Welcome to our cross country bike trip!
Riding a bicycle has always been a part of our lives. When we
were kids it was our means of transportation. Our memories are
filled with images of us playing with our friends, running errands
for our parents, and going to school. All these activities were
accomplished on a bicycle. There are also the memories of just
spending time down at the corner talking with friends while sitting on the
trusty bike. Life was good!
While working and raising our family it was a joy to watch the kids
outside enjoying their bicycles. Seeing them ride up and down the
road and depending on them to run errands brought back fond memories of
our own childhood. We would even occasionally sneak a ride for
ourselves hoping to regain the freedom we had enjoyed as a child.
Life was good!
Now that we are retired cycling has become an important part of our lives.
At first it was a means of improving fitness, but has since become a much
bigger force. We still do the daily rides to maintain conditioning,
but cycle touring has become our focus. There is no better way to
see America than sitting on a bike traveling at 12mph. Life is good!
In June 2002 we set out on our maiden voyage across the US by riding the
Transamerica Trail. On that trip we had the pleasure of meeting June
Curry, the infamous "cookie lady". While there we met a friend of
hers named Cindy. She had ridden across the Transamerica Trail in
1983 and has since moved to Palmyra, Virginia to be near Mrs. Curry and
help out as needed.
She told us, "Once you've completed your cross country trip you'll never
be the same person. The places you visit and the people you meet
leave a lasting impression on you, and gives you a whole new outlook on
life." She was right! Our lives have not been the same!
That trip was so fantastic that we made the plans to do another.
This one takes a different route, but still encounters the same breath
taking scenery and genuine people as the first. We hope you enjoy
our story, but more importantly we hope you get inspired to see America from the seat of a bicycle.
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