Archive for September, 2010

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September 29, 2010

Wednesday, September 29th:  Yesterday morning Judy caught a nice picture of the morning sky.  It wasn’t until about 3:00 in the afternoon, that I was released from the hospital.  The doctors, nurses and all the staff at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ made both Judy and me very comfortable during my unplanned visit.  Judy had a place to sleep right in the same room with me every night.  I enjoyed all the meals served by the hospital.  The food tasted very good and there was a wide variety to choose from.

  Our first stop was to CVS Pharmacy to stock up on my prescriptions.  They didn’t have my pain medication in stock, so we had to drve to another CVS.  While waiting for the prescriptions, we went next door Furr’s Buffet.  I needed to get help to carry my food tray to my table.  Makes me feel a little handicapped.  After dinner, we picked up my prescriptions and drove to Tra-Tel RV Park in Tucson, AZ.  It is run by Jerry and Kathy.  Jerry showed us to our parking site and helped me hook up the electricity and water.  We will spend 2 nights here and begin our drive home  sometime Thursday.  The doctors wanted us to stay close by the hospital for a couple of days to make sure I am ok.  They thought that if I needed to return to a hospital, it would be good to go where they already know my accident and recovery history.  Now that I am back in the motorhome I can give you an official update on my ride.  On Friday I cycled 54 miles before crashing on my bicycle just west of Tucson, AZ.  The total miles for this week was 486 miles.  Friday’s ride was the end of my 26th week of cycling around the United States to help in the fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma.  I was hoping to cycle at least 10,000 miles, but due to my accident will have to put it on pause at 9,646 miles.  My goal is also to raise $10,000 in donations to help in the fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma.  As of this date a total of $4,001 has been donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through my website.  The response from everyone was wonderful and I am truly impressed by the amount of money donated for Leukemia and Lymphoma.  It is still not to late, however, to help me achieve my goals.  Donations may be to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by visiting http://www.lls.llsevent.org/JACOBSONEXPRESS.  I still have the desire to complete this 10,000 mile bike ride.  It will take some time for my body to heal before I can get back on my bike again.  I will keep you updated on my recovery and the progress of donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Until next time . . . Remember to Wear Your Helmet . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time . . . Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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September 27, 2010

Monday, September 27th:  I am still enjoying(?) my stay in the hospital.  They say I may be released today, but no official word yet.  I am still in a bit of pain, but it is getting better and my breathing is improving.  Yesterday I was taking baby steps with Judy’s assistance, but today I am moving around pretty freely with no assistance.  I am sorry my ride had to end so unexpectantly.  I may be down, but I am definitely not out.  Wearing my helmet was defitely a life saver.  I hope everyone will take my advice and always wear their helmet correctly when cycling.  I will continue this adventure or begin a new adventure as soon as I am able.  I am so very proud of everyone who has been following my adventure, providing me with support and donating to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through my website.  Due to my accident I am unable to finish my ride at this time, but it is not too late to help me meet my goal to raise $10,000 in the fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma.   Donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society may be made by visiting 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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September 26, 2010

Sunday, September 26th;  I am sorry for not posting my blog the last couple of days.  On Friday,  I started my ride again heading West on Interstate 10.  The weather was nice with good roads and a decent tailwind.  I was making good time (about 20 mph).  I had ridden about 60 (+/-) and Judy hadn’t caught up with me yet.  Suddenly I came to an abrupt stop and was flying through the air.  Next thing I knew I was trying to pick myself up off the highway.  Neither Judy nor I can remember his name, but the guy in the blue shirt saw the accident and pulled over to helped me get off the road.  I dialed Judy’s phone number and handed him my phone.  He told Judy about my accident and she was right behind us about a mile or so.  Shortly after Judy arrived, the paramedics also showed up.  They put me on a stretcher and loaded me into the ambulance.  They took me to the trauma center at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ.  Judy took a couple of pictures of what caused my accident.  Evidently a piece o metal popped up off the road and wedged between the brake pad and and the wheel rim, locking up the front wheel.  At the trauma center they discovered I had broken the top 2 ribs on my right side and punctured one of my lungs.  I also  cracked my collar bone, scapula, some of my upper vertebrae and tore my rotator cuff, all on my right side.  My head is fine, but my helmet was cracked.  Good news is that none of this will require surgery and my lung is healing nicely.  I will need some therapy to get back to normal.  The bad news is that I need to end my ride at this time.  I am still in the hospital, sitting at my computer, finally catching up on my blog.  At the end of 26 weeks of attempting to cycle 10,000 miles around the perimeter of the Unied States, I have completed approximately 9,650 miles.  I was hoping to raise $1.00 per mile to help in the fight agains Leukemia and Lymphoma, which would have been $10,000.  As of today, $2,871 has been donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  A friend and fellow cyclist, Larry Stern, has offered to match funds up to a total of $1,000 for donations made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society bringing the total of donations to $3,871.  This is well short of my intended goal, but is still quite impressive, non-the-less.  It is still not too late to donate to the Leukemia and Lymphpma Society.  Donations may be made by visiting http://www.gsf.lls.llsevent.org/JACOBSONEXPRESS.  Iwill keep you posted on my recovery and donations received.  Until next time . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time . . . Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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September 24, 2010

