June 25 – July 1

June 25 Shoreline to Auburn, Washington

I started today at the America’s Best Value Inn in Shoreline with my wife. Since my wife was flying back to Texas today, we decided to rent a truck so we could ride together. She took me to the Angel Lake Cyclery bike shop in SeaTac Washington. The owner, Dale, was waiting for me and soon got to work on my trike. He replaced all my tires, provided slime filled tubes, fixed my rear derailer, adjusted my brakes, and installed a new thumb gear shifter for my rear gears. He is a great guy and really knew what he was doing. I left the bike shop at 4:30 and still had 11 miles to go. I soon got on the bike path and had a smooth ride except for the accident I saw. I arrived at my Warmshowers host and was met by Steve and Melody. They provided an excellent dinner and dessert. Steve showed me his bike shop and some of his projects. Great conversation and a wonderful bed.

June 26 Auburn to Highway 18, then to Sunnyside, Washington

Today was a great day for riding, cool temps, no wind, good shoulder on road. The only tough part was a lot of hills or sometimes just a constant uphill grade. I should expect more hills and climbing until I cross the continental divide in Montana in a few weeks. I rode hard for 20 miles and then my friend, Keith Jackson, picked me up to take me to his house in Sunnyside. I am going to spend a few days with Keith and his wife, Michelle. On the very first night, we had a great steak dinner with baked potato and grilled veggies. Also had cheesecake for dessert. We stayed up late talking and reconnecting. This is going to be a great few days for my spirit and for my body to get some healing in preparation for my quest to head East towards Maine. Feeling great and trike is running smooth.

June 27 Sunnyside

Rest day. I visited the Veterans Memorial in Sunnyside. I met the American Legion commander, Greg Schlieve. I also talked with Vietnam Veteran Leroy Werkhoven. Keith and I went to the VFW Post 3482 for dinner. While there, I met the Post and District Commander Bill Ingram. I told him about my cause and my tour. He took a picture with me and is sending it to the National Commander. I also met a lot of other great veterans and really had a great time.

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June 28 Sunnyside

Rest day. I rode my trike into Sunnyside today for an interview with the Daily Sun News. I spoke with Ted and had a good time sharing my story. I then went back to the Jackson’s and had a great time hanging out with them. I also met several veterans at their RV Park and was able to share with them. We then went shopping and I was able to get some new gear. I bought a self-inflating ground mat, some rope to hang my food in bear country, and a new pair of rain pants. Great day.

June 29 Mount Rainer

Rest day. I went with the Jackson’s to Mount Rainer. This was just a great day for sightseeing and relaxing. We saw many waterfalls. I was able to walk on snow up in the mountains. We ate lunch at the lodge up in the Paradise Loop. I saw many beautiful flowers. We had a great day of exploring and then a beautiful drive back to Yakima and then to Sunnyside. I am getting excited about getting back on the tour tomorrow.

June 30 Sunnyside to Spokane

I got up early today because I am excited to get packed up and back on the road. I took a shower and then ate some breakfast. I then began my laundry. I also talked to several people about my tour and PTSD. A lady I met named Peggy baked us some delicious banana bread. The RV Park owner gave me a donation. I finally repacked my trailer and we got on the road at 12:30. Keith was nice enough to give me a ride to get me back on schedule in Spokane. I am going to miss the Jackson’s and all their kindness. I arrived at my Warmshowers host at 4:30. Mike and Anita prepared a delicious dinner of ribs, beans, and brownies. They are super nice hosts and this night will get me ready for tomorrow.

July 1 Spokane to Springy Point Campground, Sagle, Idaho

I was feeling really excited today to get back on the road. My day started with a great breakfast with Mike and Anita. I got a late start at around 10. I rode on a bike trail for several miles then finally crossed into Idaho. This is now my 7th State. I rode along a busy highway but had a nice shoulder. After leaving the highway, I had country roads with no shoulder but way less traffic. Some of the roads weren’t even paved. I arrived at the Springy Point Campground around 6. I was told about getting an Access Pass for Federal Parks which will give me free entry and half priced camping. I got the pass and hope to use it a lot. I then took a shower, ate a good dinner, then got an amazing night of sleep. Going to keep moving and making my way East.

June 18 – June 24

June 18 Potlatch State Park to Seal Rock Campground, Brinnon Washington

I had an easy ride today with a few rolling hills. I started around 9:30 and arrived at the campground at 3. I had lunch in Brinnon and saw a herd of elk in the back field. I rode along the Hood Canal all day and even saw some eagles at the campground. I am feeling great and only have one day until corner number 2.

