Monthly Archives: July 2013

Home of Americas Roller Coast

Yesterday was another good cycling day. I ended up riding 53 miles. Interesting how there wasn’t any wind. ;) Just the wind of me riding. When it’s flat and I have no wind, no turns to worry about, I can do between 15-18mph. I have about 150 miles till home. Figure ill aim for Bowling Green today, it’s about 49 miles? Or more because apple maps is great.

I had nice views along a lot of my ride. If you find highway 6 that runs right along the edge of Lake Erie, there were TONS of ‘Millionaire’ houses. I took a bunch of pictures. I also seem to make up names of cities or towns I go through by how nice the roads are and of they have a decent shoulder. I’m starting to sound like a cyclist now huh? I ran across ‘Vermillion’. I called it, ‘Vermilliondislikes’ because many times they had no shoulder at all and cars wouldn’t event bother to give you any space. Nice of them. I did run across a guy from the other side of the road who, when he saw me immediately came across the road to talk. I was on a break and just had finished eating some fruit and jerky. He didn’t have anything but water and a tall flag on the back. The American flag. He said they were riding for some cause. Said they were riding from San Francisco to New York. They were supporting… Bicycling Poverty or something? He said they had a carrier van and two other people. I didn’t see any so I asked. He said he was ahead of the others because they decided to take a dip in a pond but he just kept going. He was about a foot off the road and I was more because I was eating. Some truck going about 50 came reaaally close to him and he was like “Geeze man!!” And pulled his bike off a little more. Probably a good idea. Ended up running into the 2 other cyclists a mile or two later and then the last one another mile or two later.
Sadly I was on route 6 and it goes right beside Cedar Point. Lol. Can’t say I have ever thought about me coming here like this. Lol
I finally arrived at Jackie’s about 6:15pm. I had to tell her at the beginning of the day that I could only assume from 5-7. Lol kind of like me assuming what time ill be home 3 days from now? I mean I can make it a certain time so I’m not earlier. Oh yea ill also turn on my Glympse on my site for about the last hour. If anyone wants to meet up and ride just for fun, feel free!

Ill say now, ill aim for 5-6pm on Friday. I’m not exactly sure how to keep people posted while riding. Ill put out a notice that I’m turning on my Glympse and am about an hour front coming in. It will probably be a full day of riding.
Shot out some couch requests for bowling green. Sooo if anyone knows of places to stay in the Green or in Defiance?
Also a get together of sorts is in the making for Saturday. I guess Kandi is making arrangements and ill post when I know more..

So yea I arrived at Jackie’s. She lives with her mom and her 3 kids. All young boys. Of course they are excited to see another older guy and as soon as I get there, they act shy for about 10 minutes then start to show off and go craaazy. Lol So her and her mom make an amazing dinner of Caesar salad, baked chicken and cheese. I guess they forgot to make the breadsticks? Lol I still stuffed my face. Then I take a shower. When I get out everyone is outside playing. So I go out and the oldest wants to play ball. Why not? As long as I don’t have to run or get back on that bike. Lol

They end up going to bed at about 10 and we stay up talking for another hour or more. She only lives 2.7 miles away from the entrance. Lol. I know it doesn’t seem very far but when it’s the final stop of the day, it takes foreverrrr. I kept checking my GPS thinking I passed it. Nope. She also has a Siberian Husky. I know Alicia Pyle would approve! So right now they are cooking eggs and bacon. I never can get enough of that for breakfast!
Side note, most gas stations I stop at I end up talking to someone and giving them a card. The last guy I was telling him that I had ridden over 1000 miles and he just kept asking if I was for real. Umm yea. So he said he would look me up on Facebook when he got home.

So yea if we want to go to cedar point, we have a place to stay. :)

Today I’m dedicating my almost home day to Denyel Bond from Tae Kwon Do! She says, today is for me! Kinda stinks that I won’t be making it in 27 days, but I guess under a month works too. For not having ridding a bicycle 3 months ago for more than 3 miles, I would say I did pretty good. So thanks Denyel!

Tomorrow I have another dedication, then the final day ill open it up for ANYONE to post a dedication on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Vine! #thehoperide

Sigh. Another 50 miles.
Gotta keep peddling!

