Picture this: You are riding a bicycle from the West coast to the East coast, and all you do is just keep on pedaling. Exciting, huh? Natural sciences associate professor Kerin Thompson Huber has proved it is.After riding several short-distance tours and training for them, Huber believed this year was her year to accomplish a big goal. “The idea to ride across the country was exciting,” said Huber.
From July 15 to Aug. 9, Huber signed up for to the 2007 Northern Transcontinental sponsored by the Pacific-Atlantic-Cycling Tour.
“The tour was in the middle of the summer, right on vacation, so it was just perfect,” Huber said.
The ride covered 3,880 miles, from Everett, Washington to Williamsburg, Virginia.
The 26-day tour was designed for the riders to get used to such a physical commitment – the early days were short-distance to make the riders accustomed to ride day after day, Huber explained.
All the riders averaged 131 miles per day at different climbs. This is not easy. “I’ve done a lot of riding, so I was careful in the first four days to not go too hard, so I couldn’t get too tired,” Huber said. “Of course, there were some days that I was exhausted, so I had to go slow, and others that I went faster.”
Having been away from her family for such a long time, exhausted from the tour and making it to the finish-line, Huber sees the tour as the biggest physical accomplishment in her life.
“I was happy and relieved. At that time, I missed my family, I missed California, and I just wanted to go back home. I felt proud of what I did,” Huber said.
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