Tired + Grinding + More Pie Pounding


MARK’S UPDATE:  Day 57-60
Mark is riding the Great Allegheny Passage/C&O Canal trail from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. Four-day mileage: 275. Total: 3,459

Guys, I’ve been too tired to write these past few days. … Trail riding is much more difficult than road riding, it turns out. Read more about the grinding, the pie, and the GAP trail on Mark’s blog here.   Close to the finish line!



We’ve been too tired to write for the past few days. Yes, too tired. Both of us.  Mark from riding 60+ miles every day for the past 2 months… and me from packing and moving every day, making sure everything is taken care of (housing, food, life). I have even stopped asking people what makes them feel alive! Yes, me.  I even talk to people without the camera sometimes. Sometimes.

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See the car?  It’s at the point that every time I open the door, something falls out. And guess what? I don’t care!     I’ve lost so many things, cut myself so many times, fallen down, dropped so many things (caught my camera on the back of my heel of my shoe as it was falling to the ground the other day)…that I just don’t care anymore, really.  I don’t have the energy to re-pack the car again.  I guess I’m tired in a different way than Mark.

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 6.32.18 PMOh, and did I mention that so  much of what I have filmed is a disaster? I have already mentioned previously that Mark is not exactly a willing subject. Problem # 2: sometimes I am juggling several cameras at once. The other day I was capturing my footage in the computer and I noticed that the GoPro footage was upside down. Turns out that Mark had taken his helmet off and hung it on the handlebars.  That about says it all.  I’m tired.

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Yet, I don’t want to complain. This journey has been an incredible experience. It’s like having kids. Sometimes you feel like it will never end. And when you ship them off to college, you wonder where the time went.

I also still enjoy watching Mark as he arrives at the end of every day. My heart does a little flutter every time I see him ride out from somewhere because I am so dang proud of him. This has been his own version of an Olympics and I am in awe of him that he said he would do it and now he’s almost done.

That’s my man.

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11 Responses to “Tired + Grinding + More Pie Pounding

  • Kyle Renell
    8 years ago

    Give it a year and you’ll just remember the warm and fuzzier…. Well, we can hope, right? Hang tough, you two!

    • Thanks, Kyle!

    • Melody Gilbert
      8 years ago

      Already remembering more of the warm and fuzzier stuff now that it’s over 🙂

  • What you are doing is an amazing feat and a once in a life time experience. I know your tired, one would have to be at this point, but it is something that no one can ever take away from you and it was shared between you both. When your old and gray you will always have the memory of this excellent adventure. Push on………. It’s almost over. Linda Prosser.. Galva, IL. ( red truck wife ) ?

  • Gary Wollemann
    8 years ago

    Maybe your next vacation should be a stay cation! ???? probably not likely knowing you two…

    • Melody Gilbert
      8 years ago

      Will consider it. But prob not 🙂

  • Anne Kramer
    8 years ago

    You two succeeded! Great job! After 74 days and 8900 miles on the road I’m back home and resting. The car is cleaned out. Great meeting you and fun watching all the videos. You both make me smile. (We met at the Curtis Canyon campground, WY by the Elk Refuge in Jackson, where you shot video of feeling alive).

    • Melody Gilbert
      8 years ago

      It was great to meet you, too, Anne! So you kept going after we met? Thought you were about to settle down for the summer? Anyway, here’s the many more adventures in your future! M & M

  • Phil Beveridge
    8 years ago

    Hello Mark and Melody, I met you in Bills Place in New Orleans MD. It was really nice and a pleasure to meet you. Glad we crossed paths. Congratulations and keep up your amazing journey. Your a Great inspiration.

    • Melody Gilbert
      8 years ago

      Nice to meet you, too, Phil! Thanks for checking in and congrats on your journey, too 🙂