Through Cleveland Or Bust

So Ricks brother came over at 8am to have breakfast and Rick cooked us a big breakfast of eggs, toast, a banana, bacon, and grits. I eat EVERYTHING that is given to me. Lol he is talking to his brother saying its almost 9am, and we haven’t left yet!! I’m thinking its 9am and I’m barely awake! Anyway they leave and he just tells me to shut off the lights and close the back door behind me. Sounds good. Linda and Rick are the only 2 people that I have run across that actually have guest books in the room for me to write them a message. His girlfriend recommended him to do it. He was telling me about a friend that said to him, “How can you just let people stay there when you aren’t home?? What if they steal something??” I guess he just laughed, they are on BICYCLES, and there is nothing to steal! Hey if they can figure out a way to attach a chair to their bicycle, they probably need it more than I do. ” I guess I hadn’t thought about it like that. Same guy said he should leave a tip jar in the bedroom and bathroom. Haha he said that’s not the point. He understands that getting out of the weather, mosquitoes, sun, and having a dry place to sleep is a God send to those touring cyclists. I couldn’t agree more! ANY place inside is amazing. So I filled out his guest book, (I was the first person to sign) I guess he has had 11 or 12 people stay with him and he was finally convinced to put a guest book in the room. Anyway I filled it out and left him a tip.. His first tip! Apologized for the window.

They said a 30% chance of rain all day. Sure didnt look like it in the am! Sunnyyyy! It was great! EXCEPT allllll day there was it seemed like 20mph winds in my face and blowing my little bike all over the place. At one point I said out loud, ” Lord, if you could just hold the wind off FOR THE NEXT COUPLE DAYSSS!!! ” yelling at that point. Didn’t realize there were people close by, and they looked. Well not close but heard me yell something. But I just grumbled and kept peddling.

I have so many thoughts all day.. I made up a few decent quotes. I have always said, Mind over Matter.
But I realized there is Mind over Matter, but God over mind.
Or, Our inconveniences are his opportunities.
I did have a two more dog experiences yesterday. I mean I didn’t have to stop my bike, but I saw one dog as I passed realized I was there and take off from about 50ft away, but I knew he would never catch me, so I just peddled on! Another one was right by the road and started to charge, but thank The Lord I noticed he was on a chain. Kinda laughed at him as I went by and he was freaking out. :-P
So yesterday was pretty much flat till I hit Painville. Yep. Huge hill! The kind I would have liked to snowboard down. This guy, no longer pushes his bike. I notice that when I stop for about 30 seconds my legs recoup about all the way and I can keep peddling. Cool eh?
So I have directions to Jason’s place and he kind of lives on the west side of Cleveland. He mentions coming through the East side, welllll isn’t the best side of town. He said its probably not a good idea to stop for longer periods of time. Anyway I have like 20 miles to go. It takes a lot more effort in big cities watching from every side and at full attention. Usually I just pay attention to behind me and the cars coming. Through here I have to pay attention to not only cars behind me, but I’m usually in the far right lane, but most of the times in the city, cars park there. So not only cars passing but I have to go far enough away from the parked cars in case anyone opens their car door. Then people who want to turn right coming from behind me, isn’t as interesting as people turning left from the other direction, those are the people I need to see me. OR people that race to the stop sign on my right is kinda freaky too. Always have my hands on the brakes. So I end up going downtown and pass by Progressive Stadium, where the Indians play? Gues a there was a game going on too. Ya know just to add to the chaos of traffic. I’m like 10 miles from Jason’s, but I see the first Cancer place I have seen the entire time. I can afford a few minutes to stop in. So i walk in looking for the information desk. Never usually hard to find i find Rodica Martin sitting at the desk. I’m not really expecting anything? Just plan on stopping in and handing a card out and continuing on. She is now my new Facebook friend. She was saying how awesome it was what I was doing and tried to call several administrators with no luck. I guess their PR lady isn’t around either. So she takes a picture of me and writes down info about me. Finally she gets a call back and one of her bosses (can’t remember name) comes down and I tell her my story. She is very impressed and says can I at least show you around our complex? She doesn’t want me to stop by for nothing. She said if she would have known they would have had a little more of a greeting. Lol well I would have liked to know this place was along the way too.

