I have Parkinson’s disease. You may have known this from my other blogs. I wanted to share how it affects my adventures and more so this bike tour acoross the USA.

Obviously I shake a lot. This in it self doesn’t matter much. However it does mean my muscles are active 24/7. This causes me to feel tired sooner and my energy gets depleted quickly when exerting myself. It reduces my strength to pedal against the wind and uphill as well. This means I am slower than most. I can make about 50 miles per day provided mostly flat. With rolling hills under 3% grade I can do around 40 miles per day. However add a headwind and the mileage starts to dwindle. I can walk 3 miles per hour.

How I combat these issues is I try to maintain a low average speed to conserve energy. I coast whenever possible. And yes I walk often. I have taken a car ride through long desert sections with no resources for over 100 miles. I also took a cab over the Pacific Crest Mountains ridgeline. I never could make it through those sections with my issue.

I may be moving slowly but I am moving steadily. I will do my best to finish the trip. I may have to get a ride occasionally and might have to take breaks. But rest assured that I will finish…

I did complete the Appalachian Trail last year so I can do this…

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