My wife Linda and I have been cyclists for about 25 years. As a freshman in college in 1970, I flunked physical education because I couldn't run 600 yards or do one pushup. Trying to get in shape by jogging just wasn't fun, and I didn't persist.
In 1982, we heard our pastor and another friend talking about the bike ride they'd done the previous day, 50 miles in the Applachians where we then lived. ("You did what?!") I borrowed a bike, rode 2 miles, was exhausted -- and hooked.
In 2002, Linda and I rode Adventure Cycling's TransAmerica route from Yorktown, VA, to Missoula, then north to connect with their Northern Tier route, and ended at Bay View, WA, just across Padilla Bay from Anacortes. 4269.4 miles. Although we don't plan another ride that long until I retire, we are
planning to ride part of the Underground Railroad route this summer.
Linda's involved with The Intersection, a local community development effort, and we've decided to use this summer's ride to raise money for and awareness of the Intersection. We appreciate the Center's role in helping Adventure Cycling map the route. Having read Bordewich's book, I now understand a bit more about what trying to escape slavery was really like. It is history worth telling.
"Be the change you seek in the world", Stephen