Why am I doing this trip?        

I have spent most of my life cycling for work and pleasure. I am always surprised that most people don't realize how much use a bike can be. I am really concerned with the North American obsession with the automobile. In my lifetime, I have seen it go from a valuable transportation tool, to complete addiction. The roads have become clogged with heavier and fancier vehicles. There is no longer any tolerance for cyclists on these roads. The price we are paying is too high! The air we breath ! I want to use this trip to raise awareness that the bicycle can be used for exercise, transport, and recreation, without having a negative impact on our environment. I also want to learn how I can advocate for better cycling facilities and encourage people to consider the bicycle for at least some of their transportation.

I also want to meet people while I'm getting some exercise and seeing many different areas of this country.