This past Friday, after almost five straight days of riding, my knees threatened full rebellion if I pressed on further. They throbbed so bad each day that even standing up or walking was a chore. I knew if I pressed on my body would break and I’d be stranded somewhere. This was not a viable option. With much regret and sorrow, I must officially announce a premature end to my bicycle tour and have gotten a train back to my home, St. Louis.
I will continue writing, maybe on this blog maybe on a new one. I’m going to continue in the vein of bicycle news/tips and tricks as I’m taking this time to go back to work and focus on developing my passing interest of bicycle maintenance and repair into a job. I’m enrolling in grant writing classes this spring/summer and will be writing grant letters for local bicycle advocacy groups. For now, my travel writing is on halt but I’ve been inspired to continue writing about food. When I get a more regular income you can expect to see reviews of local St. Louis gems (and as St. Louis foodies know, we’re a treasure trove for excellent small restaurants).
I almost certain that this announcement will isolate many of my readers and for that I’m sad but that’s just how the chips fell, folks.
It maybe a while before I have more content to post, but probably not more than a week or two (finding a new job and school will consume a lot of my time, however I have a feeling that even juggling a job and school will take less effort/time than trying to couch surf and study maps and find camp spots).
Thanks for all the reads and support folks,
- Grant Writing as a Career: Prospect Research Fees in 2013 (grantresults.wordpress.com)
- Grant-writing workshop scheduled (qctimes.com)
- Grant Writing as a Career: Hourly Rates and Flat Rates in 2013 (grantresults.wordpress.com)
- Online Bicycle Repair Course Launched Online at DIY Bike Repair (prweb.com)