Mike McGhee on his fully-loaded touring bike during his last training ride.
When Progress readers last heard from Mike McGhee, the retired veterinarian had just completed hiking the Appalachian Trail – completing the four-month trek had been one of his “bucket list” goals in retirement.
That was in 2012.
Now McGhee, who operated Wayside Animal Clinic before selling it a few years ago, is departing this week for the next major item on his bucket list – a coast-to-coast bicycle trip across America.
McGhee plans to start with a group this May and ride his bicycle, fully loaded with camping gear, from Yorktown, Virginia to Florence, Oregon. Plans may vary as with any adventure-trip, but the estimate is that it will take 93 days to cover the 4,334 miles, averaging about 55 miles a day with some days off completely to recuperate.
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