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CURRENT MISSION - Presently visiting California helping my daughter and son-in-law move to a new home. Also planning my 2016 tour down the Mississippi River basin.
In 2014 to answer the Call to Adventure and celebrate my 71st year, I bicycled the second half of an 9,000 mile USA Western loop, my fourth long distance bicycle tour since retirement.
On 7/25/2015 I completed a 4,600 mile solo bike tour of the USA Desert SW. It began 3/15/15 in San Luis Obispo, CA for a 4 month and 10 day, return to my home in Des Moines, Iowa.
On 7/29/2015 I embarked on a journey to follow Route 66 by car to map out a ride and lecture tour for next year. I find that many are inspired by my adventures into becoming more active in their own lives. It will be my 5th bike tour since retirement which keeps me young. Adventure Cycling doesn't always include what I want to experience on their cycling maps. Along with arranging lectures, I thought it would be cool to scope out the best side attractions along the way that I wouldn't chance to see by bike. I keep telling myself one can't see it all, but I'm trying. I'm also taking a cooler full of iced down Gatorade to surprise the touring cyclists I come across along the route. I know I love it when that happens.
My time is my own with three grown children (33,30,27). Each is a professional who I am very proud of, and I have just been blessed with my first grandchild. I enjoyed my profession as an independent videographer. I am inspired by my children whom are all Tri-Athletes. My son recently completed his first Ironman in Cosemel, Mexico.
Be Eccentric Now. The Clock of Life is Only Wound Once.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
This site was recommended to me by an American bicycle tour guide that takes groups over to Italy. Couchsurfing allows me to meet many like minded people that make life so enriching.
Easter Sunday 2013, I embarked on a 7,000 mile bicycle ride throughout the eastern portion of the USA and pieces of Canada. I enjoyed the hospitality of more than 100 hosts along the way using Couchsurfers and Warmshowers, a cycling site. The trip was a loop; Des Moines, Iowa to Key West, FL, then up to the northern tip of Maine, and then returned home to Iowa. I found each of my hosts to be interesting, generous and gracious. And of like mindedness, loving to explore. In 2014 I used Couchsurfing much less due to electronic problems with the website. Hopefully these have been fixed.
Videography, photography, bicycle touring, triathlon, lecturing.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I have been fortunate. I grew up in a happy full house that showed no bias or ill will towards others. I witnessed the miracles of my three children being born. I saw the ugliness of conflict in Southeast Asia in my youth, therefore appreciated whatever came next. And now in my senior years, there is still room for adventure and satisfaction.
Teach, Learn, Share
All people are fun to know, we all have our quirks.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Virgin Islands, British, Virgin Islands, U.S.
Countries I’ve Lived In