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Goodbye Illinois and Missouri

My first day in Illinois was spent going off my regular route to Garden of the Gods which had breathtaking views and rock formations created by millions of years of nature’s weathering forces. It was well worth the extra 15 miles to go off course. Unfortunately, the next two days in Illinois I spent in on and off torrential downpours. Despite the rain, highlights included riding along the Mississippi River Levee Road with all of the coal terminals and flour mills. And who could forget a visit to Chester, Illinois, home of the creator of Popeye, where I sought out all 18 statues of the Popeye characters. After leaving Chester, I crossed the Mississippi River to Missouri. Unfortunately, upon my arrival in Missouri the first night, I realized my bike had failed at the attachment point of the carrier on both sides with holes in the bike frame. I spent a day looking for a replacement bike and parts with no luck due to Covid. I ended up going to a radiator shop where I had the bike welded and repaired. My travels through Missouri took me through Mark Twain national forest and the Ozarks Riverfront trail with it’s endless state parks. One of the state parks I visited was Elephant Rocks, giant boulders formed from 1 1/2 billion year old granite. Another favorite was Johnson’s Shut-In’s State Park with beautiful rock formations and rapids. One of my favorite towns was Eminemce, a small town full of river activities on the Jack’s Fork River where it happened to be the 52nd annual horse trail event with over 2000 horses along the river. The heat was brutal for several days in Missouri and I was rescued from the heat on one occasion by a perfect stranger I met in a convenience store who offered me up their missionary apartment in their church which I attended the following day and was blessed with prayers and the warmest welcome from the entire congregation. Missouri will be remembered for it’s beautiful state parks, Popeye, welcoming people, and rolling hills of the Ozarks.

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Diane Haupt
2254A Maple St
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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Goodbye Kentucky

Crossing into Kentucky 7 days ago

As I sit on the banks of the Ohio River in Illinois reflecting on my travels through Kentucky, many wonderful memories come to mind. First and foremost are the wonderful people of Kentucky. I have never met such a transparent and welcoming group of people, telling their stories of hardship in one breath while expressing their pride in their community and state in the next. From the grocery store cashier telling her story of lost love ones to Covid when I asked about her still wearing a mask, to Angie in Elkhorn city who welcomed a perfect stranger into her home and introduced me to half the city, to Trisha who rescued me from a storm and fed me the most wonderful meal, just to name a few. When I first crossed into Kentucky I had to contend with the relentless hills, rain, and dogs of the region but was rewarded with many breathtaking views of mountains and forests. The end of the appellations brought me to Berea, a beautiful college town where tuition is free in return for work on the campus. After leaving Berea The landscape changed to rolling hills and beautiful horse pastures passing through small towns including Bardstown, the bourbon capital, Hodgenville, birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, Rough River and Sebree. Yesterday I took the ferry at Cave in Rock and crossed into Illinois where I had a beautiful cliff side campsite on the banks of the Ohio River.

Thank you for your donations today. As of today, total donation stand at $8,600, over half of my goal. Time to get back to pedaling to see what adventures await in Illinois and reach that $15,000 goal. Thanks for your ongoing support!

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Diane Haupt
2254A Maple St
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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LET THE ADVENTURES BEGIN

Dipping my wheel in the Chesapeake Bay

First off, thank you for all of your donations and words of support over the last two weeks. With your generosity, over $8,000 has already been raised for CWA. After dipping my wheel in the Chesapeake Bay, I was on my way to Jamestown. The best part of the day was the beautiful Elizabeth River Trail, 10.5 miles through Norfolk, showcasing many sites including the Hermitage Museum on the shores of the Lafayette River, Old Dominion University, Fort Norfolk, the Pagoda and Oriental Gardens, Battleship Wisconsin, Nauticus, and Town Point Park to name a few. I was able to pay a visit to the treasurer of Bike Norfolk along the way to hand off donations made by check. At the end of the Elizabeth River Trail, a short Ferry Ride transported me across the Elizabeth River to Portsmouth to continue my journey to Smithfield and Surrey for another ferry ride across the James River to Williamsburg, home to a chapter of Cycling Without Age http://cwa-williamsburg.org.

Giving a trishaw ride in Williamsburg

After taking the ferry across to Jamestown, it was 50 beautiful miles along The Cap to Cap Trail to Richmond. If you’ve never ridden the trail before, make time to do so. From Richmond it was on to Afton mountain, passing many vineyards and beautiful farms along the way with rolling hills. From Afton, the hills changed into mountains as I traversed the Blue Ridge Parkway with beautiful vistas of the valley below and descended into Vesuvius. The trail then followed railroad tracks and a stream into Lexington, home to VMI and Washington and Lee University. The next towns would be Roanoke and Radford, continuing with mountain climbs and views. My last day of riding for the week took me through the beautiful Jefferson National Forest, by Mount Rogers and Grayson Highlands with many ponies, Christmas tree farms, and farmland along the way. One final descent into Damascus followed a stream with endless waterfalls and I also sidetracked for a few beautiful miles along the Virginia Creeper Trail. As I sit hear writing today, I am in Abingdon, plotting my crossing and path through Kentucky and full of gratitude for your ongoing prayers and support. I can’t wait to see what adventures await in Kentucky 😊🚴

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Diane Haupt
2254A Maple St
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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ABOUT DIANE HAUPT

Practice ride fully loaded on Elizabeth River Trail

WHO – Recently retired Physical Therapist of 30 years and owner of Dynamic Health Services. Previously competitive triathlete and runner. Loves traveling and insatiably curious about other countries and cultures and has a heart for serving others.

WHAT – Unsupported bicycle ride across country to raise funds for a local chapter of Cycling Without Age.

WHERE – 4,300 miles following the TransAmerican Bicycle Trail https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/transamerica-trail/ starting with a wheel dip in the Atlantic Ocean in Virginia Beach, VA and ending with a wheel dip in the Pacific Ocean in Oregon. The local Cycling Without Age chapter will serve the communities of Virginia Beach and Norfolk.

WHEN – Departing Virginia Beach on May 24th with plans to arrive in Oregon mid August.

WHY – Just as it has been for everyone, this last year during COVID has been difficult in many ways. Watching people struggle mentally from being so isolated, especially the elderly, has been heartbreaking. Not being able to pursue my favorite pastime of traveling was also a struggle. Biking across country was always on my bucket list and now seems like the perfect time to do it. In doing so, I will be able to slow down and connect with people that have also struggled over the last year, see the country from a new perspective, and raise money to help start a local Cycling Without Age chapter to serve those that have been impacted the most by COVID.

GOALS OF RIDE – My goal is to raise $15,000 during the ride to have enough funds to get a local chapter of Cycling Without Age chapter up and running with one trishaw and then to raise another $15,000 upon my return to have a second trishaw and be able to serve more people.

Going for a ride on a Trishaw

THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY AND JOINING ME ON MY JOURNEY ACROSS THE UNITED STATES IN SUPPORT OF CYCLING WITHOUT AGE – VIRGINIA BEACH/NORFOLK.

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