|This is my "fat" picture: I had a few pounds to shed.|
Taken at Bonnaroo Festival, June 2011.
|My brother Tim was riding with me my last couple of days in California.|
Luckily we were going DOWN this hill and on a newer road.
|Riding in California, headed for Stockton, second to last day.|
|Ride 4615 miles and you HAVE to lose weight.|
|Bicycling in the Grand Tetons was a highlight of the trip.|
|The face of El Capitan, Yosemite Valley.|
I thought for a moment a climber was hidden in that speck of shade at left center.
That gives you some perspective.
|The last day I rode from Stockton to San Francisco my brother Tim trailed me in his car.|
He had his flashers on and a sign in his rear window: "Bicyclist on the Road."
You can't tell from this picture; but it really helped.
|Does this pair of shorts make my ass look fat?|
|Meeting great people made my trip special.|
Mike and Kathy Firzoel, Peru, Illinois.
Kathy has been diabetic since she was a young girl; but her spirit is indominatable.
|Early Mormon pioneers crossed the Great Plains pulling their possessions in handcarts.|
That tops bicycling for difficulty any day.
Statue in Salt Lake City.
|There were places in Indiana and Illinois so flat I didn't have to shift all day.|
|Trust me: the ride through the Sevier Desert in southwestern Utah was tough.|
I pedaled for 92 miles and there were no services.
|Sunrise over Bear Lake, Utah.|
I was up early because "camped" beside a golf course and the maintinence men were busy
by 5:30 a. m.
I also got doused by the course sprinklers in the middle of the night.
|This young lady was watching a parade in Wilmington, Illinois.|
Most of the time she waved a little flag.
|You really notice these memorials along the road when you're biking.|
Each one represents a number of broken hearts.
We need to remember that every day we're granted is a gift.
|A great way to end a ride across the continent:|
spending time with my brothers Ned, left, and Tim, right, in San Francisco.
|Tim Viall: my older brother rode with me for two days.|
Not bad for a guy born in 1946!
|Tim in the foothills east of Stockton, California.|
|A helpful warning to riders: if you don't already know,|
tire debris from blowouts can cause most of your flats.
|Riding into Yosemite National Park was great.|
Tioga Pass: 9,943 feet, had to be crossed.
|Near the top of Tioga; that's a glacial valley center, above bike.|
|Notice the specks on the rock behind:|
those are climbers.
|Close up of the same climbers.|
|Romance near Vernal Falls in Yosemite.|
|I tried to climb onto this rock in Mirror Lake (at Yosemite) and failed.|
Notice my JDRF jersey.
|In September the falls has slowed and you can climb up to this crystal green pool.|
|Only these two teens and one old guy (me) were willing to brave the icy waters.|
|Before taking the plunge.|
|Vernal Falls with rainbow.|
|Vernal Falls in black and white.|
|Vernal Falls overlook.|
|That wedge of rock is about eight feet long.|
Near Yosemite Falls.
|Rushing waters at Yosemite National Park.|
|All you need to bicycle across the country is a good machine and a bit of motivation.|
|Losing a lot of weight was a great bonus to the ride.|