Friday, August 20, 2010

Ride Across the USA: 8/19/10

Sitting on Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park looking at our funny-looking tanned feet!
The scraggy rocks near Sandy Beach at Acadia -- notice the haze and by the end of the drive you couldn't see the ocean.

more of the scraggy rocks along the shoreline.

Friday, August 20, 2010 -- Megunticook CG -- Rockport, ME -- watching the sun come up at 6:01 EST .........

and a little later ........ to prove that at the end of a long and hard bike ride, the sun will come up again.

And now the adventure has been accomplished -- the 10-yr. dream, a reality. It took us 63 days of riding to cover 3,648 miles. We both have a set of new tires, with K having had 5 flats and Di, 4 for 9 total. The UV rays faded Kirk's shirt so much his shoulders tanned under it. Our tans have been fading the last couple of weeks and we certainly have some strange markings. The Gnats that would stick to the sun gunk on my nose and then squirm around are just a matter of nature and almost forgotten. This is a big and beautiful country we live in and we can't begin to describe the ride. We are grateful to the Lord for guiding and protecting us and humbled at what he helped us accomplish.


  1. Yay! Congratulations! I have the best parents anybody could ask for! Good job!

  2. Congratulations! We have really enjoyed watching your progress on the blog.

    Erin, Will, and Colin

  3. Way to go, K & D! What an accomplishment! And a little shout out to H & J, too! Can't wait to see you guys and hear more about the trip! Bring picutres! We'll see you in IA City on 9/4. Jim and Laurie

  4. Congratulations! It feels good to accomplish a goal like this one. On August 20, Dick and I were riding from Pt Stanley to Booth's Harbor, Ontario. We are rather far behind you, it will take us a total of 4 2/3 months to match your 63 days. So, what's next? Where will your next tour take you? Dream on, life is an adventure in progress.

  5. Hi Kirk and Diana, If most people truly think you were crazy, then I am in the minority because I say, "What a GREAT adventure!" I didn't hear about your trip until after you finished, but I really enjoyed reading all your blogs and looking at the pictures and trying to imagine what it would be like to bike past all those places. I stand in awe of your determination and courage. Most respectfully, Jim Reeve, Clearfield Class of 1965.

  6. Way to go!!! Congratulations to both of you. I am proud of you and what you were able to accomplish! Loved the picture of your feet. I think that one should be framed! Why not bike to Arizona?
    Love ya,

  7. Congratulations!! So proud of you both!


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