Kyvon – June 21 – Memphis

When we went to Memphis, we saw multiple people riding bikes for the first time on the trip.

This was also the first time I had ever been to Memphis, or even Tennessee for that matter. After a short ride we arrived at Kevin’s sister’s house, and we received FedEx WOW medals for coming this far on our journey. When we finished the “award ceremony”, we went inside and waited for the food to finish cooking. When the food was done, we all ate.

After a good nights sleep we woke up, and went to a park so that we could take pictures of buffalo, but we had to cut the pictures short because it started to rain. When it stopped raining, when went to the civil rights museum, which was built around Lorraine Motel, where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. While being in that museum, I was able to learn about the civil rights movement in more detail.

The Road Underground – June 18 Ride Day 4

The Road Underground – June 18 Ride Day 4

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Is it a blur to you as well?  Maybe not.  I can’t believe its been 6 days now!

OK, tempers are starting to flare. It’s to be expected; we’re in a van packed full of bags, gear, people and WATER. It’s only natural that attitudes spring up. It’s part of the learning process of each of us. I learn of you, you of me and we of each other. It’ll be alright. Psychology in a petri dish 101.

I’m having a hard time keeping up with the updates. It is now 4:40am and I’m 40 mins off my mark and I have so much to say about June 18. There are no pictures on the SnR site because I have to massage them before they go up due to the raw size which is too much of an extra step during this “need every minute I have” process.

We started from the Selma YMCA early and was on the road quicker than most days. The Youth Cyclists are improving their timing in breaking down their bedding and packing the van. Ms. Yasmine McKinney and her wonderful staff led by Teal (sp) treated us wonderfully with a large and delicious spaghetti dinner. Ms. McKinney has some heartbreaking personal stories that she relayed to Sue. I won’t paraphrase it here but suffice it to say that they remind you that you’re in the south and while there’s a great deal of progress some things are still in need of improvement for people of color.

The weather was humid and warm. The temperature has not reached 80*F yet, so we’re starting off on a good note. Driving from Selma we cut out about 20 miles of hills in order to stay somewhat on schedule. Our “way stations” being off the historical path sometimes puts us an hour away. Selma was 63 miles from the mapped path. Add that to the 2 hours it takes to get up and get the van packed, we’ve already eaten into our most cool part of the day. And its not even 8am yet!

So, we dropped down just north of Demopolis and began riding. Stopped for a small break and me Mrs. Brown who let us use their facilities at the park. Then on to Gainesville. The town with the first Black female mayor.

Time’s up.. 5am… will have to wake the cyclists and start packing. Today, breakfast is provided for us by a church group in Pickensville, AL. 10 miles away. We’re getting there by bike.

Spoke ‘n Revolutions Youth Cycling UGRR Tour 2011 ~ Visit the nation’s National Parks. 
Let’s Move Outside!

The Road Underground – June 18 Ride Day 4

The Road Underground – June 18 Ride Day 4

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Is it a blur to you as well?  Maybe not.  I can’t believe its been 6 days now!

OK, tempers are starting to flare. It’s to be expected; we’re in a van packed full of bags, gear, people and WATER. It’s only natural that attitudes spring up. It’s part of the learning process of each of us. I learn of you, you of me and we of each other. It’ll be alright. Psychology in a petri dish 101.

I’m having a hard time keeping up with the updates. It is now 4:40am and I’m 40 mins off my mark and I have so much to say about June 18. There are no pictures on the SnR site because I have to massage them before they go up due to the raw size which is too much of an extra step during this “need every minute I have” process.

We started from the Selma YMCA early and was on the road quicker than most days. The Youth Cyclists are improving their timing in breaking down their bedding and packing the van. Ms. Yasmine McKinney and her wonderful staff led by Teal (sp) treated us wonderfully with a large and delicious spaghetti dinner. Ms. McKinney has some heartbreaking personal stories that she relayed to Sue. I won’t paraphrase it here but suffice it to say that they remind you that you’re in the south and while there’s a great deal of progress some things are still in need of improvement for people of color.

The weather was humid and warm. The temperature has not reached 80*F yet, so we’re starting off on a good note. Driving from Selma we cut out about 20 miles of hills in order to stay somewhat on schedule. Our “way stations” being off the historical path sometimes puts us an hour away. Selma was 63 miles from the mapped path. Add that to the 2 hours it takes to get up and get the van packed, we’ve already eaten into our most cool part of the day. And its not even 8am yet!

So, we dropped down just north of Demopolis and began riding. Stopped for a small break and me Mrs. Brown who let us use their facilities at the park. Then on to Gainesville. The town with the first Black female mayor.

Time’s up.. 5am… will have to wake the cyclists and start packing. Today, breakfast is provided for us by a church group in Pickensville, AL. 10 miles away. We’re getting there by bike.

Spoke ‘n Revolutions Youth Cycling UGRR Tour 2011 ~ Visit the nation’s National Parks. Let’s Move Outside!

Ife's Post – June 14

Ife’s Post – June 14

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Yesterday, on Monday June 13th,  a lovely couple named Sara and Daryl, opened their home to us in Blountsville, Alabama. They took us on a tour of their home and their land, and when I say it was amazingly eye opening I really mean it was AMAZING.

Their home was almost completely run on natural resources. With solar panels to give them light, hot water for their sinks, and heat for their cookers. After some of the members took a dip the lake/pond, and meeting their cool friend Martha, Sara took a few of us on a tour of their land. This was the point when I realized that I could possibly one day live in a farm-like deeply wooded place (minus the ticks).
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She taught me the difference between poison ivy and blackberry or other leaves. She showed us the Butterfly flower/weed that looks simply like a flower, but actually helps lung cancer. She showed us a lavender looking plant that calms stomach cramps, and a Lemon-grass plant that you eat to make you happy! (Which I believe actually worked). Etc etc… The endless possibilities of nature were shown to me within one hour, and I’m so thankful to have had that experience.

Thanks Suepinda, Kevin, Sara, and Daryl!

Spoke ‘n Revolutions Youth Cycling UGRR Tour 2011 ~ Visit the nation’s National Parks.
Let’s Move Outside!