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“WEBSITE LAUNCHED TODAY!” (Thursday, October 21, 2010)

Exactly one month after departing Boulder for DC, the ride website finally caught up with me in St. Louis, Missouri. I know many of you have been wondering where I am and how the ride is going. I’ve been just as anxious to share, but ran into a seemingly endless string of challenges getting the ride website up. This has been tougher than the actual pedaling (I’ve felt kind of like “Major Tom” in the classic David Bowie song, Space Oddity: “sitting in my tin can…”). But thanks to Mike Stone’s perseverance and personal commitment, the circuit has been fixed and the “Ride for Renewables” website is finally live. Thanks for sticking with me, Mike. I know this was tough on you as well.

Another down day in St. Louis spent uploading more videos to the ride blog, queuing up the email announcement to friends and colleagues, and responding to my email backlog. That’s all good, but starting to get concerned about the weather, so am hoping for some help posting, linking, blogging, friending, re-tweeting, etc. from friends and colleagues so I can focus on riding.

Want to give a big shout out to my wonderful friend De’Ann Weimer, who generously picked up the tab for the mid-ride national press release distribution, which goes out first thing tomorrow morning. You’re the best, De’Ann! And thank you to everyone else for your patience and ongoing support.

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“ROCKET TRIKE & THE GREEN HORNET” (Wednesday, October 20, 2010)

Started the day in St. Louis by getting lost on the way to the Fox News studio (not recommended on a rocket trike in early morning traffic), but with a little navigational help from Dave at the studio, finally made my way there (thanks, Dave). Did a really fun 3-minute piece with Fox2 News’ Tim Ezell on his 9:00am show:

Here’s the best part: “Black Beauty” (the car designed by Kato) from The Green Hornet was also on the lot.

As a huge fan of The Green Hornet when I was a kid, it was a thrill to actually sit in the car. Now if we can just convert it to electric.

Even better news is this: the website is finally launched (thanks for grinding it out, Mike – I know this was as frustrating for you as it was for me). I can finally share with everyone where I am and what I’ve been up to, and will no longer feel like “Major Tom” (from the David Bowie song, “Space Oddity”) floating through space in a tin can. Plan to spend the rest of the day, and evening if need be, holed up in my hotel room uploading the latest videos and photos from the road and letting folks know the site is now live. Good day today. The site is live and I now have over 1,100 miles under my belt (almost half way to DC).

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