June 19 and June 20 Seal Rock Campground to Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend Washington

I had a nice ride today. I started at 9 and soon was climbing some long hills. I climbed more hills today than I have for a while so riding was slower. I stayed on Highway 101 for only 11 miles then turned onto the back roads. I stopped for lunch at a Mexican restaurant in Hadock-Irondale. I only had 10 miles to go. I arrived at Fort Worden at 3 and it only costs $12 per night for bikers. I am staying here for 2 nights to get a full day of rest tomorrow. Corner number two is now done. I am very excited. Feeling great but my trike needs some maintenance.

June 20, Fort Worden

Today I took all day off to rest. This is my first full day off since San Diego on May 10. I rode around the Fort and went to town later for dinner. I met a retired Navy veteran named Fred that was riding around on Terra Trike Rover. I stopped at the American Legion Post 26 in Port Townsend. The commander, Bruce, allowed me to share my story at their meeting and then the Post agreed to give Christian Warriors a donation. This was a great day of rest and relaxation.

June 21 Port Townsend to America’s Best Inn, Shoreline Washington

It was raining some this morning as I started my day at 8:30 to get to the ferry terminal for the 9:30 ferry. It was very cool to ride onto the ferry and see all the other people. There were also several classic cars on the ferry. The ferry was fast and smooth. After the first ferry, I still had about 30 miles to go to get to the second ferry. I had many hills all day. At the second ferry, it was only 2.5 miles to the other side. After this ferry, I had a very long, steady uphill grade for several miles. Once I got closer to Shoreline, I was able to ride on the Interurban Bike Trail. This was a very nice bike trail and there was several other riders and walkers on the trail. I finally made it to the hotel at 5:30. I am now with my wife and ready for a few days of rest and relaxation before heading to corner number three. 3,520 miles down.

June 22 to June 24

Shoreline Washington. Spending my weekend with my wife. We are just relaxing and enjoying our time. We did go out to eat a few times and restocked my supplies. I also bought some new shorts since my other ones were so big. See you next week.

June 11 – June 17

June 11 Tillamook to Nehalem Bay State Park, Nehalem Oregon

I had a relaxing ride today and the sun was finally shining again. I slept in until 9 and didn’t get on the road until 10:45. After about a mile, I stopped at the Tillamook County Creamery for some cheese and ice cream. I finally got started around 12. I was going great until I had another flat tire. This was my first flat since Arizona. I changed me tube and then arrived at the Nehalem Bay State Park around 3:30. It felt great to have a sunny day and an easy ride.

June 12 Nehalem to Astoria Oregon

Today started with a few good climbs. I was feeling good and making great time until the sidewall of my rear tire blew out. I was stranded on Highway 101, 23 miles from the bike shop. I contacted Alex from Terra Trike for some assistance and he was able to verify that the bike shop did have a tire that would fit my trike. After some time waving down trucks, an Air Force veteran named Justin pulled over to help me. He then gave me a ride all the way to the bike shop in Warrenton Oregon. The bike shop was called Bike Envy. They gave me a new tire, fixed a broken spoke, and got me back on the road (all for free). I then rode to my Warmshowers host house in Astoria. My host, Steve, provided me a great place to sleep, fixed an amazing dinner of fish and pasta, and gave me plenty of tips for my upcoming days. Great place to stay and refuel. Today is my last day in Oregon. Looking forward to Washington.

June 13 Astoria to Elochoman Slough Marina, Cathlamet Washington

I started riding today at 9 in a little rain. It rained for the first several hours. I also had a serious issue with my rear derailer today. It would change to a higher gear but not back into the lower gears for climbing. I rode for a while and eventually made it to a ferry crossing. I rode on the ferry from Oregon crossing into Washington. I am staying in a yurt at the marina in Cathlamet, Washington.

June 14 Cathlamet to Paradise Cove Resort, Castle Rock Washington

I had a late start today while waiting for the rain to stop. I started at 10:30. I had a good ride and my gears worked better than yesterday. I had some beautiful views of the river today and only had a few hills. I arrived at the Paridise Cove Resort at 4:30. The rain held off all day so far. Campsite is set up, shower done, fire started, dinner cooking, ready for bed. Great day.