Side Note. I’m off route of my maps, the maps had me zig zagging up along the coast. Like 10. Different turns in a 20 mile area. Not fun when I have to stop and worry about if I missed my turn or what road is next. Actually I was planning on taking 20 West in the am, but Rick advised against it and said I should take 84 which runs parallel but at least has a shoulder. In the AM everyone is heading into Cleveland to work and there I am on the road and people have to squeeze by me or get in the other lane. He advises me to take Ridge Road. Lol I have been on a ridge rd before and it’s actually up a decent sized hill and the road rides along the ridge. He said up there the two weather fronts kind of collide? Normal weather and the lake weather meet up there. I guess it rains on one side and not really the other. Somehow I manage to avoid all the actual rain and just get a few sprinkles.

Anyway she is showing me around and introducing me to a lot of people telling my story for me now. Had a lot of “Oooooh” “Wow” “Thats Awesome!” Pretty cool! She takes pics on her camera and says she will send them to me. So I also run and grab my phone and I snap a few shots. All in all, a good visit!

Finally arrive at Jason’s. 58 miles. It seems like a lot longer because of how much brain power needed to navigate through the city.
My old childhood best friend. You know the person is a great friend when you haven’t seen them in years and there is no awkwardness and you just pick up where you left from years ago! He was another one of my moms sons when we were young, I was at his place as often as I was at mine. He has a girlfriend and a little girl now. 14 months old and lives in a decent apartment that has lots of toys for his kid around. Amy is his girlfriend and Savannah is his daughter. They cooked me dinner, spaghetti, salad, corn and breadsticks then breakfast, eggs, toast, and a banana. I seem to get fed so well with anyone I stay with. We just sat for a few hours and reminisced. Talked about all the people we knew and where they are now in life. Talked about my family and his and how everyone is doing. What a good time. He took us all out to get ice cream too. Ended up passing out about midnight.
He works at LongHorn Steakhouse and had to work at 11:45am. So I’m here now getting lunch then taking off from here. He rides his bike to work because its that close. Nice 10 min ride through neighborhoods and a park and through a mall parking lot. It was definitely cool to see him again. Next stop Sandusky to visit my friend Jackie, who I have known for years too. The only 2 people I knew along my entire ride and they are 1 day bicycling apart. Nice to see familiar faces, well some what.

I have News Channel 15 asking for an update on when ill be coming in to town. Ok so this is for everyone else too. From Defiance Ohio, ill come in on 24 and head straight into downtown, turn and head to headwaters park and if there are any suggestions for a place to stop and chat, lemme know, if not I’m just going to take the river greenway home. It will be amazing waking up and not having to pack up my life and get on my mobile home..

Today I don’t have to go as many miles, but about 47-50. Still quite a ways, but I have pretty much stopped looking at my maps and just taking roads or minor highways to get me there. Which is why my GPS can’t predict how many miles, because it takes me on major highways.

Today I dedicate to miss Mary Brown. You Browns are awesome I tell you what! In loving memory of her Grandmother who recently died of Cancer and to Frank Kelly (her grandfather) who was diagnosed with Cancer merely days after his wife died. I pray that you will live a much longer life and that Cancer doesn’t win! You got this Frank! I didn’t struggle and sweat up these hills for nothing! :)

30% of rain, no thanks

I fell asleep about 10:30 last night and woke up having to pee pretty bad. “Please tell me it’s like 5am and I still have a few more hours to sleep..” Check phone. Doh! 7:15am. Well I did come back and sleep till 8, sounds like the guys are out there making a big breakfast. Today I’m leaving earlier, but it’s gonna be chilly today! Aiming for Jason Blossoms by tonight. Poor guy wanted to know how long we had to hang out. Wellll this isn’t really a vacation, so the evening but I won’t have to leave ASAP in the morning. So about 12 hours! :-/
Plan on Fri or Sat for my arrival.

I have dedicated to so many people with Cancer and to so many who have lost loved ones to Cancer that today is refreshing. Today Donovan and Cecily want me to dedicate my day to their new born, Vera Cummins! It would be my pleasure. :) Thanks guys!


