Week Five: Falling in Love with Minnesota by Bike

Week 5: September 20th – Sept 26th

Fargo, North Dakota to Maple Grove, MN

Total Miles Pedaled This Week: 296

Total Miles to Date: 1,440

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Summary of route:

Hallelujah!!! Week 5 of our world record attempt on the electric bicycle found us on the best roads and bike paths that we toured across in the entire country thus far. Route 10 west from Fargo was a four lane divided highway, but it had wide shoulders with rumble strips between the shoulder and lane so biking on this route was safe, even though you are sharing the road with speeding drivers and large trucks. After turning onto route 34 at Detroit Lakes, the road narrowed to two lanes but still had a decent-sized shoulder with the protective rumble strips...

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7 Alternative Christmas Trees for a Green Christmas

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So you gave to Greenpeace this year… but what are using for your Christmas Tree?

Maybe you spend your entire year painstakingly recycling every piece of paper, plastic, aluminum, or tin piece of material you come in contact with even if it means shoving it in your purse until you find a recycling bin. But then comes the end of the year and you find yourself throwing all your green sensibilities out the window for the sake of our most beloved tradition – the yearly Christmas tree. Perhaps you hold dear those childhood memories of trudging through a snowy tree farm with your dad in search of that perfectly-shaped tree, and standing dutifully by as he sawed it down and drug it to the car. Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a real pine tree in the living room!

Unfortunately, with ...

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Week Four: Crossing North Dakota on Electric Bicycle

Week 4: September 13th – Sept 19th

Medora, North Dakota to Fargo, North Dakota

Total Pedaled This Week: 350

Total Miles to Date: 1,144

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Summary of route:

Week four found us pedaling along (or on)  I-94 straight east, and it took us a week to cover the entire state of North Dakota. After a few hard pedaling days trying to take side roads that followed the freeway in the previous week, Tomas decided he preferred to ride his e-bike on the freeway shoulder rather than lose time and tires dealing with muddy or dusty gravel roads or unsafe side roads. Though this may seem dangerous, in this case it was actually safer because highway 94 through North Dakota has a nice wide shoulder with grooves between the right lane and the shoulder to alert drivers if they begin to drift...

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Week Three: Circle, Montana to Medora, North Dakota on Electric Bicycle

Week 3: September 6th – Sept 12th

Wolf Point, Montana to Medora, North Dakota 

Total Miles Pedaled This Week: 179

Total Miles Since Starting: 794

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Summary of route:

Week 3 of our electric bicycle world record ride found us touring through eastern Montana and western North Dakota, through a landscape transitioning from gently rolling hills covered in golden wheat and cattle pastures to the increasingly rocky and dry canyons and ravines of the badlands. From Wolf Point, Montana we headed due south on route 13, an incredibly straight paved road with a modest shoulder and minimal traffic. The 200 south to Glendive provided similar riding conditions, though with a few more curves and less hills...

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Week Two: Cut Bank to Wolf Point, Montana on Electric Bicycle

Week 2: August 30th – Sept 5

Cut Bank to Wolf Point, Montana

Total Miles: 354

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Off-Road On the Electric Bicycle

The highlight of week two of our world record family adventure was definitely our stay with Dylan’s uncle Mark and his wife Christi who are farmers and ranchers on a piece of land that has been in her family for generations. The farm is located a few miles from Chester, a small town on US Highway 2, and right off the only dirt road in the United States that accesses a border crossing (Whitlash crossing, 30 miles to the north). This proved to be our first chance to test the electric bicycle off-road as Tomas pedaled eight miles across thick gravel, dodging grain trucks spewing dust and flying pebbles the whole way...

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Week One: Missoula to Cut Bank, Montana on Electric Bicycle

Week 1: August 23rd – 29th

Missoula, Montana to Cut Bank, Montana

Total Miles: 261

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And We’re Off!

Departure day arrived and along with it the coldest, wettest, most dreary weather we had seen since we arrived in Missoula in July. But we couldn’t delay another day to begin our world record attempt for the longest electric bicycle ride! Because as some of you may know… winter is coming! And we have a lot of ground to cover in the northern tier of the US. 

As any great family adventure should, we started our electric bicycle tour surrounded by family and friends. The takeoff point was the Clark Fork Market, a summers-only farmer’s market held every Saturday morning in Missoula...

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Thanks to Our Kickstarter Supporters!

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Thank You, Gracias, Merci Beaucoup, Obrigado!!!

We’ve been traveling like crazy trying to chip away at the miles towards breaking the world record for the longest e-bike ride, but we wanted to make sure we take a moment to thank everyone who believed in us enough to share our story or donate towards our Kickstarter campaign to fund the documentary we are filming.

As I type the below names, I am truly humbled that so many of you out there took the time, effort, or put down some hard-earned cash towards making the documentary happen – our hearts are truly thankful! We are finding that touring on an electric bicycle as a family is just as tough as on a traditional bike – you just go farther and have a ton of batteries to charge along the way! But we love our overland family adventure, and a...

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Why You Should Adventure Travel with Your Kids

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So you have a toddler – perhaps still in diapers – and you are thinking about adventure traveling with him or her. Your first worries are the practical ones: what if they get sick? How can I make sure they get the medical care they need? But once you finally get past that stage and you believe that you as parents can keep your children safe, next comes the biggest adventure killer of all – and we hear it over and over. You’re wasting time and money and your toddlers (our children are 2 and 4) will not remember a thing they’ve seen or experienced, and we should saved the adventures for when they are old enough to remember it.

Well, we believe otherwise, and here are the main reasons why we like to take our toddlers with us on our adventures.

Check out our video of our kids hiking through ...

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9 Reasons We Picked an Electric Bicycle to Break a World Record

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9 Razones para Elegir una Bicicleta Eléctrica para Romper un Récord Mundial [Español al Final]

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(Tomas rides his home-built electric bicycle through the Anza Borrego desert)

Everyone has a bicycle – in fact, learning to ride a bike is an important rite of passage for the kindergarten set around the world. But if you go for a drive in any average town in the US, how many bicycles do you see out there? Or even pedestrians for that matter? Americans are stuck in their cars, and it seems like we can’t get out of them – and it’s killing us. Modern Americans have never been fatter: in fact, obesity has climbed to 36% of the total population, up from just 15% in 1980. Recent research has found that obesity is more dangerous to your health than smoking, drinking, and poverty...

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Introducing The World Record Family!

One Family, ANOTHER Dream: To Break a World Record

We just couldn’t leave well enough alone… couldn’t quite find it in us to get back into the rat race after our yearlong road trip across the Americas. So we decided to do something even bigger – attempt to break the world record for the longest electric bicycle trip! The current record is held by a Canadian who biked over 4,000 miles across Canada. So we’re going to up the ante and traverse over 6,000 miles of scenic and historic landscapes in the Continental US. Our route will take us from Montana to Maine, then south to Florida. But winter is coming, so we need to get this show on the road!

Why electric bicycles?

Well, in truth we are hippies at heart, and would love to see more people get out of their cars, not only to reduce polluti...

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