Today’s Stats: 62 Miles, +/- Elevation. 955/745, Total Miles 1,814. Again an early start to beat the heat and was good until the last 20 miles. The early riding is great with very little traffic and cooler temperatures.
Carnegie Library in Newton. Wealthy businessman Andrew Carnegie donated money to build over 2500 libraries around the world from the late 1800’s until 1929. A touring cyclist from Chicago George Christiansen has visited many Carnegies by bicycle and has a blog about his travels. http://georgethecyclist.blogspot.com/
Shawn is also riding coast to coast as Eastbounder. She is completely blind. She is amazing and attempting something that no other blind cyclist has.
Shawn Cheshire is a US Army veteran and former paramedic. Shawn lost her vision 10 years ago from traumatic brain injury. Shawn represented the USA in Rio Paralympics as tandem cyclist. She is also the world holder for fastest time to rim to rim to rim crossing of the Grand Canyon by a blind athlete.
If you want to read more about Shawn and her mission the website: https://www.choosingtosee.org/
Jesse is the guide. They have blue tooth headsets. Jesse rides in front of Shawn has music playing that enables her to follow behind him while also listening to Jesse’s voice commands.
Jesse with Shawn following as they leave the gas station. They are making a documentary film of this epic adventure.
The support vehicle that follows behind.