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When it came time for Hank Peterson’s 50th high school reunion outside Boston this year, he and his wife Carolyn wanted to make a “real” road trip of it and see the United States. So the La Jolla couple did just that — pedaling across the country on a tandem bike.
I coasted into the pull-out only too glad to hop off my bicycle, if even for a few minutes. I joined two other tourists reading the information panels describing the scene before us. The view was stunning. Mesquite, creosote, yucca and prickly pear made up much of the dense vegetation leading up to the steep vertical cliffs a quarter mile away. Apparently, the rocky precipices were home to peregrine falcons during the nesting season, although, on this early November afternoon, the raptors were long gone.
The early photographs give the impression of serenity — lush summer green along old country roadways and riverbeds, and the sense that the outing is as much an opportunity to clear the head as it is to work the body. Those were the early days of a 4,000-mile bike ride that at times pushed Curt Wildemann’s physical and emotional limits. But he still says it was all well worth it.
Michael “Mac” McCoy was one of the original cross-country bicycle tourists back in the 1970s, and now works with Adventure Cycling and BikeOvernights.org. The second edition of his book, "Cycling the Great Divide: from Canada to Mexico on America’s Premier Long-Distance Mountain Bike Route" has just been published. Mac rounds out the second half of the show to talk about the origins of bicycle touring, and what to expect when mountain biking the off-road Great Divide.
Traveling long distances isn't just for motorized vehicles. A bike, apparently, will do just fine for some. To make sure bicyclists can make their way across the entire state of Florida, the Florida Department of Transportation has embarked on establishing a bike route following the outline of U.S. 1 that runs from Jacksonville to Key West.
The Adventure Cycling Association and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials announced that AASHTO's Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering has approved U.S. Bike Route 50 in Maryland, which follows the C&O Canal Towpath, and U.S. Bike Route 23 in Tennessee.
On a coastal highway in Southern California, drivers sped by in the comfort of their cars, unaware of the small 12-year-old boy biking two miles per hour downhill through forceful headwinds. This was only one day in Berkeley resident Zeke Gerwein’s 1,851-mile-long bike trip up the West Coast this summer.
On the heels of the latest of many bicyclists-with-a-cause pedaling through Bogalusa, Mayor Charles Mizell said he is aware the city is located right on the Southern Tier Bicycle Route, and he’s working on plans to take advantage of that fact for the betterment of the city.
Amtrak held a bicycle roll-on trial Tuesday aboard the Capitol Limited, which stops daily in Cumberland during the train’s route between Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Officials at Amtrak want to see if offering the service for cyclists who use the Capitol Limited would be feasible.
An Ohio man is riding his big unicycle 3,000 miles from San Diego to St. Augustine in hopes of raising awareness of the disease that killed his father back in the 1990s, and ultimately hoping to inspire donations for its continued research.