🌊 🚴🏼‍♂️ 🌊 UPDATE: Just crossed the Colorado River today and am now in California (Blythe). I’m enjoying the vibe. Everyone has been very friendly and relaxed 😎🌴. It’s beautiful here and green thanks to the proximity to the river (see red dot in in photo on right). The landscape will be “beige” again soon so I’ll enjoy this lushness for now. Have completed 3,506 miles through 15 states (NJ, DE, MD, PA, WV, VA, NC, SC, GA, AL, MS, AR, TX, NM, AZ). It has been a wonderful adventure so far.

Thanks to the generosity of so many in my hometown of York and across the country, this solo coast to coast bicycle journey has raised $18,550 to help Bell Socialization assist homeless families. http://www.thisclearbluesky.com

HELLO CALIFORNIA! —— A momentous day. Crossed from one side of the San Andreas fault to the other today. Also crossed over the Colorado River which means I’m now in sunny CALIFORNIA in the town of Blythe. Things have gotten a bit greener now that there is more water for irrigation. 🌅😎

I follow a worldwide cycle touring site online. It’s really cool. So many great adventures and stories from the road by folks young and old, people from all different backgrounds. . . Long distance cycling is life changing. Here’s just one example of many from that site that’s followed by 50,000 people worldwide. 😊

An eye opening glimpse into someone else’s journey as they are the final portion like I am. Inspiring!

WOW! This guy talks about his bicycle journey as he’s in the final portion (just like I am) and he really CAPTURES THE FEELING OF BEING ON AN ADVENTURE LIKE THIS and what you learn from it (especially at the bottom of this). Fascinating to read this other person’s account of their journey bicycling the entire way from the Gulf of Mexico to (and around) Lake Michigan.

“From the end of my last tour:

It is 2500 miles to bike up the Mississippi River and 1000 miles to bike around Lake Michigan. I have crossed scores of rivers, thousands of streams, and seen countless lakes and ponds during this journey of exploration.

I have spent the last 2 months next to some of the most iconic waterways in North America getting to know their course and understand their moods. When I read stories like Huck Finn or hear The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, I understand them better now. I know what the river bottoms smell like. I understand what it means for a cold wind to race down the Great Lakes. They are not just shapes on a map anymore. They no longer exist in the abstract to me. They sparkle with a thousand colors. They sing with a multitude of sounds. They are in me now and I am changed by them.

The experience of encountering them at 10 mph has been humbling and enlightening. I feel like their history is now my history. That no matter where I go or what I do the Mississippi and the Great Lakes will always be in me. I have followed them, slept next to them, been incredibly frustrated by them, and actually brought to tears by them.

I can’t truly convey how special this journey has been. It has been about so many things—people, storms, rivers, lakes, seasons, hardships, and joy—but most importantly, it has been about wonder.

Every morning I pack up my life and set out. What lies ahead is unknown and that is its charm. I am being told the most incredible story and I can’t wait for each new installment.

Soon this chapter of the story will end. I will go back to my house, a job, and a routine. But that doesn’t mean the story is over. I know that down the road, around the bend I’ve never taken before, are more chapters waiting to unfold. And they are filled with things I can’t imagine—like abandoned forest roller coasters, magical homesteads, and kind old Southern Gentlemen. It is the story we write when we find the wonder in our lives.

Find that story in your life and chase it. You’ll never regret it.”