Lying on an inflatable mattress in Doug and Donna’s house in La Verne, California, I think to myself how crazy it is that we met these two on the TransAm in a Virginia church. How we leapfrogged across America with them, had a pizza party at a Kentucky firehouse, built a human pyramid in Montana, and now call them our trail parents.
We cycle with them down the California coast, past beach towns and old runways. It occurs to me that we’ve barely ever cycled together as a group.
“On the TransAm, we are all undergoing this incredible experience that few people understand. We are barely biking together but we’re virtually together,” Doug tells the camera as Erik interviews him in his garage turned bike shop.
Donna remembers being in the middle of motherhood when she first heard of someone’s long distance bike tour. “Doing something like that seemed like such a far off dream at that point; something that just wasn’t tangible.” The kids were older by the time she turned 50 and Doug asked her what she wanted to do for her birthday. A bike tour!