Thank you all so much again for following my journey, showing your support, and simply believing in me… My coast to coast bike trip will total over 4,000 miles, cross through 10 states and 4 times zones. I want to HONOR my fallen Brothers and Sisters and UNITE my fellow Veterans. I want to experience the country I LOVE and fought for in a way that’s both gratifying and GRUELING. Please share and help spread the word to the Veterans you know and others who might find my Bicycle Journey across America interesting or inspiring. I would love the opportunity to know them and make them proud.
I’ve been hand making custom paracord bracelets to raise funds for my journey. Thank you so very much to everyone that has purchased one so far! Some of your color combinations have been nothing short of legendary. 🙂
Today’s ride was a little wild and also my very first time cycling alone in traffic. I ended up going way further than planned, too! 🙂 I started at Two Rivers and took the greenway through Shelby Bottoms to the Nashville Pedestrian Bridge. BUT THEN! On a whim, I Googled Halcyon Bike Shop and ended up cycling through the city clear to the south side!! I flew into the shop on my bike and slammed on the brakes like, “Wuzzup.” They filled all my water bottles, checked my air pressure, and hooked me up with some lights. #HomeAwayFromHome
I left the shop around 5pm – the heat of rush hour. I had to make myself dive into this challenge. This scenario is much more realistic for my bike trip than the greenway… It went REALLY well. Drivers were aware of my presence, saw my hand signals, let me into turn lanes and passed me safely when necessary. It was actually kind of awesome… Even had people say “Hi!” at red lights and whatnot. I absolutely love this city…
I’m really getting excited about this journey. At the same time, I am realizing just how much progress is still required to be prepared for it. I plan to cycle 50-70 miles per day – and that’s with the weight of my gear. These are unweighted rides. One day at a time. Just gotta keep topping myself and staying focused… Thank you all for believing in me!!! #VeteransUnite#honorthefallen
I’m hand making Custom Paracord Bracelets to help raise money for my journey and they’re actually pretty freaking cool, too. ~ Handmade by Sarah ~ Made of Mil-Spec 550 Paracord ~ Very Easy to Fasten ~ Tons of Color Options ~ Fast Free Shipping & Tax Included
I think that bridges are the most beautiful structure the human race has ever invented. Uniting two lands, connecting sides, crossing divides, facilitating possibilities… I took the Music City Bikeway past Shelby Bottoms all the way to the Pedestrian Bridge to enjoy Nashville’s beautiful skyline. Thank you to fellow photographer, “Michael”, for pausing his jog to take these for me! 🙂
I keep imagining what it will feel like to cross the breathtaking Golden Gate Bridge at the end of my journey… Can’t wait to make it a reality.
Got in on a nice 7-mile group ride, organized by Halcyon Bike Shop. They host them every other Sunday. They’re free of charge, and ideal for beginners. This was my first time riding on actual roads with traffic, so it was a GREAT learning experience.
The ride started at the bike shop and ended at one of my very favorite spots in Nashville. The Shelby Avenue Pedestrian Bridge. This is the exact spot that I took my skyline photo when I first moved here in 2011. <3