Before I jump into Bob Across America news –
I’m sure you’ve all heard about the massive tornado that plowed through Joplin, Missouri last night, left a mile-wide path of destruction and killed over hundred people (more details here.) It’s horrible to hear about, but this is why Bob is unicycling across America. Your donations to Bob’s Ride for Relief – yes, that button to the right – go to the National Disaster Relief Fund to help the people of Joplin, Missouri and other victims of tornadoes, floods, and other disasters that have been more severe than usual this year.
Internet access has been a little spotty throughout northern Vermont, so I apologize for not being exactly up-to-the-minute on Bob’s ride here! Here are some highlights from the last few days.
After starting off in a mess of rain last week, we’ve been enjoying Vermont’s blossoming trees and beautiful countryside under blue skies and wispy clouds. A bit more breeze than is ideal for unicycling, but I suppose one can’t have it all. Judging from the severe weather further along our route right now, I’d say we’re in for some more dark, wet and crazy days.
I’m very impressed with the endurance the young athletes have been displaying so far. Most days they cover 40-50 miles on their unicycle and bike, which is what we expected – on the flat part of America. But they’ve been riding on hilly, bumpy mountain roads and are holding up like champs.
In other news, ‘sports masseuse’ has been added to my already-lengthy job description.
Visit to Burlington
A stroke of luck enabled us to see some friends in Burlington last night! Namely Mike Rogers, longtime Friend of the Muellers, and company. (Thank you for sharing your space with us, Billy and Coco!). We caught up on our respective adventures, and discussed practical matters as well.
“What will you do if you accidentally go to Canada?” asked Mike, after describing a similar scrape one of his other passport-less friends had found himself in.
“We have maps, GPS, and a stern resolution not to cross illegally into other countries. There is no need to plan for that situation.” But I thought to myself that I would cross my fingers, because it is just so close. It would be so easy.
After passing out unceremoniously on the furniture, we arose and patronized the source of the world’s most delicious french toast – the wonderful Magnolia breakfast/lunch bistro.
New Website Features
I’d like to call your attention to a couple of new links at the very tip-top of the page!
Bob’s Progress: You can now view our daily route and mileage on an interactive Google Map! Just click on a colored segment to see what day it happened on and how long it was.
Contact: Sign yourself up for Karen’s (Mom’s) e-list! She is keeping a watchful eye over us, and may be sending out updates when it’s not possible for me to get internet access or charge my laptop battery. Thanks, Mom!
Sharing links: At the bottom of every page, you will now find links to send that particular post or page to a friend or share it on Facebook or Twitter! Please help Bob find support all across America – let your friends know about his crazy undertaking and cause!
As always, thank you for reading!