The Road Back Home: 4 Years, 63 Countries, 77,000 km Cycled Around Our World!
In the last month of a four year bike adventure that spanned 63 countries through five continents, I rode the last of 77,000 kilometers across the northern United States of America. Riding across the great vast plains of the Dakotas gave me plenty of time to reflect on all the different places I had been around the world, and how my view of my homeland is forever altered. I saw the kind eyes and gentle smiles of farmers who work diligently on ranches that cover thousands of acres, herding animals and growing crops that feed millions of us in the USA. I heard the accent of the “Yuppers” in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, as I climbed apple trees and shook the branches to help them collect apples for deer hunting season. And as I rode back into northern Indiana where I grew up as a child, my family greeted me with open arms as they welcomed me back home. For those of you who I have met along the way, those who shared water, shelter, equipment, or a good story, I thank you and I look forward to when our paths will cross again. Keep going. Custer, South Dakota to South Bend, Indiana 13/9/19- 12/10/19
For the last of countless water crossings on my safari around the world, I put my bike in this paddle boat and rowed across the river to bypass a bridge construction in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan Sculpture Garden of Lakenenland, UP Michigan Sculpture Garden of Lakenenland, UP Michigan