Tracy and I are going for another “little” bicycle ride and we hope you will follow along.
In 2019 we will be riding our tandem bicycle (“Violet”), unsupported, across the country as before, but this time there will be some twists. First, we intend to ride way more miles, approximately 7,000 over five months. Our route will take us from Washington State in June east across the middle of the country to the eastern seaboard where we will ride from Massachusetts to Florida, Alabama and Mississippi, ending in New Orleans, Louisiana in late October. This will be our longest trip yet and will cover our final 21 states in the lower 48!
Riding for a cause
The second twist is that we will be riding for a cause, “bicycle safety.” We will be sharing our daily adventures on social media as before, but we will also be sharing safe bicycling and driving tips. Finally, we will be encouraging our followers to support local, state and national non-profit bicycle safety organizations. Motorists and bicyclists, we can all do a better job!
Why bicycle safety?
Tracy and I have dedicated our personal and professional lives to promoting safe and enjoyable bicycling for the past twenty-five years, so this just kind of makes sense. Our company, (WE BIKE, etc., LLC) specializes in the areas of Engineering, Education, Enforcement, and Encouragement for walking, bicycling and healthy communities. But, there’s an even more personal reason as well.
Tracy’s bicycle crash
On July 1 of this year Tracy was hit by a car while bicycling, just three miles from our home. Tracy had the right of way, but the motorist ran a stop sign. This was her first crash in over 100,000 miles of riding, including three, unsupported, cross-country trips. Tracy who was wearing a helmet, bright yellow vest and gloves, sustained a concussion, whiplash, bruising to her right leg and back, and a torn meniscus in her left knee, which required surgery on August 13. When the motorist got out of her car to check on Tracy she said, “I didn’t see you.” Really? Tracy has been doing a lot of physical therapy and was finally cleared to start bicycling again on September 28 (my birthday). She is getting stronger every day and is expected to make a full recovery (minus a bit of meniscus). She was really quite lucky!
Not our first rodeo
This is not our first major bicycle ride on the tandem. In fact, it is becoming kind of a thing for us. Our first cross-country bicycle trip was along the Northern Tier of the USA in 2014. That trip started in Bellingham, WA and ended in Bar Harbor, ME 4,362 miles and 72 days later. In 2015 we rode the entire length of the Mississippi River, and then some, 3,052-mile, and in 2016 we bicycled Historic Route 66, (Green Bay, WI – Chicago, IL – Santa Monica, CA), 2,603 miles.
We’ve written a book
We took 2017 off from extended bicycle touring but we wrote a book. “Coast to Coast on a Tandem: Our Adventure Crossing the USA on a Bicycle Built for Two” chronicles our 2014 trip across the Northern Tier of the USA.
“In many respects, Tracy and Peter Flucke are like many other active couples. They work a business together, they enjoy long-distance bicycling for exercise and fun, and their shared interests play a key role in building a strong and loving family. What sets them apart is the length to which they will go in the name of scratching their adventuresome itch – 4,362 miles to be exact.”
“Coast to Coast on a Tandem”
This book, written from both of our perspectives, and based on our actual trip blog and Facebook posts, will give you a good feel for what we will be up against, both physically and personally, during our upcoming adventure. The book is available through WEBIKE.org and Amazon.com.
Please follow us
Starting today we will be posting regularly to our social media channels about our next trip. Leading up to the trip we will talk about Tracy’s recovery, training, nutrition, route planning, equipment, our partners, and the multitude of other things that go into making this a reality. During the trip we will do our level best to make you feel as though you are right there with us and to give you opportunities to interact with us directly. Have a question? Ask. There are no bad questions and we appreciate the company. It can get lonely out there. Please Like and follow us for the latest updates.
We couldn’t do this without the support of our partners. Thank you for investing in us and our cause.
We will be highlighting each of our partners in later blogs.
We hope you enjoy the ride!