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 wonderful invention called AC. But, it’s to be expected. I did come out as a changed person, but in more subtle ways than becoming an athlete fanatic!

School life has been really good so far. I got re-united with my old buddies, and made a few new ones. I tried out for Volleyball and didn’t make the team, but I am still going to try for next year! In band (I play the flute) I have been getting back into the groove of things, though I am a bit rusty from not being able to practice all summer.

I do wish I could just slow things down for a bit. Every weekend I wish for just one more day to get all my stuff together. Almost every day I’m doing something and I just need an extra hour in each day to “chill out”.

So, no, I didn’t become superwoman over this trip. I grew up, saw the world, and came back home. I’m sure next year we’ll do something even further out there, but for now, I’m happy being me.

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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 the support and the great words of encouragement. The comments were great and really helped to keep us going. Thanks you everyone!

Location:S Interstate 35,Buda,United States

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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 close to Austin but we don’t want the trip to end yet. So we are going to camp and be bums for a few days more. Thursday, probably, we will call it a day and invite friends and family to some as of yet unknown restaurant for a celebration and then we will officially hand up our cycling cleats. Until the? We don’t really know – but we’re sure it will be fun as hobos for a while longer! 🙂

The Mexican food, btw, is fantastic, round here!!

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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 and no cowboy boots. Yeah, not quite fitting in!
We both agree though that we like these kind of rolling hills better than the flats of Louisiana. It feels good to push ourselves.

The air is noticeably drier as well. That is a welcome change from the constant dampness that we have been cycling in this whole trip. My pants here show just how much fun we are having and the whole unexpected glamour of it all. That is the dried salt from today’s light mileage ride. Yes we have fun like this every day. 🙂

Spooky or neat? Can’t decide, but it is very interesting architecture.

Location:Texas 90,Anderson,United States

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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!

I love the red and white walls!

We also are in the Hays County Newspaper check us out here! Dad isn’t too happy about being mentioned, but it is a well balanced article.
I personally love everything about it! Kim is a great Author and she made me feel less nervous when she interviewed me. The only error is we are actually traveling 2,250 miles. So far we’ve done 2,018!

The morning smileage – hey that’s the year we are in! 🙂

Location:Church St,Coldspring,United States

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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

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“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

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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”. 🙂

One day’s ride to the Texas border. We’ve earned a days rest. Make that two!

Location:Wren Rd,DeRidder,United States

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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

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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 reputedly has great authentic Cajun food and music. We’ll see if we can “catch the tail end of crawfish season”!

Location:Louisiana 1,Simmesport,United States

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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 from the last few days while we were too far from electricity and/or connectivity. If it were not for this blog, I’d be very happy to turn these devices off and really get away from reality. That is the best part of all of this – the world is far, far away. Nice!

We had to get up to the trace the hard way after our gps lied to us, yet again. The length we go to for a cold drink!

The corn fields show how summer is changing.

Last stop in MS – the welcome center. Shouldn’t it be the goodbye center? Never mind, they had cold water and gave us some ICE!

Over the bridge and seven donuts more.

Campsite number, we forget.

The next morn

And more pedaling, again, this morning.

Location:Charmain Blvd,Simmesport,United States

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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 tire. We fixed it up, crossed the bridge, only to find more bridge. We crossed that bridge too, and no campsite in view. We did find a cooler of Gatorade left from the hydroelectric dam workers and finally got our refreshments! Tomorrow we will get our refreshments.
At least I hope so! 🙂

Location:ST FRANCISVLE,United States

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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 -Yum!!

This little fellow was a few feet off of the side of the roa,d oblivious to the world, digging happily for lunch. He let us get to five feet from him.

Mile 1500! Where do those miles go?!

And now to celebrate – with a few more miles, what else.

Location:Old Canton Rd,Ridgeland,United States

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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

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Life on the road

Pix from the last two days on the road. If it seems to be all about the food – yer right! 🙂

Location:Pittsboro St,Houston,United States

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