June 15 Castle Rock to Stan Hedwall Park, Chehalis Washington

I had a great day today. Started at 9:30. I had very good roads with very little traffic. I stopped for lunch in Napavine at Taste of Alaska. I had the all-you-can eat fish and chips and a bowl of clam chowder. The owner bought my lunch and I was given a few donations. Great people. After lunch, I rode almost all downhill to the Stan Hedwall Park. Nice quiet place. While there, I met an Air Force veteran named Travis. He was a nice guy that knew about the struggles of PTSD. I also met a man named John and his wife. His son in law also struggles with PTSD. It was good to share with these men.

June 16 Chehalis to Elma RV Park, Elma Washington

I had a great ride today. Best ride in over a month. I was able to finish 40 miles in less than 4 hours. I arrived at the Elma RV Park and it only cost $10 to camp for a biker. The camp host owned a Terra Trike Rover. I was given fresh baked cookies. I set up my campsite, took a shower, made a fire, and ate dinner. What a beautiful day. I am feeling great.

June 17 Elma to Potlatch State Park, Shelton Washington

I had a good ride again today. I left Elma at 10:00 and rode mostly on back country roads. I went past a very large prison today. Finally made it back to Highway 101. I had a great view of the snow topped Mount Olympus mountain. I arrived at the Potlatch State Park at 2. Nice campground. The weather was a little warmer today, in the mid 70’s. Feeling great. 3,356 miles down.

June 4 – June 10

June 4 Crescent City to Harris Beach State Park, Brookings Oregon

I had a very late start today and had to stop at Walmart to get some supplies. I didn’t leave Crescent City until 12:30. The ride was very smooth and seemed to be rather easy. I arrived at the Harris Beach State Park at 3:30. I am now in Oregon and feeling great. It didn’t take long to see a marijuana store and that still seems odd to me. The wind picked up some but not too bad. The hiker/biker rate here was only $8. I am ready to set up camp and enjoy my night. I even had a little bird keep me company.

June 5 Harris Beach State Park to Honey Bear By the Sea RV Resort, Ophir, Oregon

I had a good ride today. I started at 8 and quickly got back on Highway 101. I knew that I had 8 climbs to make today but only 1 really big one. After this big climb (40 minutes up, 20 minutes down), I stopped for lunch at Gold Beach. I then only had 11 more miles to go. I arrived at the Honey Bear By the Sea RV Resort around 3. I am feeling good and strong.

June 6 Honey Bear By the Sea RV Resort to Bullards Beach State Park, Brandon Oregon

I had a nice, long ride today. I started at 8 and spent most of the day on Highway 101. I had a lot of rolling hills and a slight headwind. I stopped for lunch in Port Orford. I got back on the trike and had 29 miles to go. It seemed like a smooth ride with a lot traffic but I had nice wide shoulder to ride on. I had several nice views of the coast today. I am staying at the Bullards Beach State Park for only $7. Feeling really good.

June 7 Bullards Beach State Park to Windy Cove Campground, Winchester Oregon

I had a good ride today. I started at 8 and only had a few hills but they had a good downhill on the back end. I rode almost all day on Highway 101. I was making great time so I was able to stop at Moe’s Bike shop in North Bend to get a new bike computer. After that, I got back on the road. I stopped for lunch and then soon came to the original place that I had planned to stop at. It was only 1:00 so I decided to push on for another 13 miles. I stopped at the Windy Cove Campground. I got my campsite all set up, took a shower, then decided to go out for dinner. I am feeling good now. A rain storm is headed this way for the weekend so I am trying to push ahead. The weather has been cool but it will get colder. The wind has also been an issue. Pedal on.

June 8 Winchester to Yachats Oregon

I had a good start to my day. I got up at 6 and was all packed up and on the road at 7. I was trying to get a long ride in today because of the rain that is coming for the weekend. I rode hard and had a few hills but did good to power through them. I did not stop to eat today but did stop every hour for a drink break. It started raining around 11:30 and the rain stayed very steady. I rode until 2:30 before finally stopping at the Yachats Inn. I was able to get a hot shower and warm up some. I had to walk about a mile for dinner but it was worth it. I had Alfredo pasta with shrimp and crab. I had a great view from my room out to the ocean. I soaked in the hot tub. I finished the day only 3 miles short of 3,000. I am way ahead of my schedule to reach Port Townsend. I will have another wet day tomorrow. Oh well.

June 9 Yachats to America’s Best Value Inn, Lincoln City Oregon

I started today at 8 in the pouring down rain. I rode hard to try to make good time. I stopped for lunch in Newport at Pig N’ Pancake. It started raining again. I rode all the way to Lincoln Ciy and it was still pouring so I decided to stay at the America’s Best Value Inn. Hopefully better day tomorrow. I did go over 3,000 miles today. Yeah.

