Three Wheels Across America




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Illinois & Kentucky

Monday, November 8, Elkhorn City, KY
Conrad called this morning from Pippa Passes. He stayed at a hostel in the college in this very  small town. He is beginning to get into the hills again but nothing very difficult so far. We discussed alternate routes and some of the logistical details associated with finishing, getting to Norfolk airport and tickets etc. for his flight to Tampa. Carol is concerned that in his haste to get to the airport he may forget to dip his wheels in the Atlantic ocean!

Sunday, November 7, 1999, Pippa Passes, KY
(4,120 miles) Conrad called his parents in Tring from Hazard, KY today. He learned that his parents, who are travelling to Florida on Sunday for a vacation, are planning to fly up to Virginia so that they can be in Norfolk/Yorktown/Virginia beach when Conrad completes his epic journey. All three will then fly down to Florida on November 22 for Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 6, 1999, Hazard, KY
(4,110 miles) Conrad called today from Booneville, and spoke with Carol. The weather is warm in the high 60's F. Conrad is considering going straight to Norfolk rather than Yorktown in order to avoid the difficulty of crossing the James River Bridge which is not open to cyclists.

Friday, November 5, 1999, Booneville, KY
(4,042 miles) An e-mail from a  friend-of-a-friend who lives in Virginia says "From the updated local map, it looks like Conrad will be going right by our home. His path is marked as paralleling Interstate 81 as he goes up the western side of Virginia. I assume he will be on State Route 11. We live 100yards off 11.

He still has a long way to get here. Not flat, but he has a lot of up and down. There are a lot of big mountains as he crosses up through the Cumberland Gap and down into Wytheville. He won't make the time and distance he did crossing the plains. He will also have to watch our for snow and ice.
It has dropped below freezing the past few nights. I don't know about his path, but a ski resort between Princeton and Beckly just a north of his path, had four inches of snow two nights ago."

Thursday, November 4, 1999, Berea, KY
(3,976 miles)

Wednesday, November 3, 1999, Berea, KY
He met a James Odell,  from the college/seminary in Berea, who gave him lunch and a bed for the night, and breakfast. While he was staying at the college he attended a talk on landmines.

Tuesday, November 2, 1999, Harrodsburg, KY
(56/3930 miles) Conrad called this evening and spoke to Carol. He had some rain last night but it didn't affect his cycling. Someone paid for his breakfast this morning. The countryside is gently rolling woodland.

Monday, November 1, 1999, Bardstown, KY
(3874 miles)

Sunday, October 31, 1999, Sonora, KY
He spent the night at the Pentecostal Church and attended the evening service at the church.  The congregation had a collection and presented him with $140.

Saturday, October 30, 1999, Fordsville, KY
Conrad called from Sebree city park at 10am EDT. (Time is a little confusing for Conrad this weekend as the clocks go back to standard time and he crosses into the Eastern Time Zone.) The weather is warm and sunny even though it is the end of October. He is looking forward to Halloween tomorrow night and visiting Abraham Lincoln's birthplace on Monday morning.

Friday, October 29, 1999, Sebree, KY
(3728 miles) Lunch in Clay, KY where he phoned his parents in Tring and had access to a computer to send e-mail.

Thursday, October 28, 1999, Marion, KY
Met Jayne and Antoinette in Cave In Rock.

Wednesday, October 27, 1999, Golconda, IL
(3646 miles)

Tuesday, October 26, 1999, Carbondale,IL
(3586 miles)

Monday, October 25, 1999, Chester, IL
He crossed the mighty Mississippi today as he entered Illinois. He enjoyed visiting the town of Chester. Apparently they have gone overboard recently capitalizing on the it being the home of Popeye but he had a fun time there. (He remembered to pick up his mail in Chester!)