Spencer McCullough rode his bicycle 5,976 miles for a breakfast at Ruby’s Cafe in Missoula on Monday.
The cafe wasn’t explicitly the point of the 28-year-old’s two-wheeled odyssey. Rather, it was just another stop along the way as McCullough rides to every national park in the Lower 48. And that — seeing the unthought-of places between parks — was part of the point of the ride. In this case, the stop was between Yellowstone and Glacier.
But the primary focus of his round-the-country ride, he said between bites of omelette at the retro breakfast joint, was twofold: to see the nation’s natural gems before they’re irreparably altered by a warming climate, and to promote cycling as a method of commuting through, or between, cities and national parks alike. National parks and cycling are inextricably linked, he argued, because choosing bicycles over vehicles could cut the fossil-fuel emissions that fuel landscape-altering climate change. People are also reading…
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UM hosts grand reopening of remodeled 252-bed Knowles Hall dorm The trip was inspired by a May 2021 New York Times story "about how parks aren’t going to be able to meet their mission to preserve the parks in perpetuity because of climate change," he said. The story detailed how the National Park Service faces "brutal choices" over what features of parks to preserve […]