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Cyclist wrapping up 6,000-mile cross-country journey

Cyclist wrapping up 6,000-mile cross-country journey

Cyclist Pete Lietz will ride his bike to Cape Flattery today, completing a journey of more than 6,000 miles across the continental United States. “It…

Tuesday, Aug 02

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Cyclist Pete Lietz will ride his bike to Cape Flattery today, completing a journey of more than 6,000 miles across the continental United States.

“It feels a little bit strange. I don’t know how I’m going to feel after tomorrow, waking up and not having to get on a bike,” Lietz, 57, said Monday, standing with his bike in front of the Port Angeles Wharf. “I think I’ll probably go for a couple of days before I start having the urge to want to get back on it again.”

A native of Auckland, New Zealand, Lietz said he’s been living in New York for the past eight years, and when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, he decided it was time to act on an idea that’s always been in the back of his mind.

Lietz said he’d been a recreational cyclist and followed others who’d made cross-country bike trips.

Locked down during the pandemic, he started to plan his trip.

Lietz started at the southeasternmost point of the continental U.S., in Key West, Fla., on March 23, and he’s made his way almost all the way across the county.

Cape Flattery — his final destination — is the northwesternmost point of the continental U.S.But he’s not alone. Deidre Rooney, a friend of Lietz’s originally from Dublin, Ireland, is driving an RV that meets Lietz daily at an agreed-upon location. Lietz said the RV provides a place to sleep and is carrying spare bikes and parts for maintenance along the way.Lietz said he’s ridden about 2,000 miles […]

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