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February 29, 2017 . . . Bad News

By meriwether, Mar 2 2016 09:21PM

Hello All -

The first thing you should know is that I’m OK. But I am sad to say that my journey has come to an abrupt halt. Only a couple minutes after I left Vidal Junction, CA, where I had spent the afternoon waiting for the desert heat to cool, I was hit from behind by a lady in an SUV - she ran into my left rear pannier and sent me and the bike flying. I came out of it OK with only a few scrapes and bruises, but the bike is pretty well mangled - my trusty riding companion that I have sat atop these last 6,600 miles. I feel very bad about that of course, but lucky it was nothing worse as far as my own well being is concerned. A few more inches and she would have gotten all of me and the bike. The sun was setting and it was directly in the roadway, so I know it was very difficult to see. But I’m still very angry that people don’t slow down and make the adjustments that common sense dictates need to be made under those conditions.

We stuffed my mangled bike and all my gear in the California Highway Patrol vehicle, and the officer brought me to Lake Havasu City where I will begin to make some arrangements for shipping things home. The thought of buying another bike has crossed my mind, but I don’t think this will happen. It took me a while to set up my Koga-Miyata touring bike just the way I wanted it, and most bike shops don’t carry dedicated touring bikes these days like the one I have been riding.

I’ve talked to my Sister Pat after the accident, and will converse more with her tomorrow to let her know what’s going on.

Just wanted to let you all know, and again thank you for all the kind words of support over these past days, weeks, and months and the support you have given to the two causes for which I have been riding - Habitat For Humanity and Save The Children.

Mar 2 2016 11:29PM by Dennis Anderson

Glad to see that your OK. Sure wish there was a way for you to continue on with your journey.

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