Cycling for LGBT Veterans… halfway there!
I’ve been on or near Route 66 for the last 5 weeks. Route 66 actually starts in Chicago, Illinois and goes all the way to Santa Monica, California. I was doing it essentially backwards since I started in CA. A lot of the original road either no longer exists or is in really bad shape, but where it could be traveled, I was on it. Now it goes through so many towns that have virtually died since the road was re-routed when the interstate was built. They all start to look alike… abandoned buildings, boarded up houses, empty streets.
Today I began a new segment of the ride. I left Route 66 because it turns and heads north to Chicago and my destination is east to Washington, DC. I’m in Missouri, which is a beautiful state, full of green grass and tall green trees. Also full of ticks. The ticks became a problem in Oklahoma, and I was hoping that by crossing the border into Missouri they would stay behind. They didn’t. I took the dogs for a walk and each of us came back with at least one tick, and that’s only the one that I discovered. They are ugly little things, and can carry nasty diseases like Lyme’s disease, so we really need to be more careful.
Today I rode 86 miles. I was only planning to do 65 but it was such a beautiful day and the roads were great, and I wanted to take advantage of it. We found a nice RV park with some trees, and some ticks. I’ll only be in Missouri for 3 more days. Maybe I can leave the ticks behind at the Kentucky border.
I almost can’t believe that I’m halfway done. It’s going really fast. What will I do when it’s over? You’ll have to stay tuned for that. For now, I still have lots of road to go. Please stick around.