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.