trip to California
My trip to Californiaand back was done as a fundraising effort for the Big Cat Rescue. The Big Cat Rescue is a non-profit organization that saves Big Cats such as Lions, Tigers, Leopards, Panthers, and many other cat Species from abuse or harm. I love animals and would give anything to save endangered species from extinction. One of my biggest life-time goals is to save my native Florida Panther from Extinction. The trip ended up being 61 days and 7737 miles. From the black Hills of
*First two days (Longwood, FL to Newberry, SC): 509 Miles
MILES (LAST 10 DAYS OF JUNE +
First two days from Longwood, FL to Newberry, SC)
MILES (1ST 19
DAYS OF AUGUST)
TOTAL MILEAGE: 8681
# OF DAYS: 76
EXCLUDING OFF DAYS (START TO FINISH 6/5/10-8/19/10)
TOTAL MILEAGE: 8246
# OF DAYS: 63
TOTAL MILEAGE: 7737
TOTAL MILEAGE: 7737
# OF DAYS: 61
ORDER FROM START TO FINISH WITH MILEAGE AND
LOUISIANA: 392 (11)
completed another amazing adventure originally beginning from my home in
Longwood, Florida on June 5,
2010 to Newberry,
. After getting hit by a car I had to get
transferred to my Uncle’s home in Pittsburgh
to recover and start the trip on
rode on nice hilly roads and forests next to creeks through Pennsylvania
We rode on nice hilly roads and forests next to creeks through Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and into Ohio. Next there was a smooth transition from hilly terrain to flat farmland from Indiana all the way through
road through Iowa
The road through Iowawas sometimes hilly with plentiful farmland. One night we were camped out by a church under a shelter while an intense wind and thunderstorm hit. A local couple invited us inside their home for the night to avoid getting ripped to shreds.
into South Dakota
Riding into South Dakotawas beautiful with great wide open farmland and little traffic. We rode on State road 44 throughout various Indian Reservations and then into the
first morning in
The first morning in
Entering Californiawas an incredible high of the trip where I rode 178 miles from
Nevada I started off with all new personal time trial records with a new max
speed of 54.0 mph. 1 mile: 1
minute 10 seconds (1:10) 5-mile: 6:59. 10-mile:
Into Nevada I started off with all new personal time trial records with a new max speed of 54.0 mph. 1 mile: 1 minute 10 seconds (1:10) 5-mile: 6:59. 10-mile:. 20-mile: 35:35. 1- hour: 31.5 miles. I was flying through the remote desert-Rocky Mountain country side.
Parents left us on our own again in
My Parents left us on our own again inPahrump, Nevada and we went through hot and dry desert all the way through Nevada and finally left the state with our Bob Trailers again south of Las Vegas. Upon exiting the Las Vegas area I saw the most amazing city light views I have ever seen in my life.
blew through Mississippi
We blew through Mississippiand Alabama in only 170 miles and 1 and ˝ days. We often noticed efforts to clean up the oil spill in the
last one of the greatest and most euphoric times of my life came as I rode into
my home state of Florida
At last one of the greatest and most euphoric times of my life came as I rode into my home state of Florida. We had to take a 5-mile ferry shuttle from Dauphin Island to Fort Morgan Alabama before entering. The next day was pretty much all along U.S. 98 with beautiful views of the gulf and beautiful sun shiny weather like I knew once before I left on this trip to
high feeling and comfort that takes over my body is indescribable. I was now
finally back on the roads I envisioned in my mind throughout the seemingly
endless miles throughout Texas
The high feeling and comfort that takes over my body is indescribable. I was now finally back on the roads I envisioned in my mind throughout the seemingly endless miles throughout Texas. My California trip in the summer of 2010 was no longer an imagination, a dream, but now a reality. Leaving from Gainesville I finally decided to do something that I hadn’t done the entire trip. That is to ride with my Uncle most of or all the day. For most of the time I was either riding off ahead and u-turning to go back to him. Today I was going to ride with him for he is the man who helped me become who I am to this day. With all the frustration and backtrack miles, I have to say I do not think I will ever find another cross-country trip partner like my Uncle. I finally felt an incredible sense of comfort and peace as we rode through the very familiar Ocala National Forest. We stopped and Juniper Springs for a swim and then it was state road 19 then 42, 439, and one final stop at a man’s house that helped to make the start of my trip possible. He was Ken Laroe, chairman of First Green Bank, of Eustis. Mr. Laroe helped sponsor me with the Jamis that completed the entire trip from Pittsburgh to California to Florida. This was last stop of my California trip in which we got some of the final pictures and videos on the trip.
last 25 miles of
the trip was probably the most memorable. It was the very familiar 44a, 437, 44,
46A, 46, Longwood-Markham road, Markham
The last 25 miles of the trip was probably the most memorable. It was the very familiar 44a, 437, 44, 46A, 46, Longwood-Markham road, Markhamroad, Markham Woods road. The high and sense of absolute accomplishment continued to settle in all the way to the end as I completed another trip of a Lifetime. There was now nowhere to wake up and go to the next day. I now have to come to the realization that I will be waking up in the same place for the next many days to come, until another trip of course. The California trip had many amazing memories, roads, and people. I was so happy in the end I almost cried. Or like Lady Gaga’s song I was “So Happy I could Die”. Rolling into my street near my house consisted of a warm welcome by some of my good friends: Josh Dehne, Dejan Lukic, and Sa-Maria. We got pictures and videos. Now I am back to where it all began 76 days and 8681 miles ago only this time I plan to stay for a while. For I have College Classes to endure and road racing to pursue. As glad as I was to make it into Florida, I know I will soon look back and miss my journey across the country immensely. For the memories shall continue to build like a stairway up and endless mountain.
COME ON UP FOR THE RISING!!!
COME ON UP LAY YOUR HANDS IN MINE!!!
HERE'S TO A SAFE RETURN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TO BE CONTINUED.
Picture Highlights of the Trip in Order:
On the road in quiet Iowa:
Into "FOREVER WEST" Wyoming:
Passing through Yellowstone National Park:
Great Pacific Northwest. Crescent City, California:
About to ride on Interstate 10 in New Mexico:
Uncle Danny, Cindy and Ken LaRoe, and myself:
Successfully back home (Central Florida) after 2+month and 8,000+mile journey. Ken LaRoe and First Green Bank became one of my first sponsors after an unfortunate halt to the trip on day 2 in South Carolina :