We are safe in Coralville, Iowa. Lucky for us, we got done with the ride, had dinner, a quick shower and got back to the bikes and tents, deciding to relax for a minute before setting up our bedding. Everything was still all stored in our duffles. Drew and Zachary retrieved the bags and bikes …
It is so different waking up in a hotel room. It’s dark-no morning glow. The sound of doors shutting-not birds. And while the mattress is comfortable, our set-up in the tent is amazing. Yesterday, over breakfast, we had a great conversation with Neil and Rett. They have been cycle touring for nearly two years! How …
June 16, 2023 Friday Miles: 62.37. Total accent: 2,267 Totals: 737.6 miles. Accent: 26,204. 63.35 hours in the saddle The dawn of a new morning…blessed with another day to live. The tent brightens as the sun begins it’s climb into the sky. We huddle closely as it is chilly, thankful for a down quilt. Our …
Thursday June 15, 2023 Day 13 Wild Goose campground to Lochsa Lodge, Powell, Idaho 67.45 miles. 2,279 total accent Totals: 675.3 miles. 23,937 total accent. 58.14 hours in the saddle. Yesterday was such a special day and its experiences have changed me forever. I feel such a sense of peace, spirituality and connection with the …
May the road rise up to meet you.May the wind be always at your back.May the sun shine warm upon your face;the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,may God hold you in the palm of His hand. –Traditional Gaelic Blessing Our forecast for our first day’s ride. So blessed!
Individual daily routes containing Time, Distance, and Elevation are being published in each States Segment page.
From Astoria, OR to Bar Harbor ME. Beginning June 2023 until late August 2023. Approximately 5,000 miles by bicycles, self-supported.
The idea of our adventure began after riding across Iowa in 2022 (RAGBRAI). It was my third time and Drew’s second. Experiencing the world from the seat of a bicycle is HUGELY different than driving in a car or an RV. While on a bicycle, you see, feel, touch, smell, and taste so many things you would otherwise miss. As well, people on bicycles are rather non-threatening allowing strangers to approach and engage in conversation. What Drew and I learned from our Iowa rides is that the U.S. is filled with the most wonderful people and fascinating places. While the media will have you believe we are a divided country, our experiences often show otherwise…that people are good, and kind, and giving.
A second important driving force behind our idea to ride across America, is our clients. 25% of our clients in 2022 left California for other states and over the past two years, 500,000 people moved from California to other states. We feel this will accelerate rather than decline based on dialogue with current clients, our friends and family. A resounding question keeps surfacing: Where should I move to? Today, that isn’t a question we can easily answer but hope to be able to by September.
The theme “Where’s Home?” was born.
As we traverse through the states, we’ll be creating infographics highlighting important information most people use when deciding where to move, like weather, culture, demographics, and affordability.
We plan to meet with the locals, chat with REALTORS, contact local news media and share across several social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and a website with a blog. Our goal is daily posts and hopefully more. I learned in 2019 during my first ride across Iowa, cell service is not always available (silly California girl!) As well, this journey is not about us. We’re just the messengers. We plan to take YOU with us; sharing, exploring, and experiencing this beautiful country we call home.
As we’ve shared this dream with others, we have received incredible support with the consistent question “How can we help you during your trip?” Drew and I discussed this at length and decided that if our supporters could ‘help us help others’, the journey would be even more special. As a result, we are partnering with the National Association of REALTORS® supporting the REALTOR® RELIEF FOUNDATION to raise money for our neighbors across the nation. This foundation donates 100% of all its funds directly to victims of disaster…no overhead costs. The foundation was formed within hours of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Since then, they have helped 19,000 families through 127 disasters. These are our neighbors, and we want to help.