Across America

Jim in BangkokMy 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).

southern-tier-route3I’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.
btclogoBicycle 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.

29 responses to “Across America

  1. Mary Ellen

    Live to ride! Ride to live! You go!

  2. Dee

    This gives me goose bumps! So honored to call you friend. I look forward to experiencing the journey with you!

  3. Jim Schwegel

    Your blog looks great. Too bad I’m still working and not retired or I’d go with you (not). It sure looks like it is going to be an exciting adventure. It will make our 1966 journey accross Europe on mopeds look like kids stuff.

    • Jim,
      You must be having a senior moment. We rode mopeds across Europe in 1962. I was in the Army in Monterey, Calif., in 1966. Thanks for looking at the blog. I’m having a lot of fun doing it, and plan to blog regularly. So keep checking. Please pass on the info to Gary and Mike. I don’t have their e-mail addresses.

      • ToddBS

        Were you at the Presidio of Monterey? I was there at the language school from 1992-1994. Beautiful area. I wasn’t too keen on the earthquakes though (the big one hit LA while I was out there).

      • Todd,
        Yes, I was at DLI at the Presidio during all of 1966, taking a 47-week course in Russian. What language were you studying?

      • ToddBS

        I studied Arabic there for a 63 week course. Would have loved for it to have been longer!

  4. John/Jacob

    My 6 year old son has a book we got at Half Price Books called The Pocket Guide to Military Aircraft. The inside front cover says “Peipert – National/Foreign Desk”. I was curious about that and looked it up on the Internet. I’m guessing I found the former owner!

    John and Jacob
    Saginaw, TX

  5. Ian Moore.

    Your blog is really good. I live in a small place called Cullercoats in the north east of England and will be following you on your epic journey. I begin my Southern Tier adventure on the 27th or 28th Oct and hope to complete it in 42 days reaching St. Augustine on or around the 8th Dec. Good luck and have a fantastic time!

    • Ian,
      Thanks for reading my blog. It appears that we will be on the road at the same time. But you’ll be at the start of your trip and I’ll be — I hope — near the end. Are you going with a group or solo? Will you be keeping an online journal? If so, let me have the link so I can follow your trip. Take care and good luck.

      • Ian Moore.

        Hi Jim,
        Thank you for your reply. I’m doing the trip solo and haven’t decided as yet if I’ll be keeping an online journal,but if I do I’ll certainly let you have the link. I’ve been out on the bike today to Alnwick which is in the heart of Northumberland. The weather was cloudy and windy but the country roads were fairly traffic free.

      • Ian,
        I’d welcome some of that cloudy weather. I was out today on the bike and the temperature was in the mid-90s, still relatively cool for a Texas summer.

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  7. Hey Jim, I found your website by accident whilst searching for another Jim’s blog, but what a nice site! I hope your trip goes well. We came back this week from our month-long ride from Seattle to San Diego ( Best of luck,


    • Seb,
      Many thanks for your kind words and good wishes. I took a look at your Web site. Very nice. I noted that the last leg of your trip included the segment from Encinitas to San Diego. I’m renting a car to drive to San Diego for the start of my trip. I have to return it in Encinitas, as that’s the only Budget rental car location in the San Diego that accepts the return of one-way rentals. I’m considering biking from Encinitas to San Diego and wonder if there’s a bike-friendly route. Google Maps indicates that the old coast highway, U.S. 101, and Torrey Pines Road might be a good route. Is that the route you and Soso took? Cheers and best wishes.

  8. Phil walkden

    Our friend Cathy Blondeau has given your website
    to us. We are excited for Cathy and look forward to following all of your adventures on this ride across our country. Good luck!! Phil and Theresa

    • Phil and Theresa,
      Thanks very much for looking at the blog. I hope I’m not too tired at the end of each day to keep up the blog postings during the ride. I look forward to meeting Cathy and the others in San Diego. I’m driving to San Diego and leave tomorrow morning. Take care.

  9. hi jim,
    i suggest you take the ford mustang.
    more room and it would attract more attention.
    be safe have fun!

    • Don,
      Good to hear from you. Thanks for the good wishes. By the way, I still have that Mustang but it’s dormant in the garage. My youngest son won’t let me sell it. Thanks for the good wishes.

  10. Dave Waker

    Hi Jim,
    Have been reading your blog with great interest as in 2010 my self and my fellow riders (The Magnificent 7) will be undertaking this route (over 30 Days) and being from the Uk the daily sun temp is causing some concerns as we very rarely get the chance to ride in anything like the heat you have experienced. Anyway hope you have many days of good riding and look forward to reading about them as your diary will only help us next year.
    All the best

    • Dave,
      Thanks for reading my blog. The heat, indeed, during the first part of this journey has been debiliating. But we’re now in Globe, Ariz., at a higher elevation. The weather has moderated. For the first time since we left San Diego on Sept. 20, the temperature was below 100 degrees. It was in the mid-70s this morning as we climbed through the Superstition Mountains to Globe. We had a nice cloud cover and a following wind. What a difference a day makes. We have a Brit in our group who says he’s used to riding in temperatures about half of what we’ve experienced the past 10 days. Take care and good luck with your journey.

  11. Dave Waker

    Hi Jim,
    Have been reading your blog with great interest as myself and my fellow riders (The Magnificent 7) will be undertaking this route in Sept 2010 (over 30 Days in Aid of Claire House Childrens Hospice and our target of £100,000.00) and just reading about the sun tempertures is something we never see here in the UK and nothing we can train for.
    Looking forward to reading more of your ride as your experiences will no doubt be of great interest and help to us all, anyway hope you have many good days of riding ahead
    All the best


  12. I just finished thru hiking the Appalachian Trail and would like to do a cross country bike ride as my next adventure. I was browsing for information and ran across your site. I look forward to following along on your blog. Good luck.

  13. Marjorie Day


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  16. so you pretty much stay in the warm weather areas riding

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