Jerry and LisaPage Carter and their three sons are taking their bicycles out for a ride on Tuesday.
They expect to be back in about four months.
The Virginia family is planning to pedal across America, an ambitious adventure that will cover more than 4,000 miles and include countless peanut butter sandwiches. They will ride two bicycles — a bicycle built for three and another built for two with a parent taking the lead on each — each towing a trailer packed with provisions, clothing and gear. Among their belongings are the two tents they will pitch most nights along the way.
The Carters will leave Tuesday from Yorktown, dipping their bike tires in the Atlantic (in reality the York River, but close enough to count), and if all goes well, they will conclude their journey by dipping their tires in the Pacific, in Astoria, Ore., mostly following the TransAmerica Trail. They see it as an opportunity to encourage donations to a favorite charity, ECHO, a global organization that fights world hunger by helping small-scale farmers. (www.echonet.org/carter)
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