Three years ago, I set out on a bicycle trip from Brownsville, Texas to Fort Kent, Maine. After completing the first part, from Brownsville to my home in Tennessee, I found that my sister was in a stage of cancer much more advanced than when I had left so discontinued the trip to be with her and family. This summer, I completed part 2 of the trip. This post summarizes the two parts. Later ones will focus on this summer’s trip to the tip of Maine.
See Tim’s Bike Trip (blogspot.com) for a report on my coast-to-coast trip five years ago.
Part 1: Brownsville, TX to Murfreesboro, TN
Approximate Length: 1,2000 miles in 12 days (no rest days)
Time: Last two weeks of May, 2015
Getting to the starting point: I boxed my bike with the help of Youtube videos and a carton taken from the bin of our local bike store MOAB with their permission, took a Greyhound Bus to Brownsville, and reassembled the bike in Greyhound’s quiet, protected outside waiting area.
Part 2: Murfreesboro to Fort Kent, Main
Approximate Length: 1,800 miles in 23 days, including 3 rest days
Time: May 27—June 18
Highlights: I will mention a few here, each being the potential topic of later posts.
Getting back home: Dear cousin Marg had been in central Maine and, ready to return to her place in Pennsylvania, agreed to go a couple hundred miles out of her way to pick me up in Fort Kent and take me with her. I then rented a car from her place to my home. The price of the rental dropped from $650 to $150 when I changed the final destination to the airport 25 miles from home rather than the local agency in Murfreesboro.
Trails we follow,