Thursday, September 23rd:  Got up and out for an early ride today.  There are still clouds in the sky but it looks like it will clear up.  I have started noticing a lot of white flowers all along the highway.  Also passed a vinyard and pecan grove next to each other.  There are a lot more flowers along the highway of assorted varieties.  The butterflies seem to enjoy the desert blossoms as much as I do.  As I arrive in the town of Willcox, AZ, I notice the elevation is now 4,167 feet.  I cycle into the historic downtown area.  There is a Historic Rex Allen Museum.  Rex Allen’s horse, Koko, is buried in the park across the street.  We took a tour of the Rex Allen Museum and posted some pictures.  Nat, who is in charge of the museum poses with a customer, Red.  Rex Allen days are held the first weekend of October.  Iam planning on being home by then.  Next year with be the 60th annual celebration.  Maybe we’ll come back then.  You can find out more about the Rex Allen Museum and Rex Allen days by visiting www.rexallenmuseum.org.  We also visited the Friends of Marty Robbins Museum.  Juanita and her friend Dolly (the dog) are in charge here.  They have the Marty Robbins celebration in March.  It is supposed to be great.  You can find out more about it at www.friendsofmartyrobbins.org.  It was then time for lunch so we walked over to Rodney’s.  Rodney runs the place.  He is also the cook, the waiter, dishwasher and all-around good guy.  He has been in Willcox for 15 years.  It is not fancy, but the food is good.

  Our next stop is about 20 miles up the road.  It is “The Thing” museum.  Took the tour to find out what “The Thing”  is.  A sampling of some of the displays are here for your enjoyment.  We then continued on our way.  They have a lot of large boulders all stacked in a variety of positions.  I continue on down the road until I arrive at a truck stop just on the other side of Benson, AZ  I have now cycled 82 miles and call Judy to meet me there for tonight.

My goal is to bicycle at least 10,000 miles around the United States, raising $1.00 per mile to help in the fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma.  Donations may be made by visiting http://www.gsf.lls.llsevent.org/JACOBSONEXPRESS.  During the month of September you can have your donation count twice as much.  My friend, Larry Stern, has offered to match donations made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  You can see a copy of his offer with details, at the end of my blog in Friday’s post.  Until next time . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time . . . Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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September 22, 2010

Wednesday, September 22nd:  Yesterday’s rain stayed with us most of the night and was still here when we awoke.  We kept waiting for the skies to clear.  In the meantime I removed and tossed out my rear tire as it has seen all the use it’s good for.  Around noon it looked like it might be clear enough to take a ride, so I saddled up and headed out on West Interstate 10.  The skies are still cloudy, but I try to be optimistic.  I tell Judy to give me about an hour headstart before she takes off.  In about 1/2 hour she is passing me.  I knew it hadn’t been an hour yet, but I figure she is just trying to keep close.  A little bit later I get a call from her saying that she has taken the next exit, as it looks like the storm is coming in again.  Hey!  I am in the desert.  It’s not supposed to rain in the desert.  I pull off at the next exit and Judy is waiting for me at a truck stop.  The rain is just arriving as I get in the motorhome.  I was able to cycle a whole 10 miles (anyone impressed?).  We are now in the town of San Simon, Arizona.  Hopefully the rain will be gone by morning.

