July 3, 2015
I've had the privilege of getting to know Zeke Gerwein over the last year. He introduced himself via an email message with the subject: crazy request from a thirteen year old fan.
My column in the June issue of Adventure Cyclist tells the tale of how I ended up a part of one of Zeke's adventures. A feature about our journey together is in July's issue. If you are a member of the Adventure Cycling Association, that issue should have just arrived in your mailbox.
In a word, Zeke is extraordinary. He walked all the paths of Berkeley, CA (36 miles worth) in one day when he was twelve. Later that year, he pedaled from San Diego to Seattle via the coast ... the hard way, from south to north. At thirteen, he pedaled from the border of Mexico to Canada via Adventure Cycling's Sierra Cascades route, arguably, one of the most difficult paved cycling routes in the United States. I accompanied Zeke from Mt. Rainier to the border of Canada and then to Seattle.
While we were pedaling together, Zeke was able to display one of his many talents ... telling truly horrible, groan-worthy jokes. Here is just one in his "bad jokes arsenal".
Now that you've groaned over that joke, think back to what you did with your summer vacation when you were fourteen. Zeke is keeping busy. He's probably in Missouri right now. He began in Delaware. Yep. Zeke is pedaling cross-country from east to west. As I said, extraordinary.
I'll have the pleasure of riding with him again. I'm meeting him in Zion National Park in August, and we'll pedal to the West Coast together.
Photos by Willie Weir
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Willie Weir is a contributor for Adventure Cyclist magazine. His books, Travels with Willie and Spokesongs, will inspire you to hit the road and might change the way you approach bicycle travel. He lives in Seattle with his wife Kat. You can also find him at WillieWeir.com, Facebook, and Instagram.