1 June 2019
C
09:07
Charles
Bike storage concept.
09:07
The details.
09:07
09:07
Edwardsville is a nice place, northeast of Saint Louis.
09:07
Entering Greenville, Illinois
09:08
Very nice American city. Coca Cola has risen in price 20 times that amount.
09:08
Much community pride, apparently hard working people.
09:08
A huge and expensive investment in baseball. The most magnificent baseball complex I've ever seen, especially for a small town.

The photos I took of the complex are not representative of the magnificence of the place.

For a small town of 7000, I wonder who funded this operation.
2 June 2019
C
13:32
Charles
A new very down to earth American friend.
13:32
Dan is a 52 year old musician and collector who has built himself a comfortable, independent life.

This is middle America, the heart of America.
13:32
This chain of general stores called Casey's throws away massive amounts of good cooked foods each day.

Great waste in small town America too.

I could easily get fat and stay fat absolutely free anywhere in America, so it seems.

If they're not throwing away good food, they're handing it out for free.
13:33
Sleep Saturday June 1

Teutopolis Knights of Columbus Park

https://osmand.net/go?lat=39.12903&lon=-88.47168
C
20:33
Charles
Defaced religious icon.
20:33
A very German Catholic community.
20:33
This is the road ...
20:34
The Historic National Road ... the road that built America.
20:34
Roadside scenes of middle America.
20:35
Nice sign.
20:35
I met Dan along the road going the other way.
20:35
An older covered wooden bridge.
20:36
Different ways of printing my name.
20:36
Price unknown, but I suspect about 10,000 USD.
20:37
The National Road turned out to be a very interesting and pleasant surprise.

Highly recommended for a cross country trip.
20:37
Nice murals in several towns along the way.
20:37
It's an experience ... best by bicycle, just as I'm doing it now.

Feel the heartbeat of America ... a life on the road.

Actually, American people are quite friendly. The biggest idiots are found among the middle aged men.

Their female counterparts are equally as stupid, but in a different way.
3 June 2019
C
12:25
Charles
Sleep Sunday June 2

Clark County Fairgrounds

https://osmand.net/go?lat=39.39337&lon=-87.7056
C
13:01
Charles
Witness to much dead and injured wildlife due to road traffic.
C
14:10
Charles
Typical American custom of leaving food out for drunks, homeless, poor people and scrounges.
14:10
Fresh ... the biscuits are fabulous. I took four to go.
4 June 2019
C
12:43
Charles
Sleep Monday June 3

Abandoned Century 21 Real Estate office.

https://osmand.net/go?lat=39.62724&lon=-86.670364
12:45
Business seems to have just stopped one day.
12:45
Ray Cable seems to have been the main man.

November 2000 is the end, but records go back to early 1980s.

I think he died.
12:45
Some nice filing cabinets and furniture left behind. The roof is falling in and causing damage.
12:45
Much older office technology still in place.
12:45
Ray's wife or sister was a Realtor too.
12:45
Great find.

Totally intact bird skeleton of some sort. Obviously trapped in the building and could not get out.
12:56
Another great find.

KwikSet is one of the largest manufacturers of locksets in America.

https://www.kwikset.com/about-kwikset/company-history.aspx
C
16:47
Charles
Crossing Indianapolis, Indiana
5 June 2019
C
17:02
Charles
Middle America has a fetish for sit down riding lawnmowers. Millions of hours and dollars spent on manicuring lawns
17:03
In the corner of a room. Brief shower last night.
6 June 2019
C
14:02
Charles
Sleep Wednesday June 5

Lewisburg, Ohio

https://osmand.net/go?lat=39.849014&lon=-84.53670
14:10
Tornado damage ... 5 days ago.
14:10
14:10
7 June 2019
C
11:31
Charles
Sleep Thursday June 6

South Charleston, Ohio

https://osmand.net/go?lat=39.82897&lon=-83.6343
11:31
Approached by an officer Seagraves of Charleston, Ohio who said more than one person called about a person sleeping in the baseball dugout.

