Monday, August 1, 2011

The Finish Line: Day #3 - There And Back Again.

After almost two months, I'm proud to say, Hello Texas! This trip has been an amazing experience for me. I've met so many people from around the world and biked with 23 other bicyclist during this trip. Joining with the Coast to Coast Team really made everything I accomplished possible. They took care of me and provided for me and I really appreciate everything they did for me! I flew out of San Francisco, at 5:15 to Las Vegas, where I found another plane to Houston, Texas at 8 p.m. I finally arrived in Houston, at 1 a.m. It's good to be home. I'm glad, and sad to say that this is the end of my journey of biking ocean to ocean. I really hope y'all enjoyed this blog and maybe one day be able to fulfill your dream, whatever it may be. Thank you for all your prayers and support through these past two months. It was tough, and there were days where I just wanted to give up, but I pushed on and accomplished a my dream. Something I will never forget. Remember, every great dream begins with a dreamer....That's you.

Who wants to walk across America with me?! Hehe. Justkidding. [Not yet] Well guys, I'm not good with goodbyes.....So. I'm outty.


Stephen Rosenberger.

Location:New Waverly,United States

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Finish Line: Day #2 - Touring.

Today was another busy day in San Francisco! Mrs. Swengel, Cameron and I went back to Fisherman's Wharf to take a bus a tour to see Muir Woods, and another city, Sausalito, California. Our bus driver was fantastic! He didn't only drive well but he knew his history and communicated it well.

The trees in Muir Woods are huge Coastal Red Wood trees. Some of which live to be 800 years old and grow over 250 feet tall.

We met some people from Carolina, on the tour and talked to them for a while too. After an amazing dinner provided by Adagio, [A hotel] we went to the top floor of a Marriott to see the lit up city. It was beautiful! We were only 39 stories up but could still see all the street and building lights perfectly.

San Francisco has been an amazing experience. One more day in San Francisco, then, TEXAS!

Stephen Rosenberger.

Location:Berry St,San Francisco,United States

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Finish Line: Day #1 - Packing It Up.

Cameron and I woke up at 6 o'clock this morning to workout in the hotel's gym. We decided that waking up at 6 is a good habit to keep. After exercising, eating and showering we went to pack up our bikes and mail them back home. The bike shop that helped us out was more than generous and we were out if there in no time. After packing up all of our gear and shipping our bikes we went to walk around Fisherman's Wharf. It was a great day! We saw some more sea lions and ate at an In-n-Out.

Walking around San Francisco, people are always performing on the streets. There are jugglers, dancers, statutes, magicians and artists.

We are all enjoying San Francisco!

Stephen Rosenberger.

Location:E Grand Ave,South San Francisco,United States

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Day #52 - I Made It.

Well. Today was THE day. We woke up at 7 o'clock to bike only 85 miles into San Francisco. I crashed again. On the way to San Francisco, Cameron and I were biking pretty close to each other when he stopped. I didn't have enough time to slow down and biked right into his back tire. Thankfully no one was hurt, but the front tire on my bike was bent and a spoke broke. I didn't know what I should do. But. I finished out the last 60 miles of the day with a broken, bent, and flat front tire. Cameron's bike was a bit beat up too, both our bikes need a doctor. We finally made it to a ferry which took us into San Francisco.

It was pretty legit. The inside was built like an airplane, only a thousand times bigger, and had a back deck. I promise you, the ferry was going like 55 mph. We rode under a few bridges and by Alcatraz, which we will be visiting sometime tomorrow!

After the ride we finished the trip off by riding a last 6 miles to the Golden Gate Bridge. WE BIKED ACROSS AMERICA! I feel accomplished! I don't know what to think about it yet though. I'm just so excited about everything. We will be staying in San Francisco until the 31st. And. I don't care what anyone tells you. But. San Francisco is Cold!

I like it though. I'll continue to blog and post pictures until I make it home. I'd like to just say thank you to everyone who read, supported and prayed for me!

