Hi stan.. thank you for your reply.. you are an encouragement to and for me I'm 50, overweight, high blood pressure, just lost my job, 2 shoulder surgeries and my work term. my position and unemplymt. won't pay-saids that it is medical and not because of economy....your story is an adventure mentally for me to follow up.. I hope that I can do what you do one day...... keep safe and keep exercising my friend..Peter
That is a bunch of questions:-finances-where do you stash your loot how much cash or travelers check did you bring in amounts, Variable, usually 50-100 dollars depending on where I am and availability of funds aren't you scare of muggings or stealing when you're sleeping ? NO credit cards are not well accepted anywhere in small towns correct me Usually there is an ATM if I'm wrong, what about your job ? Quit my job what cause you to do this besides health and timeoff, was it a md's final say so ? Did not go to a doctor, I have always exercised and knew I could get up to speed quickly, had injuries to hands and backside that I had to adapt to. where do you charge your cell phone or lap top ? No battery in laptop, have to have outlet. Most RV parks, state parks have outlets, some parks had WI-FI, had an extra battery for the phone. Also could charge devices at restaurants carry any weapons along the way for protections from animals or bad people ? No weapons, suggest having mace, but I trusted my wits camera was it digital and you down load so often, Digital camera with extra rechargeable batteries and 2GB card hold 1000 hi-res photos. how did you map this trip out ? Some through Adventure Cycling maps, some on my own. what about extra spokes, pumps, tires, and tubes ? Carried extra spokes and tubes tools repair kit, etc. did you purposely choose a new bike for this route ? Picked a heavy duty bike that had 36 spokes per wheel, Armadillo tires (on same ones) with 80# of pressure, held up well, never needed anything but tubes. how did you decide what town to go and stay ? Pot Luck what was your diet like daily..Anything I wanted it wasn't just powder drinks and pills ? Usually drank 50% gatorade 50% water, bananas and salt tablets on hot summer days. where did you sleep nitely on the road ? See the web site what were your thoughts along the trips ? Just take everything in radio ? MP3 player but only used when safe (not good on 2 lane highways with no shoulder, need to hear behind you) how did you decide what to bring as in clothing or choices of equiptments such as panniers ? Researched and got the biggest I could get. More than I really needed but filled them nonetheless. More gear, more weight, means more exercise, especially uphill. are you flying back to Fl now soon ? Unknown how did you locate the hostels geographically ? Search online, also had PDA phone with me used Superpages.com, NOTE: Verizon has little service in Louisiana and Texas, recommend Cingular. did you have enought insurance coverage ? No insurance coverage, I know, not too smart.