Cross the U.S. on a Bike

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm — Filed under:

This is a story from a man who is riding across the United States on a bicycle.

He is so right about people opening up to him about their dreams:

“When you bicycle across the country, people tell you their dreams, because they see you are living yours.”

I’ve experienced the same thing. When I tell people that I quit my job to write full-time, I always hear about their dreams. Even strangers will tell me what they want to do someday. It’s like the act of living my dreams has opened all the people up around me like flowers. They want to live their dreams, too. Don’t we all?

I have wanted to ride my bike across the United States for a long time. I think I first heard about it in Runner’s World magazine. I showed the picture of the woman who had done it to Mike. “Wouldn’t that be great?! To just ride your bike across America?” He didn’t think it would be so great.

After reading this story, I am inspired. It took him three months to cross the continent. Where will I be three months from now? How many imaginary miles will I have ridden on my bike on my trainer in the house? Enough to take me across the U.S.? Probably not, but doesn’t it sound like such an adventure?

If you are interested in riding across the U.S. on your bicycle, here is a website from a guy who actually did it. You can read his journals, see his equipment list and look at the photos he took along the way.

Here is a map of the Transamerica Trail, which is a quiet, off-road trail, safe for bikes to cross the United States. It’s not detailed enough to follow with your bike, but it gives you an idea of where you can ride.

Take a virtual ride across America

For the less adventurous, you can print up that map and mark your progress at home along the trail. If you go on a twenty-mile bike ride on the stationary bike at the gym, you can mark the progress on your map.


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