After Linda showed me to a nice beach, took some pictures, she dropped me back off on the same highway. What an awesome person. :) gave me raspberry cupcakes she made and fresh veggies to go. Also 2 large power aids. Today I felt like I was bicycling on air. I don’t remember even when the bike was new everything working so smoothly. Maybe it’s just been a while? Lol. It was actually pretty chilly today, I put on my bright green jacket which kept me a bit warmer. Still it was nice when the sun came out to warm my weary little bones. Lol. It’s like there are days I like the sun and days I don’t want it. Made it to the Ohio border, it’s only like 60 miles through PA. I did about 50 today. Tomorrow I’m aiming on Cleveland to see my good childhood best friend Jason Blossom. So I’m really trying to get to bed early and get an early start. I sent like 6 couch requests to a town that has plenty of people, figured I would get ONE reply. Nothing. Even as I pulled over when coming into the town, nothing. Then it started to sprinkle! Nooo, I pulled out my vinyl waterproof table cloth and laid it over my sleeping bag and tent as I kept searching for a place to stay. I checked warm showers and there happens to be 2 people 15 miles from where I was. I didn’t feel like I had time to send them an email and reply back, so I just called one. Surprisingly he said sure, I won’t be home for a while but the back door is open. Lol cool! :) it’s supposed to rain tonight, so ANY place inside is amazing. There isn’t enough service out here for anything besides my blog and texting. Have some pics, but they will have to wait. As I pulled in, Rick and his brother Dave had JUST pulled in before me. Waved me to come around back. They are out here a little ways. 2-3 bedroom, really old house. So I met then both and he showed me around the house and to the shower and everything then left with his brother and said make yourself at home. Also an awesome trusting person. I see pictures on his fridge of some of his cycling tours. He is an older retired guy, but seems to like to stay in shape. He was in the Navy for 20 years and has 2 kids. One lives in Denver CO and I didn’t catch where the other was. When he wasn’t here I was trying to close a window in my room because it was getting cold quick.. The windows are really old wooden windows with glass panes in them. Welllll I pushed it down and it basically dropped and a piece of the glass in the middle busted and came out. Ahhh crud. Later on when he came back, I had to tell him. So I said Rick can you come in here a minute? He said yea, and I explained and showed him the glass piece, he said ah don’t worry about it. It already had a crack in it and he is surprised that they even open at all! I guess panes have came out before? I was prepared to pay him for it. Well that’s good then..? We sat and talked over dinner. He is the only one that lives here, but his brother lives next door and another family member nearby. He said nothing has ever seriously been wrong with him, so he has just taken his health for granted. He needed to get to the grocery, so he made us hot dogs, pickles, cheese, and baked beans. Skids like the kind of thing I would make myself at home!
So I put my clothes in the dryer and get ready for bed. He goes to bed at 10 and gets up at 5. Geeze that’s early. Well ill aim to sleep till 7:30 and start getting ready. I wish it wouldn’t rain on me tomorrow!
Falling asleep. Not a lot of crazy things today besides my bike workin like a well oiled machine!
Early to bed, early to rise!

