2010 Ride

“ON THE ROAD AGAIN” (Thursday, September 23, 2010)

Finally got some miles (97) under my belt, including a few side trips. Started the day by swinging by Ted’s shop for a spare specialized bolt to take with me (just in case), then pedaled the 6 miles back to where I originally broke down. No one ever said this – or greening our electricity grid in ten years – was going to be easy.

But I am picking up a genuine desire in this country for a green energy “moon shot” for America. Almost everyone I’ve talked to thus far about the “100% by 2020” goal enthusiastically supports it and wants to see it happen, but have lost their faith in Washington, DC to deliver for the American people. Listen to Jerry Martinez from Fort Morgan, CO.

Today consisted mostly of rolling hills (don’t believe anyone who tells you it’s all downhill to the Mississippi River), but had the wind to my back all day, so still haven’t engaged the electric-assist motor. Rolled into Fort Morgan around dinnertime, after having to circumvent a coal train blocking my way.

Popped into The Fort Morgan Times, whose photographer took a shot of the trike [and was kind enough to tell me about free (how cool) public camping in the town park]. Carb-loaded up at a local Italian restaurant down the street, then pedaled a few blocks down to the town park. Being a weeknight, I have the whole place almost to myself.  Good day today.

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