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7,000 Miles at 70 Years Old err Young!


There’s a cool scene in the movie The Great Waldo Pepper where two barnstorming pilots pass each other in the sky and decide to land in a nearby pasture to have a chat; two kindred spirits just stopping to say hello.  Bike tourist can relate very well to this.  A person on a loaded bike isn’t a stranger, but another adventurer out adventuring.

On a long desolate stretch of sand-swept highway last  May, my wife and I spotted one of those familiar specks far off in the distance; the ones that seem to be wobbling in a loaded touring bike kind of way.  You know what I’m talking about.  That tiny speck grew and grew until it had become a full sized bike tourist.

Jack Day, to celebrate his 70th year, was out touring 7,000 miles.  Starting in Des Moines, Iowa he biked to Key West.  Then rode back along the Atlantic coastline heading for the Canadian border where he’ll meander his way back home.

Follow along with Jack on his facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/2013CallToAdventure  and on Shutterfly:  https://jacksvelosafari.shutterfly.com/  .

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  1. August 21, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I’m just about Jack’s age and, being honest, I DREAD the thought of even a 70 mile bike ride. Heck… It’s been almost 2 years since I driven my car 70 miles..!!
    Great post… Thanks for sharing..

    • The Velo Hobo
      August 21, 2013 at 10:21 am

      I’m only hoping to have half the energy Jack Day has at 70. Just turned 50 myself and looking at the load he was carrying makes me envious. He must have been athletic his whole life.

  2. mike on bike
    September 6, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    It just prove that one is never to old. The only necessary equipment for bike touring is the desire to keep going. The rest is just details. My hat is off to Mr. Day!

  3. October 18, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    So encouraging to know that there are people like Jack out there who ride at 70. Getting time to go on a tour, while supporting a family, and other demands, isn’t easy; which may be why some riders don’t go on longer tours, until later in their lives.
    Peace 🙂

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