Journey of a lifetime

In a few days Monika and I will begin our bike ride across the US. We have been planning this trip for roughly two years, buying the necessary equipment, researching the route, researching the weather, training to improve our level of fitness, reading books, blogs and stories from bikepackers who have already completed similar adventures.

On June 14th our worries will be left in Iceland when we fly to Portland. From there we will drive to Astoria where we will assemble our bikes and ship our bike bags to a friend on the east coast.

On June 15th we will start our journey across the US, following the Trans America Trail which is 4.230 mile (6.807 km) long, crossing 10 states, through Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, through the Rocky Mountains, Cascade mountains and Appalachian mountains, with the highest point being at Hoosier Pass at 11,542 feet (3.518 meters). For reference, the highest mountain in Iceland is Hvannadalshnjukur which is 6.922 feet (2.110 meters).

We are equally excited and nervous for the trip. We look forward to spending lots of time together, enjoying the scenery, meeting interesting people, eating great food, enjoying the moment and remembering it is about the journey, not the destination.

This blog will be our daily journal, describing the progress, our thoughts and experiences. Stay tuned! 🙂


8 thoughts on “Journey of a lifetime

  1. Calvin Simmons

    When you get to Pueblo West give me a call or text. If it work you are welcome to stay or have a meal with us.


  2. Hans v van Velze

    Dont be nervous, its the time of your life…or at least a good time. East of Pueblo ( East CO,KA,West MN) life will completely different.I had the first 1 or 2 days bit of a problem with it.Headwind,heath, sound (like a thousand dentist-turbine-drills ) ,the incredible “Nothingness”…it came like a chock.I heard people saying there are a lot of suicide’s overthere and I can understand why. Later-on I resetted myself, I changed my mindset of coping the environment and I enjoyed in special the towns we were staying at the -free- cityparks & swimmingpools and churches. People were very friendly and helpful. And I enjoyed the comraderie among other bikers. It is ….uhh very special upthere.
    Dont skip Golden City “Cooky’s “, for awesome pie.
    I bet you cant wait to start….I gonna read your stories for sure. Just be safe.

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  3. Brian Barrett

    My daughter and I just completed our XC tour on the NJ shore on Sunday. We started last year but it was cut short by an injury in Wisconsin. I also did the TransAm in 87. You will have a wonderful trip. I wish you well and may the winds be at your back!


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