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June 10 Lincoln City to Western Royal Inn, Tillamook Oregon

I started today with a good waffle breakfast. I then was on the trike at 9 and again, it was raining. I was getting wet from the rain coming down, road splash, and all the cars and trucks passing by me. I took a few scenic routes today to avoid the major traffic. I stopped at the Western Royal Inn. This was actually a nice place at a good price. The rain is supposed to stop tonight. I am feeling cold but in good spirits. 3,101 miles down.

May 28 – June 3

May 28 Elk to Westport Union Landing

I had a great ride today. Nick fixed me some tasty oatmeal for breakfast and I loaded up and was ready to leave by 8:30. I had a lot fewer hills today which made the trip easier. I stopped for lunch in Fort Bragg and ate at a pizza buffet. I talked to a Navy veteran and three motorcycle riders about my tour. As I was getting back on the trike, another family came up to me and asked about my mission. This family lives in California now but are from Austin Texas. I continued my ride and rode another 19 miles to the Westport Union Landing State Beach. Hiker/biker rate was $10. I ate dinner and got ready for bed. I will be heading off the coast tomorrow to a little flatter roads for a few days. Feeling good.

May 29 Westport to Richardson Grove State Park

I had a good ride today. I left early at 7 and had a small climb followed by a nice downhill. After leaving the coast, I had about a three hour climb with many switchbacks. I then had a very short downhill followed by another hour and a half climb. I finally got to the top and had an amazing 35 minuets of fast downhill which took me all the way to Highway 101. I stopped for lunch at a little diner/store. Powerades cost $3.75 each. I still had about 15 more miles but Highway 101 was a much easier ride. I got to my campsite at 3:30 and the neighbors invited me over for dinner. Tom, David, and Karen were some very friendly people.

May 30 Richarson Grove to Rio Dell

i had a good long ride today. I was on Highways 101 for a while and then turned off onto the Avenue of the Giants. I could not believe the size of the Redwood trees. I spent most of the ride looking up. Clouds started rolling in and a storm was coming so I decided to stay inside at the Humboldt Gables Lodge. I restocked at the Dollar General. On the road today, I met this guy named Jamie McDonald (Adventure Man). He is running across California. Feeling good.

May 31 Rio Dell to Redwood Coast RV Resort, Eureka

I had a late start today because of the shorter ride ahead of me. I stayed on back country roads for most of the day nd had a few big hills at 14% grade. I am getting stronger and was able to handle those hills easily. I only rode 35 miles today and finished in 6 hours. I stayed at the Redwood Coast RV Resort. This is a nice quiet place with plenty of grass and shade. I am ready for a shower and I might build a fire tonight to cook my dinner. Looking forward to relaxing and enjoying the cool night. It’s predicted to get down into the mid 40’s. I have another short ride tomorrow to a Warmshowers host in Trinidad. Feeling really good about my riding and staying strong and fit.

June 1 Eureka to Trinidad

I had a very short ride today so I slept in until 8. I ate breakfast, packed up, and got on the road at 10. I had a few hills and one really rough road but made it to my Warmshowers host at 2. Spent some time resting and then took a shower. My host, Carol, fixed me some rice dish and a salad. Relaxing day. Going to bed early. Feeling great.

June 2 Trinidad to Elk Prairie Campgrounds, Orick

I had a great ride today started off with some homemade blueberry scones. I got on the road at 8. I stayed on Highway 101 for most of the day and had a few climbs and some nice downhills. I stopped for an early lunch in Orick. I made it to the Elk Prairie State Campground at 12:30. Only 4 1/2 hours of travel time today. I had already seen some elk before I even set up my campsite. Had a great dinner of pasta and chicken and sat next to a hot fire. Feeling relaxed and strong.

June 3 Orick to Crescent City

I had a good ride today. I started at 7:30 and stopped to take pictures of two large elk before leaving the campground. I had a good ride for a while and stopped to eat a late breakfast. At this point, I had only 17 miles to go. After a few miles, I started a very long, slow climb. I was on this climb for several miles and several hours. With about 6 miles to go, I finally reached the top of the climb. I came into Crescent City on a fast downhill and saw several more elk. After a few miles, I reached my stop for the night. I am staying at the Saint Paul’s Family Church in Crescent City. A very nice host named Katie met me and gave me a tour. I took a shower and then walked into town to do my laundry and get some supplies. I watched a movie and got a great night sleep. I have another short day tomorrow but will be leaving California and going into Oregon. Feeling at peace. 2,788 miles down.

