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Fat Guy Across America

Old 10-08-15, 08:39 AM
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Fat Guy Across America

There have been other threads on Eric Hites's journey (it's more of a journey through life than just a bike ride).

Here's a really interesting New York Times article on him, entitled, fittingly enough, Fat Guy Across America Hits New York. Enjoy:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/08/fa...ies-below&_r=0

Apparently he's still smoking (a bit, although I guess that's like being a little bit pregnant) and hitting up White Castle from time to time but he's doing something positive as well.
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Old 10-08-15, 11:01 AM
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Currently at the hospital, due to Angie having some issue. From the FB page:

"hey just released me about an hour ago or so from the Princeton medical center. I have to follow up with a cardiologist and the doctor and nurses said NO more sleeping in the car. They said when I'm not riding or driving I need to have my legs elevated above my heart until my body adjust to all the exercise and changes. Also, somehow ive aggravated some broken ribs in my chest, which is causing the pains in my chest and stomach area.They changed my heart meds around to get the fluid off my legs and feet. A shot in the belly of a medication called levenox to bring down my platelet count, as well as another new medication. Seems like a lot for some fluid retention. They were very thorough and kind at the hospital and took good care of Eric as well with a lounge chair to sleep in and free meals for him when they brought me my meals. I'm still sore and a little swollen but back on the road again in the morning.

Thanks everyone so much for your thoughtful words and prayers. Thanks so much to the staff at Princeton medical center too. They were so very busy and overcrowded and still managed to always smile and treat the patients with patience and compassion. I'm ok. I didn't mean to scare anyone especially my parents or Eric Hites. I think I'm all rested up and healing good so by morning should be good as new. Looking forward to moving forward towards Philly in the morning. Most likely two more rides and we will be there. Good night everyone. "
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Old 10-08-15, 11:48 AM
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BTW...It's Lovenox, and it's a blood thinner. I use it when I have to "come down" from my oral blood thinner in order to have an invasive procedure.

Princeton Medical Center? I hope he's not been and/or not planning on riding U.S. 1.
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The good news is that he's actually riding, and has made it to NJ. He just posted a few days ago that he had his first 20 mile day.

I'm pleasantly surprised that he is making this much progress after about a mileless month or so in Rhode Island.

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He's only made it to Joisey? Oy vey.
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Old 10-08-15, 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted by ColaJacket View Post
The good news is that he's actually riding, and has made it to NJ. He just posted a few days ago that he had his first 20 mile day.

I'm pleasantly surprised that he is making this much progress after about a mileless month or so in Rhode Island.

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And we know he's actually riding how? How did he cross the rivers in CT? U.S. 1 merges with I-95. And how did he get from NYC to the Princeton area via bike? Did he ride way up north to the GW Bridge, cross into NJ and them head south? That's the only way. There are no other bikeable bridges from Manhattan to NJ. it's been, what, four months now?
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
And we know he's actually riding how? How did he cross the rivers in CT? U.S. 1 merges with I-95. And how did he get from NYC to the Princeton area via bike? Did he ride way up north to the GW Bridge, cross into NJ and them head south? That's the only way. There are no other bikeable bridges from Manhattan to NJ. it's been, what, four months now?
While we don't know anything for a fact, there are no physical barriers that would have prevented him from riding from Newport, RI to Princeton, NJ. There is one no bikes bridge in Connecticut but it can be avoided with alternate routes, or totally if taking a ferry to Long Island and coming to NYC that way.

Also, if he were entering NYC from the CT/Westchester rout (US 1 or similar) the GW is the first crossing, so there's no detour involved. However, there are other ways to get across the Hudson, including the PATH, or Staten Island Ferry and Bayonne Bridge. There are also passenger ferries serving midtown and lower Manhattan and I'm sure he could talk himself onto one even if the official policy is no bikes. (I don't know the policies).

So, while I reserve my opinion on this venture, there's no solid evidence that it's all fake. Likewise there's no compelling evidence that it isn't.
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