Miles: 248 miles
After a fun 4th of July with my buddy in Kentucky, he took me east of Cincinnati where we said our goodbyes, and I was off for a short 35 mile day to Washington Court House to stay with some CouchSurfers. Quick night, early rise, and back on the road, for a nice 50 mile ride into Lancaster. I’d love to figure out what makes my body effortlessly stroll through some rides and struggle on others. This ride into Lancaster seemed effortless and I completed it in just over 3 1/2 hours. Other days, I seem to struggle and fight for every mile! Frustrating…
The next day I knew wasn’t going to be easy. Having looked at a topographic map, I knew that the day would be hilly beyond anything that I have rode so far, Yet, I still planned a 90 mile ride..?? One of these days I swear, I’m going to wake up and find myself legless for treating them so meanly. They’ll simply detach and run away from me in the night. Fortunately for me, we aren’t action figures and as far as I know…that is impossible. I’ll continue to feed them lots of calories and hope for the best.
The day was hilly. Beatiful. Hot. Hilly. Long. Quite hilly. But I made it. I stayed in Barnesville, Ohio with a warmshower host. Warm Showers is yet another networking tool allowing bike tourers to find accommodation for free. They prepared me a much needed large salad for dinner. One of the common questions I get on the road is, “How much weight have you lost?!” My answer, “none.” I have to admit, my diet has been far from great. Trying to eat cheaply, and on the fly makes it difficult to eat healthy. My goal from here on out, is to try a lot har
der to eat properly. For gosh sakes, biking 4400 miles should be an easy way to get rid of those college pounds. I am 178 lbs right now, and with you as my witness, I vow to eat better and drop some of those! Hold me to it! No more Mc Donalds! Ok, lets be realistic..A lot LESS McDonalds (they have wifi and they are convenient! Im a sucker for good marketing).
The next morning I left Barnesville, Ohio for historical Wheeling, WV. Here I crossed the Ohio River on the first ever bridge to connect the east to the west, and stayed at the house of a local. He took me to a small greek festival, and got me an interview with the local newspaper! Great guy and great host. You can find the article at “The Intelligencer” .
The next morning I had a short 34 mile hilly ride across the Pennsylvania border to my brother’s apartment in Washington, PA. That evening me, my brother Adam, and a few of his co-workers went to a Cubs/Pirates baseball game! I definitely miss just hanging out with friends and family, and during my long 8-day stay in the Pittsburgh area, I was fortunate to have lots of time to do that.
After 5 days staying at my brother’s apartment, I went to northern Pittsburgh and stayed with my cousin who set up “Concert for the Cure”, with his band, Hero and the Lie, being the main performer.
Saturday, July 16th was the date of the concert, and it was a HUGE success. Everyone seemed to have a blast, my sister Emily and parents flew up to see me and attend the event, and Infinity and Beyond raised over $1600 from the event! I had lots of time to mingle with family, and meet and talk with people about Infinity and Beyond. We hope to have this as an annual event in the Pittsburgh area!
Another recent and very successful event was the Biolume Glo Run in Denton, TX on July 12. Biolume was a night time 5k trail run with a glow in the dark theme. It was the 2nd run we have put on and was a major improvement on the first. With over 200 registrants the event raised over $4,000 towards our mission to fund cancer research and assist less fortunate individuals with the costs of cancer care. While I have been biking, a few of my close friends worked very hard putting this together. I really wish I could have been there, but from pictures and the comments of participants, I know that it went well. Biolume will be another annual Infinity and Beyond event.
Hero and the Lie @ Concert for a Cure
The day after the concert was the scheduled day to leave Pittsburgh, however, there were some bike issues and that got pushed back a day. At first I thought it had something to do with my chain rings(expensive), but luckily it was a small mistake that I made while putting on a new chain(cheap). So despite being delayed a day, I was very happy that it wasn’t a costly repair.
With 2 great events and a few great donations, July has been a great month and I am really excited about the amount of money raised by Infinity and Beyond. Hopefully soon we will be able to help another individual with their cancer costs.
Thank you all for your support!
-Sam Davenport, cyclist and founder of Infinity and Beyond
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