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Can You Hear Us Now?

Christy Coppola Shares Stories From The Road While On Her Give A Bike: 50 State Tour With Her Husband, Adam

Sorry for the delay in getting out an article this past weekend. With all of this technology that Adam and I carry, you'd think it would be easy to get connected to the Internet but we've found that more often than not, we're stuck without a connection to the "real world."

But I'm conflicted on this issue.

Part of me loves being connected to the Internet. Being able to share our stories, pictures, and video is a big part of this trip and we love spending the time writing blogs and editing photos. One of our favorite things to do at the end of a tough day in the saddle is to read the comments that friends, family, and strangers write on our Patch articles, blog, or Facebook page. It keeps us feeling close to home even though we're still about two months away.

Another part of me almost wishes there were more areas of the country that kept us from being connected. We can pick up a cell phone signal almost anywhere.

One of our toughest days was in the middle of the Glamis Sand Dunes in California. It looked like the scene in Spaceballs where they are trudging through miles and miles of sand. We were riding away from the dunes on a road with no shoulders, a lot of dips where traffic could disappear (and so could we), and tons of tractor trailers.

In the middle of this mess, I got a text from one of my friends from home, telling me she just found out she was having a baby girl. In Madison, in the apartment where Adam and I used to live, we had to stand in the center of the apartment, on top of the back of our couch in order to talk on the phone. But there we were in Glamis, seeing only sand, and we had full service!

This instant information age we're living in is such a blessing in that we can be somewhere so remote but still check in back at home. I wouldn't have it any other way. But occasionally, it is nice to spend a few days away from all of that hustle and bustle.

And that's just what we're about to do. We'll get back in touch when we head out of Ozark National Forest in a few days.

To find out more, check out their blog at http://giveabike.blogspot.com/ or their Facebook Page at https:/ /www.facebook.com/giveabike. Christy will be writing occasional stories for Patch as she and her husband make their way through the U.S.

Madison Patch is proud to be the Connecticut sponsor for Adam and Christy's trip. If you'd like to sponsor their trip, visit this page on their website.

Paul J Coppola February 24, 2011 at 11:44 AM
The technology is not only what keeps us connected and gives us comfort, but allows us to share in your adventures in such a great way through your creative stories, pictures and videoes. I enjoy checking out the maps, terrain and satelite images on google earth where you are each day and learning about parts of the country we have not seen. The up close and personal nature of bicycle travel has certainly given you the opportunity to meet people and experience things no other type of travel would afford. I continue to admire your enthusiasm, drive, sense of adventure and endurance. Pedal on and we will look forward each day to your new experiences. Thank you for sharing.
Janet Connolly February 24, 2011 at 12:52 PM
So true, Christy--I understand your conflict--sometimes it is nice to be forcibly out of touch with what is going on outside your sphere, and maybe especially on this type of adventure. If it gets tiresome, turn it off! ;-) We do enjoy reading your insights, though.
Jim Paradis February 24, 2011 at 02:20 PM
It must be a father thing... I, too, read your posts, blogs, everything i can get my eyes on... and then I google earth the path you rode to get a sense of what you have seen. I am very happy for the technology. Looking forward to my trip to TN and getting to see you there... and perhaps somewhere along the road on the way back as well.

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