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

Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 10:38 AM.

The next morning Van Vleet had breakfast with Day and he entertained with stories of his trip so far as well as his future plans for the journey.

Day likes to make new friends and often highlights his hosts on his website as a way of thanking them for their hospitality and spreading good will.

“I really wanted to support his efforts,” said Van Vleet. “I hope I can do that at 70.”

Her father is 91-years-old and rides his bike 10 miles a day. She shared the story with Day who promised to take a bike ride alongside her father once he reached the town of Jupiter.

After the coffee was gone and the conversation had ended, Day loaded up his bike and hit the road.

His next stop was Fort Myers and then he’d be headed for Key West would mark the halfway point of his journey he’d then turn around and work his way up the east coast as he headed for Maine.

At his age, Day is regularly reminded that people have low expectations for him but he’s always happy to share his story as an inspiration to others.



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