May 21 – May 27

 

May 21 Salinas to Santa Cruz

I had a very good ride today. I started at 8 with my Warmshowers host, Jerry, guiding me through Salinas to get back on route. I then had a good ride through the farming country to Moss Landing. After leaving Moss Landing, it was back to the country roads again. I met a cyclist named Tom that was riding south with some other men. He was riding for a cause called Clean and Social. I then continued on my tour and came to Altos. I ate at a place called Burger. After lunch, I arrived at my host house around 3:30. I had a great visit and we shared many stories. Looking forward to a great dinner and a good nights sleep. Feeling good and getting stronger. Great start for the week.

May 22 Santa Cruz to Half Moon Bay

I had a good start today. Started early with oatmeal and got on the trike at 7:45. It was smooth going out of Santa Cruz. I stopped for a quick snack at this place called Whale City Bakery, Bar, and Grill. While there, I had a phone interview with Bryan Reynolds from the Lima News in Ohio. He is doing a story covering PTSD. After lunch, I continued on my trip but the weather turned colder and wet. I had to put a jacket on but it wasn’t too terribly bad. I made it to the American Legion Post 474 in Half Moon Bay. They allowed me to set up my tent behind their post and I was treated to dinner by the Auxiliary president. I had a great night in my new tent. Safe, secure, and rested.

May 23 Half MoonBay to San Francisco

I started later than normal but only had a short ride today. I had some good scenery but two very long hills. I also went through a 400 foot long tunnel and some time after the tunnel, I lost my bike computer. I made it to Veloceped Cyclery and met Fred. He fixed up my trike with a new chain and some derailer cables. I then went to the American Hostel . I had a nice ride along the waterfront. At the Hostel, I ate Indian food for dinner and sang one song during karaoke. Fun times.

May 24 San Francisco to Woodacre

I had a good start to my day with some pancakes. I had a beautiful ride from the Hostel down to the waterfront. I did a big climb that I saw other cyclists having to walk. My excitement level steadily grew as I neared the Golden Gate Bridge. I actually got to ride across and it was truly amazing. After the Golden Gate Bridge, the route went on several long bike paths. I stopped for lunch in Fairfax and then continued on to Woodacre. The last hill that I had to climb to get to my Warmshowers host was brutal. It was too steep to ride so I had to pull up my trailer and push up my trike. I had a great host and was able to take a shower and get some rest. The view was amazing as well.

May 25 Woodacre to Bodega Bay

Today started off with a delicious meal of eggs, sausage, and potatoes thanks to my host Amanda. I got a late start today and it was cold and rainy. I rode into a very nice state park with a nice grove of Redwoods. I soon was back on Highway 1 and went through several coastal towns. The ride was tough because of the constant up and down hills. The day was cold and dreary but the scenery was still awesome. I stopped for lunch at this deli in Tomales. After lunch, I pushed on to the Bodega Dunes Campground. The campground was actually full but I was able to get a hiker/biker spot for $5. The campsite was nice and I met a lady that was hiking and a guy that was cycling. I ate dinner, took a shower, and went to bed early.

May 26 Bodega Bay to Gualala Point Recreational Area

Today was a hard day of riding with many small hills and one very long climb. I left Bodega Bay at 8 to get an early jump on traffic. I did not have a shoulder for most of today and traffic was very heavy but they gave me my space. I was without cell or internet service for most of the day. I ate lunch in a small cafe but was able to share my story with another family. I stopped at the Gualala Point Regional Park and had another hiker/biker spot for $5. I met another couple that was touring north. He was a retired army veteran that was at the same base in Iraq and the same time that my son was there. I ate dinner and went to bed. My knees are tired and sore.

May 27 Gualala to Elk

I had a long ride today due to the many hills and steady headwinds. I had many climbs today but another day of beautiful scenery. I stopped in Manchester for a Fireman’s BBQ fundraiser. I had both pork and lamb with all the fixings. I stayed there over 2 hours because my host, Judy, was going to be there. After meeting Judy, she loaded up my trailer so I could ride the last 19 miles with just my trike. I made it to her house and was given a tour. I then took a shower, did laundry, and had a great visit with Judy and her friend Nick. Another week done. 2,532 miles down.