My goal is to bicycle at least 10,000 miles around the United States, raising $1.00 per mile to help in the fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma.  Donations may be made by visiting http://www.gsf.lls.llsevent.org/JACOBSONEXPRESS.  During the month of September you can have your donation count twice as much.  My friend, Larry Stern, has offered to match donations made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  You can see a copy of his offer with details, at the end of my blog in Friday’s post.  Until next time . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time . . . Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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September 22, 2010

Tuesday, September 21st:  Today I started my ride cycling through the town of Deming, NM continuing onto the West Interstate 10.  There is a train track along side the interstate that will follow the same path most of the day.  There were quite a few trains traveling in both directions.  I crossed over the Continental Divide.  The elevation here is 4,585 feet.  I have seen many yucca plants all day.  I will probably see a lot more.

  They are warning of dust storms again.  I don’t really expect to see any though.  On the side of the road there is a lot of water  It is on both sides of the road and lasts for about a mile.  I got a nice view going up the hill and over the pass.  Enjoying the view of the hills on the roadside.  Soon I come to the state line.  I take a picture of the Welcome to New Mexico sign because I didn’t see one when I entered the state. There is, however, a Welcome to Arizona sign.  They don’t change their clocks for daylight savings time in Arizona, so as I cross the border I am now in the same time zone as California.  I go just a little farther and notice I have a flat tire.  It is also starting to sprinkle, but it’s not such a big deal.  This is my 18th flat and as I am taking the tire off I notice the tire is getting pretty worn out.  The tire is now fixed and I continue on my way.  The sun is shining through the clouds and soon the sprinkles become rain.  Just then a sign appears that says “Rest Area 1 Mile”.  I guess I was supposed to get the flat tire to slow me down so I wouldn’t pass the rest area before the rain.  I pull into the rest area and call Judy to let her know where I am.  I have now cycled 89 miles and we decide that we will stay here for the night.

My goal is to bicycle at least 10,000 miles around the United States, raising $1.00 per mile to help in the fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma.  Donations may be made by visiting http://www.gsf.lls.llsevent.org/JACOBSONEXPRESS.  During the month of September you can have your donation count twice as much.  My friend, Larry Stern, has offered to match donations made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  You can see a copy of his offer with details, at the end of my blog in Friday’s post.  Until next time . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time . . . Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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September 21, 2010

Monday, September 20th:  As I began my ride today, leaving Las Cruces, I attempted to resume on West US Highway 70.  They had a sign prohibiting bicycles, so I searched for an alternate route.  I found a bicycle route that took me through town before taking me back onto Highway 70.  Eventually I exited Highway 70 onto Interstate 10.  Here I am allowed to ride my bike along the shoulder of the road.  Highway 10 is designated as Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway in this area.  It is nice to ride on Interstate Highways, although at times the shoulder can get a little rough.  There are signs warning about Dust Storms.  Just like all the wildlife warning signs, I am happy to report that I had no encounter with a dust storm today.

  There are quite a few small trees or bushes with some bean-like pods on them.  Some one told me that it is a mesquite bush.  There is also a lot of vines along the highway with quite a few small gourds.  Remember the Rocky Mountains in front of me yesterday?  Well, today they are behind me and I have more Rocky Mountains in front of me again.  After 64 miles of cycling Judy and I meet up at Walmart in Deming, NM.  After checking out the area, we fill up with gas, propane, and get something to eat.  We then go to Roadrunner RV Park to freshen up and spend the night before continuing our ride tomorrow.-

My goal is to bicycle at least 10,000 miles around the United States, raising $1.00 per mile to help in the fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma.  Donations may be made by visiting http://www.gsf.lls.llsevent.org/JACOBSONEXPRESS.  During the month of September you can have your donation count twice as much.  My friend, Larry Stern, has offered to match donations made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  You can see a copy of his offer with details, at the end of my blog in Friday’s post.  Until next time . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time . . . Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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September 20, 2010

