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Quite the trip

August 20th, 2009
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I’m still adjusting, my apologies for not posting more. I’ll find a balance and start gearing up for the next ride as soon as I can.

I was asked on the forum about the physical toll of such a trip. I think the biggest toll is mental. It was a complicated project on a relentless schedule.  Maintaining an appreciation for adversity. Keeping positive in the pouring rain while lightening strikes on all sides. Not freaking out over an early evening flat-tire; just fixing it with a shrug. What can you do? Seeing yet another mountain in the distance. Must. Keep. Pedaling. – haha

Physically? Well, it hurt. Every day. But I’m stronger. I can honestly say these trips have made me into a hard-ass ;). The aches would ebb and flow through the day. I usually felt good in the AM. Knees would be a bit stiff, but that would work out. Towards the end of the day they’d start reminding me that I ain’t twenty, though.

The Pennsylvania section beat the hell out me. Steep hills and late spring weather. Cold rains and humid sun. I broke out in a heat rash one day and made the mistake of rubbing my arms and breaking the blisters. That exposed new skin to the elements which quickly sun/wind burned into a nasty mess. The mid-west girls nursed the worst of of it, the sides of my elbows took a while to heal…

Everything took at back seat when my sciatic started acting up. Anyone who has had sciatic pain knows exactly what I am talking of. It was alright on the bike, walking wasn’t too bad, but standing was nearly impossible. Keeping “cheery” with that kind of dis-comfort was a challenge.

I have a new respect for heat, and the body’s cooling abilities/limitations. I can’t stress enough the importance of being careful, especially in high humidity. People of all ages and fitness levels die from heat stroke/exhaustion every year. Oklahoma and Nevada definitely reinforced that…

At the end of the day, the pain was short term, the gain long term, (and  a few more grey hairs from the days skirting Death Valley – haha).

Onward and forward…


  1. EntropypressStAt
    August 20th, 2009 at 08:19 | #1

    chicks dig gray hairs.

  2. Nena Espinosa
    August 20th, 2009 at 12:24 | #2

    God Bless You Michael! You certainly have our (my daughters and I)high respect, and blessings of health, success, triumph and victory! May The Lord Jesuschrist make all those seeds grow and spread all over the country for a wonderful harvest of freedom and new beginnings!

    ….and everybody says! AMEN!

    Nena & daugherts!

  3. August 20th, 2009 at 19:39 | #3

    Perseverence as a way of life comes to mind for Michael and for our movement! I appreciate our freedom lovers more every day. Hang in there all. And Michael – update your GPS when you have a chance, I happen to know you are not in CA right now LOL!


    PS We will be getting a full recap of Michael’s great adventure on air http://clibertyc.wordpress.com next Tuesday night at 7PM CDT so make plans now to tune in and call in with your questions. Details and links on CLC website!

  4. August 21st, 2009 at 14:16 | #4

    Well, the blisters on my hands and arms have almost completely healed but if I’m in the sun for any period of time it makes them ITCH! A small price to pay – at least I don’t have Michael’s IRON BUTT! LOL

    Brother – keep me in mind for the ‘Support Team’ on the next ride.

    Ed in Phx

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