Dr Tertius in the U.S. of A.

Filed in Tertius Venter by on June 8, 2015 • views: 1369

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Dr T. has started his epic cycle from East to West America in the shape of 2 smiles in his bid to raise funds and awareness for his Cycles Miles for Smiles campaign (http://cyclemilesforsmiles.org/index.html)

2 Billion People have no access to Essential Surgical Care

One Heart One Goal: To put Smiles on Hearts and Faces

Support him in this 7943 km/4964  mile cycle tour over 58 days (11 rest and 47 cycling days) from Times Square, New York in two big smiles to Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, June 3 to July 28 as we care for the less fortunate and take essential surgical care where it is most needed

Day 1 June 3

Hosted by the wonderful Mary and Angelo Petrelli, Operation Smile friends, in New Jersey we got up at 04:00 after a 3 hour interrupted sleep and departed from Times Square New York at after the TV interview. Thought it would be a challenge to get out of Manhattan and New York but that went smoothly! And then the challenge began. My GPS took me on the freeway. After a few miles realised this was far too dangerous and stopped to find an alternative route on my GPS. Next moment ‘Morning Sir’ And the police officer did not sound too impressed with me. ‘You’re illegal on this road’ Picked me up and with me sitting at the back behind the lead window I heard him say ‘I tracked down the white male on the bike’ But explaining what I was doing and where I was headed for he took me to a safe off ramp about 10 miles away. And very friendly by now ‘Get warm and a cup of coffee while you wait for your backup vehicle to catch up!’

Rest of the day the road twice ended up in a dead end. Bridge over a river closed or simply seriously blocked off. End of the day 192 km and 10pm. And my backup vehicle could not find me – both our cell phones flat by now. Eventually got contact again and found a place to overnight – in bed by 1 am!

Day 2 June 4

Smooth ride and wonderful mercies. Cold and rain but the wind from behind and made good time 158 km by 5pm

Day 3 June 5

Even a better day. Legs feeling much stronger. Warmer and hardly any rain. Half an hour late in Virginia Beach for the Operation Smile function but all good at the end 170 km. A nice rest today in a beautiful hotel sponsored by Operation Smile.

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