He is a young man, 25 years old, who was never in the military service, is Christian, and who hopes to have children someday.

He didn't believe he could become a long distance cyclist when he first approached me, but I convinced him otherwise.

A true gentleman.
11:31
All communities are different. The Eastern US is very different from the Western US.

This is a community where some live in fear. The grounds of the sports field were not well kept.

The restrooms were dirty and the garbage cans had not been emptied for too long.

One calm and peaceful morning local police (who must march to citizens orders) were dispatched to investigate a lone cyclist sleeping in their field.

Of course, only to see if everything is alright.

One must wonder why the callers did not approach me and ask me straight.

Why were local police resources dispatched?

People living in fear of the unknown, fear of strangers, fear of lone cyclists along the bike route who need to stop and sleep for the night.

What other explanation?

In most communities of the Western world this sort of community behavior does not happen, so I was surprised.
C
20:34
Charles
Big cities are always amazing in a way. This is Columbus, Ohio.
20:34
Free food.
8 June 2019
C
09:20
Charles
9 June 2019
C
11:02
Charles
Things we find along the road.
11:02
This community collects all their recyclables in one bin, then obviously sorts them in some efficient manner.
11:02
An old bridge along the bikepath.
11:02
The story of the bridge.
11:02
Sculpture along the way in Ohio.
11:02
Cast in bronze - well done.
11:02
A new friend 12 years my senior. Russ has already visited my website bikepaths.org and sent an email ... example of how modern technology tells our story and keeps us connected.
11:17
Eastern US is plagued with men both young and old, whose nature is to broadcast loud noise using modified exhausts on their motor vehicles, whether car, truck, or motorcycle.

These creatures gain some sort of comfort from making loud noise within their own communities and beyond.

They also enjoy broadcasting loud, omnidirectional low frequency sounds, in other words, loud music with an emphasis on heavy bass.

I see these men as selfish, ignorant children who are crying out in the only way they know.

Stupid, selfish, trapped beings pushing their accoustic vomit on to everyone without respect or consideration for the peace and privacy of others.
C
13:16
Charles
Things cyclists have no use for and find along the side of the road.
10 June 2019
C
18:02
Charles
11 June 2019
C
19:02
Charles
This house was an incredible find. The land vegetation is over grown all around it.
12 June 2019
C
09:33
Charles
As I was riding along, this home up on a hill caught my attention in a glance just by luck, but it's easy to miss.
09:37
I looked over the outside of the house and barn closely, considering it as an investment. Some modifications, such as this gutter installation, may be about ten years old.
09:46
Obviously, the home needs work, but it is not beyond saving and restoring.
09:46
The step to the back door was overgrown, the screen door was open as you see it, and the door was unlocked and ajar. I took a peek inside, but did not touch a thing because it appeared that nothing had been disturbed.
09:49
The front porch was added on after the original construction. The foundational stones under the front porch are not as good as the foundational stones of the original structure.
09:49
The foundational stones of the original structure.
09:52
A look inside ... I did not venture deep or far out of respect. I did not go upstairs or in the basement. I took a peek in a downstairs room, and there was a hospital bed and special chair for a disabled person. I believe what must have happened here is that the primary occupant lived alone and died.
09:52
Some identifying evidence.
09:55
As I approached this home and land, a wild deer as present and ran off. When wildlife is present, you can almost be sure humans havent been around for a while. This outside structure contains valuable old weathered wood. It could be disassembed and used for other projects.
09:55
This old barn is on the property. It is still in good enough condition to be restored, and the upper portion could be made into a nice living environment.
09:55
Excellent old rustic wood.
09:55
Inside upper level
C
11:20
Charles
Inside upper level of barn, some wood and furniture left behind.
11:20
Someone had been staying here a few years ago. This is an expiration date found on an old can of food left behind.
11:22
Lower level of the barn there is plenty of lumber for a restoration project.
11:22
At one time someone would mow the grass. This lawn mower and gasoline is all that has been left behind.
11:24
After looking around I saw this sign.
11:24
This sign was attached to the outside wall of the room where the hospital bed was located.
11:24
I closed the place up after looking around.
11:25
Outside the door on the door step were signs that led me to believe the sick person who had lived here died.
11:27
Statue and flag positioned on the back doorstep facing the door. This house was a magnificient find. Could be for sale if you're interested.
11:29
An old steel bridge. Very difficult to capture the greatness of this structure with a photograph.
11:31
The old house and barn above is located near this village.
11:32
Land mines in America ?
11:32
Another empty farm house.
11:32
An alternative view of above house.
11:34
Another vacant home. I would imagine that in rural America there are many small farms and ranches for sale that are not officially listed on the market that can be negotiated for purchase at really great terms and prices. Remember that.
11:34
Even old and disused house boats sit idle in America. What about all the homeless people?
11:34
Many estate auctions in rural America. Here's one example.
C
13:10
Charles
Sleep Monday June 10

