News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Ramblin' Reck

May 17, 2011

RAMBLIN' RECK: Cyclist Newlin makes pit stop

Attorney gets to rest at home on break from cross-country bike ride

TERRE HAUTE — Tom Newlin was able to spend some time at home  this weekend as part of a rest time for bicycle riders participating in American By Bicycle.

The local attorney and the 19 others in his group – six from foreign countries – began Fast America North in California in April and will conclude the trip in Massachusetts on May 27.

They will have covered about 3,500 miles in 34 days, averaging 115 miles per day and riding in 13 states.

“We have had two rest days. One was in Albuquerque, N.M., and the other was in Springfield, Ill.,” he said Monday morning.

While the others took a break in Springfield, then rode to Tuscola, Newlin rode home to Terre Haute – 135 miles in the rain. He planned to rejoin the party in Lebanon, Ind.

Newlin has been doing serious bicycle riding for about 10 years and did Fast America South earlier that covered 2,900 miles. Before then, he did a lot of running. “I did nine marathons,” said the former Terre Haute Schulte athlete.

He was an official for 23 years and coached a lot of champions in 11 seasons with youth football.

A couple years ago, his chances of doing long rides were diminished. He underwent a five-hour heart surgery in 2010.

“I didn't know if I would ever be able to ride again at the level I am accustomed to riding,” said Newlin.

And prior to beginning this trip, he was hit with a virus that last five weeks. “It wasn’t the flu but it felt like it,” he said.

Riders may do segments of the trip. He said son T. C. rode from Albuquerque to Springfield.

As part of a project with the Terre Haute Rotary Club, Newlin has been reading once a month to first-grade students at Ben Franklin School. He said those students have been following his trip by the blog and he was going to see them before going to Lebanon on Monday.

He has been with Stark, Tanoos, Fleschner, Newlin Law Firm since it started 25 years ago. He was recently voted boss of the year in The Tribune-Star poll of bests in the area.

“We have 175 employees and are in about every state. We have partnerships and do hearings throughout the country. It was a treat to see the staff [today],” he said.

He will ride through 13 states on this trip. “We have a beautiful country . . . and great people,” said Newlin.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Ramblin' Reck
Latest News Poll
AP Video
NASA Showcases Lunar Eclipse Ukraine: Military Recaptures Eastern Airport Raw: Storm Topples RVs Near Miss. Gulf Coast Pistorius Cries During Final Cross-Examination Raw: Horse Jumping Inspires 'Bunny Hop' Police: Woman Stored Dead Babies in Garage First Women Move to Army Platoon Artillery Jobs Sex Offenders Charged in Serial Killings OC Serial Murder Suspects May Have More Victims The Boston Marathon Bombing: One Year Later Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge Michael Phelps Set to Come Out of Retirement Suspect in Kansas Shootings Faces Murder Charges Prosecutor Presses Pistorius at Murder Trial Scott Brown Announces Run for U.S. Senate in N.H Journalists Awarded Pulitzer for Snowden Reports New Tactic Deployed in Search for Plane Family: 2 Shot in Head at Kan. Jewish Center Police: Blast in Nigerian Capital Kills 71 California's Ancient Redwood Trees Under Attack
NDN Video
8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Toddler climbs into vending machine Much-Anticipated 'Gone Girl' Trailer Finally Debuts! (VIDEO) Dog and Toddler Wear Matching Outfits in Adorable Photo Series VP Biden: "World witnesses ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things" It's Official! Michael Strahan Joins "GMA" Blood Moon Time-lapse Actress Lake Bell Goes Topless The Five Weirdest Local Taxes in America Applicants Vying for 'World's Toughest Job' Get Heartwarming Surprise Awkward: Crist catches Lt. Gov. insulting him on camera NASA Showcases Lunar Eclipse US Airways Tweets Graphic Photo of Nude Woman Behind the scenes of the Marathon anniversary photo shoot American Airlines Responds After Girl Tweets Alleged Terror Threat 'Joke' Charlie White's "Dancing" Mistake Olympic Great & Baltimore Native Michael Phelps Ends Retirement; Eyes Rio 2014 NFL Draft: Potential Booms And Busts William and Kate Squash Baby No. 2 Rumors With a Wine-Tasting Trip Who Showed Up at Coachella?

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010