finally they set foot on land after spending 111-days cooped up
in a space no bigger than a broom cupboard, Steve and Jason decided
to travel separately for the N. American leg. After a 4-month layover
in Ft. Lauderdale raising funds to pay off debts, they set off in
the direction of San Francisco on the West Coast in May of 1995.
Donovan from Ireland joined Steve in St. Petersburg, Florida to
co-bike the 4,300 miles across the southern states. She had never
biked more than a mile to the shops before and Steve gained as much
from seeing her complete her first 100-mile day as from the experience
of biking it himself.
used rollerblades to take a more northerly route, learning how to
skate along the way. After several interesting experiences involving
Alabama cops, a skirt and a gun-wielding locals he was eventually
knocked down by an elderly driver with cataracts in Pueblo, Colorado,
breaking both legs. Stuart came to look after him during a 9-month
recuperation and by May 1996 he was up his feet again, this time
with local schoolteacher April Abril biking alongside, to skate
the remaining 1,700 miles to the San Francisco.
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