https://osmand.net/go?lat=40.395622&lon=-80.56776

State of West Virginia, Highway Department, an unlocked trailer that is apparently used as a break room. Bathroom, electricity, hot water, microwave, TV, and soft cushion couches and chairs.

A very nice place to sleep.

They really should keep the place locked up at night, but I was happy to find it open.
SH
13:21
Stone Hermit
I love seeing this view of America that you capture so vividly.
C
13:28
Charles
County courthouse atop the highest hill in hill country of Southeastern Ohio, a small city called Cadiz.
13:28
An Ohio State Trooper highway cruiser parked outside the courthouse.
13:28
Touring along what is called the "Panhandle Trail". The stretch from West Virginia to Pittsburgh is really fantastic.
13:28
Again, it's difficult to capture the beauty and serenity of many settings along this trail.
13:34
An attractive and interesting commercial building for sale ... a former Post Office with a good central location and high visibility.
13:35
Across the street from the Post Office, where I am standing taking photos, you can see it's a lovely neighborhood with community pride.
13:35
I understand the winter months can be very bleak here, but things bloom from May to October.
13:40
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania skyline from the West End bridge. This is the point where two major rivers meet to form the Ohio River. This area was formerly the iron and steel industrial center of America. The river system was used as an important shipping lane.
13:41
This old prison is no longer being used. I tried to get inside, but the main jail area was locked.
13:47
This photo and the photo below of the west end of the prison represents a panaramic shot looking first to the right and then to the left.
13:48
Now you see that there is a separate structure that I can get into ...
13:51
A beautiful structure, and I am looking forward to exploring deeper inside. Not today though, because my friends Tim and Kathy live nearby, and I am going to show up at their home after 12 years unannounced.
13:52
With the sun lower in the sky, I could grab some very dramatic shots of this old structure, but this will need to do for now.
13:52
This is as deep as I could get into the jail area itself.
13:52
Great photography opportunities, and I'm just using a cheap Android camera phone.
SH
13:52
Stone Hermit
That prison should be restored and turned into a library. It's beautiful!
C
13:57
Charles
Here is the entrance door to the adjacent building as shown above. Now I am comfortably residing at the home of my friends. I've unloaded my bike and have much work to do. Planning to live and work here for a few days, maybe even a week. Will return to this site for more photos 6 am some morning to come.
14:01
State Correctional Institution

Near Preble Avenue, Pittsburgh

https://osmand.net/go?lat=40.470573&lon=-80.04141

This prison is located on or along the Ohio River, less than one mile from my present residence here.
14:06
My living quarters for now ... comfort and security ... room to spread out, relax, reorganize, make repairs and do upgrades. I may be putting in an Amazon order while here.
14:07
A house on top of a hill. I've known Tim for 25 years. He's about 8 years younger than I, and has had an interest as a private real estate investor since he was a teen. At present he owns, remodels and rents out several homes in the Pittsburgh area. Today he took me along in his automobile to tour several of his investments and the surrounding neighborhoods. I am learning much from this long slow journey across America with an insider's view few will ever see.
14:12
Here again is another opportunity for Cambodia youth if we can put together a cultural exchange program between our governments.

