Boxing day

Friday, August 29, 2003 It’s amazing that you can get a whole house worth of stuff into a 15’ by 12’ storage unit (including a giant 9’ couch), but you can. With much effort. Turns out the SO is great at driving a big truck (complete with a very handy ramp so you don’t have […]

Goodbye bike

Tuesday, August 26, 2003 The bike that got me the 2100 miles down the Mississippi (shown here outside a soul food restaurant in Helena, Arkansas), is going into storage for at least 8 months. I’ve already got too many bikes at home. I rode it today, just the 3 miles into town, the first time […]

Goodbye Santa Fe

Tuesday, August 26, 2003 So we’re packing up here and leaving Santa Fe, New Mexico, at least temporarily. Since January I’ve spent much more time here than in Dublin, and it’s been very rewarding to get to know this unlikely place. Much older than the US, and still only partly attached to the Union, the […]

The site of the book

Friday, August 22, 2003 Still not thinking about how I’m going to write the book of the Mississippi trip – just trying to let things settle down in my mind about it all (no more Vietnam-style nightmares, at least). In the midst of all sorts of day to day stuff (helping pack up a house, […]

Louisiana Flashback

Monday, August 18, 2003 In the middle of the night last night I wake up all hot and sweaty, with the sound of cicadas humming outside. I’m convinced I’m awake, and equally convinced that I’m in Louisiana in a roadside shack. I have to ride seventy miles tomorrow. Something doesn’t seem quite right, but I’m […]

The end of the road

Sunday, August 17, 2003 Made it to New Orleans, after a frustrating day involving two punctures and a broken pump. I ended up riding into the French Quarter with a big foot pump strapped to the rack on the bike. Very glad to be done – 45 days or so on the road, 2100 miles. […]

Port Gibson, donut town

Thursday, August 07, 2003 Thursday update – they’ve got internet access in the B+B here in Port Gibson, MS, so time for a quick update. Made it to Port Gibson, described by General Grant during the Civil War as ‘too beautiful to burn’, and it is extremely pretty, with loads of 1830s and 40s Greek […]

Leave no bag behind

Tuesday, August 05, 2003 Greetings from Vicksburg, Mississippi – around 1700 miles from the start, and only a week and 300 miles from the end of the cycling journey in New Orleans. Much adventure since I returned from an enforced week’s break in Dublin. Worst bit was when one of the panniers took a header […]