August 4, 2015
What started as a simple commute to work has turned into a passion for Jared Griffin. In the five years since he began cycling to work, Jared has gone from a short spin every day to a long-term, epic tour of the U.S. After leaving his job of 21 years he set out on the Northern Tier to Bar Harbor, Maine. Along his eighty-day journey from Minneapolis, MN, he made side trips to Adventure Cycling’s Leadership Training Course in Indiana and the Finger Lakes Loop Tour in New York for a grand total of 3401 miles. “This was my first interaction with the organization and I was impressed. It was a great class where I had the opportunity to meet twenty-five other bicycle tourers and learn from them.”
“I was seriously done with the Ozarks. Like, I will do whatever it takes to get out.”
“This does not need justification.”
“Started at 65 degrees in the morning, rode along lake Erie with a slight tail wind on a decent road with light traffic.”
“Seriously, if you are in the area check them out!”
Jared is now on Part II of his journey. From Bar Harbor, he headed south along the Atlantic Coast route to St. Augustine, Florida. This added 2113 miles to his tour. From St. Augustine, he will head west along the Southern Tier, then north on the Pacific Coast route to his brother’s place in Los Angeles, California.
Photos provided by Jared Griffin.
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Jared, sounds like an epic adventure. I retire in May of 2016 and my son and I are planning on the Trans America route next year. I am so excited, been planning on this for over 30 years. Have to get us signed up soon. Maybe we will see you some day on the trail. Gary
Wow - What an adventure! I look forward to further posts.
What an adventure! I'm impressed. Enjoying following your trip
What a great experience! I love reading your posts and following your trip. Stay safe! (from a mom's perspective!) and have fun!
I knew you would do it. You do everything with focus, passion and perserverence. Way to go! We are living the adventure through your updates... don't keep us waiting too long to hear from you again
Jared, Sounds like a great adventure. Enjoy the experience! Stay safe and watch stop for any softball games you see. (Your dad put me up to that one!)
Awesome! I hope you are having a great adventure. You deserve it!
Glad to read about your journey- and keep us posted of your adventures! You are seeing some beautiful parts of the country. Just last fall we enjoyed our drive through Ashtabula, and I think St. Augustine is such a beautiful city on the ocean.
Glad to hear that you are still having a great adventure and I agree that you never need to justify ice cream in any form.
Congratulations Jared and keep riding. Love the publicity - and the 'best of' notes!
Congratulation Jared. Sounds like a great journey. I look forward to future posts.
My wife and I are planning to do the Trans American route next year. New bikes are purchased and bags are ready. Just need to take the leap of faith and quit my job in the spring.
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Had the good fortune to ride with Jared on Finger Lakes tour. He is an accomplished cyclist and infectiously happy! Great article Jared - you are inspiring.