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By Jake Bourgeois The Kalona News When John Conway started his journey in St. Augustine, Florida, with one wheel of his bike in the AtLantic Ocean with San Diego and the Pacific Ocean waiting at the end of his journey, speed was not at the top of his mind. What was a priority was making sure he soaked in the entire experience with his wife Cathy. "It's a reLaxing ride. I wasn't trying to set any records. There was a Lot of stuff that we wanted to see along the way," he said. "So, my goal was any- where from 60 to 80 mites a day. By keeping it at that level, that doesn't kilt anybody. You just have to be Committed to riding every day." The commitment was not something that was an issue for Conway. Back in 2005, he and Cathy had done another traiL, The Lewis and CLark Trait which runs from Astoria, Wash- ington to the Mississippi. Ever since then the Southern Tier trail had.been a goaL. "There's more mental prepa- ration than there is physical," he said. "You just have to be mentally committed,, but that wasn't even that hard either because I wanted to do it for so tong. I didn't have to talk myself into a frenzy to do it. "The thing, that made this possible for me was that Cathy was ready, wiLLing, and able to be my support person." Being able to take the tr!p with his wife along in their RV, realty alLowed th )m to experi- ence things they really wanted to experience along the route. "I would say, of aLL the people who do this sort of thing, most people do it in a self-supported type of mechanism. They carry their gear, they carry their tents, they carry their food, they carry everything. They've got 120 pounds of stuff on a bi- cycle, I had no interest in doing tl-iat," John said. "As much as anything, it's because it so Lim- its what you can do." LogisticaLLy, the other thing that was necessary was time. Time that they hadn't had due to the cattLe operations that Conway ran and required his constant attention. Conway retired from the cattle raising business and freed up the time that he didn'thave to worry about being in the fleW. Once on the traiL, they were unconcerned, given their pre- vious experience on the Lewis and CLark trait 12 years ago and the maps provided by the Ad- venture Cycling Association. "It verified to us that we could realty depend on these maps," John said. "They've mapped out art of these routes and they've been ridden hun- dreds of times by people Of pretty much aLL difficulties. "We enjoyed seeing aLL the agricuLture.aLong the way, to see at[ the different types of agriculture that are across the country. We had Lots of ques- tions about a tot of them," Cathy said. Being on a bike, according to John, alLowed him to stop along his route and even talk to farmers along their route about what they did. "I was never bored. I always had things to" do," Cathy said. John Conway points his tires west at the Atlantic Ocean at the start of his trip. "It was very much a vacation for me." She spent her time bird- watching and scoping o{Jt des- tination for the pair to visit. The pair were partial to museums, particuLarLy those Like the Na- tional WorLd War II and Naval Aviation Museums, botanical gardens, and national parks. In every state along their trip, barring a coupLe, the pair also made .pit stops to visit old friends and family down south, another perk of the maps. They were able to set up rough meeting dates ahead of time basecf on when they figured to Choose WCHC [McCreedy Home. WCHC's McCreedy Home is dedicated to the senior community and works to enhance the quality of life for each of our residents. Services atMcCreedy Home are provided with compassion and a commitment to excellence while respecting each individual residents needs and choices. Our skilled staff assists our many physicians, therapists, and specialists in helping our residents achieve their highest level of health and independence. 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