On our recent trip, we stopped in at a Subway. As we were waiting in line, a customer, sitting by himself, gave us a tip about a special low-priced sandwich deal, "but you have to ask for it...they won't offer it up to you". I thought he was nice to be looking out for some other customers, telling us about a good deal.
When we were sitting outside, my wife noticed a road bike that was loaded down with some bags and a small Florida license plate. Mrs. Clyde said "I bet that is the guy who gave us the tip and he is riding his bike across the country". Yes, Mrs. Clyde is a beauty with brains.
He was a soft-spoken guy, but very friendly. He is trying to do this with no more goal than to get the most out of the adventure without a ton of planning, funding, etc. He said that he gets by pretty well, staying with friends and cyclists that he meets along the way. He has been on the road for the past 45 days or so and was south of Phoenix, AZ, heading for San Diego (I think).
When I offered that I am a cyclist as well, working on losing weight and becoming more healthy, his eyes lit up! He was so encouraging. He wanted to know how much I'd lost and quickly answered that he's lost 50 pounds since he started cycling (maybe a year ago).
So, please check out his blog and find him on facebook, etc. and give him some encouragement along the way. If you reference this at all, mention that we saw him at the Subway in Casa Grande last Saturday.
As for me, I ate very well yesterday (1,736 calories) and have started well this morning. My son, Cuppa Joe(!) and I will do a 5K tonight on our neighborhood path. This will be his first time going that distance and I wonder how his shorter 9-year-old legs will do.