Oct. 20, 2011
by Brenda Ruggiero
A road trip from Venice, Fla., to Bittinger may not seem very unusual, at least not when it is made by car. But when the trip covering 1,213 miles is made by bicycle over the course of 15 days, it becomes a lot more challenging.
A group of friends completed such a trip last Friday, Oct. 14. The men included Tim Bender of Accident, Titus Beitzel of Bittinger, and Ken Miller of Venice, Fla., formerly of Grantsville. In “real life,” Tim is self-employed at BYCO Enterprises, Titus is the manager of operations at Pillar Innovations LLC, and Ken is a pilot for NetJets Inc., flying business jets from Canada to South America.
“Two years ago, I thought it would be a neat idea to bike from my house in Florida to my property in Maryland,” Ken said. “I saw more people biking in Florida and I saw more people traveling long distances, and that is what gave me the idea. I started talking about my idea, and some friends were interested in joining me. We didn’t train together, but kept comparing ideas and experiences.”
Tim noted that he had the urge to do some kind of trip, and when Ken told him he was looking for someone to go with him, he was game.
“I loved the idea of a challenge that could be difficult to accomplish, yet still an adventure and physically demanding,” he said.
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