I know it's a small step, but I have just sold my first item on Ebay, and that is one of several avenues I will be using to divest myself of all of my non-essential worldly possessions over the next three months.
All of this is in preparation for my starting a US Tour...On My Bicycle! It is something I have had in the back of my mind to do for quite some time now, and there are a myriad of circumstances that have all coalesced to move me to do it now rather than later. So, that's what I'm going to do.
It is my intent to also document my travels and experiences here - even these preparatory steps along with all of the more detailed information involved with planning and carrying out this endeavor.
That's all I'm going to say for now, but I will be back here regularly over the next several weeks and will utilize any accessible computers to keep posting while I am on the road.
P.S. I'm testing the photo insert options here with a picture of my bike and trailer. More about that later. : ))
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Pedaling for Peace
On April 15, 2012 I started riding my bicycle cross-country from Jacksonville, Florida in voluntary support of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF) and the work of author and Peace Leadership Director for the NAPF, Paul K. Chappell. By July 4th, I had covered over 1300 miles to just west of Luling, Texas where a major mechanical failure brought this first stage of my cross-country journey to an end. After storing my bicycle and trailer with my aunt and uncle in Weatherford, Texas, I flew from Dallas to Santa Barbara, California to attend the NAPF First Annual Peace Leadership Summer Workshop. I then lived and worked in Santa Barbara for several more months before I returned to Jacksonville and sold off the rest of my possessions that I could to help fund a continuation of my journey. Starting June 8, 2013 and ending August 9, 2013, I rode from Weatherford, through 400 miles of the central Texas hill country, including Austin, Texas, back to Luling. It was at this point that a friend of mine invited me to work for a brief period in Pennsylvania before flying me back to Santa Barbara where I continued volunteering for the NAPF as well as for the Santa Barbara Bike Coalition. As of August 9th, 2014 I began"Stage III" of my cross-country adventure, this time heading south from Santa Barbara to San Diego and then east to El Paso, TX. It was there that illness, winter weather, and diminishing resources brought that leg of my journey to an end. After staying with another friend in Columbus, GA for several months, I moved "back home" to Kentucky to stay with my dad for a while and build a better "resource base" for future endeavors including review and further tracking and primitive survival skills training at Tom Brown, Jr's Tracker School , and a possible longer tour of the east coast, northern tier, and north west coast back down to Santa Barbara, CA.