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An Irishman's journey across America's Southern Tier

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An Irishman's journey across America's Southern Tier

Hello everybody!

My name is Tomás Mac an t-Saoir and I'm 22 years old. I live in the west of Ireland on the amazing Dingle Peninsula (voted by the National Geographic as the nicest place in the world). I have just finished my first college course so as a reward I have decided to cycle 3,000 miles across south USA from San Diego all the way to Florida, all in aid for the Donal Walsh Live Life Foundaton.

''Donal who fund raised tirelessly while battling Cancer has now had the Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation set up by his family primarily in order to promote his anti-suicide #Livelife message.''

If you would like to read more about his story click this link - http://donalwalshlivelife.org/?page_id=74

I'm going to be leaving San Diego around the end of October, perhaps around the 25th/26th, and hope to land in St Augustine, Florida by the first week of December.. I hope to complete the journey in about 6 weeks and I have flights home booked back to Ireland from New York on the 11 of December so I'm hoping to spend a few days around the city.

I have absolutely zero experience in bike touring. I've never done this sort of thing before. But I'm so fricken excited!!

I'm doing this cycle on my own, and unsupported. Thus, I would love to have some company even for small bits of the journey, even if you want to ride side by side in complete silence, that's OK. My parents would less stressed and worried once they knew someone was bicycling with me!

If anybody would like to join me at any stage of my journey then just send me a message! I would love your company! Thanks for reading!

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Offer to Host

Tomás - we don't know exactly what route you will be taking on your way to St. Augustine, but if you pass through Birmingham, Alabama, we would love to have you stay with us.

Jim and Serene Johnson

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Thank you for the offer but

Thank you for the offer but unfortunately I'll be further south, by the coast. However If I change route and head north towards your location I will make contact with you guys. Again thanks a million for the offer!

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If you cross through

If you cross through Tennessee at all, I may have people you could stay with either in the Nashville area (middle Tennessee) or Knoxville area (East Tennessee, near the Great Smoky Mountains).

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Unfortunately I'll be further

Unfortunately I'll be further south. But if my route changes I'll make contact with you! Thanks a million for the offer.

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Hi Tomas,

Hi Tomas,
We finished this route one month ago, (our blog is www.cycle.cat). 6 weeks is very fast, at least 100 miles a day, every day? The only place you really have to be careful is crossing the Imperial desert, it is about 100 miles and only 2 places to stop for water, one of them is the border patrol checkpoint, but they are more than happy to fill your bottles. 99.9% of drivers are bike aware, and will sit well behind you at traffic lights (not something we are used to in Europe), but there is always the odd one or two to look out for. We had a great time and everyone was very friendly, so enjoy yourself.

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Hi there,

Hi there,

I will for sure read your blog, I'm sure it will help me loads! Thanks for sharing it with me! It averages out at about 73 miles a day. And I hope to get stronger as the trip goes on!

Thanks very much for the info. I read about the Imperial Desert, I'll be sure to bring enough water and food for that part of the journey. Roughly how many miles into the desert is the checkpoint can you remember?

Good to hear that about the drivers. So far in the blogs I've looked at, I've read good things about American drivers. I can't wait to get excited. My first attempt at bike touring! :)

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The diner is about a third of

The diner is about a third of the way across the desert, the border post is the next third, so they are fairly equally spaced. Make sure you take plenty of sun cream! If this is your first tour, once you have packed take half of it out and throw it away, you won't need it.

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