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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.
~Bianca

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

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 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!!

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

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

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.
I

Location:Old Canton Rd,Ridgeland,United States

Almost in Houston!

Houston, Tennessee that is! We hope there is good food there because we’ve run out of everything food wise except for munchies! Yesterday we managed to outrun a storm, and we were happy that we wouldn’t have to go to bed wet. Mother nature had other plans for us because not even five minutes before we arrived at the Witch Dance campground, it started pouring. Other than that, things were pretty normal, albeit a bit hectic, in the good ole city Tupelo. Dad hated the traffic, but it was nice to have such a variety of food to choose from! We cashed in five donuts, bringing our total at the end of the trip down to 31- but all in a good day’s work!

Location:Natchez Trace Pkwy,Houston,United States

Tupelo

Last night we headed out of the wonderful Mexican restaurant and met three people who couldn’t get over how far we were going! We chatted a bit and then hopped on the bikes to squeeze in a few extra miles. Our 72 mile day brought us right inside Tupelo, and that is where we are heading for some good food and a bit of rest! Apparently Elvis was born in Tupelo so we are going to visit his house which, according to many people, is so small that you take a step in, look to the left, then to the right, and the tour is over! Maybe we can steal some of his magical mojo while we’re here!

Location:County Road 653,Saltillo,United States

Not So Dry County

Yesterday we made good progress, our total mileage was 68.2! Slightly after dusk we arrived at a campground for cyclists and, boy was it beautiful! Unfortunately we woke up too late (That’s a shocker!) to get good misty photos of the site, but this shows what we awoke to:


We made it to Alabama! I had a bit of a crash and skinned my knee pretty badly, hopefully the swelling will go down! Just incase, once we get to Tupelo (7 miles away!) we’re going to take a half day rest.


We had a nice hearty breakfast of gummy worms and oatmeal and puttered around to the next restaurant.


Out of the several Mexican restaurants we’ve been to, three were in a dry county and the one we went to for lunch today was one of them. Dad kept hoping and praying for a wet county, and I guess he got what he wanted because around three in the afternoon we got caught in a bad thunderstorm that didn’t let up until almost 4:30, and even then we cycled through the rain. There were quite a few priceless moments that we couldn’t capture, but it was a beautiful ride.

1,234 miles down, 750 to go! Time flies much to quickly!


We did the math, and by the end of this trip I will have 36 donuts!


Dad finally got his “wet county” at the absolute BEST Mexican restaurant we’ve been to! We had a wonderful sampler platter with a warm strawberry daiquiri cheesecake. Mmm, Mmm, good!

And, of course, dad got his beer.

Location:Turner Park Rd,Saltillo,United States

Hotel California

In the previous pictures we were at the Southernaire Motel and Restaurant. We can now relate to the song “Hotel California”. I’m not sure if we were just tired, or if that place is enchanted with some mysterious magic, but either way we did not want to leave! They have a good restaurant with amazing green beans and bagels! We had planned on staying just a night and leaving around noon the next day (for a half day of rest) but, no one chooses the length of their stay at the “Hotel California”! We wound up staying two nights, and we didn’t want to leave even after a 12 hour snooze! The privilege of being cold during the summer is a wonderful thing- and will be missed!

Until next time,
-B