This ride is in support of Typhoon Haiyan relief in the Philippines, where I served as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer 2011-2012. To make a direct, person-to-person donation to my host family in Calbayog City, or to survivors in Guiuan where the storm made landfall, please click the 'Donate' button in the right column. PayPal and credit cards accepted. I have included donation links for aid organizations providing relief as well. -Kyle
Today was good. I'm glad I made a contingency plan so that I'm not completely on my own. The full moon is rising over my camp, and I've got chili on the stove. I'm feeling lonely, but I'll be back in good company in 2 days. Tomorrow looks like the weather and terrain will be similar to today. I'm aiming for DeGray Lake State Park, so I'll be close to Hot Springs for Wed. For tonight, its warm food and solitude. Life is good.
Currently at White Oak State Park, AR. Great weather today. Was down to just my base layer. Beautiful trees and hills, but slow riding. That blowout was a time-suck as well. So, I've pulled the trigger on my contingency plan - which is Becki. She's driving north from New Orleans and picking me up on Wed in Hot Springs, AR. So, I have 2 days to get there, and then my ride will be over. I feel bad that I can't do the full 1000 miles, but my window is closing and it's best to take the ride so I can still make t home for Christmas. I'll enjoy the next 2 days, but I think I'll be happy to get off the road. For now, I have the whole park to myself, so I'm using every plug and sink like a boss.