Friday, August 1, 2008

Two Month Review

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Well, I've now been on the road for two months, June and July. The trip continues to go well and it is wildly exceeding my expectations. The scenery has been awesome, the people I've met have been great, seeing old friends and family has been enjoyable and best of all, I can eat and drink whatever I want and still lose weight. A few of the highlights for the month of July:

--Rode 1800+ miles (3800+ for the entire trip). Rode through fog, 104 degree temperatures, rain, humidity, thunderstorms and more headwinds than I ever thought possible.

--Visited 5 national parks, Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, Rocky Mountain, Wind Cave and the Badlands. Visited Old Faithful, Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial. Also visited Custer State Park in South Dakota, the second largest state park in the U.S., and a rival to any of the National Parks in the country.

--Saw large herds of buffalo, deer, pronghorn antelope and elk.

--Met many other interesting other bicyclists including two brothers that sometimes rode together and other times seemed to be riding separately, one pulling his dog in a trailer with the dog jumping out of the trailer and running up all the hills or climbs.

--Visited my best friend from high school, my father, brother, and numerous other friends, partners and family in Colorado and South Dakota.

--Captured over 500 images on my camera (967 from the beginning of the trip). The pictures above are part of the collection of old barns, homes and other buildings that I have been shooting as I ride along the back roads of America.

--Continued to stop and read every historical roadside marker along the way. Rode in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, settlers traveling West on the Oregon Trail, Chief Joseph and riders of the Pony Express.

Tomorrow I leave for Minneapolis to visit best friends and fishing buddies.

Lastly, I want to thank everyone who has graciously pledged or donated funds for my cause, the early childhood literacy program of the Panhandle Alliance for Education. There are many causes and programs you can choose to support and all worthy of consideration. However, few can have such a profound impact on our future and generations to come than getting our young children ready for a life of learning. If you haven't already pledged or donated I encourage you to do so. Simply go to the donation or pledge area of my website and make your contribution today. You will touch more lives than you can imagine and it will be much appreciated by all.

Advice for the day--"If you don't want to do something one excuse is as good as another"--clip from a local newspaper.


At August 1, 2008 9:04 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mel, I have enjoyed your trip. If you are going to be near Charleviox, MI.I suggest you contact Chuck Beynon, one of our Partners at 231-547-4342 or (713) 305-7912 cell. I told him about your trip and think you would enjoy getting together if the schedule works out. John Roeder

At August 2, 2008 3:30 PM , Anonymous Mel said...

John, can you email me your contact information? Thanks. Mel.

At August 3, 2008 12:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mel, Sure will if you give me yours to send it to. John

At August 5, 2008 1:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, my email address is [email protected]


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