This web site was set up to journal what began as a childhood
dream; to bicycle across America. College, careers, and kids came first, but we finally had an opportunity to realize this goal. Our careers are established with
what we hope is some degree of professionalism (Mike,
as a respiratory therapist, and Marilyn,
a nurse practitioner), our kids are grown, (our
grandkids are growing), ...and so on May 19, 2001, we left our home in eastern Washington
state to spend the summer bicycling the TransAmerica Bicycle
Bicycle touring is not always the easiest way to travel, but for us, it is the most rewarding.
When we travel by bicycle, we invariably
find adventure, gain new insight, make new friends, and eat as much as we want. This
journal is dedicated to
our favorite mode of travel and the accomplishment of our goal.
You canít take much stuff on a bike tour.
Everything we needed had to fit on our two bikes (a Cannondale T2000 and a
Gordon BLT). Besides the usual bare-bones camping gear and minimalist wardrobe,
we took several cameras, a weather radio, so we did not become a scene from
Twister, and a very cute 2 lb. mini-laptop computer, a Toshiba Libretto
100CT. These teeny Librettos must have
been designed for bicycle tourists who don't think they can leave home without a full function
computer. (Apparently this is a limited market because they are no longer available new in the
U.S.). In order to save weight elsewhere (i.e.
avoid cooking), we left the stove and cook set behind. Mike was also
persuaded to leave the steam iron, chain saw, and BBQ grill at home.
We would love getting email from you, hearing how you are, or answering any questions, so
please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. We still check our
individual AOL email addresses too if that is the address you have for us.
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