Iowa resident bikes 7,000 miles, camps in Port St. Joe

Jack Day

Iowa resident Jack Day celebrated his 70th birthday by biking 7,000 miles and passed through Port St. Joe.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 10:38 AM.

Some people celebrate their birthdays with cake and presents.

Des Moines, Iowa resident Jack Day celebrated his 70th birthday by setting out on a 7,000 mile bicycle tour.

Day began the two-wheeled solo journey from his doorstep on March 15. Over the next six months his plan was to venture south to Key West, north to the tip of Maine and loop back to his original starting point.

He utilized biking and travel websites to create an itinerary for himself, locating couches to sleep on or safe patches of grass on which to pitch his tent at each stop.

After two months of pedaling, Jack hit a major milestone in his journey: on May 13, he reached Port St. Joe.

“He’s a real people person,” said Debbie Van Vleet, owner of Happy Ours Kayak and Bike Outpost on Cape San Blas.

Van Vleet played last-minute host to Day during his visit to Gulf County. En route from Panama City, Day was unable to find a couch in town utilizing his normal network. He sent an email to Van Vleet and she was able to save the day, offering a patch of grass for his tent.

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