Sunday, September 19th:  This morning it was very cold.  I put on an extra shirt to break the chill.  My ride continues on West US Highway 70 and is a continuous climb for 10 miles.  The highway in this area is also known as Mescalero Apache Veterans Highway.  I am surprised that at this elevation in the desert there are so many trees in the area.  There is a sign warning of falling rock, but the hillside is pretty far from the road and it doesn’t really look like much of a threat.  There are also caribou warning signs.  Didn’t see any caribou.  When I reach the top the elevation is 7,865 feet.  Now comes the reward.  Over 20 miles of a beautiful downhill ride.  In front of me are some motorcyclists riding downhill toward the white sands at the base of the mountains ahead.  Arrived at McGinn’s Pistachio Tree Ranch and Arena Blanca Winery.  It is the home of the worlds largest pistachio.  They grow their own pistachios and also grow a variety of grapes which they use to make their own wines.  We bought some pistachio brittle, prickly pear pretzels, and scorpion suckers.  Jeanette was helping us with our purchase and gave us some pistachios to take with us.

  A few miles later I noticed a small snake on the road.  I looked close, but didn’t see any rattles so I figured I was safe.  I took a couple of pictures and went on my way.  I showed the picture to Judy later and she said that it was a baby diamond back rattlesnake.  I told her I didn’t see any rattles and she informed me that young rattlesnakes don’t get their rattles until they get a little older.  I am starting to notice hills on the side of the highway.  There is also a lot of white sand in the area.  I put some white sand in a baggy to give to Judy when she catches up with me.  There is a sign indicating that this is the Old West Country Trails.  The Rocky Mountains are getting closer all the time.  I now see a sign saying that this is also the Bataan Memorial Highway 70.  I guess one highway can have many different names.  Another cactus with 2 large stalks attracts my attention.  Who says the desert is boring?  I am now entereing the White Sands Missle  Range area and a few miles later there is a display of a missle on the side of the road.  I have been going uphill again for quite some time.  I arrive at San Augustin Pass and the elevation is now 5,719 feet.  I am again rewarded with another downhill ride, this time it is a faster ride and takes me all the way into Las Cruces, New Mexico.  After 112 miles Judy is waiting for me at a closed restaurant.  I join Judy in the motorhome and we drive the last few miles to a Sam’s parking lot.  We are met there by Mary Prather, who is married to Jim Prather, a high school classmate of Judy.  We visited with her at her nice home and had dinner at Cracker Barrel.  After dinner we relaxed in her home and continued to enjoy each other’s company.  Tomorrow morning we will continue our journey.

My goal is to bicycle at least 10,000 miles around the United States, raising $1.00 per mile to help in the fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma.  Donations may be made by visiting http://www.gsf.lls.llsevent.org/JACOBSONEXPRESS.  During the month of September you can have your donation count twice as much.  My friend, Larry Stern, has offered to match donations made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  You can see a copy of his offer with details, at the end of my blog in Friday’s post.  Until next time . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time . . . Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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September 19, 2010

Saturday, September 18th:  Once the aliens released me after my abduction, I left Roswell, NM and continued on West US Highway 380 which is now also US Highway 70.  Once I leave the city I am on some nice rolling hills.  The sky is clear and not a cloud in sight.  I start climbing some steeper winding roads that cut through the hills.  And of course, from time to time I am rewarded with some nice downhill rides.  There are some real adobe brick houses along the side of the road.  This one looks as if it has been abandoned.  Then I see this “S” shaped arrow.  Judy doesn’t like to see this sign.  I asked her later and she said it actually wasn’t all that bad this time.  In some areas there are some hills on the side of the road that remind me of rocky dunes.  Of course, there is always time for sex on the road.  This must be the “locust position”.  Found another cactus in bloom.  It has nice small yellow flowers at the end of the stems.  They warned of high activity deer crossing, but I never saw one deer today.  Eventually Highway 380 will turn off to the right and I will now continue on West US Highway 70.