Another day in the right direction

When Geoff dropped me off yesterday at the pier, I attached all the things to my bike and rode to the entrance to the pier where I had a huge breakfast to get ready for the day. It also took a bit upload those 50 some pictures of his awesome place. When I had finished, it started raining. Basically it rained on me 85% of the day. Not a ton of rain, but just enough to make it miserable. Figured I would keep dry if I had my rain jacket on. Well I was at first, but then as I got hot, I started sweating. Tip: raincoats keep the water out but the heat in. So my dry jersey was now getting wet with sweat anyway. Tried unzipping a bit, the rolling the sleeves up a bit. Lol I needed up with rolled up sleeves and totally unzipped. Not very effective. Also, because I couldn’t get my rear tire pressure up all the way, most of the day I felt like I was using my muscles to ride through mud. Not slippery but just harder in general. I’m thinking I HAVE to fix this at some point tonight. I stop to take a longer break at a gas station and get out my fruit and I buy peanut butter crackers, some, drinks, and a blueberry ice cream pop! Being hot makes you want all sorts of cold things to drink. I had shot a bunch of couch surfing requests out before I left the pier so I figured I would check. I’m about 10 miles to the PA line. I have one reply from 55 year old Linda. She herself has done a ton of traveling in the past 3 years and had dug in and read quite a bit about me. In the message she even asked if I have been on Semester At Sea, which I did a little over a year ago. She also said she had all sorts of plans but the rain cancelled them all and that she was planning on going to a bible study, if I was into that kind of thing. Haha so I give her a call and we talk for a bit, and she brings up the bible study and I tell her one of the main goals of this ride is to just fully rely on God and for him to show me what he can do, and I would love to go the the bible study. Well it’s at 6:15pm which isn’t very long from then, might have been 4:30 or 5? She says she will come get me and my bike, take me back to her place so I can very quickly shower and eat then we would head to the bible study. I finally make it to the state line and snap a picture and it hasn’t rained for a little bit but I’m still dripping with sweat from my long sleeved shirt. Ill tell you what, riding in the rain sucks. I can’t even listen to any music, and I once again I have to go slower than usual. Just not a fun all! So she has a Honda Element and pulls up as I’m sitting on a railing in front of the PA line.. (There is a space of like 50ft between the Welcome to PA and looking back, welcome to NY. What state am I in??)
Anyway we some what easily roll my bike in her car and off we go. I had planned on going another 15 miles, but I know that this would be what The Lord wants me to do. Not as many miles, but I’m being taken to a bible study, awesome? Yess. In the car as we are riding, Linda is very spiritual and totally says this is a God thing. She had plans to go places and to be out of town, but she felt uneasy about leaving and the rain ruined those place, so she could be there for me. She said she drove through rain to get me, so the rain would have been making me wet and miserable if not for her coming to get me. She spent the last year traveling the world also by ship at times. Her husband died unexpectedly 3 years ago of unknown causes after 35 years of marriage. She has several children which are now other places. She went on a Sebaticome? Of Unexpected Length. S.O.U.L. She went looking to find out about life, God, and to really just find herself out there. She had couch surfed all over the world and in the beginning drive around the US couch surfing. She is a leader of several organizations, including one in Haiti to help children and I think one in Africa too. Very well traveled, she has/had her own building or company and now lives about on top of it I believe. She has. Very large house with many rooms which she used for couch surfers or visitors.
So we get to her place and unload my bike and I grab what I need to take a shower. I feel just gross. I have been in wet clothes all day and am still wet. Se shows me to the bathroom and says while I shower she is going to make something quick to eat. Getting out of those wet clothes and into something dry felt Uh-mazing! I had also worn my wet gloves all day so my hands were already pruny. Lol
I finish showering and come out to find that she made salad/streaks/grilled onion/ and squash? Lol quick meal? She went all out in 20 minutes!
Ate as quickly as we could, but couldn’t finish due to being late already. So she drives us to a house for the bible study. I didn’t ask questions, but I guess Ray used to be a preacher and has been going to Ernie’s place and they just have a small group of people to do bible studies with. They have been doing it for about 4 months now. I come in and pass out my cards and they are very welcoming! Asking questions about my Cancer and my ride. It’s really nice to hear people say, wow you have come a long way rather than, you have so much further! There are 8 people there. 2 are kids of the household not in the picture I took, also 2 left quickly after. Ray started off asking, what we would say to Jesus of he walked in the door right then. Lol he even went outside (the rain had picked up again) and yelled, Lord you’re welcome here, come on in!! He asked what healing we need in our own lives. I had already told them I was in Remission and said we will pray that you are no longer in remission, that you be healed and in Jesus name it won’t come back. So they all held hands and Linda placed her hand on my head and they prayed for me. :) I jotted down some notes in the about hour long study and here is what I have:
-Compared himself saving a life in a pond and how the person would be automatically grateful to how Jesus died to save our lives and we should just be automatically grateful.
-He will test you!! To see when it comes to hard times, will you really rely on him?
-Theist = God. Athiest = No God
-What do you have in your life that you struggle with that you have not turned to The Lord for?
-The squeaky wheel needs the grease! ( mom says this all the time)
-You can’t force people to trust you and God can’t force you to trust him.

That was a brief overview of what we discussed. So here I am.. I met a random stranger who came and picked me up before the rain hit again. She fed me and allowed me to get into dry clothes. She takes me to a group of strangers were they pray over me and on yea they fed me too. Hahaha, there are no coincidences!
There is a song that I listen to and love. And there is a line in it, which I really like.. “I know you don’t understand, but this is all a part of God’s greater plan”
This trip has grown my faith in leaps and bounds!
So we leave there and come back, I need to work on my bike. She has a huge two car garage, so I have a nice dry place to work on it. I end up taking everything off and starting from scratch. Deflate the tire to figure out why there is a part more flat on my tire and how to get it to maximum inflation, if you will. I mess with it, for over an hour and I’m just out of idea, the beading on one side of the tire needs to come out more and I try and try to pull / roll it around to get it out. Anyway she has a nice tire pump that I can stand and push down on. Finally I’m just like, God help me!! I’m frustrated and tired and I don’t know how to fix this. Immediately a thought comes to my head. What if I inflate it to the proper pressure and maybe it will expand and push that side of the tire up? Anyway the pump has a pressure gauge on it and its supposed to be at 110 and it’s only at 60. Several more pumps to get to 110 on my very LAST pump of air, I hear the tire crackle and pop. First thought, uh oh, I don’t know if that was a bad sound?? Wait a minute, I spun the tire where I used to be able to see a lump, it’s fixed!! Thank you Lord!! I was so ‘pumped’ that I also glued my Life is Good sticker on better and lubed up the chain and anything that moved! It will ride like bran new again! The front tire had lost some pressure over time, so I put more air in it as well.
I was looking at the weather for today last night and it says rain all day. :( this morning I get up and I check again. Yea, it’s sunny out and not supposed to rain again! Everything happens for a reason. :) Linda made me an awesome breakfast of leftover steak and made eggs and toast. Ill have to be on my way soon!

