Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Jared Choate has done this already.
He's gotten himself from the East Coast to the West Coast without use of auto, train or plane. On that trip he used his feet, running across the country from Sept. 1, 2010 to Feb. 13, 2011 (with several breaks worked in).
That experience resulted in an e-book, "The Now Testament," that he describes as a "love letter to America."
So when he decided to promote the book, he figured what better way than to do the 4,000-mile trip again - this time by bike. The Bike I mean Book Tour will take the Davis, Calif. resident from Portland, Maine, to San Francisco beginning Sept. 1. Of the latest adventure he says, "I hope it'll make people say, 'Maybe I oughta give this book a looksee.'"
Choate arrives in Portland on Aug. 28 and has yet to decide which city spot he'll start his ride from. He's hoping some local riders may head out with him to keep him compnay for a bit. (Check out his planned route here.)
Jared Choate aboard his means of travel from Maine to California. Contributed photo
Choate hasn't trained much for the ride - another similarity to his running experience. He's a mountain biker at heart and has made his first foray into road cycling just this summer.
"To be on a bike light enough to get you going 15, 20 miles per hour plus ... it's much faster and more exciting that slogging along on foot," he said in an email interview. "I'm infinitely more stoked to be biking than running this time. I can actually enjoy the scenery."
Choate will be doing the ride unassisted and has no planned date for his arrival in California.
"When I was running cross country I had no assistance," Choate said. I didn't have the money or the resources for anything more than a solo, brass tacks run. And for all its foibles, all its pratfalls, I can't say I would've changed a thing. So I didn't."
He knows from his cross-country run that even the best-laid plans can change. He was detered on his first trip by snow, food poisoning, shin splints and his own wedding. At one point he had to stay in a homeless shelter. (Watch him talk about that experience here.)
Choate said what concerns him most about the ride is that spending time on the bike will keep him from talking to people about "The Now Testament,."
"The primary function of the trip is to talk to people about the book," he said, "to share stories and excerpts from the experience of the run - hopefully in colorful fashion."
Choate isn't sure where he'll take off from but if you want to get in touch with him and join him for a bit of the ride you can contact him through his website.
Karen Beaudoin lives in Portland and is the web editor for PressHerald.com.
Her Pedal On blog offers info, events and advice for people who love their bikes more than, well ... almost anything.
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