From October 5, 1980, to August 20, 1981, I was engaged in a 13,000-mile bicycle trip around the United States. I recently finished transcribing my journal from this trek and posting it on a blog I set up just for that purpose. I am calling this site 36 Busted Spokes Later, because that’s how many wheel spokes I had to replace during the journey.
This was really a thrilling experience for me, as I had never read those journals before, besides occasionally referring to an entry for a specific detail. Making this transcription (as well as rewriting and appending information where applicable) gave me the feeling of traveling through those days all over again. There were so many details in the pages of the journal that I hadn’t recalled until reading them, others that I’d forgotten about completely. On the other hand, I have many memories of the trip, fun and interesting events, that I somehow inexplicably never recorded. I’ve added those events, filled in other details that are appropriate, and tried to edit the entries to make them more entertaining and readable.
The entire exercise was great fun. I am very happy I did it, glad to have it complete, but a wee bit sad too. Just how I felt when I concluded the trip.