“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.”  H.G. Wells

OK, maybe Mr. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea would have been inconsolable if he saw two crazed retirees in Spandex, but that is another issue.  Much more frightening than a giant squid.

Rich decided well ahead of time and before his retirement from the fire department to brave the cross country trip pioneered by Bikecentennial, now known as Adventure Cycling. When brother Mike thought about what he was doing in retirement from a job as government lawyer, nothing was more important than joining this epic adventure.

So, please follow along and be a part of this blog and leave comments on our posts.   You can  also see our progress on a map that will track us as we go across the country.  We encourage participation, especially if there is a smartypants out there who knows how to channel spurts of hill climbing strength to our legs as we hit the steep hills.  Please email us even though we may not respond every day:

rich@2011trasnsamericabikeride.com & mike@2011transamericabikeride.com


15 Responses to About Us

  1. Richard "no way I could do this ride" Kraft says:

    Perhaps I didn’t mention the size of the squid?

  2. Chip Mamiya says:

    Mike: nice meeting you in Seal Beach at lunch today..you inspired us and we knocked off 90 miles today…look forward to follwing your adventure..Chip

    • Mike says:


      Thanks for the nice thoughts & support. Congrats on the 90 miles. Pls drop me comments as we go along. This means a lot to Rich & me.


  3. Phil says:

    Rich….I hope you and your bro have a great adventure. That’s a lot of ground to cover, but I’m sure you’ll do fine. Stay safe (I still think you should be packin’ something) and I’ll follow on your blog. Take care, Whitson

  4. Richard says:

    T minus and counting. So close and so much fun ahead for you both. It’s going to make debentures seem boring.

    p.s. Rich, Ask Mike about the comparative tradeoffs of annuities as you’re going uphill. He loves it. Takes his mind off the pedaling.

  5. Diana B says:

    So this is your idea of retirement?

    • Mike says:

      Funny, LACERS is having a wellness talk on dealing with mental illness in retirees. Maybe my trip is a sign of some loose screws that I did not notice?

  6. Dan Gallagher says:

    For the most uncomfortable and dangerous part of your trip (airplane travel), I wish you guys the easiest and best start.
    Have a safe trip, and look forward to following your exciting adventures.

  7. Hilary says:

    To my crazy cousins: Sounds like an incredible adventure! So glad we’ll be able to follow your journey. Safe travels. Hilary

  8. Michele says:

    Hey, Rich and Mike! It looks like you are already having an awesome time! :)

  9. Marilyn Lee says:

    I’m having vicarious thrills in every hamlet with you — thanks for sharing your adventure and wit, may more pies be in your future!

  10. Heidi says:

    Hi Rich & Mike! Wow, I think what you guys are doing is awesome! I would love to highlight your trip in the El Pueblo Newspaper for August and publish some photos from your trip. Let me know if you are interested. Thanks..and good luck!

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