"A friend of mine helped me take the bike to Freeman's Bridge Sports to get it fixed," said Smith.
Latham was also where Smith originally planned to end his cross country trip, but he changed his mind when he realized he was only a couple of days away from reaching the Atlantic Ocean.
"I decided that since I've come this far, I might as well go all the way," he said.
With the new gear shifter in place, Smith rode with the group to Portsmouth, N.H. There, the riders got the royal treatment as they made their way to the Atlantic.
"They have you ride to a school three miles from the beach," said Smith. "A police officer met us there, and he led us the last three miles with the lights on his police car flashing."
Smith said riding with a tour group made the trip easier.
"Everybody does their own pace," said Smith. "I was not one of the faster riders. I was on the first few days of the trip, but then I settled back with a group of riders at a more manageable pace."
Smith plans to tackle more lengthy trips in the near future. "My wife and I are doing an Elderhostel later this year where we'll be walking part of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia," he said.""