English cyclist takes in Cadiz on transcontinental ride
by Eric Snyder
May 24, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Most of the travelers staying at the Interstate-area hotels collapse on their beds for the night after a day of monotonous straight-shot driving.

But earlier this month, Simon Goodwin stayed on his feet after pulling into the Super 8 to work on his vehicle after a long day on U.S. 68-80. Granted, he had only gone about 80 miles — but he had pedaled for every inch.

Goodwin — having first flown over from his home in London, England — is currently pedaling from D.C. to LA on his custom, hand-built metallic blue bicycle, a trip for which he’s given himself 45 days to complete.

It’s not Goodwin’s first sojourn to the states — his wife Tori, whom he is to meet in Los Angeles, has family there — but it is his first through the American heartland.

“I’ve never seen what’s in the middle,” he said.

His brother John — a fan of Elvis, American trucks and, as Goodwin said, “all things Americana” — never stepped foot on American soil before his untimely death two years ago. Goodwin said he is now riding in his brother’s honor.

In the background of Goodwin’s hotel room, the Country Music Television show Trick My Truck, something John would’ve certainly appreciated, played quietly.

“This is fantastic,” Goodwin said. “I love these American trucks, they’re beautiful.”

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