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CURRENT MISSION - My 4,400 mile bicycle adventure (C2C@73) in May 2017 is to angle up from Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, through the Great Smoky Mountains to the Mississippi River basin. From there I will head north up the river to its headwaters at Lake Itasca, Minnesota. Then up to the Canadian border, the northern most point of the contiguous USA. At that point I will cut west across the top of the country to Seattle, WA. Then down to Lake Tahoe, NV for a family reunion before ending my ride in San Francisco on the Golden Gate Bridge. I assume this coming year’s track will take until the second week of August to navigate.
Past Solo Bicycle Tours since retirement:
2011 - Golden Gate Bridge to Times Square New York City.
2013 - 7,000 mile eastern USA loop - Iowa - Key West - Maine - Great Lakes - Iowa.
In 2014 to answer the Call to Adventure and celebrate my 71st year, I bicycled the first half of an 9,000 mile USA Western loop, my fourth long distance bicycle tour since retirement. Iowa - Vancouver, Canada - California Coast
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.
2016 - Bicycle tour down the Mississippi River basin to New Orleans and then west to California. 3,600 miles
I find that many are inspired by my adventures into becoming more active in their own lives. Adventure Cycling doesn't always include what I want to experience on their cycling maps. I keep telling myself one can't see it all, but I'm trying.
My time is my own with three grown children (35, 31, 29). Each is a professional who I am very proud of, and I have just been blessed with my second grandchild. I am inspired by my children who have all competed in triathlons. 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
France, Germany, Japan, United States