I’m at it again — this time riding a loaded bicycle across the country!
I’ve wanted to do this for years, but after being diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer in September of 2013, I thought it would never happen. I didn’t expect to be alive now, much less cycling across the country. I wasn’t confident that my health and stamina were good enough for such a demanding physical effort. Last year’s solo ride along the Pacific coast changed all that for me. I rode more than 1200 hilly miles on a heavily loaded bike, and discovered that I could do it.
While I always thought I would take this ride with friends, it turns out that I’ll be doing most of it alone. I enjoy the freedom of letting the trip unfold — without any schedules, expectations or goals, other than making it across the country, and a couple stops for chemotherapy along the way.
My friend, Bill, will be joining me for the first week of the trip. I will be carrying a SPOT satellite tracking device, so that my wife, Lissa, and all of our friends can follow my progress.