As I plan the trip I would love help from anyone who knows people I might be able to stay with along the route I described above. Also I am in the process of getting sponsorships, so if you have any contacts at companies who may be interested in getting some publicity through my ride, let me know!!
I need all of your prayers right now! I have been having pain in my knee which gets aggravated with prolonged riding, and I may need surgery before I leave on my trip.
UPDATE ON MY KNEE: First I want to thank everyone for praying for me, I received a tremendous response, which really means a great deal to me, so thank you. For those who want to know the medical details, I saw a Dr. Kharrazi at Kearlan-Jobe clinic in Pasadena, and have been diagnosed with superlateral synovial plica. I am going to get a kenalog injection on Wednesday which is an anti-inflammatory and may permanently relieve my symptoms. Blah. Most of you probably don't care about all that so heres the basics: I have agitated my knee over the years of distance running and biking, inflaming tissue which causes pain when I bike. So the hope is that an anti-inflamatory injection will calm the tissue and reduce the swelling and 'fix' the problem. If the anti-inflammatory does not work, I will need arthroscopic surgery to remove the plica before I leave. The good news is that the problem just causes pain, and is not integral to the structure of my knee. The bad news is that I am running out of time before I leave and that I may still need surgery, so please I could still use your prayers! I'll keep you updated.