Recreation and physical exercise is nothing new to the boys their father
is an advocate of such practices since he is state extension program leader
in outdoor recreation, WVU Cooperative Extension Service.
Mom had packed on ample lunch for the trip to Wheeling and the boys
stopped at a small roadside restaurant for a snack. During a rain, they
sheltered in a grocery store in Waynesburg.
Reaching Wheeling, they were stopped by a policeman and asked if they
were running away from home. They presented library cards for identification
but after some questioning, the officer called the father who told the
boys to hurry for Grandmother was not expecting them. Needless to say they
weren't too impressed by the police treatment.
Mike had one accident when he ran over a pop bottle. He was thrown on
his side and later had a flat tire which was repaired free by a friendly
attendant at a gas station in Little Washington.
The trip to Wheeling began on a Tuesday morning and took 17 and a half
hours. They admitted there were several miles in the Waynesburg area which
required pushing the bikes to the summit. Wayne and Mike played it careful
and got off the road when meeting or being passed by tractor-trailers.
The return trip home was on Friday and took only 12 and a half hours.
"Would we do it again? Sure, we're going to go again next summer!"