The route posted on his blog that John McDonald followed from Kodiak, Alaska to Key West, Florida. He completed his bicycle trip this week.
On Wednesday, Kodiak High School alumnus John McDonald arrived at the southernmost point of the continental United States, a journey three months and 6,200 miles in the making. Back in May, McDonald boarded a state ferry with his trusty bicycle, nicknamed Allen, to begin an impressive cross country bike trip. KMXT last spoke with McDonald as he was making his way through Missouri, but a mere month and handful of state crossings later, he has finally finished what he calls the journey of a lifetime.
“It feels good, it feels weird to be done, because I’m so accustomed to just wake up every morning and riding my bike, but I guess that’s over now," he said. "But I’m definitely glad and sad to be done.”
McDonald’s journey with “Allen” was long, and after 25 flat tires in three months, McDonald said his two-wheeled partner deserves a break.
-- (McDonald Finishes 2 : 14 “Allen is
definitely going on the wall, or in the closet. It’s time for him to
take a break. But I’m actually on my way right now to go look at a
commuting bicycle that I might buy to be my vehicle of transportation
during the school year.”)
McDonald will attend Full Sail
University in Orlando, Florida, but he has quite a bit of time before
classes begin in November. He plans to return to Kodiak the end of
September where he will start the lengthy process of editing his
-- (McDonald Finishes 3 :19 “The
documentary is gonna take a lot to put together. I’m going to start
working on it when I get home, and I’ll work on it for about a month.
And then I’ll just kind of you know touch it up and finish it during the
school year. I’m not really sure when it will be done. There’s a lot of
footage, so I’ve got to pick through it all, and it’s going to be a
project. So I’m not sure when that’s going to be finished. ”)
The documentary will show his journey across the country and highlight some of the most memorable legs of the trip.
(McDonald Finishes 4 : 18 “Montana definitely stands out
mainly because it’s just so beautiful. Kansas definitely stood out
because that’s where I met a big group of cyclists that I rode with for
probably two weeks. And Kentucky stands out. Lots of dogs. Lots of
angry, mean dogs. And then Florida, of course. Florida was just
McDonald said he’s eager to come home, but the trip has also made him ready for school this fall.
(McDonald Finishes 5 : 16 “It’s really cool because as I was
going through Florida, a lot of my professors actually came and rode
with me for a big portion of the trip. So I’ve already got some good
buddies to hang out with and to ride with while I’m here going to
school. Ya, I’m so excited.”)
McDonald returns to Kodiak on September 20.