May 14 – May 20

May 14 – Santa Monica to Ventura, California

I had a pretty good ride today. I started off with the sights and sounds of the Pacific Ocean. I rode on a bike path for a long time with very few people. I had a couple big hills but nothing too terribly bad. I saw a lot of people surfing and windsurfing even though the water is still cold, I ate lunch in Malibu at the Neptune’s Net. After lunch I still had 30 miles to go. I went past the Ventura Naval Base. I saw a lot of berry farms and several workers picking fruit. I was away from the beach for a while but returned near Oxnard. I finished at the Sandbox Coffee House in Ventura. The owner, Todd, allowed me to put my tent up on the patio area. I ate some pizza from Tony’s Pizzaria and then went to bed early and had a great sleep. 1911 miles down.

May 15 – Ventura to Goleta

I had a late start today at 8:30 but enjoyed a beautiful ride. I spent most of the day on bike paths which are way safer than the roads. I enjoyed the crowds and activities in Santa Barbara. I made it to my Warmshowers host at 3:30. I felt good and relaxed today. Thanks goes out to Jessica at the Sandbox Coffee House for the juice and fruit to get my day started. Chase, my Warmshowers host, cooked a delicious pasta dinner and provided me with a great bed and excellent accommodations. Looking forward to a great night because I have a long climb tomorrow. 1956 miles down.

May 16 – Goleta to Lompoc

I had a hard ride today. Very windy and many climbs. I got to go through a tunnel which was very scary and loud. Once on Highway 1, I had about a 3 mile long climb and then I ran into some road construction. I had a nice downhill but then the wind picked up, I rode into Lompoc and had a lot of nice scenery on the way. I made it to the River RV Park and set up my campsite. It was only $15 for the night. I cooked dinner with the Kelly Kettle and had a great sleep. And yes, I hit another milestone today. 2000 miles down.

May 17 – Lompoc to Oceano

I had a hard day of riding today with a total of 21 climbs and a strong headwind. Two of my flags came loose and need to be repaired. I rode past the Vandenburg Air Force Base. Once again saw many berry farms full of workers that have to handpick the fruit. I stopped to eat at the Burrito Loco in Arroyo Grande. I had a nice sized meal for under $10. I ended my day at the Coastal Dunes RV Park and Campground in Oceano. This was a nice place and the bikers rate was only $13. I met another cyclist named Tom who is headed South. He told me that most cyclists on the Pacific Coast tier go north to south because of 3 reasons: 1. Prevailing Winds blow south, 2. Better views of the ocean on the other side of the road, 3. Better shoulder on the southbound side. I am just going to have to tough it out and do my thing. 2046 miles down.

May 18 – Oceano to Cambria

I had a good ride this morning. I left Oceano at 8 and had a few minor hills while riding through several small towns. My phone would not stay charged so I stopped at an ATT store in San Louis Opisbo. I ended up getting a new phone. While I was in town, I went to Dick’s sporting goods and upgraded my tent. These two things ended up being a three hour delay. I then got back on the trike and headed down the road. As I was going up the hill by Morro Bay, a truck pulled over in front of me. It was the commander of the American Legion in Cambria, David Ehlers. He loaded me up and took me to Cambria. I ended up staying at his parent’s home. Wow! What a view and a very nice place. After showering, we ate BBQ from Linn’s and spent some time at the Post. David then took me to see the elephant seals at the beach. This was amazing for me. I had a great time in Cambria and wish I could have stayed longer. 2093 miles down

May 19 Cambria to King City

I started today with a great breakfast at the American Legion. I then received a long ride from Bear and Ron. These men are involved with a program called Honor Flights (www.honorflight.org). Amazing men and thank you for what you do for our veterans. They drove me all the way to the Quality Inn in King City. I had a great stay and accommodations here thanks to an angel named Susan Juckett. Feeling blessed and relaxed. 2174 miles down.

May 20 – King City to Salinas

I had a good breakfast today and was on the road by 8. I rode the first 22 miles on Highway 101 but was forced to leave the road and had to go on some back roads. The winds increased as the day wore on. I was still able to get to my Warmshowers host Jerry and Sue by 4:30. I had a great dinner of salad, pasta, pizza, and fruit. Jerry then showed me his large postcard collection which was pretty amazing. I had a nice bed and private room for the night. Feeling great. 2224 miles down.

