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
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
Thursday, November 4, 1999, Berea, KY
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
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
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
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,
Tuesday, October 26, 1999, Carbondale,IL
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