We have had the great pleasure to meet some truly driven people while biking great lengths. We are making our cross-country journey in the dead of winter (a truly foul weathered winter) and on a route that is unlike the few traditional routes planned by the Adventure Cycling Association. A few days ago at latitude 33.17204 and longitude -97.86115 we chanced upon two representatives from the International Mountain Bike Association. Sponsored by Subaru they were given all the gear necessary to travel the country.
We passed by and enjoyed lunch with them on the coast of Lake Bridgeport. Both were enthused to meet us and confirmed we were the first touring pair they had seen yet this year. We admired their choice of locomotion (four wheels and gasoline) and their chances to ride their bikes day after day. Through acts of ‘Paying Forward’ they gave us a sack of nutritional bars and gels for those extra weary days. We parted on route 380 bound to opposite cardinal directions.
The day later we saw a speck on the horizon coming closer to us at almost a similar speed as a loaded touring bike. The weather has lately drawn everybody indoors and we were thrilled to meet someone else on the road. With a three wheeled cart filled with camping gear and food, Patrick McGlade nearly passed us running at top speed. We chatted for awhile and exchanged cards. He was running a marathon a day for 2,500 miles to Savannah, GA from San Diego, CA.
We asked him how the Rockies were when he left and what the desert was like a month ago. The look in his eyes gave us both something to look forward to when he enthusiastically responded with a simple “Beautiful.” He is running for juvenile arthritis.
Both accounts gave us something to think about for we have met individuals on the road with similarities to us. All with a drive to accomplish and move. Traveling for the sake of refreshment and purpose for both themselves and others.