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Update

Not much happening lately other than wrestling with all the hills and mountains here. I had another great stay with my friends Shawn & Stephen in Matthews NC. They’ve done much traveling before their son, Kian was born. They met in Amsterdam where they lived for four years and then moved to South Africa for two years. Shawn was born in the U.S. and Stephen was born in Ireland, bringing his Irish accent with him. They are already planning to do more traveling soon but this time with their son. Thanks Shawn & Stephen for keeping my rain jacket for me and also for another wonderful stay in NC!

The temperature at night has been getting cooler and I expect from here on it will continue to do so. I hadn’t planned on being this far north as my trip to Victory Junction was more impulse than anything. I’ve depleted my budget and I think I’ll be looking to find a trucker that’s heading to Florida so I don’t spend valuable time riding back home. I’ve¬†learned a lot from my trip and there is much work I need to do to make my trip across the U.S. smoother and more efficient. I was hoping to ride the whole way home to make it a round trip but I’ll really need the remaining time to plan and do some fund raising. I’m also thinking about a redesign for the website to make it more pleasing to the eye. A forum will be added so visitors can participate and add ideas and conversations during the trip.

The battery in my laptop is on it’s last legs and I’m afraid it may be down until I can afford a new one. I feel pretty lucky that the laptop has endured the trip thus far. The bike is in good condition but could use some general maintenance. I also need some new clothes since I’ve lost over 20 LBS. ūüôā

The photos below are from Concord NC where I passed through on my way to Randleman. I had to stop this time and grab more photos of the large boulders that are scattered around this small town. The locals tell me they were thrown there many years ago from a volcano near Rockingham Speedway.

I’ve been spending some time writing my entry for my Victory Junction visit and I hope to have it finished and on your desk soon.

Enjoy the pix!

Total mileage: 2,345

Retired NASCAR Driver Dale Jarrett's Ford Dealership

One of many hills that I've been putting behind me.

Near Rockingham

A cross-eye 3D version

© Ron Wynkoop and Bike2Cloud9, 2011.

Update

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I am anticipating leaving Collier-Seminole State Park on Thursday or Friday. My plan is to ride north along the Gulf Coast toward the panhandle. This¬†decision¬†is based on the probability of making a trip to North Carolina to visit my prospective charity if given the permissions to do so. If it’s not possible for any reason, then at least we’ll get to see the Gulf Coast side of Florida. ūüôā

I have squared away a bunch of tasks and I’m itching to get back on the road. One task was to trim some of the weight I’ve been carrying in my panniers. Got rid of some socks and pair of jeans and a tube with a hole it.

I have also been checking out “Couch Surfing.” It seems to be a great way to save money and meet interesting people.

Here’s a photo of an alligator I took earlier in my trip. I added the close-up to show his angry face.

Taken from a bridge earlier in my trip

© Ron Wynkoop and Bike2Cloud9, 2011.

Looks Good Enough To Eat!

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Anyone for salad? What plant is this?

Here’s a cross-eye 3D for those that can do it. If you can’t, here’s some tips.

Cross-eye 3d

© Ron Wynkoop and Bike2Cloud9, 2011.

Ready To Ride

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I got my bike back from the bike shop today. I replaced the original chain that has withstood three round trips to California (mileage wise) over a ten year span and has never left me stranded. The sides of the chain were paper thin in places but still holding tough. The rear sprockets were sharp and pointy from wear so I replaced them too. They looked like those shurikens you’d see on the TV show Kung Fu.

My bike in 2001

My bike when it was new in 2001

Also got new brake pads put on the rear. The rear brake is always the primary stopper and in my experience gets changed three times more than the front brake. The shifters and derailleur are adjusted and now it’s a fine tuned instrument! I feel pretty good about my ride now and hope it takes me around Florida and right up to my departure date next February when I’ll have my new bike for the trip across the States.

I stuffed my saddlebags with towels and jeans just to fluff ¬†’em out and then mounted them on the bike to check the fit. Perfect! Great foot clearance and they attach easily and¬†snugly¬†to the rack. They look good too. I added my tent,¬†bungee corded it down, then went for a spin. All I can say is, I’m stylin’ now!

© Ron Wynkoop and Bike2Cloud9, 2011.

A New Start

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For more than ten years I’ve been thinking about crossing America on my bicycle and now I’ve decided to do it. I should have done it ten years ago but I guess I fell into my comfort zone.

With this blog I hope to share my dream of riding a bicycle across the United States. I invite you to follow along with me and share all the new discoveries, challenges, fear, joy, frustration and satisfaction it may bring.

As of June 1, 2011 I’ll be out of my apartment for good and officially “on the road.”

My plan is to train for my journey by touring around Florida and maybe Georgia until the seasons cycle around again. The prime time for me to leave Florida will be late February or early March. This should put me in the Colorado mountains while it’s still somewhat warm. When I do leave Florida I will be taking three vials of sand from the beaches of Cape Canaveral or hopefully Kennedy Space Center. Two of the vials will be back-ups. I will carry them with me to Vandenberg AFB or as close as I can get and deposit the sand on the beaches there. I haven’t decided if I will bring sand back from CA to FL yet so you’ll have to stay tuned.

I plan to take many photos and write about my experiences as I go along. Hopefully I can sell a couple of e-books and “cross-eye 3D” books and posters. The Grand Canyon looks a lot more spectacular in 3D!

So this is my introduction for now and I hope you follow along with me as I make my solo journey around Florida and across the United States.

© Ron Wynkoop and Bike2Cloud9, 2011.