Tim is willing to teach about real estate investing, remodeling and building.

He told me he is willing to host my students and teach them what he has learned through the years.

Fleming Avenue in Brighton Heights, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

https://osmand.net/go?lat=40.481113&lon=-80.03964

Both Tim and his wife Kathy have their own successful businesses, and over the many years I've know them, they have worked together to help each other succeed.

http://www.kathybrophytraining.com/
C
14:46
Charles
Elevation diagram of the road ahead to Washington DC
14:47
Another view of the road ahead.
C
16:15
Charles
The conclusion of my bicycle tour across America.

https://goo.gl/maps/B45pz8QWFzJf88ok7
Kathy Brophy joined group by link from Charles DiBella
13 June 2019
MD
11:17
Margaret DiBella
Thanks for sharing your journey. We are enjoying both the photos and your commentary, especially since we plan to do a similar trip after Jim retires in 3 weeks!
14 June 2019
Seakngoy joined group by link from Charles DiBella
C
13:19
Charles
Tim and Kathy Brophy in Flagstaff AZ during the year we first met, 1994. I am presently a guest at their Pittsburgh PA home.
16 June 2019
C
08:31
Charles
C
08:49
Charles
Google Maps view of everywhere I've slept in the USA during this cross country bicycle tour:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/1/viewer?mid=10j7FCexgBB9Rut0YIh9gFxXcjJWje4l_&ll=38.39667959944517%2C-103.973036130291&z=4
C
10:42
Charles
Tim Brophy joined group by link from Charles DiBella
C
22:15
Charles
100 new business cards printed

Sojourner --- is a person who stays in some place only for a short time; though this necessarily implies moving from place to place, it is the stay which is emphasised, not the travelling.

In origin, it means “to spend the day (somewhere)”: it derives from the Latin subdiunare, with that meaning, whose root is diurnum, “day”, from which we get diurnal (and also journey, which originally meant the distance one could travel in one day).
17 June 2019
SH
03:06
Stone Hermit
Perfection.
18 June 2019
C
10:05
Charles
CD
Charles DiBella 15.08.2017 16:35:56
This is the guy who inspired me to get a recumbent and bicycle across America with a computer.

http://teknomadics.com/2011/10/the-original-technomad/
C
10:07
Charles
CD
Charles DiBella 15.08.2017 16:37:10
I read his book a very long time ago ...

http://amzn.to/2i3i6n1
C
15:43
Charles
Presently residing with Tim & Kathy in Pittsburgh, PA. I put in an Amazon order and have done some reconditioning of the bike. New tire, all new cables and housings, re-mounted my handlebars and brake-shifter levels in a new configuration. New panniers.
15:49
I bought Schwalbe Marathon Plus last time while in the UK, about 11 months ago, for about 32 USD each. Decided to try the Continental tires. Continental company is from Germany, but tires are manufactured in India. We'll see which is best. These had a slightly lower price, but I believe they may be of similar quaility. Puncture proof lining, of course.

https://amzn.to/2IilWE6
15:51
New brake pads all the way around ...

https://amzn.to/2RdRuxu
15:52
New brake and shifter cables and housing ...

https://amzn.to/2WH3yZh
15:53
... and new rear panniers ... I'll let you know how I like them after I use them a while. They were the best and largest I could find for the money.

https://amzn.to/2KjTrI5
19 June 2019
C
08:54
Charles
Wintersville, Ohio has a great bikepath network.
21 June 2019
C
11:18
Charles
Preparing for departure from Tim and Kathy's home. They have been very kind, thoughtful and generous hosts through the 25 years I've knowwn them.
C
13:05
Charles
If you want to share my Twitter tweets, it's

https://twitter.com/bikepaths
13:05
With time to get some work done while stationary and indoors, I succeeded in setting up a bot to selectively post from Telegram to Twitter (see test post above).

Using a service called IFTTT, I don't need to log into Twitter to post, and can send the tweets directly from a Telegram channel.

