Kathi Lindgren Doreo from Aflac donated this bike to Shawn Madzey for his hard work and determination. Shawn went out of his way and raised $159 for the Pedaling for Pennies walk-a-thon on May 10th!
Shawn wanted to ride his new bike home, so I tagged along since it was on my way. We rode 5 miles together in the rain and laughed the entire time. Truly an inspiring young man and I’m proud to call him a friend.
Thanks Tammy, Kathi, Shawn and the St.Francis middle school for all the inspiration.
Q and A time!
A. A Brooks-17 seat and some buns of steal is all you need
Q. This is more of a statement than a question but, please tell me you will Not be wearing spandex and a bullet helmet!?!
A. I might just except that challenge.
Q. How do you plan on getting thru Mexico with such a shiny bike?
A. The old Mother Trucker’s not looking so shinny after the Minnesota winter.
Q. Do you shower?????
A. I have my moments of cleanliness.
A. Best – Anywhere under the stars / Worst – Anywhere near barking dogs and chickens.
Q. Do you see a lot of wild animals?
A. That’s one of the best parts of touring.
Q. Are you ever scared?
A. Life gets a little more interesting when you chase your fears.
Q.Do you fly home when you are done?
A. All depends on if I reach my goal by then.
Q. Kids (boys) always want to know about gross stuff. Like where do you poop if there isnt a bathroom?
A. Mother nature is my lavatory.
Q. How old were you when you took an interest in biking
A. Since I can remember I have loved the feel of two wheels. From riding pro freestyle BMX to my first tour to Alaska. Two wheels has aloud me to travel, be creative and do some good in this world
A. I wish!
Q. Where do you live?
A. In a basement somewhere in Andover Mn
Q.How do you make money for your trips?
A. Work full time and live like a hermit. (Sorry girlfriend)
Q. What states (countries) have you peddled thru? (Or planning too)
A. So far I have 9,000 miles on the Mother Trucker. I have been through Minnesota, N Dakota, Wisconsin, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Alaska.
A. Whatever’s in front of me.
Q. Where do you sleep?
A. MSR 2-man Hubba-Hubba tent
Q. What do you have with you on your bike?
A. Everything I need to live for 18 months. (more to come on the website)
A. Are you traveling alone?
Q. Todd Klema is riding with me through Yellowstone for a week. Jonah Lidberg will be back for round 2 through Oregon. Then the rest is solo
Q. Why do you do this?
A. I think everyone has thought about packing up and traveling into the unknown once in their life. I want to make the most of this life and do what I dream.
Q. How do you keep going when you are so tired you think you can’t pedal one more time?
A. That’s the great thing about bike touring, you find strength where you never thought you had it.
Q. What’s the funniest/ scariest thing you’ve ever seen while riding?
A. Me, after a week of not showering.
Hubba Hubba! Not me silly, the tent. After months of research I finally pulled the trigger and bought my home that I will be living in for the next year and a half. The MSR Hubba Hubba 2 man tent. Thanks to Pete Siudara, James Butcher, Sara Bedford and Andy Peat for all the great info! You guys are the best!
A little airtime
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