The fact that Tracy and Peter Flucke bicycled across the country on a tandem 4,362 miles is amazing. What enhances their recounting of the adventure is their willingness to share all the details, from why they decided to do it, how they trained, the bicycle equipment, a day by day log of the cycling conditions and destinations, people they met along the way including some heartwarming acts of kindness towards them, and personal challenges and triumphs. All of these are documented in their book, Coast to Coast on a Tandem. They provided highlights as guest speakers at the Evanston Bicycle Club meeting on Tues. Aug. 18, 2020.
Condensing a 72 day trip, not counting 6 months of preparation, into a 30 minute presentation has got to be hard, but Tracy and Peter were successful in providing a flavor of their 2014 self-supported adventure. What is unique about their recounting is that they tell their story using two voices – Peter, the “captain”, from his perspective at the front of the bike and Tracy, the “stoker”, from the back. Areas they covered included:
Since returning to their home in Green Bay, WI Aug. 16 in 2014 they have completed 4 additional unsupported cross-country bicycle trips together on their tandem. Although this is not the first book to document a cross country biking trip, Peter says in the book preface that their purpose in documenting their journey was primarily to entertain. Add to that education and inspiration. Mission accomplished.
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