Simple, nice and easy.
C
13:48
Charles
C
Charles 21.06.2019 10:00:45
Charles
+855 87438863
C
13:49
Charles
Above -
for anyone who wants to add me to their Telegram Contacts list.

You can send me your Contact information as well if you wish.

That's a Cambodian cell number.
22 June 2019
C
11:56
Charles
Ten nights at the same location ...

Rest, relaxation, refurbishing, reorganization, replenishment of supplies and equipment.

Summer Solstice:

Length of daylight minutes is at a maximum, while length of night time darkness is at a minimum.

Summer begins.

In the northern hemisphere, with each passing day, the number of daylight minutes decreases until we reach the shortest day of the year, Winter solstice, December 21st.

Such dates are very important to farmers, nomads, and those who live outdoors.

It's important for all humanity to be sensitive to nature.

Absolutely everything we possess and depend upon is derived from nature.

Now I depart for the Washington DC area.

Sleep Pittsburgh, June 11 - 21

Tim and Kathy have been most gracious hosts. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

https://osmand.net/go?lat=40.481113&lon=-80.03964
24 June 2019
C
12:16
Charles
Upon leaving Tim and Kathy's home, I stopped at the prison.

There's the guard house.
12:16
Inside the old brick structure are 12 fireplaces, and the are unusual old murals on the walls.
12:16
Looking out a window ...
12:16
Old and fading murals ...
12:16
Wooden staircase has been stripped of some of it's timbers.
12:16
The Pittsburgh skyline where the rivers meet.
12:16
On my way through the Great Allegheny Passageway (GAP)
12:16
Pittsburgh skyline looking to the north.
12:16
The connecting rivers are quite massive, along with industrial railway lines everywhere make scenes at this location quite unique.
12:16
Over the next week or so I am going to photograph and inventory my bicycle and equipment.
12:16
I'm going to show and explain to others what I carry and why.
12:16
There's a reason for everything, and everything is well thought out.
12:16
I noticed my roses were missing this morning. I guess I wasn't concerned enough with loosing them.
12:16
Where things are mounted and how they are mounted is important as well.
12:16
The latest evolution of the Peugeot I bought in Albania, maybe 18 months and 5000 kilometers ago. I don't keep track of distance.
12:16
Graffiti takes on different forms in various communities. Little graffiti anywhere, but this sign must be a neighborhood boundary, I guess.
12:16
I learned that there is a webcam watching the nesting grounds these two eagles, south Pittsburgh.
12:16
I asked a young man about these smokestacks, but he knew nothing about them, and appeared to have no interest at all.
12:16
The steel Bridges and railway lines everywhere are quite grand.
12:16
More cameras than ever in the USA. These cameras monitor the train traffic.
12:16
Like I said, the steel work around here is impressive. So much of it. Pittsburgh is an industrial center for steel and coal, among other things.
12:16
Bikepath bridge crossing the rail yard.
12:16
Train car graffiti ...
12:16
Zen calm in discordancy, cha cha cha ...
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Train yard, bikepath ramp, steel bridge crossing the river in the background.
12:16
It's all about steel here. Steel infrastructure everywhere. Of course, it's Pittsburgh.
12:16
Bikepath bridge crossing the railyard.
12:16
Steel pipe ... I was told it is used for fracking. There are many pipe yards like this holding excess inventory.
12:16
This photo and the two below are from a convenience store in a small American town, approaching the Eastern USA, which where the people are quite different here than in the Midwest and town southwest and West coast.

East coast has an attitude, appearing angry, rushed, unconcerned, unhappy, not loving their surroundings or the world around them.

The young appear confused, shy, afraid to say hello or even look at you.

This all began after leaving Pittsburgh. Before Pennsylvania, There was Ohio. West Virginia was brief. I noticed Ohio people were becoming a bit more brusk.
12:16
Illinois was still okay, with plenty of friendly farmer folk to be found.

But upon leaving Pittsburgh ... an amazing transformation of character, and I should not say for the better.

I have found a few good folk here to tell me what's happening. I guess they're using the opiates to suicide and especially on holiday weekends.

