BORDER TO BORDER
BICYCLE RIDE 2013
Joe Harrison and Susan Fenn are bicycle blogging once again
after their Coast2Coast bike in 2011
Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough
to Live Forever
Hello! Remember us? The words above are the title of a
futuristic book by Ray Kurzweil, chief of engineering at Google and one of the
preeminent minds of our time. The title is our new motto: by positively
modifying our eating and physical activity behaviors, we can significantly
improve both the quality and longevity of our lives. This is also the
premise of the American Institute for Cancer Research, our partner in this journey.
Joe is now the ripe, young age of 76 and is as determined, goal oriented, and fit
as ever. His daily routine this summer consisted of biking 16 miles every morning for a cup
of coffee and some conversation with the locals at Stockholders, a saloon that
transforms into an early morning(7am!) coffee shop in Apple River, Illinois,
population 420. After coffee, Joe would spend the rest of his day clearing the fence lines at his farm for 6 hours with an 18 inch chainsaw. Amazing!
for me, I am now 57 and qualify as the lazy one of the duo. Who wouldn't? Nonetheless,
I am still waterskiing up here in the Frozen North of Alaska.
latest adventure: leave Big Lake, Alaska and embark on a marine journey
through the Inside Passage to Vancouver, BC, Canada, where we
will start the "real" trip, bicycling 1,987 miles down the West Coast
of North America from the Canadian border to the Mexican border.
will be our most challenging ride thus far, due to the steep terrain, the
narrow, winding curves of Highway 1 and dangerous traffic, both on
Highway 1 and in the major metropolitan areas of San Francisco and Los Angeles.
It should, however, prove to be the most scenic and awe inspiring of all of our
journeys thus far.
again dedicates this ride to his late wife, Josephine, in the hope that cancer
is eradicated in our lifetimes.
follow along on our blog as we continue on our own fantastic voyage!