In 2006 Steve and and I crossed the United States a second time together (Steve’s third crossing), this time along its southern border. It was an interesting trip, fraught with inclement weather, injury and other adversity. It was also, as can be expected of a months-long bicycle journey, a beautiful experience.
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The Southern Tier tour journal has a noteworthy caveat: somewhere between early 2006 and today, large sections of my writing was lost. Every letter was tapped into a dusty old iBook from 2004. There was never a paper version. Several years and web servers later, the blog regrettably suffered some deterioration, surely some fault of mine for not keeping adequate backups. At any rate, I was able to transcribe the entirety of Steve’s own tour journal (kept on good old fashioned paper). His words thankfully fill all of the gaps quite well.
You’ll be able to determine the author of a post by noting the aside just to the left of the body of the journal entry. You’ll also notice that the tone of Steve’s and my writing are in sharp contrast at times. I believe this to be mainly a function of our intended audiences. I have always written this journal to paint a picture of bicycle touring for my friends and family. My goal is to inspire and entertain. Steve, on the other hand, kept more personal notes. His journal is less imaginative, and focuses more on the details that he’d like to recall at some later date. He’s known to flip through the pages of his small black book with a smirk, recalling fierce headwinds and brutal cold. I’d say his words are generally less positive, but perhaps more realistic. It’s true that the Southern Tier route was not without its hardships.
At any rate, the journal is about as complete as it will ever be, except for the photos, which I’m currently adding day by day. Please enjoy.