Keeping Up with Cisco
July 24, 2012. Francisco Molina sets out on his epic journey across the country on his Bianchi Volpe.
9:30AM: Renato and I head over to Cisco's house to say goodbye. We help him carry his bike out of the house. It weighs a lot. Like, a LOT. Cisco seems pretty relaxed, although that might be from the gourd of Yerba Mate he is sipping on. It's a good thing he's got a whole bag to take with him on the trip.
10:00AM: We've hugged Cisco and left, and are talking about how heavy that bike is. It's mostly food, so he'll eat his way through it, but it's going to be a rough beginning.
11:00PM: Cisco calls to say goodnight, he's camping and has ridden about 60 miles.
July 25th, 2012. I get a message from Cisco with more details from day 1. He fell in Bay Village, shortly after leaving, and broke the seat off his bike. A nice lady drove him to a bike shop where they gave him a free seat. Cisco is already learning one of the best lessons of touring: people really can be relied on, and are often willing to go out of their way to help you.
Cisco gets to Bowling Green tonight.
July 26th/27th, 2012. Cisco decides to stay in Bowling Green for an extra night. He is staying with some friends of a friend, who are taking him to a BBQ, where he will eat "fried gator". These touring cyclists will eat anything.
An epic storm is on the way. It's a good thing he's choosing to take this night/day off and will have a solid shelter through the evening.
July 29th, 2012. Talk to Cisco briefly. He is in Indiana, very close to the boarder of Illinois and is checking into a camp ground. I am lame and fall asleep before he gets a chance to call me back.
July 30th, 2012. Haven't talked to Cisco at length for a few days. He's in Illinois now, approaching a city called Odell, which is about 75 miles southwest of Chicago. When we finally connect on the phone, Cisco is climbing a hill and the connection keeps dropping. We'll talk more tonight.
This is day eight. He sounds great over the phone.
Pictures will be on the way soon, once he finds a library to visit and can upload.
Keep thinking of our traveling friend, send him the good vibes! More to come as he continues his journey.