May 5 – May 13

 

May 5

I had a long ride today. I started at 8 and the first 20 miles went through some flat farm land with a very good road. After stopping for lunch in Palo Verde, I came to a section of road that had what was called “dips”. This was nothing more than rolling hills with several ups and downs. This went on for about 30 miles. Fast downhills but very slow uphills. I got another flat tire but this time it was on the front tire. I stopped at a Border Patrol checkpoint to refill my water bottles and take a short break. After this break, I was pulled over by the Imperial County Sheriff. He lectured me about the dangers of riding my trike around the country. He then drove behind me to block traffic and kept me safe until I got past the dips. The last section of this day was fast and smooth. I ended up camping at the Glamis Flats sand dunes. I slept on the soft sand and had a very good sleep. High temperatures for today was 104 but I stayed hydrated. 1536 miles down.

May 6

I had another hot day today. High was 108. I started the day in the sand dunes of Glamis. There were some climbs at the start. I started early to avoid some of the heat. From Glamis to Brawley was a good ride. I restocked supplies and ate breakfast in Brawley. After leaving Brawley, I went through a few more towns. Once I got to Seeley, the road turned into the worst road in America. For several miles, I had to go slow to dodge the larger potholes and ruts. After several hours, I came to a bridge that was totally closed and barricaded. There was no way that I was going to backtrack so, I had to lift my bike and unload my trailer to go over the barricades. Once over both sides, I reloaded my gear and started going the last five miles. All of the sudden, I was hit with a 40 mph wind and sand storm. After much struggle and fight, I eventually reached the Red Feather Off – Road Market. I put my tent up right next to the building to keep it out of the wind. I then ate dinner at the Lazy Lizard Saloon. Went to bed at 8:30. 1601 miles down

May 7

I started especially early today at 6 because I knew that I had a lot of climbing to do today. I was faced with a 17 mph headwind as well which made the ride that much more difficult. I climbed past the 2000 foot elevation sign and knew that I still had another 1500 feet or so to climb. My right knee began hurting very badly so I was forced to take several breaks. On one of my breaks, a retired firefighter named Blane stopped to check on me. He gave me a ride all the way to Alpine. He dropped me off at the American Legion Post 258. I met Wendy, Karen, and Sue the first day. I was treated to a free dinner of cheeseburgers and fries. I was allowed to camp out back and they provided me with a large amount of water and ice. Very nice people. I spent several hours icing my knees and hope to feel better tomorrow. 1658 miles down

May 8

I stayed at Alpine all day to rest. Was given two large plates of pasta for lunch and I continued to ice my knee and rehydrate. I met Cora and she took good care of me all day. I am feeling better and will be in San Diego tomorrow.

May 9

I had a good ride from Alpine to San Diego. Many fast downhills but I also had a few long climbs. I ended up having to take three different detours. This caused me to ride slower than normal. Even the bike path was closed due to reworking a natural gas line. This detour added several miles to my route. After finally getting back on the bike path, the last several miles went well. As I neared the Pacific Ocean and my first Corner, I saw my wife standing there cheering for me. She welcomed me to the coast and celebrated with me. We both waded out into the surf but the water was very cold. It felt amazing to reach my first corner. After a short time, we began heading back to the motel. Cindy walked for a few miles and the decided to rent a bike. Wow, she should have done this to begin with. What a day! 1703 miles down

May 10

Cindy and I spent the day resting and relaxing. I did laundry and we walked to the store to buy a new shirt and riding gloves. We then walked to a bike shop a bought a bell and tube patches. We ate lunch at the Broken Yolk. We then stopped to restock my fluids and then headed back to the motel. Once at the motel, I began to get my trike ready and trimmed some gear out of my trailer. This helped me reduce some weight to make it easier to pull. We then went to dinner at a Chinese restaurant and spent the last few hours together. Today was also a tough emotional day for us because it was our oldest son, Willie, death anniversary. It’s been five years but it is still heavy on our hearts. We cried some together and held each other. We also began planning our next visit. This was a great day.

May 11

I had a late start today because it was tough leaving my wife in San Diego. I had a few detours early but once I got to the coast, I had a beautiful ride. I had a few long climbs mixed with some fast downhills. I rode past the Torrey Pines Golf Course. My friend, Sean Bannon, made a trip with his family to ride with me today. He found me just outside Encinitas and rode with me over 30 miles. We got permission to ride through Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base. We then got on a very long bike path and rode on that almost all the way to San Clemente. It began raining on us so the Bannon’s decided to put me up in a hotel. Then they took me out for some Mexican food. They also bought me some Gatorade Endurance powder mix and a nice shirt and then gave me an awesome donation. We had a lot of great conversation and friendship. Felt great to be able to ride with him, spend time with the family, and be blessed by their kindness. Great family. 1760 miles down

