Bicycle touring has been a large part of my life for the last 33 years. I have bicycled on 5 of the 7 continents, and have traveled solo and with groups. I have always considered bicycle travel a wonderful way to encounter the world and its inhabitants, allowing you to experience the land with all five senses . . . and a fair amount of sweat.
In 1985 I took a year’s sabbatical from teaching world history in Sylvania, Ohio, to travel around the world with my bicycle, peddling almost 10,000 miles. It was the time of the Ethiopian famine, and I attempted to raise awareness of Red Cross efforts to alleviate hunger in East Africa. I detailed that year of adventure in my book, “One Time Around – A Solo World Bicycle Journey."
Twenty years later in the summer of 2005, having retired from teaching the year before, I bicycled 4000 miles along the Lewis and Clark Trail from St. Louis to Astoria, Oregon. This modern “Lewis and Clark” expedition served as background research for a Lewis and Clark re-enacting program in which I take part, but I also had sponsors who made pledges in support of my ride and three worthwhile charities: the Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Alzheimer’s Association.
CYCLING THROUGH RAJAHSTAN, INDIA, 1985
ON THE LEWIS AND CLARK TRAIL, SQUARE BUTTE, MONTANA, 2005.
TELEVISION INTERVIEW WITH JERRY ANDERSON OF CHANNEL 11 IN TOLEDO BEFORE I FOLLOWED THE FOOTSTEPS OF LEWIS AND CLARK