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July 31, 2010

Friday, July 30th:  This morning we get the motorhome and ourselves ready to continue our adventure.  We say goodbye to Wes’s brother, Forey and his two sisters, Patricia and Sharon.  We then drive north to a RV campsite so that we can dump our sewage tanks, get fresh water and LP Gas.  From there we start heading south past my sister’s house once more, passing by Paradise Pools followed by a garden center called The Other Side of Paradise.  We keep driving until we get to State Hwy 9W South just south of Albany, NY.  This is where I begin my bike ride for the day.  After about 25 miles Hwy 9W turns off to the left and there is a sign warning that a 12’0″ overpass is 5 miles ahead.  I call back to Judy and warn her of the situation and tell her I will cycle down and check it out.  When I get there I find that it is a one lane road under a bridge and it doesn’t look tall enough for her.  There is also no way for her to detour around it so I give her a call advising her to find another road.  She decides to take Hwy 23A West.  After a while she sees a sign that says Hwy 32 to Hwy 9W.  We bothe get to that intersection about the same time.  Judy gets ahead of me and I chase her until I catch up with her down the road.  After a short break I cycle another 10 miles and find us a place in Kingston, NY to spend the night.  Today’s ride was 46 mile and was the only day I rode this week as I wanted to spend time with my family.  This is my 18th week of cycling and my total cycling mileage is now 5,843 miles.  My goal is to cycle at least 10,000 miles around the United States to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  You can donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by going to the website http://www.gsf.lls.llsevent.org/JACOBSONEXPRESS.  Until next time . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com  

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July 27, 2010

Tuesday Morning, July 27th:  Started yesterday morning with an hour walk with my sister Sharon.  Afterwards the four of us siblings frolicked in the pool for a while.  Just like being kids again!  We went to downtown Troy, NY for a tour of the city.  While we were there we visited the Uncle Sam Monument where there is a statue of Uncle Sam on display.  At the base of the statued  are some plaques with some information about him on them.  I especially liked the quote by Sam Wilson that says “The big thing is not what happens to us in life – but what we do about what happens to us.”  In 1812, provisions for the Army were purchased at Troy and inspected by 2 brothers, Ebenezer and Sam Wilson.  Sam Wilson had always been called Uncle Sam by fellow workers.  The packages that were inspected were marked E.A.-U.S.  On being asked the meaning of the initials, a workman jokingly replied that he didn’t know, unless it meant “Elbert Anderson and Uncle Sam”.  Since then the title became current amont workmen, soldiers and people.  The U.S. Government is now known affectionately as Uncle Sam.

  We then walked down to the Hudson River.  They had various war memorials.  One of them was a Vietnam Memorial.  There was a plaque with the quote “Honor the Warriors, Not the War”.  We should all live by those words.  There is also a statue of our soldiers nearby.  As we continued our walk through town we passed some bikes parked on the sidewalk.  One of the bikes was 2 bikes tall.  They were parked outside of the Troy Bike Rescue shop.  I looked at the sign in the window, and among the things listed I found out that you can bring your bike in and do your own repairs there.  I saw a tall memorial with a lady on top of it in the center of Monument Square.  It is the Statue of Columbia that was created atop the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in 1891.  I then saw a sign that I had to take a picture of for Judy.  No, I didn’t sell my gold there!  Took some pictures of some of the buildings along the way.  I noticed a lot of windows.  Quite a few were painted with artwork.  I saw one that I especially liked.  Can you tell what it is?  During our tour we visitied with my sister Patricia’s family.  From left to right is Sara, Sharon, Jaheem, Patty Jo, Miguel, Patricia and Forey.  Patty Jo is Patricia’s daughter, Sara, Jaheem and Miguel are Patty Jo’s kids, and Sharon, Patricia and Forey are my siblings.  On the way home we stopped by Oakwood Cemetary.  They have a beautiful building inside the entrance.  This is the cemetary where Sam Wilson, also known as Uncle Sam is buried.  He was born in 1766, became known as Uncle Sam during the War of 1812 and died in 1854 at the age of 88 years.  Until next time . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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July 25, 2010

Sunday, July 25th:  Still visiting my sister Sharon in Troy, NY.  Took a little swim in her pool this morning.  (The pool is not heated!)  Sharon’s son came by for a visit.  In the picture is Darrell, me, Sharon and Judy.  Drove into Albany, NY to pick up my brother, Forey.  Also picked up my sister Patricia on the way.  While we were in Albany we noticed they had some statues on display in various parts of the downtown area.  These are travelling statues that travel to diffierent areas of the country.  There was a plaque at each statue that gives information about them including the website that you can find out more about them.  Their website is http://www.thesculpturefoundation.com.

