Never Give up: Days 46 and 47

Day 46 (06/04)

I woke to a dreary, cold, rainy day and was not excited about it. The drawn blinds allowed me to sleep in until nearly 8:00 and when I walked outside I found my half open bag filling up with rain. It wasn’t even warm enjoyable rain. It was cold, depressing, bone chilling rain and there was no way I was going to bike in it. Instead I spent the morning somewhat lounging except not really. I would have liked to have used my computer or my cell phone but both were dead and the thick gray clouds didn’t allow the solar panels enough energy to even turn on either devices. Instead I washed my clothes in a pond as I stood out in the rain getting some of my only dry clothes wet as well. I also went for a little walk. A nap would have been smart but I have a pretty hard time not being productive.

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Facebook Friending the Local Police: Days 44 and 45

Day 44 (06/02)

I awoke to a cold and gloomy morning and I felt the same way on the inside. I had gotten close to twelve hours of sleep but was still exhausted when I finally got out of bed at 9:00. I was feeling depressed and the lack of sun to charge my cell phone and laptop had me feeling extradown. I spent some time in the morning stretching and took a short walk around the neighborhood to give my mind some time to wake up. I found a breakfast of yogurt and bagels while I was out and about. I find it quite amazing that I can wake up any morning and go outside and find myself a good free breakfast from the waste of other human beings. 

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Rob Greenfield Ashland

Ashland, Nebraska NOT Ashland, Wisconsin: Day 42 and 43

05/31 (Day 42)

I awoke at 6:00 and stepped out the door into a beautiful Kansas morning. I took the morning to get caught up online and organized my gear that never ceases to get unorganized. For the first time in a while I made a fire to prepare myself breakfast and I cooked up a dish of potatoes from way back in Steamboat Springs with mushrooms and corn. It kept my hunger, which is back in full force, satisfied for a few hours at most. On the road at 10:30 and it was a hot one. 

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Wind at my Back: Day 41

05/30 (Day 41)

My body isn’t used to getting a lot of sleep right now so I woke up before the sun. I went outside and was very appreciative of the warm damp air. I can’t tell you if more tornadoes touched down or even if it rained much as I slept solid the entire night. There were some huge branches in the street but that could have been from yesterday during the day. I snuck back into bed and slept to a little past 7:30. I took advantage of having the quiet church to myself and prepared myself a simple breakfast and ate it as I sat at the table. Since I have been eating mostly food from the garbage I have not been taking the time to appreciate it or give thanks to the earth for giving it to me. I like to thank the earth for providing food and I usually say something along the lines of, “Thank you earth for this delicious and nutritious food in front of me. Please let it nourish my body. I will use this energy today from this food to create a happier healthier planet.” I like to take time to eat my food and appreciate it as it goes down. It’s better for digestion and it helps me to appreciate the simple things that give me life. This morning I took the time to be present with my food and I will continue to do so for the rest of the trip.

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Rob Greenfield Thunderstorm

Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes: Day 40

It was time to make a choice. Outrun the storm coming my way with a tornado watch in effect or take refuge in the barn that lay in front of me…

05/29 (Day 40)

The severe thunderstorms that were predicted to slam my tent with rain and hail during the night never came. When I awoke at 6:00 I was surprised that I hadn’t been awoken during the night to a good pummeling by Mother Nature. Still tired I was glad to be up early to go online and catch my story on the news. First I checked my phone though and had already gotten a text from Alissa saying that the SD card had malfunctioned and nothing was recorded. No big deal though because she said she’d drive over to Hastings to do the piece again. I was glad she was coming to reshoot because I think it will be an interesting piece for the people here in Nebraska. I don’t think they get overly exposed to content about making the earth a happier healthier place.

The city park was such a pleasant place to spend the morning. I had set up my tent right next to the kiddy pool, which wasn’t filled the for the season yet, but did however fill with some water from the morning rain and made for a good spot to wash off. I packed up and Alissa was at my camp before 9:00 to redo the piece. It went better then the first time and it was a good excuse to see her again. She’s really pretty. She brought a big smile to my face this morning.

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Wind, News, and Nebraska: Day 39

Kansas had a talk with its neighbor to the north Nebraska today. It went something like this:

Kansas: Hey Nebraska, did you get a little hippy on a bamboo bike ridin’ in from the south yesterday?

Nebraska: I sure did partner. Whatcha need?

Kansas: Well he snuck outta here when I was tryin’ to shake up his feathers. I was just gettin’ started with him. Would you mind roughin’ em’ up for me a bit?

Nebraska: It would be my pleasure partner. I’ll blast some winds from the north at the kid. He won’t know what hit em’.

Kansas: Give it to em’ good Nebraska. That boy just smiles way too much for my likin’.

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Memorial Day Feast: Day 38

05/27 (Day 38)

Look at this beautiful Memorial Day feast spread out in front of me! Where ever did I come upon this smorgasbord? Why a dumpster of course. Read on and your questions will be answered.

I awoke with the dawn at 6:00 to the singing of birds and the moving of my bowels. My attempts to go back to sleep were futile as I was just too excited for the day. This was the day when the southern winds would finally be my friend and would help me fly. A day when I wouldn’t be in a constant battle for every crank of the pedal. The winds were already gusting from the south and with my newly planned route I could look at them as a blessing. The forecast for every city on the route through Iowa called for southern winds for the next 10 days and I’d be heading northeast and east. Off I went at 8:00 and I explored the cobble-stoned streets of Norton a bit before getting back onto highway 36 heading east.

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Meeting the Kansas Locals: Day 36

Kansas from the eyes of a man who found me on the side of the road and welcomed me into his home. He liked guns, shooten most animals, dranken Mickey’s and a home made concoction called Bounce, and I think he liked cats and dogs quite a bit too.

05/25 (Day 36)

It was a pretty long night. I was too exhausted to sleep well. The 30 mph winds were relentless, blowing through the trees and shaking the shed. The noise from that along with all the turkeys, guinea fowl, and chickens, cawing, yelping, and shrieking made it difficult to get solid sleep. I was also very hot in my sleeping bag. My legs and my butt were overheated. The couple of times I woke up throughout the night I managed to get some water into my shaky weak body with the intentions of waking up hydrated. My stomach handled it well, which was good news. I got up at 6:00 to go pee and could barely move but when I woke up again around 7:30 with the sun up I felt a lot better.

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Hitting my Limits: Day 35

05/24 (Day 35)


Well it was a pretty good night of sleep. I stayed up until 1:00 writing and I was exhausted when I went to bed. I could have gone to sleep four or five hours earlier. I woke up this morning around 7:15 with the wind howling away and was beyond exhausted. I went outside to go to the bathroom and crawled back into my tent to sleep for another hour before waking up again at 8:30 and amazingly enough was excited for the day. The goal in my mind is to make it 78 miles. The Kansas border is 20 miles east and the wind is coming from the south at 29 mph. Sever thunderstorms are in the forecast but again I am for some reason very excited for the day. The weatherman is telling me it is supposed to be hot, maybe 85 degrees, but I’m not sure if that will be noticeable with the wind blasting. Every pedal will get me a little bit further. Every 600 or so pedals will get me another mile.

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