Peddling for the People

Grace and Alan's Bike Trip Across North America


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Posted by xc2009 on August 29, 2009 at 12:14 AM Comments comments (4)
Happy Birthday to Grace! She turned 27 on August 26th. We have been hanging out, running, and riding our bikes for the past week here in San Francisco, CA. We took the Coastal Starlight train from Portland to San Fran (SF) on August 18th. We enjoyed this method of travel, the space, and the relaxed pace?we will travel via train again and recommend the experience to those curious. Upon arriving to SF we met up with Bob and Pat Siegel, a local contact of our friend John from Jasper. John ... Read Full Post »


Posted by xc2009 on August 16, 2009 at 4:11 PM Comments comments (2)

Hello from Portland. Hello from the house hold of Marty and Cyndi. Hello from the end of our riding. This coming Tuesday, August 18th Grace and I will board a train and depart for San Francisco, California to visit her brother Paul. We will remain in the bay area until the end of August and then head to the Nevada Desert for the Burning Man Art Festival. At this point in time we will have met up with Todd R. and become a group of 3. We will have a week of "down time" between seeing Paul and l...

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Posted by xc2009 on August 8, 2009 at 1:31 PM Comments comments (2)

Hello from Seattle. We arrived yesterday afternoon and met my cousin Makeba at her apartment.  Yesterday, we rode from Port Angeles to Bainbridge Island and caught our third ferry of the trip, this last one across the Puget Sound. I am so glad that we are here. No more riding for at least 5 days, maybe even longer if we decided to take a train south to Portland….but this is just our frustration and tiredness of the road talking. I am sure after a few days of rest we will be ready t...

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Posted by xc2009 on August 3, 2009 at 7:56 PM Comments comments (0)

We have seen water from the PacificOcean.



We have made it.



All the way across.



Now what?



Down the coast to visit friends and family....



The quest west has been completed, but the journey continues.



Pictures will be up loaded in Seattle.



We endured the heat, the hills...

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Almost to the Pacific!

Posted by xc2009 on July 30, 2009 at 4:38 PM Comments comments (1)

Day 81

Kamloops, British Columbia.

The north is hotter than we expected. This week temperatures have been record breaking. Last night the both of us were pretty miserable lying in the tent waiting for the sweltering air to cool. This morning we woke up at 5 am and were riding by 5:30 am. We have arrived in the city around 1:00. This is the first city we have been in since Calgary, Alberta. Due to the heat, we will indulge in a hotel or motel for tonight. It is much easier to live ...

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Posted by xc2009 on July 23, 2009 at 8:01 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello from Banff, Alberta, Canada….Day 74


The boarder guard looked at us bit funny as we rode our bikes to the gate.

Customs Agent: How long will you be staying?

Alan and Grace: 16- 20 days.

Customs Agent: “What is the purpose of your visit?

Alan and grace: Holiday on bikes.

Customs Agent: What are you jobs?

Alan: I use to be a teacher, swim coach, and server.

Grace: I use to work at a bar.

CA: What do you mean ...

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Day 67 in East Glacier

Posted by xc2009 on July 16, 2009 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (2)

We are living large in East Glacier, MT while staying with Jo and Sam (contacts we made through other cyclists).  Check out our photos---finally a few more have been added since Chicago.  More to come.  Yeah, the Rockies are hear!  Finally no more flatness.



In my head, on repeat.... a poem...




The Rockies emerged from the clouds


As the flatness...

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65 days in the making

Posted by xc2009 on July 14, 2009 at 10:08 PM Comments comments (0)

We are tired. We have been riding everyday since we left Stillwater MN...about 18 days straight. We are currently in Shelby, Montana staying at our 4th motel for the entire trip. We will ride to Glacier National Park (about 70 miles) tomorrow and stay with a warm showers . org contact for a few days before heading into Canada. Hopefully we will feel recovered enough for a hike in Glacier.



We are road worn. The wind has been relentless. In the last 3 out of 4 da...

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Day 58, July 7th

Posted by xc2009 on July 7, 2009 at 4:58 PM Comments comments (1)

Wow. We are in Williston ND. So much has happened since our last communication. Since Walker MI we have ridden due west on route 2---almost through the entire state of ND, about 400 miles. We have picked up and are riding with 2 other people, both heading west towards Seattle, WA on route 2. A 17 year old female, Laurie and a 28 year old male; both of them were traveling by them selves. We are now a posse of four.


I am not sure if we thanked Rita and Courtney, a mother and ...

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Day 51 June 30th

Posted by xc2009 on June 30, 2009 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (2)

We are in Walker, MN. Two days Rita and her daughter Courtney open up their home to us in Pine City. We were offered the place to stay while eating a mint chocolate chip blizzard and asking the local folks if they knew of a campground near by.

Thank you for the meal, shower, and roof.


Last night we stayed in Brainerd, MN at the trail head to the Paul Banyan state trail. We camped in a park by the Mississippi and had some great coffee and conversation at the Moon Caf&...

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