  The statues we encountered included a very large couple dancing, (my two sisters dancing in front of them), two ladies talking on a park bench, 2 kids eating an ice cream cone (I try to get a taste), a lady reading a book with a young child, two men in suits walking together, (my sister Sharon just had to pull the one man’s finger!)  A lady carrying her groceries (I try to give her a hand),  A man and his wife giving each other a hug, and a young lady sunbathing (I think I’ll join her!).  We all headed back to the house for the evening.  In the final picture you can see us all.  From the left is my brother Forey, my sister Patricia, Sharon’s grandaughter Ember, Judy, me, Sharon’s son Darrell, his girlfriend Kristen, and my sister Sharon.  Will continue to visit here in Troy, NY for a few more days and continue to blog.  Until next time . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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July 24, 2010

Saturday, July 24th:  Visiting with my sister, Sharon.  Did some bird watching in her backyard.  There were some Downy Woodpeckers, Cardinals and a few other aviary visitors.  Took a drive this afternoon and went to Tomhannock Bicycles to get parts for my sister’s bike.

  It is in Johnsonville, NY just outside of Troy and past the Tomhannock Reservoir.  Because the Tomhannock Reservoir is where some of the towns in this area get their drinking water, you are required to get a special permit to fish here.  When we returned to the house we had grilled hot dogs and my sister’s famous chili for dinner.   Tomorrow my other sister from Troy and my brother from Des Moines, IA will be here to visit.  Until next time . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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July 24, 2010

Friday, July 23rd:  Wednesday night we had some heavy rain with lightning and thunder.  Found out later that there were tornados in some neighboring towns.  Yesterday morning we continued our visit with Judy’s high school friend, DeAnn, until late morning.  I started my ride about 10:AM while Judy continued to visit for a while longer.  I passed by some areas where the trees were knocked down to the ground and had to detour around another area where the power lines were down and on the highway.  Didn’t see a whole lot of damage and didn’t hear of anyone getting hurt.  There was, however, a lot of debris along the roadways.  Passed by a Trolley Car Museum.   Some look like they are in very good condition and others look like they’ve been around for awhile.  Cycled through Kennebunkport, ME and got as close as they would let anyone to President Bush’s summer retreat.  Judy was not able to go there as the roads were not motorhome friendly.  A few more miles down the road and we stopped in the town of Ogunquit, ME and had fresh Maine Lobster at the Ogunquit Lobster Pound.  Continued cycling south on Hwy 1 through New Hampshire and then on into Massachusetts until, with 94 miles of cycling finished the days ride in Salisbury, MA after dark!  Somehow Judy was on a different road waiting for me to pass by.  I gave her the address of my location, but her GPS could not or would not find me.  She finally found somebody who was able to give her directions to my location.  After she picked me up we checked the maps and could not find a route heading west across Massachusetts that was bicycle friendly.   We decided to drive west 82 miles on Hwy 2 to Greenfield, MA where we spent the night waiting for this morning’s ride.

  I found my way to Hwy 2 West also known as Mohawk Trail, which is now bicycle friendly and began my ride.  Passed by a sign with a picture warning of moose standing on the road.  There have been quite a few Indian gift shops all along the side of the road.  Some of them put on pow-wows and dancing.  I have seen a river along side of me for awhile.  I know they do kayaking along the river but maybe not in this area.  Passed by an old red school house.  It’s been around for quite some time.  Then I saw a sign that said “Thickly Settled”.  Just beyond the sign were quite a few houses close together.  Just to let you know!  I am still on Hwy 2 crossing over the Mohawk Indian Bridge which crosses the Deerfield River.  They have a bust of a Mohawk Indian on both ends of the Mohawk Bridge.  After 28 miles I had been in the rain for a few miles and Judy was passing me by.  She pulled over and we decided I should just ride with her until the rain stops.  Soon we are entering New York again and arrive at the home of my sister, Sharon.  It had never stopped raining.  Today is the end of my 17th week of cycling 10,000 miles around the United States for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  This week I cycled 507 miles giving me a total of 5,797 miles.  At this point I have cycled about 400 miles more than I had planned to by this time.  I wonder how many miles I will cycle past 10,000 by the end of the ride?  To donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, visit my donation site at http://www.gsf.lls.llsevent.org/JACOBSONEXPRESS.  It is time to take a break now and visit with family.  I will continue to blog and keep you updated.  Until then . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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July 21, 2010

