If you must know, Cary resident Steve Cope is currently somewhere around latitude 29.612N and longitude 100.009W. Or for those who speak in words rather than numbers, that’s just south of Camp Wood, Texas.
Not that I’m keeping track.
Cope, an employee at Progress Energy, is currently wheeling his way across the country – literally. On Nov. 21, Cope hopped on The Mean Green Machine – that’s what he calls his bicycle – in San Diego, Calif. and embarked on a cross-country ride that will end Jan. 5 in St. Augustine, Fla.
On Tuesday, Cope rode about 33 miles into Del Rio, Texas. It was one of the shorter distances he’s traveled since he hit the road. To date, he’s traveled for more than 135 hours, covering nearly 1,400 miles.
Just the thought of it all is making my back ache. But not Cope. On his blog – appropriately named “Where is Steve?” – Cope issued a tongue-in-cheek response Tuesday to a friend concerned about his ability to recover from his daily rides.
“The truth is that I have been crossing the border (much cheaper and no cops) at night for blood transfusions,” he said. “I also take nightly EPO supplements, drink 4-5 cups of coffee a day, drink 2 pints a day, eat at least 1 PayDay a day, eat as many bean burritos as possible, and most importantly I shove as much protein, carbs, and fat into my system as I can!”
OK, so maybe it’s not all untrue. Cope speaks constantly of food on his blog and jokes in one entry that he’s found a new weight loss plan. “I have discovered a new way to lose weight that just might put Curves out of business,” he said in an entry dated Nov. 30, nine days into his ride. “Simply ride a bike 74 miles per day and you can eat all you want while still losing weight.”
Tempting. But I’ll pass.
And Steve, if you happen to read this, good luck.