A selection of photos from a transcontinental ride from San Diego to St. Augustine, Fla., starting Sept. 20, 2009:
A group photo after the ritual dipping of the rear wheel in the Pacific Ocean
Kami celebrates a birthday in Tempe, Ariz.
Looking back down from near the top of Gonzales Pass on the road to Superior, Ariz.
Heading down the east side of Gonzales Pass on U.S. 60 toward Superior, Ariz.
Check of the elevation profile on the road to Three Way, Ariz. From left: Jim, Gerben and Derrik
The road goes on forever in the high desert of Arizona
On the road to Three Way, Ariz. From left: Derrik, Cathy and Gerben
Kami and John at the store in Three Way, Ariz.
Climbing a 6,295-foot pass on Arizona 78 on the way to Buckhorn, N.M.
View back down the west side of the 6,295-foot pass
Crossing into New Mexico on the road to Buckhorn
Inside the cliff dwellings at Gila Springs, N.M.
A selection of photos from a ride across Missouri along the Katy Trail June 11-14, 2009, with brother-in-law Jim Finney and cousin-in-law Laura Karr:
Jim Finney, Laura Karr and Jim Peipert at start of ride along Katy Trail at Parkfield Inn in Clinton, Mo., June 11, 2009
Jim Peipert, Jim Finney, Jean Karr (Laura's mother) and Laura at Green Ridge, Mo., on first day on Katy Trail
Jim Finney fixes a flat on the first day as Laura offers advice
The Carriage House at the Katy Trail Bed and Bikefest in Rocheport, Mo., our Lodging the first night on the trail
Jim Finney on a bridge over a creek flowing into the Missouri River at right
Laura, Rick Karr (Laura's brother who drove the sag wagon) and Jean with a friendly dog at a stop along the trail
The friendly dog, who apparently had puppies somewhere, enjoying a neck scratch and a break from her pups
The Rendleman Home bed and breakfast at Bluffton, Mo., our lodging the second night on the trail
Laura ready to ride from the Rendleman Home on our third day on the Katy Trail
An abandoned silo, faced with ceramic tiles, along the Katy Trail
The sitting room at the Red Brick Inn in Augusta, Mo., our lodging the third and last night on the Katy Trail
The dining room at the Red Brick Inn
Another view of the dining room at the Red Brick Inn
Sue Kaid (my sister) and Jim at the Loading Dock on the Mississippi River at Grafton, Ill., upriver from Alton
Rick Karr and Jim Peipert at Rendleman House in Bluffton, Mo.
Laura Karr on the Katy Trail
Laura beside the Missouri River
At the end of the Katy Trail ride in St. Charles, Mo.: Jim Finney, Jean Karr, Jim Peipert, Laura Karr and Rick Karr