Today. On this sunny Sunday I’m dedicating to my Mom and Step dad and my brother Steve. Thanks for always supporting me, even if you don’t agree or feel comfortable with it. I love you guys! Thank you..

Tree house!!

Welllll this morning didnt really go as planned. I got all my things together and started pushing my bike out the door when I felt like something to dragging or rubbing or something was wrong. I thought it was my new brakes that they were just rubbing the tire. Ended up being my first flat tire. Ironically enough the guy showed me how to flip my pump to the right side the day before and somehow I didn’t notice as I rode to his place? It seemed to just go flat overnight. Lol. Anyway, best place I can get a flat tire. Still inside his enclosed patio. Besides taking all the stuff off and putting it back on it took me an hour and ten minutes to change my tube. All seemed good until a few miles in to my ride. There is a small depression in my tire in one spot. Not much to easily notice, but feels like a small bump with each rotation of the tire. Small enough that I didn’t notice it till I knew I was riding on totally flat ground and could feel it. Ah well. I also noticed that one of the small screws that holds the bottom of the back rack was loose. Thought maybe that was the noise I kept hearing from the back. So I tightened in making sure I didn’t strip the screw. Well obviously I wasn’t making sure well enough, the screw broke right off. At least over half was still in there. Lol. Soo I grabbed two tie straps and strapped the back rack to the frame just to make sure it wouldn’t go anywhere. Lol.
So I’m finally leaving and it’s like 3pm. Ugh. And I’m hungry. Ugh x2. End up stopping at a gas station for an hour and buying a frozen hot pocket, Doritos, a blueberry muffin, and some peanut butter crackers. They had a microwave that I used. They had a car shop connected to the building too, and the lady said they just always used the blue paper towels to microwave. So yea I say outside on the ground and ate. Then I was trying to figure out where i was going to be staying that night and how many miles I could get in. I had initially sent couch requests/warm showers to people just over the New York border, 2 people replied and I had to apologize to say I wouldn’t be making it that far due to my flat. I send out requests and surprisingly there are two warm showers people about 30 miles down the road that I message. I bike a little ways further and check my phone on breaks. They both have replied back. One said, I hope a tent and a shower is ok? And the other says he is 15 miles south of the town ill be in at basically his summer home. But he could come pick me up from the pier if I wanted? Said to give him a call. He also said you could bike it, but it’s basically 15 miles uphill. Haha ummm no thanks. I end up calling him about the ride because I’m not really in a tent mood believe it or not and he says there is a pier in Dunkirk and he could meet me there in a little over an hour. I have 15 miles to get there. Sure sounds good to me! This highway 5 goes right along the coast, with of course a little bit of hills but I at least get to see small beaches along the way and really nice scenery. (Later found out they import sand for the summer time because its usually filled with dead fish and seaweed.) I was seeing houses right along the coast and was thinking this would be a really nice place to come back and visit. Right on Lake Erie. Except there are hoards of very tiny lake flies that are in clouds as im biking. When you hit the cloud you feel like someone tossed sand in your facd, but lighter and more gross. Anyway I get to the pier and ride to the end. Very nice place. Take some pics and Geoff (tells me to call him Jeff because everyone else does) pulls up in his cool bright orange sporty VW car, not even 5 minutes after I get there. Thin, tan, in shape guy, about 26-27 years old. Surprisingly I just take off my saddle bags and my bike will fit in the car. He has a bike rack on top as well. So we are driving and he is asking me if this is my first tour and how many he has done with his brother Jeremy. It’s nice to be able to do these tours with someone the same fitness level you are, so you don’t have one person always waiting on the other. So we are driving, and I’m sure glad I didn’t bike it! Some of these hills we are racing up and down feel like I’m on a roller coaster! He is telling me about this place that him and his brother usually go to (where we are headed) that him, his brother and mainly their dad built. He describes it as a log cabin type place with no running water, but they have electricity. Sounds good, I told him any place inside is better than outside! So we finally arrive and he pulls in between trees right before a wooden post