Doug Schwartzman had put a lot of miles on his old bike.
He had been living in Florida for several months, making a humble living playing the guitar and hustling pool when he decided to go home to Pontiac, Mich.
Schwartman, 51, gathered up his few possessions, bought a bus ticket and made plans to head home.
But his plans suddenly changed.
He missed his bus.
Instead of catching the next one, Schwartzman said he decided to hit the highway under his own power. He loaded up his bicycle and headed out.