This fourth of July it's said the morgue becomes overloaded with bodies, and this is almost in every county.
12:16
Now some of these guys I talk to have a narrow view. I've asked about every controversial topic imaginable.

I have an innocent way of asking so that they speak frankly and tell me the truth, and many of them have just been waiting to get it out of them.

There is division and hatred in this country, but not everywhere or everyone.

Many are sensible, but all agree troubled times are ahead.
12:16
The GAP trail is very scenic and highly recommended for foreigners who want a taste of the USA.
12:16
There are many abandoned homes, and some are not in too bad shape.
12:16
This home apparently caught fire.
12:16
FIle under WIC&W ... meaning What I Carry and Why ... for all of you who intend to bicycle tour with me someday. Olive oil, garlic salt, black pepper, coffee, creamer, spices of your choice, and an assortment of packaged food that easily cooks up with water.
12:16
WIC&W -- knife for peeling fruit, small scissors, P-38 can opener, box cutter with single edge razor, lighter, tooth brush, tooth paste, tooth picks, pen, and herbal substance to put a smile on your face.
12:16
In addition, to the above, a small spoon with a long handle. I carry this bag on my handle bars because it contains small things I get into often.
12:16
My cook kit, along with a candle, some coffee, and my expresso brewer (moka pot). The cook kit nests up together nicely as shown below.
12:16
The stove us called a "pocket rocket" and I have an adapter so that it fits on a standard propane bottle as well as the butane gas mix bottles found more commonly in Europe. The heavy duty foil around the gas cannister is a windscreen for when it's needed, and the can of waterproofing for leather fits nicely in the black back which hangs from my top tube.
12:16
Cook kit nested together.
12:16
Cook kit, a water bottle and moka pot. Notivce how I use socks to protect things.
12:16
Baby oil, ointment for foot fungus, liquid soap, essential oil to smell nice.
12:16
This combination is for taking a crap and cleaning one's ass. I cut the wash cloth material in half because the smaller size is better. One bottle contains water for washing while the other contains a soapy water for cleaning. The clothes can be washed inside the ziplock bag. The other bag is ready in case there is no place to bury the crap and it must be disposed of elsewhere. This is all that is needed to keep your ass clean and fresh.
12:16
This size and type of dispenser bottle is ideal for the purpose.
12:16
When you stop at a water tap, it's easy to wash your ass-cloth and keep it clean for the next time.
12:16
Everything in it's place. Things are sorted and put in bags in a logical manner. Stuff bags of all sizes are important. Different color bags helps to identify what's in them.
12:16
There is such a wide variety of food stuff available today and it can be found in almost any grocery store.
C
13:01
Charles
13:01
The GAP trail has many free and developed camp areas.
13:01
This is quite a nice area to escape and get away from people. Very remote, and full of wildlife.
25 June 2019
C
10:30
Charles
I was born in 1956 ... so that's why I stop ...
10:30
Very grand and dramatic scenes, not easily captured with a camera. There is a tunnel up ahead.
10:30
Tunnel ...
10:30
I didn't turn on my light, while I should have done so. This was quite a long and dark tunnel, and it will give you a creepy feeling if you pass through alone in the dark.
10:30
There were many cats at this rest stop ...
10:30
The local people love and care for the cats.
10:30
I couldn't get too close to them though ...
10:30
Ropes, knots and clothes are important. Not just any cloth, not just any rope, and not just any tarp. Some clothes are more absorbent, some ropes don't tangle and it's easier to tie and untie knots, and there is nothing like a polysil tarp, which are very costly.
10:30
Socks are dried and stored on my water bottles. I carry 4 liters of water at all times. Plenty of water is a matter of comfort as well as survival.
10:30
When the rain comes, tarp and strings must be within quick reach. One must ber able to string and tie up the tarp quickly as the rain falls. Such techniques cannot be learned in theory. You need to be out there doing it to learn, to get good at it. At first wehen you're learning, it can be very frustrating, especially as you get soaked in the rain.
10:30
A nice map of the GAP trail.
10:30
Here's a good idea from a friendly neighbor along the GAPO trail.
10:30
A really thoughtful person behind this idea ...
10:30
A little slot to stuff in donations of money ...
10:30
Creative hand-made signs ...
10:30
The big bottle is frozen ... ice to keep the little water bottles cold for an extended period of time.
10:30
I keep things together in pouches according to the frequency of which I use them. Here I have a spoke wrench, hex wrench and screwdriver set, tweezers, a tape measure, some super glue, and a blow pipe (with extension). The blow pipe is used on occassion for starting fires. Very handy.
10:30
Another grouping of things which I don't use often, but essential nonetheless. All of this goes into it's own bag and it's there if and when needed. Dental floss can be used as a string if needed, wooded matches and a match book for an emergency if I need to start a fire in a wet forest, extra business cards, extra shaving razors, a spare pair of eyeglasses, a dust mask, ear plugs, Q tips, and any other thing in your medicine cabinet you feel you may need. You don't need much, but everything is therre if and when I need it.
10:30
This is one of my technical bags. No charging devices here, rather just a spare battery for my cordless mouse, USB and audio connectors, earphones, SD cards and adapterts. Everything is small and protected from moisture.
10:30
A comb, a second knife, but this one is a bit heavier, a fork which I rarely use because a spoon is more versatile, a good set of nail clippers for fingers and toes, a magnifying glass for reading fine print, and a few business cards.
10:30
An external battery, USB cables, a USB chargeable headlamp, and an action camera which I rarely use. Later I will share some video with you.
10:30
These items hang from my handle bars ... 8 pieces of rope for quickly tying up a tarp, a USB charger, hand sanitizer, the key to my bike lock, and some money for shopping. The ropes are not bundled up all together, rather they are stuffed into the bag one at a time so they can be pulled out one at a time as I quickly string up my tarp when the rains come.
26 June 2019
MD
10:33
Margaret DiBella
Charlie, the details & pictures that you submit here are invaluable to anyone who might decide to do some serious biking or hiking. We enjoy every post - many thanks!
27 June 2019
C
19:00
Charles
Button thread is stronger than ordinary thread. A good sewing needle and button thread are essential. Notice how I use foam ear plugs for keeping pins and needles where they're needed.
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They're afraid to open their mouths for fear that they'll sound stupid, and they see others the same way, and when they encounter someone else who seems different to them they don't know how to react.