  On the side of the mountains next to the highway, the cacti is growing right out from the rocks.  I guess cacti can grow just about anywhere.  Judy noticed an iris farm and a berry farm in the valley below the road and roadside fruit stands along the highway.  In this area, Highway 70 is also know as the New Mexico and Billy the Kid Scenic Byway.  I will never understand why they insist on glorifying the bad guy.  There are a lot more winding and rolling hills.  I am starting to see clouds on the horizon but I never catch up with them.  The roads must be going up more than going down, because I am now at 6,000 feet elevation.  Before long I am entering Ruidoso Downs, NM and the elevation is now 6,400 feet.  Ruidoso Downs is having a major motorcycle rally this weekend, very similar to Sturgis, SD, only much tamer.  On the left side of the road I see a Walmart that we didn’t know about, so I call Judy and let her know.  I have now cycled 75 miles and we decide that this is where we will end our ride for today.

My goal is to bicycle at least 10,000 miles around the United States, raising $1.00 per mile to help in the fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma.  Donations may be made by visiting http://www.gsf.lls.llsevent.org/JACOBSONEXPRESS.  During the month of September you can have your donation count twice as much.  My friend, Larry Stern, has offered to match donations made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  You can see a copy of his offer with details, at the end of my blog in Friday’s post.  Until next time . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time . . . Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

Hello Fans, Friends and Family

September 18, 2010

Friday, September 17th:  My ride today continues on West US Highway 380.  The nice tailwind I had yesterday is now a good headwind.  There are a lot of long, desert highways with oilwells dotted along both sides of the road.  There are a lot of gradual climbs, but I did manage to get a picture of one nice downhill.  A sign at the entrance of one ranch is an example of some of the metal work that is done in Tatum.

  In one pasture where there were some cattle grazing, I spotted a few Prong Horn Antelope.  There was another smaller critter on the road, the dreaded Tarantula.  We passed the entrance to the Bottomless Lakes.  They aren’t really bottomless, but they used to think so.  Crossed over the Pecos River.  It doesn’t look like much of a river at this point.  Soon I see a sign giving directions to the UFO Museum.  We will have to pay it a visit.  As soon as we cross the city limits of Roswell, we arrive at Trailer Village RV Park where we will camp for the night.  We check out our camping site and then head into town for lunch.  When we arrived at the cafe, we saw an old antique Ford parked in the lot.  We had lunch at the Cowboy Cafe.  I had the catfish filet and Judy had chicken fried chicken.  Both were very good.  We then headed over to the UFO Museum and saw where the UFO crashed and an alien that they captured for observation.  Today’s ride was 40 miles.  This is my 25th week of cycling and this week I have cycled 452 miles giving me a 25 week cycling total of 9,160.  

I am riding my bicycle at least 10,000 miles around the United States with the goal of raising $1.00 per mile to help in the fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma.  A total of $2,400 has been received for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society may be made by visiting http://www.gsf.lls.llsevent.org/JACOBSONEXPRESS.  During the month of September you can have your donations count twice as much.  A friend and fellow cyclist, Larry Stern, has offered to match funds for donations received during the month of September.  The response to this offer has been good but there is still a ways to go.  I have received recent communications of someone having problems donating on-line.  If anyone else is experiencing problems donating on-line, please contact me and I will see if I can assist you.  You can find a copy of his email with details of his offer at the end of this post.  Until next time . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time . . . Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

Hello everyone,

I’ve been following Wes’ blog from the day he started. I am constantly impressed and in awe of his adventure and with his entertaining way of sharing it with us. It is especially meaningful that, through this adventure, he is raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. His goal is $1 per mile and he is estimating that he will ride 10,000 miles for this cause. Without any publicity budget, he is relying on his pedal power and the kindness of those who meet him on the road or follow along on his blog to help him meet this goal.

I have been trying to think of a way that I could give greater support to Wes and his admirable cause and, at the same time, encourage more of his followers to do the same. If each of us, as regular followers of his blog, makes a small contribution – $25 to $50 – it would go a long way toward helping Wes reach his goal of $10,000.

With this idea in mind, I have decided to contribute up to $1000 by matching dollar-for-dollar every contribution made during the month of September. A $50 contribution from each of you added to my $1000 contribution would raise $2000. If more of us also agreed to match other contributions, in any maximum amount, then this fundraising drive could really succeed and Wes’ amazing effort will be rewarded.

Please take a moment to think about what you can do to support Wes and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Please let him know by our matching contributions that his effort is appreciated and encouraged.

As Wes likes to say: “Until next time . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time”

Larry Stern