The great American bike trip
I FIRST HEARD ABOUT Bike the US for MS over beers at a taquería in Blacksburg, Virginia. I met members of the team who told stories about their recent cross country trip and described the stoke of slow travel, connecting with locals, and challenging their stamina for MS research and awareness.
Bike the US for MS has raised over $60,000 for Multiple Sclerosis research over the last three years, hoping to contribute $100,000 by this summer’s end.
Beginning June 1st, 2010, the Bike the US for MS team will bike 3,800 miles in about 60 days, from Yorktown, Virginia, to San Francisco, California, along the TransAm and Western Express. They’ll average 70 miles per day, cycling through small towns that aren’t usually seen on interstates.
It’s the updated great American road trip. The fun is still in getting there, but the 1950’s Chevy Bel Airs have been traded for serious road bikes, and the travelers have social purpose and a desire to connect with people and place.
Here are photos from the team’s 2007 and 2009 across the US trips. All photos courtesy of Donald Fraser.