Huntington, WV 5/27/08
It has been a few days since I have addressed you guys here. I am happy to say that I am growing stronger and fighting through adversities. I have been through a lot since the last thing you have read. I will try to list the best memories interspersed between the few unfortunate experiences.
I have been unlucky enough to lose my personal journal, so I am going to do my best to remember everything that has happened in the whirlwind that has been my week. My ankle is very much improved (close to 100%), but I have had some trouble with my saddle (bike seat.) I was very distraught, to say the least, when a doctor told me that I may be unfit to continue with my trip.
Since then I have purchased a new saddle. It is a women's model. As it is, the good Lord saw fit to bless me with my mother's hips (no offense Mom...). This new saddle, I am glad to say, fits "relatively" comfortably under my hind end, unlike it's predecessor which would lodge itself... well, you get the picture.
I have been progressively riding further and further every day. Most of the locals around here have been very obliging and interested in our cause. At breakfast this morning, 5 separate individuals collectively donated $180 cash to our trip.
Yesterday's ride was amazing. I am disappointed to say that I was only able to ride during the first and final third of our 90 mile trip. The first half of my day was pretty rough. After crossing the New River in an eerie haze of fog, we met our hardest climb of the trip: a grueling 5 mile stretch of 9 1/2 grade winding inclines. I have to be honest, I had to walk with my bike a good bit after I led for the first 2 miles.
After waiting with Anne (bum knee) for the van to scoop her up, I enjoyed a mostly downhill 30 miles of beautiful mountain country in rural West Virginia. After spending the middle third of the day in the van, I was amazed to ride through some of the most picturesque landscape that I have ever laid eyes on. I was on such a high during this 25 mile stretch. I got my first chance to ride alongside my good buddy Nathan. What a day it was. I have so much more to say to you all, but there is a line for the computer and I am very tired.