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08/15/2012

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Christopher

Hey, just wanted to explain my situation a little more -- and while I'm thinking about it, thank you Matt for posting my little appeal.

My mother and I live together in a large house in Siler City, NC. She is on disability (I'm not allowed to say much, but she has worked very hard all her life, being formally employed (often by herself) from approximately 1966 through 2007) and we live on her SSDI income and a small food-stamp allotment. Our home is in foreclosure right now (we have high hopes, though, because the original company really screwed up the paperwork, and because we've been living here for over 30 years) mostly because our mortgage company is demanding payments larger than our monthly income and will not accept a partial payment.

We are currently in the process of applying for disability for me, partially out of monetary necessity, but mostly because I have a form of Autism Spectrum Disorder, called Asperger's Syndrome. I am quite intelligent about some things, but having some significantly odd tendencies about me due to the Asperger's, there simply isn't any chance in this economy of me getting hired in this town.

The nearest store to us is a Wal*Mart, 1.6mi away according to Google Maps. I've walked there probably a dozen times -- we have one car, and I know myself well enough to know I'm not qualified to use it. (I have so far chosen not to learn, because of my own limitations.) While I have attempted a kid's bike sometime in the distant past (I stopped riding when we ran out of training-wheel sizes) I think I could handle a trike, and it would be great to have the freedom of a vehicle without the burden of a proper car. I do plan on equipping my trike with an electric drive system at some point in time (it will probably be an ugly rig simply due to our resources and circumstances), I should be able to use the trike just fine, assuming it arrives in operable condition.

My one concern with this, is indeed related to our location -- I live on a small loop road off of Highway 64, and although it's not an "access controlled highway" (no on-ramps or off-ramps are present for Hwy64 itself), I can't imagine the police here being friendly to cyclists.

James Kingston

I see painted shoulders on Hwy 64 in the satellite view on Google Maps, Christopher. Be visible and I think you'll be fine. My grandmother was triking in the streets of LA county into her 80s.

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