Monday, May 29, 2006

2nd State of 10... At Last!

current location: Chattanooga, TN
total mileage: 645
approximate # of kayaks I've seen in the past 3 days: see total mileage
# of days I've cried: 6
identifiable types of roadkill: 19
servings of ice cream consumed: 23
# of marriage proposals: 1
level of seat comfort (on a scale of 1 to 11): 8.74


Note to self: "Self, scenic tours are meant for driving, not cycling." After learning this the hard way coming into Asheville, my subsequent route included deviating from the Blue Ridge Parkway ASAP. Busier, more direct roads have faster traffic, but an existent shoulder, and (usually) more gradual inclines and declines. Sounds good to me! My mom joined up with me in Asheville and has been riding along on a bike to remind me that I can't coast... I mean, to accompany me for my personal safety. We've had a great time, between steep hills coming out of the Nantahala and Ocoee gorges, dealing with the creepy stalker guy, finding out that Verizon (unlike Visa) is NOT everywhere we want to be, tenting in a wild thunderstorm, a flat tire on her bike, 216 miles, FINALLY arriving in Tennessee, pizza, ice cream, laughing, and pillow fights.

My favorite reactions so far:
- the motorcyclists who pass, subtly glance in their mirror, then shake their head.
- "You're so hot! Will you marry me?!"... yelled from a rafter on the Nantahala River.

Reactions generating my fakest courtesy laughs (ahem.. properly juxtaposed from the reactions above):
- "You're missing a wheel!"
- "Don't fall!" (are we still in kindergarten?)
- "Helmet!" (spoken reprovingly to me as I passed because I was wearing my visor instead. Look, buddy, sometimes skin protection takes precedence over head protection - get over it!)


Hooray for finally reaching The Volunteer State, the land of "Agriculture and Commerce," the 36th biggest state, or shall I optimistically say, the 15th smallest? And now I just hope it won't take another 14 days of riding to get through this second state in my journey....
Carpe Diem.








SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Carolina Fatz bike shop in Asheville, NC
Eric, Marian, & Stella Larson
Todd Campbell & Jan
Scott's Bikes in Cleveland, TN

Click here to donate online. For additional donation info, please see the initial post, "Up and Rolling."

Coker unicycle product info.

26 comments:

Kevin said...

I just read an article in the Davis Enterprise about what you're doing -- keep up the good work! Also heard about you through FBC Davis. We'll be praying for you!

On a side note, I thought it would be cool if your website was simply "onewheelforlife.com", so I got the domain name and am forwarding it to your blog. Gotta get the word out!

Gracie Sorbello said...

kevin, that's so awesome! having a simpler web address will definitely help myself and others spread the news. thank you so much for doing that. "onewheelforlife.com" it is!

Shiloh said...

Good stuff, Chiquita. Take care of Mom. :)

Anonymous said...

Hello Kim and Gracie,congradulations you made it to Tennesse.You two are amazing,take care of each other.uncle richard

Anonymous said...

Woo-Hooo!! Go Gracie Go!! :D I'm praying for your strength, physical endurance, mental endurance and safety. Love to you, Jennifer L (I attend First Baptist Church in Davis and travelled with your fabulous parents in Israel).

Lars Clausen said...

Congratulations on making Tenessee! Having so much fun following your ride and reliving memories of the road. www.onewheel.org Continuing best wishes!!!

ab said...

gracie, as always, your amazing beauty and redonqulious strength astounds me. so great to read all about the journey. if i imagine hard enough it is almost like i could be cycling along side you guys. be safe, God bless.
te amo
ab

Adam Argento said...

Gracie -

I'm cycling (yes, on a regular roadbike) across the states this summer starting July 1st. It's a solo charity drive, like yours, but for Lou Gerhig's disease. You can check it out at my webiste, referenced below. But more importantly, I want to know 1) how the hell are you keeping your backpack so small, and 2) how far north are you going? We should meet up if the paths cross. Well, here's a shout out in any case, I think what you're doing is incredible.

Klingon (Klaus) said...

http://eurotreking.blogspot.com/

HI GRACIE!! How is the romping going? I can't tell how many hours a day you ride that sweet sweet round. Also, I like the idea of you calling your 'cycle The Round. Then your theme song could be Round & Round by Ratt, which is TOTALLY SWEET, perhaps you have it on your iPizzle, if not I shall send it to you so you can listen while you roll on your round. Holy CRAP, I'm going to Yurop in like 10 days and I have no idea how to change a tire! Stoke On! Where oh where can I send you postcards of skinny frenchmen?

Kling-a-ling-a-ding-diggity-dong

TeacherinTN said...

Gracie,
Welcome to West TN. I hope the overnight stay at the state park was pleasant. I received a phone call telling me about your trek across the country and was happy to notify News Channel 3 about the effort you are making to bring awareness to such a worthy cause. I hope someone is waiting as you arrive in the Memphis area so you can receive proper coverage and hopefully, a LOT of donations!
You are such an inspiration to all of us who have ideas about ways to help causes we believe in...but never do anything about it for fear of failure. You go, girl! I am proud of you! I will continue to keep track of you as you journey across our nation. May you have a safe...and comfortable trip.
TeacherinTN

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