Wednesday, July 21st:  Started my ride early yesterday morning and continued the ride through New Hampshire.  There are still many, many trees all along the side of road and as far as you can see.  There are also plenty of rolling hills to enjoy.  Passed through Stoddard, NH where they used to make glass products that are now collector items.  The town of Hillsborough is President Franklin Pierce Homestead and the town where he was born.  Highway 9 is also the road we have been travelling on and is known as the Franklin Pierce Highway.  The face on the profile that I talked about yesterday is actually part of a mountain that was naturally formed.  It was called the “Man on the Mountain” and has since fallen off.  Passed over another looking glass stream with beautiful reflections of the trees.  While approaching a major highway, I saw a sign indicating a bike route.  I wasn’t sure where it went so I asked someone working on his garden if it came back out onto the 202/9 Hwy.  He said yes, after a while.  He said it would be a lot less traffic.  Maybe there was a lot less traffic, but I did see a few semi’s on this little road.  There was some road construction on this bike route.  I got around it and eventually to St. Paul’s School, which is a very exclusive school.  The bike route took me through this school.  They had road construction on this road also.  When I got through the school I ended up in Concord, NH and guess what?  Yep!  More road construction.  After that all I wanted was to keep going and get out of New Hampshire.

  I finally got to Maine and was continuing on my ride.  I am still on roads that are densly lined with trees.  The hills aren’t so bad now and I am making good time.  After 138 miles of cycling I arrive in Gorham, Maine, where Judy and her high school classmate, DeAnn J. Vincent were waiting for me.  I put my bike in the motorhome.  Judy and I then followed DeAnn to her home where we met with the rest of her family.  From left to right is DeAnn’s daughter, Shelley, DeAnn, Judy, DeAnn’s Husband, Bill and Shelley’s husband, Kyle.  They have a nice home surrounded by trees and plenty of room to park our motorhome.  We visited with homemade pizza and soda and lots of entertaining conversation.  This morning DeAnn drove us into Freeport, Maine where the home store of L. L. Bean is located.  We all shopped around a bit.  Judy picked up a stuffed red lobster and I went to the bike portion of the store and purchased a few more inner tubes.  We had lunch while we were there.  Before leaving town, Judy spotted a bread store that she just couldn’t pass by.  We picked up some interesting breads and sampled some while we were there.  On the way back to the house, we passed by a bicyclist’s dream.  With this bike you can get your honey-do’s done and go for a bike ride at the same time.  We will continue our visit for the rest of the day and evening.  Right now we are having heavy rains.  I hope the rain stops before the morning so that tomorrow I can get back on by bike and try to find a different route back to Troy, NY.  Until then . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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July 19, 2010

Monday, July 19th:  Before retiring to bed last night I checked my tires and discovered I had a flat tire.  This is flat tire #13.  It was actually only a slow leak but needed to be repaired non-the-less.  Had coffee and visited with my sister Sharon this morning.  She left for work and I put my bike in the motorhome.  We weren’t sure exactly how to get out to Hwy 7, soI went with her to help navigate.  Once we got to Hwy 7 Judy found a place to pull off the road and I got out and it was time to start pedaling.  As I begin my journey on Hwy 7, you can see that the area is flush with deep green trees and vegetation all around.  Along with all the vegetation there are also a lot of farm animals including cattle.

  It is not long before I am entering the state of Vermont.  They call it the Green Mountain State.  I’m sure I will find out why later.  I look off to the right and see hills full of thick green trees.  On the left I see more green trees beyond a small meadow.  As I approach the town of  Bennington, VT, I can see trees and the hills all the way to the horizon.  Just beyond the trees I can see a steeple building rising above the trees.  One of the first houses I notice as I enter the town is a wooden building that is very rustic and looks like it could be from a horror movie about haunted houses.  Not far away is a stone building which is actually a catholic church but also has a very appealing look in a different way.  After leaving the town and cycling a few more miles I am noticing quite a few creeks that pass under the road.  I have climbed a few hills today.  One was very long.  I usually know when I am approaching the top because I see a sign that indicates the lane is narrowing.  When I got past that sign I was expecting a downhill, but it was another 5 miles of rollies before I began to do any real descending.  Before I started going down the hill I saw a sign warning of Moose Crossing.  I looked for them but they evidently didn’t see the sign.    When I finally got to where the downhill started I was happy to see the sign letting me know that a downhill had arrived.  I have seen quite a few signs indicating grades of anywhere from 7% to 9%.  The creek is now running along side of the road.  Eventually it empties into what appears to be a large lake.  After climbing a long hill, I arrive at the top of Hogback Mountain and there are trees and hills for as far as you can see.  Of course we couldn’t leave Vermont without picking up some maple syrup.  I was waiting for Judy when she caught up with me at Dutton Farm.  While we were there we had the maple flavor soft serve ice cream.  We also purchased some farm fresh peach jam along with our maple syrup.  It was not many more miles and I am crossing a bridge over the Conneticut River.  Just on the other side of the bridge is New Hampshire.  New Hamsphire also has many trees.  I am beginning to think you can’t go too far in any direction in the northeast without  being surrounded by trees.  There is a profile on most of the highway signs.  I am not sure who it is but he must be famous.  We continue on Hwy 9 East until we arrive in Keene, NH.  At this point I have cycled a total of 77 miles and we are ready to call it a day.  So, until next time . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy      http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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July 19, 2010

