Before launching out for parts unknown, I needed to test bike and body… so this little 762-mile loop was the first phase of the Computing Across America adventure. Having left Columbus 2 days earlier, I entered Indiana from the east… heading for Indianapolis and the International Human-Powered Vehicle races. This was spectacular, spending a weekend with pedaling geeks from all over (although the traffic into the city was terrifying).
The next major objective was Louisville, where I grew up… and though I was exhausted by the unfamiliar exertion, it was with a real sense of exultation that I pedaled up the old driveway in Jeffersontown. My mother was completely convinced I’d be a bum all my life, but my father (a retired engineer) secretly loved it.
From there, I aimed myself back toward Columbus… with an emotionally difficult stop in Cincinnati to visit my ex and daughter (we had split up a couple of years earlier, but still). This is one of the more tear-jerking chapters in the book.
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