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Daily Reports From San Diego, CA to Jekyll Island, GA (February 1, 2008 through March 16, 2008)

45 days. Eleven flat tires. Eight states. 2,465 miles. And two bikes. In February-March 2008, I achieved my dream of bicycling across America, beginning in California and finishing in Georgia.

I had plenty to overcome. I endured a painful case of shingles in my midrift three weeks before beginning at the Pacific Ocean. I had two incidents of mechanical problems in the desert that nearly ended my ride. Having my bike stolen in Phoenix, AZ was probably the worst thing to happen. I also faced unnerving experiences with unleashed dogs, roads with no shoulder and the occasional obnoxious driver in a semi - all in the deep South. Monotony, loneliness and tiredness were all matters to contend with as well.

Despite the challenges, I certainly had the time of my life. I encountered interesting people and witnessed the kindness of so many strangers. Looking back, I feel honored and touched that some of my friends who lived near my route were part of my journey. I enjoyed beautiful scenery in every part of the country and have so much joy that I accomplished this feat.

Below is my story in photos. Best wishes with following your own dreams!

-Steve Garufi

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Extra Trip Articles: Going Alone - About The Route - Steve's Five Tips - Thank You Page - What I Brought With Me

Day 1: San Diego, CA to Julian, CA

56 miles

(Del Mar Beach, Scripps Poway Highway, Julian)

Day 2: Julian, CA to Brawley, CA

75 miles

(Downhill, Anza Borrego Desert, Flat Tire #1)

Day 3: Brawley, CA to Blythe, CA

82 miles - Biked 44, Hitchiked 38

(Imperial Sand Dunes, Broken Derailer, Super Bowl Sunday)

Day 4: Rest Day in Blythe, CA

0 miles - Bike Mechanical Problem

(Waited for bicycle shop to open.)

Day 5: Blythe, CA to Quartzsite, AZ

22 miles

(Greg in Blythe, Bicycling on Interstate 10, Quartzsite)

Day 6: Quartzsite, AZ to Salome, AZ

41 miles

(Desert Views and Saguaros)

Day 7: Salome, AZ to Wickenburg, AZ

55 miles

(Arizona Highway 60, Wickenburg)

Day 8: Wickenburg, AZ to Phoenix, AZ

54 miles - Bike Stolen

(Phoenix Metro Area, Flat Tire #2, Bike Stolen, Friends Shocked)

Day 9: Rest Day in Phoenix, AZ

0 miles - Bought New Bike

(Desert Botanic Garden, Landis Cyclery)

Day 10: Phoenix, AZ to Florence Junction, AZ

36 miles

(Superstition Mountains, Florence Junction, Flat Tire #3)

Day 11: Florence Junction, AZ to Superior, AZ

15 miles

(Joel and Brandi, Gonzales Pass, Picketpost Mountain)

Day 12: Superior, AZ to Safford, AZ

102 miles

(Queen Creek Tunnel, San Carlos Indian Reservation)

Day 13: Safford, AZ to Glenwood, NM

86 miles

(Mt. Graham, New Mexico State Line, Lonely Ride)

Day 14: Glenwood, NM to Reserve, NM

33 miles

(Saliz Pass and Catron County, New Mexico)

Day 15: Rest Day in Reserve, NM

0 miles - Poor Weather Conditions

(Reserve New Mexico, Ella's Cafe)

Day 16: Reserve, NM to Datil, NM

68 miles

(Continental Divide; Horse Springs; Plains of San Augustin; Datil, New Mexico)

Day 17: Datil, NM to Socorro, NM

61 miles

(Dave Ortiz, Very Large Array, Socorro)

Day 18: San Antonio, NM to Carrizozo, NM

64 miles

(Rio Grande, Carrizozo Peak, Town of Carrizozo)

Day 19: Carrizozo, NM to Roswell, NM

88 miles

(Capitan, Lincoln, Bella in Riverside, Last Day of Mountains)

Day 20: Roswell, NM to Tatum, NM

73 miles

(Chavez County, East New Mexico Plains)

Day 21: Tatum, NM to Brownfield, TX

63 miles

(Texas State Line; Plains, TX; Brownfield, TX)

Day 22: Rest Day in West Texas

0 miles - Toured West Texas With Friends

(Glenda and Shaun, Basketball Game in Levelland, Sunset)

Day 23: Brownfield, TX to Aspermont, TX

126 miles

(Post, Jayton, Aspermont, Strong Westerly Winds)

Day 24: Aspermont, TX to Haskell, TX

32 miles

(Town of Rule, Haskell, Dairy Queen)

Day 25: Haskell, TX to Graham, TX

73 miles

(80+ degrees, Throckmorton, Vetoni's in Graham)

Day 26: Rest Day in Graham, TX

0 miles - Poor weather conditions

(Graham, Texas; Another Dairy Queen)

Day 27: Graham, TX to Decatur, TX

66 miles

(Jacksboro, Decatur, Dinner with Cheyenne Rose)

Day 28: Decatur, TX to Sherman, TX

72 miles

(Wise County Courthouse, Gainesville, Sherman)

Day 29: Sherman, TX to Paris, TX

65 miles

(Northeast Texas, Bonham, Paris)

Day 30: Paris, TX to New Boston, TX

69 miles

(Last Full Day in Texas)

Day 31: New Boston, TX to Magnolia, AR

76 miles

(Arkansas State Line, Flat Tire #4, Magnolia)

Day 32: Rest Day in Magnolia, AR

0 miles - Rain All Day

(Tornado Watch, Mule's Cantina)

Day 33: Magnolia, AR to El Dorado, AR

35 miles

(Downtown El Dorado, Hair Salon)

Day 34: El Dorado, AR to Lake Village, AR

92 miles

(Loose Dogs, Strong, Crossett, Race Reflections, Flat Tire #5)

Day 35: Lake Village, AR to Greenwood, MS

73 miles

(Mississippi River, Flat Tires #6-9, Indianola, Itta Bena)

Day 36: Greenwood, MS to Winona, MS

28 miles

(Cold weather in 30's, Winona, Charles Smith)

Day 37: Rest Day in Memphis, TN

0 miles

(National Civil Rights Museum, Downtown Memphis, Corky's BBQ)

Day 38: Winona, MS to Columbus, MS

85 miles

(Piggly Wiggly, Mathiston, Starkville, Columbus)

Day 39: Columbus, MS to Brent, AL

91 miles

(Alabama State Line, Flat Tire #10, Pastor Glenn, Tuscaloosa, Bibb County)

Day 40: Brent, AL to Montgomery, AL

74 miles

(Talladega National Forest, Maplesville, Trailer Trucks, Montgomery)

Day 41: Montgomery, AL to Eufaula, AL

87 miles

(Union Springs, Midway, Friendly Convenience Store, Bullock County)

Day 42: Eufaula, AL to Dawson, GA

49 miles

(Lake Eufaula, Jimmy Carter, Quitman County, Cuthbert, Flat Tire #11)

Day 43: Dawson, GA to Tifton, GA

62 miles

(Cycle Word in Albany, Boiled Peanuts, Worth County, Preparing For The End)

Day 44: Tifton, GA to Waycross, GA

75 miles

(Willacoochee, Worth County, Dunkin Donuts, Memories)

Day 45: Waycross, GA to Jekyll Island, GA

61 miles

(Nahunta, Glynn County, Jekyll Island, Altantic Ocean)

Extra Trip Articles: Going Alone - About The Route - Planning For The Trip - Thank You Page - What I Brought With Me

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