Sunday, July 18th:  Last night we had a storm come in.  Thunder, lightning and heavy rain.  This morning it is all clear again.  A good day for another bike ride.  It was a nice 61 mile ride with a few hills and a slight tailwind.  Took some small roads to avoid Albany and finished my ride in the northern part of Troy, NY at the home of my sister, Sharon.

  Will have enough time to relax, take showers, do laundry and visit before continuing the trip north into Maine to visit a high school classmate of Judy’s.  We will then return to Troy for a little longer visit where my other sister, Patricia and my brother, Forey will visit also.  Until next time . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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July 18, 2010

Saturday, July 17th:  Got an early start again this morning.  Another good thing because the hills they are getting bigger.  And more of them.  As I was pedaling through the town of Skaneateles, NY there was a sign in a window that caught my attention.  One sign said that the business was moving down the street.  The other sign said exactly how far it was moving.  Shortly after I was cycling past a park on the edge of the Skaneateles River.  It was quite the view.  The streets also were very scenic with trees lined up on both sides of the street.  Then I startted hitting the rollies.  A lot of them were a mile or more of climing.  Of course that means that some of the downhills were a mile or more also.  After about 60 miles we were in the area of Madison, NY.  It was time for lunch so we stopped at Quacks Village Inn.  Judy ordered the Bourbon Marinated Steak and I ordered the Strawberry Chicken Salad.  Both were very good.

  Later in the day as I was cycling through Warren, NY I happened upon Petrified Creatures Natural History Museum.  Most of what they had on display were small creatures with a few man-made replicas of pre-historic dinosaurs.  By this time the hills have leveled off a bit, but not completely.  After 109 miles of cycling I meet up with Judy in Sharon Springs, NY.  Tomorrow I will cycle to Troy, NY where 2 of my sisters live.  Until then . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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July 17, 2010

Friday, July 16th:  Got an early start on my ride today.  Good thing.  Judy told me it started to rain right after I left.  The rain never caught up with me though.  That was fortunate.  Went through the Village of LeRoy.  Jell-O was born there in 1897.  I picked up a brochure that asks some interesting questions.  Why did the inventor sell his rights to Jell-O for $450?  Who bought the rights to Jell-O and made millions of dollars?  Who eats the most Jell-O?  What’s the favorite flavor?  What happened to the Jell-O factory in LeRoy?  Who tested Jell-O for brain waves?  and what’s more intriguing – Why?  I don’t have the answers because they were not open when I rode by.  Maybe Google?  The walkway is made of bricks and they have a lot of names of people who worked for Jell-O along with other names, some of them famous, like Bill Cosby.  While in LeRoy I was intrigued by a sign indicating the “Actual Clearance” of an overpass.  I have never seen that before.

  As you can see, New York has a lot of lush green trees all along the road just like some of the previous states I have been in.  There are also a lot of farms where they grow a variety of fruits and vegetables including corn.  I have been getting quite a few rolling hills.  They don’t last very long, just long enough to let you know they are there.  Saw a real neat truck along the way.  A truck like that I am sure is not for sale…it’s priceless!  While riding through Geneva at the north end of Seneca Lake, I saw a sign advertinsing wine ice cream.  I have seen a lot of ice cream places and thought about stopping but didn’t.  But now, how could I pass up wine ice cream?  It was at Gifford’s Ice Cream Stand and I ordered the Peach Zinfandel.  I only got the 8 oz size because I wouldn’t want to get a ticket for drunk cycling!  I then continued my ride enjoying the scenerey along Seneca Lake.  By the time I finished for the day I had cycled 95 miles and we are camping out at Walmart in Auburn, NY.  This is the end of my 16th week of cycling around the United States for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  This week I cycled 396 miles giving me a 16 week cycling total of 5,290 miles.  Tomorrow begins my 17th week of cycling.  Remember that this is a charity ride and every mile I ride is to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Until next time . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy   http://www.jacobsonexpress.com