My name is Jim Peipert and I live in Fort Worth. I’m a retired journalist/editor/foreign correspondent: The Associated Press, 1965-1987 (Chicago, New York, Moscow, London, Johannesburg, Nairobi); Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 1987-2008 (15 years as national/foreign editor, seven years on editorial board).
I’ve been a touring cyclist since 1994 and I recently completed a ride across the United States on the Adventure Cycling Association‘s southern tier route from San Diego, Calif., to St. Augustine, Fla., which began Sept. 20 and ended Nov. 21. This blog was intended primarily to keep a record of that journey for my wife, our three sons, other relatives and friends.
Some previous trips:
— Missoula, Mont., to Jackson Hole, Wyo., via Yellowstone National Park and Grand Tetons National Park, with a group of Star-Telegram colleagues, 1994.
— Astoria, Ore., to Eureka, Calif., along the Oregon and California coasts, again with a group of newspaper colleagues, 1995.
— Minneapolis, Minn., to St. Louis, along the Mississippi River, small organized ride, Mighty Mississippi Bicycle Adventure, 1996.
— Bicycle Tour of Colorado (five times on varied routes of 400 to 460 miles), 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002.
— Fort Worth to San Antonio, solo, self-contained ride, 1998, 1999.
— Clinton, Mo., to St. Charles, Mo., along the Katy Trail, 2005 and 2009.
— Illinois Great Rivers Ride, organized ride on varied routes in different parts of Illinois, 2006, 2007, 2008.