It's finally time! May 1st will begin my 6th bicycle tour (24,000 miles) since retirement, a coast-to-coast arc ride within the USA & Canada. STARTING at the Atlantic Ocean on Hilton Head Island, SC, I will endeavor to reach the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco sometime in August, staying with nearly 60 host families along the way. But this trip will have an additional boost. Having paid my dues, I have secured an Electric Assist Kit which adapts to my REI touring bike. Looking forward to conquering the four major mountain ranges of my country along the route, Alleghenies, Rockies, Cascades, and the Sierra Nevada, I am tired of wasting time near the summits pushing my load up the worst of it, and in addition I want to be able to keep up with those younger legs who frequently join me for awhile. One pedals as usual, but the electric kit gives a little added 'gas'. There was only one company (EBO) confident enough with their product to work with me when I mentioned I wanted to accomplish an unusually tough goal and seriously abuse their unit. These guys have e-bike experience with cargo, mountain and commuter customers in Colorado so who better to make the fit. If 'electric' peeks your interest, I will be making no-BS updated posts to my Facebook ride-page, both good and bad, referring to mileage per charge, speed, and other variables. I'm excited to try it and if everything works out, you will get so sick of my bragging! Who had any idea that at 73 one can still be able to dream and participate in life at its fullest?