Facts about the trip:
1] I burned about 329,535 calories.
2] I biked 3967 miles.
3] I biked through 9 states.
4] I spent around 315 hours on my bike.
5] We survived the Loneliest Road in America.
6] I saw a Sea Lion in San Francisco.

Stephen Rosenberger.

Location:Gateway Blvd,South San Francisco,United States

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Day #50 & #51 - California.

Day #50 - This morning we woke up early enough to avoid the wind. We met up with another biker, who's also supported but started in Florida and is heading to San Francisco. She's biking across America for her 50th birthday. Go figure!

We finally made it to California and were greeted with a mountain. This place is is beautiful. Biking to the peak of the mountain, a rude guy sped past us and hit an oncoming car. With a loud whack they hit each other's rear view mirrors. The guy who caused the wreck by passing us started yelling and cursing at us before calling us over. He asked for our ID's, licenses and insurance. [We didn't give him any] He was pretty angry with us but after a while he finally drove off. Meanwhile, another truck pulled up on the other side of the road with a flat tire. Cameron, Matt and I volunteered to help two lady's change their flat tire. Changing a car tire is a lot different from a bike tire....we are always practicing new skills.

It was our good turn for the day and they both warmly welcomed us to California. We biked a total of 105 miles to a resort half way up the mountain...... Without cell service, which is why this post is late.

Day #51 - Today we had to finish biking up the mountain before going down. We started at over 8,000 feet and are now staying in Sacramento, at see level. It is so much easier to breathe at this elevation.

This morning was freezing and there was snow where we were biking, but by noon the temperatures rose and became the opposite extreme. Hot. We biked a total of 132 miles today, leaving just 80 miles for tomorrow... Our last day! I don't know what I'm going to do everyday after this trip. I'm so used to biking all day and now I only have one more day. I'm excited to finish my trip :).

[Our bikes leaning on our support vehicle ready for action]

Stephen Rosenberger.

Location:Tolliver St,Sacramento,United States

Monday, July 25, 2011

Day #48 & #49 - Wind. Wind. Go Away.

Day #48 - We biked with the, Bike The US For MS, group again today. We have had a great time biking together the past few days. Everyday around noon the winds grew fierce and most of the time it was at our side creating a side-wind. After a few hours it changed into a head-wind and finally, near the end of the trip, it switched into tail-winds, which we enjoyed the most. Nevada is almost like Kansas, you see the same thing all day long......nothing.

Cameron got a flat tire today. So. We fixed it. Then Cameron, Leland, Rachel and I biked a few miles down the road and found another biker with a flat. After they had fixed their tire we all biked the rest of the way together.

[In the back is Cameron, fixing his tire. Sitting down is Leland, supporting Cameron] We biked 70 miles today. Y'all may be wondering why the milage has dropped. It's because the distance between cities in Nevada is only so far, but tomorrow we will be biking 110 miles. We are staying in Austin, Nevada, where we are camping out tonight. It's supposed to drop down into the 40's tonight :). It'll be exciting. After dinner, while walking back to our tents, we saw rabbits in our campsite eating our trash. Texas has raccoons.......Nevada has Rabbits. I'm combining yesterday's blog with today's blog because I didn't have service last night.
[P.S. I made two posts last time. One labeled Day #47, and the other with a picture of a Pancake Sign... Some people thought it was confusing so I wanted to clarify]

Day #49 - We set off this morning at 7 a.m. to beat the wind. It didn't work. By 2 p.m. we were fighting strong headwinds, so strong it would push us backwards if we stopped peddling. On the bright side, we biked by a few Naval Bases today. Jets were flying in and out of the stations all day.... It was the coolest thing ever. Riding in a jet is definitely on my list of things to do before I die! :P We biked 111 miles today. Tomorrow Cameron and I are starting at 5:15 to avoid the wind, it was pretty miserable to bike through today and we'd rather wake up early than bike through it again. The rest of the group is leaving around the usual time and will meet us in California. We'll be entering California tomorrow! The last state before having biked the country :).

Stephen Rosenberger.

Location:N Carson St,Fallon,United States