended I had the thought “this is what its all about!” And THEN…. We got the unexpected teepee! $15 dollars, special rate for cyclists…… Who care about “whatcha need”….

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Signs of Louisiana

Signs of Louisiana

Always wondered why they mention this place so much! Louisiana has many churches – all with extra character Flat, flat, flat – yeay! Is that a hill up ahead!? Nope – more flat, flat and flat One can disappear in some of the cracks Time of the signs Our favorite hobby, in fact the whole motivator …. FOOD! Location:7th St,Oberlin,United States

Cajun Country, Here we Come!

Cajun Country, Here we Come!

Yesterday we only did 20 miles because of a semi- bad thunderstorm passing through, add our laziness, and ice cold drinks, making us want to stay at this truck stop forever! After 15 days with no actual rest day, it was nice to give our muscles a break! We wound up staying the night in the back of it (Thanks to Tommy!) and got a nice breakfast of croissants and sweet tea. We plan to head to Ville Platte, which…

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Last few days

Last few days

We are off of the trace now and already miss its mile markers, low traffic and especially the smooth roads we had the price large of getting spoiled by! Louisiana has a different look from Mississippi which is strikingly apparent as soon as one crosses the state line. It is my kind of place, for sure! The roads look 50 times patched over and the houses too, but there is a charm to the state. Here are a few pictures…

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Not so great day

Not so great day

We crossed into Louisiana this morning, and we were ecstatic! We only have a bit left to go! We were passing through several towns, and I guess we got cocky because the next thing we know- we’re in the middle of nowhere! We went 45 miles without any refreshments–or shade– and we were starting to get cranky. Then as we were about to cross the bridge that would take us to the campsite, Dad got a flat in his front…

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Jackson MS

Jackson MS

We are in Jackson MS now after a nice 67 mile ride. Now we have to find a place to camp for the night as there are no official places on the trace and we don’t want to spring for a motel. Only two, perhaps three more days on the trace and then onto Louisiana for the next section ( and more donuts!) The old French Camp. We had a great lunch -they make their own sourdough bread every day…

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Too soon

Too soon

We did the math and figured that with the pace we’re going at, we’ll be in Austin by the 16th. This is much too soon for our wonderful trip to be over! With this in mind, we have decided to take it slow on the Trace– at least that’s what we’ve been telling ourselves each time we come upon a restaurant! Location:S Huntington St,Kosciusko,United States