and it’s just grass. Not even really a driveway. Lol mmkay? He said because they built it, they don’t even have an address. As soon as we go past the trees it opens up into a nice pond with a 10ft wooden platform to high dive from and a zip line that goes over head across the pond. That’s cool! As we go further there is a nice fire put with a fire and chairs around it and a wooden 2 person swing. There is a small house looking thing and I assume that is where we will be staying. Nope. It’s just where the power or whatever they need is stored in there. We end up walking down through an opening in the trees into this forest and down a path that has mulch on and I’m now walking on wooden boards as the space beneath the boards gets larger and larger. Basically as I walked I was getting higher off the ground because it takes a steep downturn. You really need to see pictures… This. Is the most AMAZING multi level tree house I have EVER seen! Not like a children’s tree house but adult tree house in size. I don’t even know how to describe it. They have hammocks, very thick wooden doors to this place. On the main door they have a rope that comes outside attached to a boat anchor to keep keep the door closed and a massive wooden handle. Inside is very tall and open. They have really done well in keeping this place very home like. They have a refrigerator and boatish things hanging from the walls. I get the full tour. Across the room is a wooden ladder that goes up to the next level. Up there is a bed that you can look over the railing and see the floor below and they have a full bed with blankets and there is always a light switch to every place. Laying in this bed which they said I could sleep in I’m facing a tv with a bunch of movies beside it. There is a walk way of boards on my level where you can look down and see the floor below. They made a stair case with a thick wooden log railing that takes you up to the next level. There is a hatch that you can close in this room. Let me remind you there are large widows everywhere you look so you can see outside. They have this room decked out too with a couch and a wall mounted telephone and a tv on the other side of the room there is also a ladder that goes up to yet another open level, basically a loft that had bedding in it overlooking the level below. The level below they call the crows best because its up so high in the trees. There is another wooden door that you can go out and there is a deck that goes all the way around the outside with multiple chairs to just sit in and stare out into the woods. I mean we are close to the tops of trees up here. There is no railing on anything and there are large trees that they cut holes in the wood that come up through. Anyway, I don’t think I could have imagined a better place in my mind. You NEED to see the pictures!
Anywho I meet his brother Jeremy when I walk in and he is about the same age and build as Jeff. Jeff brought a pizza back for them to eat and they have fresh watermelon too. They offer me some food and melon and we head outside to a picnic table to eat. Jeremy just got back from Alaska for 3 weeks, I guess he just went up there to work. 16 hour days for 2 weeks. Lol. A fish assembly line where he made 2 slices and the fish went on, 2 slices and the fish goes on. For 16 hours a dayyyyy. Geeze sounds like a nightmare to me. He did meet a lot of cool people though. We end up getting stuff for shmores and heading out to the fire they made. We just sit around and tell stories and they ask me about my time through cancer. Nice relaxing night. I guess they usually go out there every weekend… Just to do nothing? Jeff reads a lot and Jeremy… Well I don’t know. He relaxes. If people have their man caves, this is a man treehouse. I would have loved to just stay for a week. They even have an out house where you can go #2. It looks like a classic outhouse with a moon cut out in the side and they have the whole property lined solar powered lights. They even had a solar powered light for the out house.
Anywho we end up going to bed and in the morning I swear I took 30 pictures. Ill post those here in a bit. But they gave me sweats to put on and I give them back. I tell Jeff that he should take me back to the same place he got me so I don’t ‘cheat’. Jeremy is still sleeping when we leave so here I am blogging at the end of the pier. Speaking of, there were millions of these tiny clear green gnat sized flies just run me out of my bench by the water. I took a pic of how many there were on one of my saddle bags. They are on everything!
Forgot to add that Jeff took me to a farmers market so I could get some fruit. Got 3 bananas, a plum, a peach, and an apricot. Yummm
So my ride out of New York today is for my awesome Bro Andrew Sanders and he dedicated today fo me!! Love you bro!