Biking Across the USA


Hi there, my name is Dana Zed and these are my experiences. All of this material is mine. I trust you dear reader to keep it that way and to enjoy it. Perhaps it can inspire you to do what you want to do. I hope so.

As blogs go, one has to read backwards. Click the pages on top for a chronologically correct bike trips.  My apologies for the lack of editing. I wrote these entries late at night after long days riding.

This blog started out to be a written and illustrated story telling of our (me, mom, Dana and my kids Sarita and Noah) bicycle trip from Eugene, Oregon to Williamsburg, Va. Well, we made it to Colorado which was burning up with forest fires that summer of 2012. Unable to get past the fires, we turned back to the West coast

If you start at the beginning of this blog (way back) you’ll get all the ups and downs (on our bikes and in our heads) of doing a self supporting bike trip with two kids in high school.

Then there’s my trip alone (same summer) from Seattle to Oakland.

Then there’s the trip (2013) that Noah and I started in Salt Lake City where we miserably failed, flew to Portland OR and biked to almost Ft. Bragg (CA) where we rented a U-Haul.

Finally there’s the trip I did alone from Salt Lake City UT to Denver CO in 2015. There was nothing on the web about riding over the Rockies when I started this trip, except for a “crazy guy on a bike blog” and he took a shuttle bus over the top!

11 thoughts on “Biking Across the USA

  1. Jonna

    Wow! I am so inspired by your journey!!
    You are in my thoughts and prayers! Can’t wait to hear about all you are seeing and experiencing!

  2. David Prather

    Vaya con Dios…maybe at the end of this one, you can make a giant wall mural like the one in your house in Bethesda…(:

  3. Ana Paula

    Hi Dana, I had the wonderful pleasure to meet you this morning at the Starbucks in Estes Park. I’m so glad we met, you are so inspiring and you have a wonderful soul. Let me know if you come back to Colorado.
    Ana Paula

  4. Tom Stanley

    Thank you for this blog. I am moved in a way that I haven’t found online in a long time. Your descriptions are a mix of mundane tediousness and poignant emotional connection. Thanks for your experience, your observations, and your admirable effort.

    1. betweenstops Post author

      hmm.. I’m not sure I ever responded to this so here I am. thank you VERY much. it means a lot to me that you liked it. i wish more people would find it. Wishing you the best,

    1. betweenstops Post author

      Thanks Frank!! I am at a word press conference right now trying to make my blog visible to others. I’m very glad you found it. I hope you have a good time biking. It might interest you to know that when I rode over the Rockies I did it for my 60th birthday. Stay safe

    2. betweenstops Post author

      Thanks Frank! Hmm not sure if you got my other reply so here’s this: I am working on redoing the site a bit so folks can find it. I’m glad you did. I appreciate your comment! I’ll check out your site as I am learning guitar online during covid.


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