A few years ago, I finished a coast-to-coast bicycle trip with Bike and Build to raise awareness and funds for affordable housing causes. I was a trip leader for the Northern US route, stretching from the cool harbor of Portsmouth, NH to Vancouver, BC on the shores of the Salish Sea. This was a very formative experience for me to say the least. The rhythm of pavement and life on the road was addicting. During my sophomore year, I started planning for a Pan-American bike expedition after I stumbled upon Ribbon of Road.
The foundations of a great journey are laid. There’s work to do, and Alaska beckons. For now, I’m savoring my last moments with my family on our farm in rural Starkweather, North Dakota.