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Welcome to our website!  We are two intrepid travelers: Joe Harrison, age 73, of Apple River, Illinois and Susan Fenn, age 55, of Anchorage, Alaska.  We plan on riding from San Diego, CA on the Pacific Ocean

to St. Augustine, FL on the Atlantic Ocean, a distance of 3,160 miles, through extremes of both terrain and temperature. The highest point is 8,228 feet with numerous hills and valleys and a desert or two in between.  The temperatures may range from 30 to over 100 degrees, with a bit of humidity adding to the overall mix.  We plan to average 60 miles a day.  We are a self-supported trip and we will carry everything (tent, stove, sleeping bags etc) we need for the next two months—services are few and far between in the Southwest.  Our path will generally follow the Adventure Cycling Association Southern Tier Route. We have done 2 month-long bicycle rides in the past, however both the temperatures and the terrain were more forgiving.

The purpose of the ride is to raise money for cancer research. Joe’s late wife and Susan’s mother both died from breast cancer. Please follow the daily updates on this newest adventure.  Your generous support would be appreciated.

So please donate to this great cause here, Coast 2 Coast Biking. 100% of the proceeds will go to support the American Institute for Cancer Research.

§ 10 Responses to About

  • Bob Lyons says:

    I am a friend of Kent Farwell and admire you for this endevour. Bets of luck on your ridem and of achieving your goal.

    • Susan says:

      Bob,
      Thank you for both following us and supporting us.
      We are amazed that total strangers are interested. Thank you. It will make some of the difficult days pass more quickly.
      What was easy the first day, the first week, becomes more of a challenge as each day passes. Thank you again for your support.
      Susan and Joe

      • Susan says:

        Heather,
        You and Bob were our “mystery guests”. I am sorry it took me so long to figure out the system!
        We thank you for both following us and for your support.
        We are now in Sealy, Texas… Maybe someday we will finally pass into another state… We have been in Texas forever…almost to the fountain of youth…
        Thanks again.
        And thanks to Ken for sharing our adventure with his friends.
        Ciao
        Susan

  • heather says:

    WOW….hope you stay safe from bad weather; i think you are awesome and would love to help support you! I too am a friend of your nephew Kent. Good luck!!!!
    I imagine you will have a great adventure!

  • Tim Lowe says:

    Hello Susan! It has been much too long. Good luck to you and Joe on your journey. I hope your ride is safe, ultimately worthwhile, and that you are able to raise money for your breast cancer beneficiaries. Trish has lost three aunts to breast cancer, and their brother (Tricia’s dad) to bladder cancer. I will follow your progress!
    Best, Tim

    • Susan says:

      Hey Tim and Trish,
      Sorry for the slow reply. I just figured out the system.
      How did you find the site?
      How are you?
      This is quite the adventure, each day a different experience.
      Thanks for following.
      Susan

  • Beth Surdut says:

    The Anchorage article says you are coming through New Mexico, though the Southern Tier route does not include it. I make silk head scarves for women undergoing chemotherapy.If you are coming to Santa Fe, let me know.I’d at least like to make a meal for you.

  • Susan says:

    Beth,
    Thanks for your interest. The ACA Southern Tier Route went from Safford,AZ over the high mountain passes then dropped down by Hatch and Silver City. When we went through the temps were 20 degrees below normal, so took a low rote through Lordsburg, Deming and Las Cruces.
    Santa Fe would have been great– I like the food and architecture up there more, but…
    Your website looks interesting. Sorry we missed you
    We are now in Waveland, Mississippi. I am amazed daily at the people we meet the ever changing views as each mile passes and basically in our good fortune at being able, both physically and financially, to embark on a journey like this.
    Thanks again for thinking of us.
    Susan and Joe

  • Jim Jehl says:

    Hey Joe,

    It has been exciting following your and Susan’s journey across the country. It is amazing what you two have accomplished thus far. Enjoy the beautiful Emerald Coast of Florida. Mary and I were just down there for a friends wedding on Carillon Beach (about 20 minutes east of Destin). If your route takes you along scenic 98, try out Pompano JOE’s on Miramar Beach for dinner. Best of luck & safe travels!

  • james woodman says:

    Susan,
    Did you and Joe find many campgrounds to stay at on your trip?
    Jim

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    We are two intrepid travelers: Joe Harrison, age 73, of Apple River, Illinois and Susan Fenn, age 55, of Anchorage, Alaska. We plan on riding from San Diego, CA on the Pacific Ocean to St. Augustine, FL on the Atlantic Ocean, a distance of 3,160 miles, through extremes of both terrain and temperature. The purpose of the ride is to raise money for cancer research. Joe’s late wife and Susan’s mother both died from breast cancer. Please follow the daily updates on this newest adventure. Your generous support would be appreciated.

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