Things Gained, Things Lost; Things Broken, Things Fixed

Often, important to our journies are the things we bring home and, sometimes, those we leave behind. Here is a list of the physical things that came and went during my trip through the Deep South, as well as those things that needed a little extra attention. The ‘Things Gained’ list is restricted to things, other than food and inner tubes, that I acquired and carried for a while.

Things Gained


Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington, first edition published in 1901: given to me by Charlie Thompson of Tuskegee, AL after a conversation lasting well into the night • A new sleeping pad, sleeping-bag liner and stuff sack: Montgomery, AL​​ • Bottle of generic Advil for my aching knee: Selma, AL • A florescent yellow cons​​truction safety vest: given to me by Susie and Brent Taylor in Mt. Vernon, AL • A florescent orange safety vest: purchased at Wal-Mart in Gulfport, MS • Uniform patch from the police department in Gramercy, LA • New set of Armadillo ‘puncture-proof’ tires: Baton Rogue, LA • Rain covers for front panniers, ordered online after getting soaked on ​the way to Selma and mailed “General Delivery” to small post office in Batchelor, LA where they were waiting for me when I arrived

Things Lost

• I sent a number of things home via mail to reduce my payload weight, including a jacket, a pair of jeans and couple of books

• Cheap sleeping pad: not lost, per se, but enthusiastically stuffed into the trashcan outside of the sporting goods store in Montgomery, AL

• Aforementioned florescent yellow construction safety vest: blew off of my parked bike (I think) in Biloxi, MS

• Pair of biking gloves: outside a McDonald’s in Gramercy, LA

• U-lock: beside police station in Gramercy, LA. Probably still sitting in the grass there.