Day #36 – St. Louis, MO to St. Charles, MO – 27 miles / 43 km

The brothers had to wait for the bicycle store to open. Janos’ new back wheel, while it is nominally the same size as the old one, seems to differ just a little bit. Just as much, that the spare spokes that were perfect to use in the old wheel, don’t fit into the new one. He needed to fix this wheel ASAP.

This store does not carry front panniers (or the necessary hardware) either, and since the brothers won’t cross another big city for a while, they don’t expect to visit a store with a wider selection very soon. Peter decided to buy the panniers and hardware designed for the rear wheel, (these are widely available), and he modified them to make the set fit to the front. The store personnel let them work inside the store, but were not able to help them in any other way. Below you can see how Peter used wire to fasten the rear-wheel hardware to the front wheel.

The bikes are extremely heavily packed now, but finally they have only two wheels, not four! Even after getting rid of the trailers, Janos and Peter found a way to display the big “Blind Judo Foundation” signs on their bicycles. Let’s not forget, that the adventure and personal growth is just one goal of this 10-week long cross-country trip. The other goal is to get visibility and raise funds for the Blind Judo Foundation. Please donate, if you are able to do so.

States: 8   Total: 1614 miles / 2597 km


3 thoughts on “Day #36 – St. Louis, MO to St. Charles, MO – 27 miles / 43 km

  1. It is a joy to witness how resourceful and determined you both are in overcoming problems along the way. Whatever direction you both take in your career choice there will be problems to solve and to overcome not unlike what you are accomplishing now. We greatly appreciate your suggesting individuals donate to the Blind Judo Foundation. Donations can be made directly at We can’t thank you enough. Ron Peck, Blind Judo Foundation

  2. Gret job as you continue to go west, I can’t imagine how tough it is with all the terrible wheather around the country, great to see how far you have gone, stay strong and continue to focus. I know at times it must be tough to get back on your bikes continue to paddle because this is something you will remember for the rest of your life, what an experience for you……..Willy Cahill

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