We are two goobers that decided to get on our bicycle and ride coast to coast across America this summer. How about you shift into second gear this morning and Ask Us Anything!
Aug 15th 2014 by bikegoobers • 32 Questions • 275 Points
**Hey there! Our names are Connor O'Brien and Athena Jones. This summer we rode our bicycles from Virginia Beach, Virginia to Cannon Beach, Oregon. We went with an affordable housing organization called Bike and Build which sends groups of roughly 30 riders on 8 different cross American bike trips each year to raise money and awareness about the affordable housing problem in America. We were on the central route with 31 other riders. Along the way we had some pretty great times that we would like to share with you all. Here is our route http://bikeandbuild.org/rider/route.php?route=CUS&year=2014
(sidenote, we do not formally represent Bike and Build, this is just us sharing our experiences) **
**Proof: (Connor)I took at least one panorama photo a day while on the trip. This is the first part of my daily panorama album, I'll release the whole thing in a separate post/when it all eventually uploads.
Also, here are our profiles on the official Bike and Build Website. We each were required to fundraise 4,500$ to join the trip.
(Athena) a random video, not the best, but proof https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvhKpw39V40&feature=youtu.be**
Edit: Please feel free to check out Bike&Build.org It really is a good cause and a great program that I cannot recommend enough. No one has asked this yet, but I was not a cyclist before the trip, I barely knew how to use clip in pedals. If I can do it, you can too!
Edit #2: Thanks everyone!
As someone from Virginia beach, did you do this simply to get away from Virginia beach?
(Connor) haha, we actually had a fun time there. It was our orientation. We only stayed on the beach for a few minutes though. I remember it being pretty nice, aside from the military jets flying overhead every few minutes!
It's so true... There are pretty parts, but it's like riding through an oven
(Connor) Agreed. Riding 100 miles to Pinedale Wyoming. Heavy headwinds, a giant desert with nothing to see. Wind makes everything worse. We could not even talk to each other. Just hours and hours of hell, looking out into nothingness. When I got there I had a shower and burger, and was happy.
For a second there I thought I read your name as Conan O'Brian. Anyways...What would you say is the hardest thing into setting this trip up was? (Or maybe it was the trip itself?)
(Connor) No worries, happens to a lot of people. I usually joke and say he's my third cousin. The hardest thing setting up the trip was fundraising the money. We have to raise 4,500$. So I had to send out a billion emails to just about everyone I know. As for the trip itself, it was probably the first week. A lot of us were not as in shape as we would like to be, and going over the Appalachian mountains really killed us.
Biking across the country has always been a goal of mine, although I'm probably a few years away from having the luxury of taking the time off to do it. I never considered doing it with a large group of people (more than like...4...certainly not 30.)
Do you feel like having such a large group lessened the experience in any way or did you find the company and support to make the trip a better experience?
(Connor) I moslty liked the large group. Personally I think 20-25 would be more practical, but I still I had a great time with the group. To clarify to some, we only all rode together once, at the very end. Usually you would be in a group of 2-6, and it was fun to get to know each other and make friends. We even had a few relationships pop out of our trip. I don't think the company lessened the experience. Sure, it was not ideal, there were one or two people in the group I did not care for, and I do value my alone time, but by and large, the group as a whole was very supportive and helped me out more times than I can remember. If I didn't have them there to lean on, it would have been a far more grueling experience.
Hmmm... I should name my bike. Great idea! No wonder she's jealous -- I named the Harley and not her.
Lisbon to Stockholm sounds like a blast -- Dad was stationed in Lisbon back in the day... Maybe we can go on a family ride!
(Athena)I was thinking of doing another transam ride in the future but for the next 2 years I think I'll be finishing up school and working a new job. South America seems interesting or maybe Anchorage to Cape Horn??? I would probably get a new bike since mine came to me with dents and a poor climbing cassette
That sounds amazing. You guys have me thinking about an extended ride now
(Athena) 24/7 moments
(Connor) Oh wow! Sorry, we didn't meet up with that group