OAKLAND — Alan Peachey recently returned to Oakland from an extended trip to Alaska.
Such a trip is not uncommon for those who like to travel. However, his mode of transportation was anything but ordinary. He traveled 5,095 miles on a bicycle.
“I had wanted to do a long-distance bike tour for quite some time, and this is the summer I made it happen,” he said.
Peachey left Oakland on July 19. He biked for 56 days, arriving in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, a few miles from the Arctic Ocean, on Sept. 12.
He averaged 91 miles a day on his trip.
“This was never a race,” he said. “On lots of days I could have started earlier and pushed myself harder,” he said. “Ultimately, it was more of a test of mental endurance than physical. You have to have the will to keep going day after day in all kinds of terrain, temperatures, insects and headwinds.”
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