The first book I read about a man’s cross-country bicycle ride was Old Man on a Bicycle by Don Patterson. In the book, Don talks about how at 72 years old he decided to ride a bicycle from Exeter, NH to San Francisco, CA—and he’d not cycled in some 40 years (if I remember that detail correctly).
Don bicycled from Exeter to Colorado where he was hit by a car and had to stop his ride. He came back to New Hampshire for the winter & to heal up, and then the following summer, he flew back to Colorado and finished his ride across country.
Now, in my mind, Don Petterson rode his bicycle across America, even though he had an 11 month or so break n the ride, due to his injury.
If all goes as I’m planing, Tuesday I will arrive home, but home is still 50 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, so I had planned on riding one more day to the beach, once I was home.
BUT TODAY I THOUGHT ABOUT DON PETTERSON AND HOW I SAY HE RODE ACROSS AMERICA—EVEN WITH A BREAK IN HIS RIDE.
On May 3rd, 2018, my practice ride (fully loaded on the same bike) took me from our home in Nashua, to Hampton Beach, NH. That was a 57 mile ride to the Atlantic Ocean in other words.