They called it fun: pedaling uphill on a tandem bicycle, battling 118-degree temperatures and 98-percent humidity, chased by tornadoes, drenched by rainstorms, pelted by hail. No matter. They pushed on. For forty days and 3,238 miles, despite five flat tires–one during a downhill run at 34 miles per hour–and a vertical climb of almost 90,000 feet, they pedaled round and round, up and down, over hill and dale, ever so joyfully. And why not? When you’re fulfilling a lifelong dream, it’s difficult not to be happy.
Leonard, a consultant and the Samuel R. Harrell Professor of Marketing at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and Susan, a freelance theatrical director, the trip across fourteen states, from coast to coast, was the culmination of immeasurable desire and drive, of passion turned to purpose.
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A version of this article was published by Good Day Orange County. It has been republished here with permission.