by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Alicia Jeanne Photography

Sense of Adventure

faces_nolan2Jeremy Nolan’s passion for biking goes way back. “I raced on the Whitman College Club cycling team for a year,” recalled Jeremy. After his college racing season ended, Jeremy found himself biking on long trips touring the local farmlands and nearby Blue Mountains. “These trips soon transformed into an interest in, and eventual pursuit of, bike touring,” explained Jeremy, whose latest bike adventure took place earlier this summer when he cycled across the TransAmerica Trail – a route which starts in Astoria, OR and ends in Yorktown, VA, covering 4,228 miles.

“The TransAmerica Trail is the first official U.S. coast-to-coast bike route,” elaborated Jeremy. “It was established in 1976 as part of Bikecentennial, a huge trip in which over 4,000 cyclists crossed the country to celebrate the country’s bicentennial.”

Jeremy chose the route for a number of reasons, including the fact that the route covered a great deal of territory he had never seen and that this year marked the TransAmerica Trail’s 40th anniversary. “Lastly, it would take just the right amount of time to complete before I started my new job,” noted Jeremy, who was awarded a Fulbright grant to live and work in Mexico as an English teaching assistant and cultural ambassador. “Beyond assisting in the classroom, I will be working with local individuals that have developmental disabilities, and hosting various activities and social events.”


Name: Jeremy Nolan
Profession: Fulbright García-Robles English Teaching Assistant
Community: Calkiní, Campeche, México; Vista native
Hobbies: Cycling, writing, photography, cross-country skiing, backpacking


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Jeremy started the first leg of his trip on May 30. “I enjoyed riding alone during the day and reconvening with cyclists at camp in the evening,” he shared. “There were enough people heading both east and west on the TransAm that I almost never found myself without company after a day of riding.”

Along the way, Jeremy toured Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, and the Ozarks National Parks. “I loved spending Fourth of July in Eads, a tiny town in the high plains of eastern Colorado,” he added. “It was such an authentic small town experience. I was camping at the city fairgrounds, and spent the evening watching fireworks over the prairie horizon.”

Jeremy also recalled his camping experience in a public bathroom in Florence, CO, “Lightning and a tornado advisory meant that I was safer inside than camping outside, so I set up camp in the bathroom and waited things out!”

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When he finished his adventure on Aug. 9, Jeremy felt elated to be done. “I was tired, dirty, and ready to spend a significant amount of time off of my bike,” he shared. “But, just a few days after ending, I was already feeling antsy and ready to keep pedaling. Next I’d like to bike down the Pacific Coast from Vancouver, BC to Tijuana… perhaps next summer?”

Jeremy’s blog, chronicling his trip, can be found at:
www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/badtansandbeautifullegs