Well.. after 7 days on the road.. on the very ‘busy’ roads.. and over 400 kilometers from my start point in Yorktown.. Virginia.. I’ve decided that biking across the USA is just not for me. I wasn’t enjoying the mentally fatiguing concern of whether each and every passing truck or car was giving me sufficient space.. the focus and concentration required to remain on the road and the absence of nature at its best which is the aspect I’d enjoyed so much whilst hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.. and most of all I found the cycling particularly lonely!
The PCT and cycling ‘Coast to Coast’.. both distinctly different undertakings I had realized at the start.. but whilst on the PCT I had been amongst like minded hikers.. always comparing notes and experiences.. whereas the single minded resilience required day after day.. whilst biking is extraordinarily different. I had in no way anticipated the lack of social contact.. though I was almost constantly amongst people!
On 2 of my 7 evenings the sincere kindness offered by the United Methodist Church and community in both Glendale and Palmyra broke that loneliness with the welcoming warmth they offered. Thank you for your positive encouragement and unconditional friendship.
Sincere thanks too.. to all of you whom have offered your support and encouragement on both this ‘short and somewhat stunted’ adventure and my successful hike last year.. your advice.. and love have kept me going and sustained me during the more difficult times! I’m not sure what I’ll be up to next.. but for the moment I’m happily gathering my thoughts and planning any possible subsequent moves!