May 12

I had a fun ride today with a lot of great views. There were some hills but plenty of downhills and I had a good tailwind. I stopped for lunch at this diner called Ruby’s. I then arrived at the American Legion Post 833 at 4:00. I met with Kent Hall, Wesley, Phillip, Darrell, several other men, and the woman from the auxiliary. During the day, I became mixed in with a group that was doing a 100 mile ride for children’s cancer. It was fun riding with so many other cyclists. The Post 833 fed me, allowed me to stay inside the Post, and treated me like family. Great place and great people. 1824 miles down

May 13

I left America Legion Post 833 at 11:00 and made it to Redondo Beach by 12:30. I then had a very easy ride right along side the Pacific Ocean. I rode on many bike paths with very little traffic. Venice Beach was a little loud and crazy. I made it to the Hostelling International Santa Monica at 3:30. The room is very nice. I ate dinner on the Santa Monica Pier at this place called Pier Burgers. There was a lot of entertainment on the pier and a lot of people. What a great day. 1851 miles down

April 23 – May 4 2018

 

 

April 23

Hard day. All uphill into a headwind. I ate lunch in Hillsboro at the General Store. A couple from Colorado paid for my meal. I am staying at a lodge called Black Range Lodge thanks to Keith and Michelle Jackson. Met some very nice people here. Emory Pass tomorrow. I love you all.

 

April 24

I has a good, hard ride today. I got up Emory Pass and saw some amazing views st 8,228 feet. Very fast downhill for several miles. Then some long, slow climbs. I met a lot of great people today. Ran out of energy with about 12 miles to go to Silver City. Thanks to Denise and Russ for checking on me and helping me out. Went to Motel 6 in Silver City. Ate at the Chinese Palace. Good food and service. I did my laundry and had a good talk with Cindy. It really boosted my spirits. I have a long 78 mile ride tomorrow but most downhill after the first 20 miles. Feeling good and strong.

 

April 25

Had a lot of up and downs exciting Silver City for about the first 28 miles. Met 6 people that just finished hiking the Contenital Divide. Once I crossed the Divide, I had almost 10 miles of riding that I never had to pedal. I turned onto highway 70 and only had 11 miles to go until I hit the 1,000 mile marker for my trip. I am now in my third state and getting stronger. I stayed in a very old teardrop trailer outside the Simpson Hotel in Duncan, Arizona. The camper rocked side to side and made me feel like I was o a boat. Bed was very comfy so I wasn’t complaining. Ate a calzone at the Humble Pie. The owners son is in the Navy and counsels other veterans that are suffering from the effects of PTSD. Also met two of cyclists headed west. 1022 miles down.

 

April 26

I left Duncan at 8:30 and arrived in Safford at 2:30. I only had a few climbs today but mostly downhill. It became a little warmer today, up into the 90’s. I stopped a lot to drink and stay hydrated. Staying at a Warmshowers host, Jay. Bed, shower, bathroom, running water, all I could ask for. Dinner is at the American Legion and is tacos. I’m getting plenty of rest for the long ride tomorrow. Going to try to get in another 70+ miles. Legs feel good. Body feels good. Going to have a good tailwind tomorrow.

 

April 27

I had a long, long ride today but also a great tailwind. The shoulder of the road wasn’t good at all and the traffic was crazy. I met a top veteran official for the Apache tribe and gave him a card. Another guy from New Jersey flagged me down to find out my story. He is doing some documentaries in regards to the election. He interviewed and filmed me. I arrived at the Gila County RV Park just before 7. I then went to the American Legion and met Rich and Cheryl. They bought me dinner at a Mexican restaurant and invited me back for the district meeting on Saturday. I decided that I should go to the meeting. Going to bed at 9. Hoping for a good nights sleep. 1142 miles down.

 

April 28

I had a great day. Did laundry, rested, and went to an America Legion meeting in Gobe, Arizona. The post made a donation to Christian Warriors. Thanks for a great lunch and thank you Commander Kurt for getting me past Globe and to Roosevelt Lake Marina. I met a lot of great people today and would have loved to stay longer. Roosevelt Lake was amazing. The water was clear and cool but I was still able to get in and just relax. After setting up my campsite, I went to the marina for dinner. I talked with several people and ended up getting a free dinner. It was so peaceful on the water. If I lived around here, this would be my go to place. Going to bed early but fulfilled in spirit. 1180 miles down.