They are lost, frightened, ignorant children.

This is America today.

I just passed through the Eastern continental divide and forced a conversation with a young married man from Pittsburgh who raced up to be there ahead of his wife and friends.

People don't talk to each other around here unless you're part of their clique.

Now there are a few good people left, but they are by far the minority and dying off by the day.

They're not living in the now. They're trying to live in the future but they're stuck in the past.

They don't understand life is about the journey, not the destination.
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Quite scenic passing this high point of the GAP ... the high resolution photos above and below should tell the story.
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Two murals on each side of the divide.
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I just passed through the Eastern continental divide and forced a conversation with a young married man from Pittsburgh who raced up to be there ahead of his wife and friends.

People don't talk to each other around here unless you're part of their clique.

Now there are a few good people left, but they are by far the minority and dying off by the day.
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It's all downhill from here.
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This is the land of American heritage.
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I met two scientists of apparently Indian origin who work at the University of Pittsburgh as biologists.

They're pleasant but always I must reach out to others as people are rather closed here.

Hello can be exchanged but extended conversation only goes so far.

Most of the people I've met are called "weekend warriors" because riding a tour bicycle long distance is not something that they typically do.

They feel a need to escape from their urban life but only to a degree and for a short while.

They rather enjoy their work and would be pleased to see life continue to carry on just as it is.

They think my lot is similar to their own until I explain what I have done and am doing.

Of course they are astonished and don't know what to say.

At that point all I can do is tell stories and ask questions.

