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Paul Stutzman -- -- -- century hike the Appalachian trail and that he decided he needed a new challenge so let's put up on the map what he did he grabbed a bike.
And from the -- day.
All the way the Key West it's about 5000 miles.
He rode a bike and he has written a book called biking across America Mike coast -- venture in the people I met along the way at all Stutzman joins us now.
-- Paul thanks for being with us first of all why did you want to do this.
Well this story goes back a few years.
My wife passed away of cancer.
And that -- she passed away.
Hydrogen certain level killing but not quite where I should be so I did something pretty radical I quit a really good job.
Bought a backpack and hiked the Appalachian trail the entire trail insurgents -- and dealing.
And wrote a book called heightened -- about that but there is that they open Dalton Massachusetts.
It was the fourth of July 2008.
And death on the trail we have -- in my -- him as a possible.
And I was hiking with the Catholic priest on a sabbatical Israel has pottery.
And so forth of July were I think it is -- Dalton Massachusetts.
And -- is often -- or have a good conversation.
And I mentioned it is pretty but that this kind of reminds you what -- -- -- -- with these.
People in their front porches laughed and having a great time.
And so -- said.
Sort of -- -- the time I said when I'm done with my height.
I'm gonna write a book about the height in the peace -- -- and -- -- my bike and that right across America.
And I'm verify these people on the front porches and just discover America and so that's the idea I was I was born my attitude and I did the guy that did the right.
-- -- Did you meet people on their front porch is insist that senior title the people I met along the way.
Did you meet.
Well I had intended to meet more people in front porches but when you're -- eighty miles a day into the NC a house.
Obviously McCain's fortunes but -- -- people in that or in in cafes restaurants.
I'd Needham and root site press.
Places right rest that I met him at on on rampant -- people -- that people under.
We've got a bridges says it's anywhere along the way when I stop right side to spark conversation and and it really has an incredible stories of people right now.
We're showing some pictures of your travels.
All long that the roadways and highways and so forth.
I -- that must've been an incredibly difficult physical.
Challenge what was the toughest part of it.
Well the toughest part probably it was.
-- -- northern California got to besides -- but of course the Rocky Mountains but it was quite apply.
But -- toughest thing is just the loneliness of being out there by yourself.
On the side of the highway and -- bought cars passed yet but -- all by yourself.
Opener but he sees but.
The and every seat is so different but the farther east like in the more important level that it became a -- -- from those western states that -- -- really tough.
Yeah I mean I get on elliptical machine every day and I you know I try to reach a certain.
But there is a little voice in my head this is you can quit now Africa yes and nobody will really know you can say that you went that think you know but.
Does it was there ever that little voice in your head.
Well yeah I'd I'd I'd get I had people that would stop and say you know -- -- -- -- to you -- list.
And and the other -- that sure I want the -- But I I can't I if I do it rider height I have to do the whole thing I cannot get a mile that I'd come home in -- that -- it would just bother me.
And so I just kept on plugging along.
What's out for a bicycle rider 5000 miles day after day after day.
I mean -- did you have some injuries and blisters and saying your -- Muster really hurt.
All my goodness I still look at a bicycle seat that is -- it's a torture -- -- a heck.
But otherwise I did a pretty good shape by not -- practiced all that much support hand -- it by myself what does or anybody down.
But it it.
-- -- watch what you -- over Colorado and with a rocket volleys your legs are pretty much and in good shape.
But it I was fortunate I did not have any injuries at all I got I got driven off the road one time by semi -- tried.
-- a little bit but otherwise I was pretty fortunate.
Well I mean the wind drift in draft of a semi like it not yet.
When he feed off the side of the -- going to be really really careful look city try to go what eighty miles a day.
And then -- which is an incredible amount.
And then what do you do stop and stay in a hotel did you camp what did you do.
But I -- intended -- camp or had my -- there's been a lot of guys -- and -- trail but I soon realized I needed a bit more comfort five cents at home.
And that I would see it mortals if I could find -- there's tight -- you -- one night when there is nothing I -- 480 miles.
With thought it would bodies stopping -- but did she -- little bit.
But I stayed in some motels where you probably would not -- -- your family but that's as what you're -- 8000 miles -- -- -- do you.
Yeah believe me -- stayed in the same hotels where you wouldn't you know.
-- a multi once in Kansas and you could mean close the door to it I think I didn't -- -- it yet you know that hotel they look what's your next adventure.
You know what I just -- can do it I'm planning to -- paddled the entire Mississippi River 2300 miles.
This fall and then probably -- -- -- about it and expects break.
That's that's what's gonna happen it's visible.
-- -- -- Have somebody that helps you plan out the roots.
No I don't I kind of looked upon the hype that's that's self revival -- on the bike -- there are defined routes.
But I did not take him I had a notebook along at night -- get fired that thing up with about routes.
But there are times when I got the dilemma I got to a place for it like they're pretty interstate you know lob on there and then go to Detroit of -- Civil Disobedience or direct turnaround.
And well it's a few times I was on the -- direction at the end but it.
I'll submit -- Credible people on interstate on grants homeless people people could -- -- stop and talk to him and in my book got the bike across America I've got some really amazing stories of people like bad.
Along that -- -- just one story something you learned about America.
-- one -- about American way it is it's we hear so much about that 1% -- they had.
Wants lock might -- type my pocket anywhere -- parked it on the -- would indeed and I was never worried about it knows best ever worried about it.
-- it's still America is that a good place most people are good honesty that don't help out.
I'm a -- but one of the guys -- that -- its citizens like Missouri it's Sunday morning a homeless man.
And sit on the side of the highway with a backpack try to get -- to New Orleans but but the conversation with the guys and yes it was it -- -- I was doing it.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And he's crying because he's he's got no money and -- that it -- afford to do this.
Well I left there feeling so good god help somebody out who could not do anything returns.
But what I didn't really realize about what you believe in god or karma are usually about -- the next night I -- over 700 dollars late on side of the road.
And we'll get it right and they -- -- -- twenty dollar bill and god blessed with 700 some dollars.
That is truly amazing.
Analytical reason and -- those stories.
Over and over the people I've met -- homeless are better and that was paralyzed in the gulf war and it got sealed inside his bicycle that talking people met him.
-- -- -- Where people can read about it your book entitled biking across America -- -- because convention -- people I met along the way Paul Stutzman who is the author and congratulations.
On yet another feet.
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