We’re Jim and Shawn and we’ve always wanted to ride our tandem across the United States! We downsized, sold our house, and moved into a small apartment in preparation for the big year. In the spring, we may just quit our jobs and hit the road! This blog is where we’ll share our journey. We’re gonna take the backroads, explore, stop at a few breweries and you might even find us singing duets to stave off bad moods. So stick around– it’s gonna be a fun ride!
About us: We’re looking forward to celebrating our 33rd wedding anniversary somewhere along the way this summer. It’s been a riot sharing our lives and raising 3 beautiful children to adulthood. Each of the 3 of them have flown the nest and are soaring on their own life adventures, loving life and making a living as engineers. We’re so proud of the adults they have become and now without the financial responsibilities of parents and homeowners, we’ve simplified our lives and set out to take a gap year of bicycling and exploring.
ABOUT Jim (written by Shawn): Jim is a fun-loving, young-at-heart, easy-going guy. What I love most about him is his patience and easygoing nature that belies his strength and determination. He has been a fitness nut ever since I met him my sophomore year at Michigan Tech. When we were dating, I remember he told me he was going to run a marathon someday. I thought it was quite a lofty goal, as it seemed to me that only Olympic athletes do that – and then a year after we were married, he did! His lifelong goal was to qualify to run the Boston Marathon and at age 50, he did just that! At the age of 50, he ran a personal best time – running faster at 50 than at age 23, which was his previous best. He is my inspiration and I hope I can keep up with him this summer! 😉
ABOUT Shawn (written by Jim): Shawn is the love of my life and my best friend. When I first met shawn she had a Montgomery Ward 10 speed bike, she had it at school and told me she used to ride her bike to her summer job – about 6 miles from where she lived. I was so impressed! She was the first Bike commuter I ever knew! She has had a dream about riding across the U.S. ever since she followed some hometown bike riders on a 1976 ride on the Bicentennial trail – now I’ve glopped on to her dream and we’re gonna do it! Shawn is the descrambler for my cluttered mind! She’s our list maker and chief navigator. She has a constant smile that I love and makes everyone feel at ease. Her smile makes me smile and that makes us a good team!