Some have the courage to ask questions back, but it's rare.
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The closest I can compare this part of the country to is Devonshire in the UK. The tunnels and bridges here are more contemporary, but just as dramatic.
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Big Savage is the name of the tunnel. Why? I don't know.
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The Mason Dixon Line ...
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It's all about our perception of time, the past, the present, and the future.

Living with selective blindness to be comfortable with the present while pretending to be focused on the future (the road ahead).

This is how we cope with a world out of balance - we try to balance ourselves along with the imbalance rather than with nature.

But at least these folks are outdoors and getting exercise, even if they don't love bikes and still prefer cars.

They're afraid to open their mouths for fear that they'll sound stupid, and they see others the same way, and when they encounter someone else who seems different to them they don't know how to react.

They are lost, frightened, ignorant children.

This is America today.
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Sleep Tuesday June 25

https://osmand.net/go?lat=39.597267&lon=-78.7543 After I woke up, I was wandering about and ordered to leave from this place
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I saw hundred and hundreds of portable office buildings along the side of the road, all fenced in of course, and the I arrived here.
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Guard house and gate up ahead ...
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Nothing says I can't go up and speak with the guards about all the office trailers, so I did, figuring we'd have a good conversation. They would not speak a word with me and ordered me to leave.
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Notices posted in a US Post Office.
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An old Post Office
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A nice quiet place to work for an hour ...
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Wildlife in the streets ... and at danger. But there's no lack of turtles around here.
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An old Coke cooler like one my dad once owned, and possibly my brother still has somewhere.
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This one is good enough to be reconditioned.
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Impressive tunnel ahead ...
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Very dark and damp, with a vehicle approaching ...
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I haven't encountered any bears yet on this journey.
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This series of photos represents an old house with a very good foundation. The lumber and timbers are of such quality that this house seems perfectly restorable.
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Fire burned a hole down to the basement.

Not good, but repairable.
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Basement foundation
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I believe these folks own the land on which the home sits.
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Impressive steel structures. In the UK, which where I find similar terrain, bridges are older of course and made of stone, brick, and masonry.
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Ruins of an 18th century flour mill ... Charles Mill.
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Two Federal police with bullet proof vests and artillery. They're badges appear to be gold plated as I doubt they're solid gold.
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They're just out there keeping an eye on some fishermen, it seems.
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Taken by accident, but it came out okay.
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High resolution you can see the fishers.
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More fishers having fun.
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Abandoned and empty homes to be found everywhere in the USA.
19:12
Never noticed a sign like this before. Beautiful barn setting ...
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Under construction ... very slowly. If he ever finishes, he'll have a nice place to be proud of ...
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Misplaced signage.
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Many of the parks here near Washington are managed by the National Park Service.
28 June 2019
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Charles
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Charles
Thermometer mounted near the entryway of O'Hurley's General Store above.
29 June 2019
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09:42
Charles
Regionally, locally, time of day, frequency of usage, type of tourist traffic and more affect the friendliness of the area you pass through.

People young and old of all walks of life are losing their ability to interact in public unless under strict protocol.

Strict protocol is something as simple as going into a store to make a purchase.

Every action must be dictated by a known set of rules.

This is not everywhere but I began to notice this after I left Pittsburgh and upon entering the DC area.

Thank goodness for the lowlands of France or even in the UK where people still greet the random stranger with a smile and kind word.

Cambodia is absolute paradise with regard to real human interaction, and we all know this.
09:42
After living in southeast Asia for 12 continuous years, touring eastern and western Europe along with the USA coast to coast, and all of this on a bicycle while sleeping outdoors and visiting slums and homeless people, what am I to think of the American people?

There are good, and there are bad.

One can almost point geographically to locations where one or the other prevails, but still, you can always find good people who are awake and aware of their surroundings and the people around them, but they are far and few between.

Even the elderly are becoming closed and hardened to interaction outside their familiar peer group.
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Charles
Arrived at the home of
Brother John and his wife Ann

Sleep, rest and relaxation.
Saturday through ??
June 29 to July ??

https://osmand.net/go?lat=38.82553&lon=-77.23711