Most people couldn't imagine riding a bicycle across America once, let alone twice.
Carl Foote of Boardman, Ohio is doing just that. This second journey across the United States has been 50 years in the making and he recently passed through Chariton and stopped for a quick rest.
"The idea started with some friends in 1972 to ride from Oakland, New Jersey to Albuquerque, New Mexico and only ended up
riding by himself and with no support along the way," said Foote.
He also mentioned that the trip ended a little shorter than the original stopping in Crater Lake, Oregon. It's a mere 2,426 miles one way.
Foote is taking almost the same route as he did 50 years ago with some changes along the way, mainly due to road closures or new roads built since the original trip. On the 50-year anniversary trip, Foote is on his own again with no support vehicles to help along the way.
"The route is different this time,” Foote joked. "More people with facial tattoos."
He also mentioned the landscape has changed with the times, like the windmills across Indiana and Illinois.
"There is also meaning behind the second time around,” Foote said. “Upon retirement, I thought I might recreate my ‘once in a lifetime experience’ of crossing America on a bicycle while adding the component of fundraising for a charity."
Recently having a family member diagnosed with Alzheimers, he looked for a way to help fight this memory robbing disease.
“This trip will be a bigger challenge than when I was 20-years-old,” said Foote. ”With each mile, each climb, each pedal stroke will be the thought and hope that we will eliminate this terrible disease.”
MAGICAL MEMORY TOUR 2022. Foote's TransAmerican bicycle ride will commemorate the 50th anniversary of his solo journey in 1972. This time around he will be raising funds for the Cure Alzheimers Fund. Read ore about the fund at https://curealz.org/about-us/our-story/.