Cathy’s Big Ride Across America – in the News

7 Feb
cathy's big ride across america

Cathy’s Big Rde across America – Washington to Washington

The Big Ride Across America was a huge success for all. I loved every day of the tour – and never once wanted to quit! Thanks for all the support from the people who cared for us during the tour. It was fun to train and get ready for the trip, including the equipment and supplies. Each of the 49 days was filled with joy and excitement as we toured the landscapes. Being away from home was a bit hard especially for those of us with children, dogs and missing partners. Each day’s bicycle ride full of new experiences.

The flight to Seattle with our bicycles in boxes was smooth as could be. We arrived with bicycles intact and proceeded to dip our back tires in the Pacific ocean. We started our journey, traveled across the Rocky Mountains and into the amazing American Serengeti areas before reaching the urban North East. Our tour guides from VeloSante presented high quality road maps, intelligent food and a wide range of support every day – without ever a moment of negative energy.

Here we are in Washington D.C. after successfully ending our cross country bicycle ride.

Arrived in Washington DC - 3387 miles by bike

Arrived in Washington DC – 3387 miles by bike

The people on The Big Ride Across America were all amazing with talent and personality. If I could do it over again, I would spend more time getting to know every person better. The energy was positive and supportive every day. We tented in amazing campgrounds and rested in several colleges and universities across the states.  The work of traveling was spread so that everyone could participate as a giver and a taker at meal times.  Each morning we gathered to plan the day’s ride and load our bags into the truck.
The Riders in The Big Ride

The Riders in The Big Ride

If you ever think…riding across America would be fun to do – it was very fun. With a Pedego electric bicycle, anyone with a good attitude can ride this ride. The physical aspects were very rigorous but not more than any healthy person could endure. I am an old lady of 57 and if I can do it, you can too!

Big Ride in the News….


Electric Bike Touring: 3,300 Miles from Seattle WA to Wa…

Cathy Rogers, 57, of Pittsburgh, PA will be riding her Pedego Interceptor electric bike 3,300 miles in The Big Ride Across America! Cathy and 13 other riders will r…

 NBC News:

A Journey Across America on the Pedego Electric Bike

A cyclist arrives in Rapid City for her first time this afternoon all the way from Washington where the start of her adventure began.

Fox News: 

Creating Awareness for the American Lung Association:


Daily Bee – Bonner County, Idaho: Daily Bee

Moon couple biking across America

Paul and Cathy Rogers of Moon will be huffing and puffing as they bike ride across America. And that is one reason they are doing the ride — to bring attention to t…
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Electric Bike Ride Across America Reaches Halfway Point – EVWORLD.COM


Electric Bike Ride Across America Reaches Halfway Point …

Cathy Rogers, riding an Pedego electric bike, is participating in the Big Ride Across America to raise funds for the the American Lung Association.
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Little Lady Goes on a Big Ride – Pedego Electric Bikes

The good times are rolling! Cathy Rogers and the Big Ride riders have left Redmond on their way out of Washington State. They won’t finish the ride until t

Cyclist Cathy Rogers riding electric bike across the U.S…

A Pittsburgh woman has an ace in the hold of her bike for keeping up with her hardcore cyclist husband on a 100-mile-a-day ride across the U.S. Cathy Rogers, 57, wh…

Redmond’s Rogers to ride cross country for American Lung…

On Monday 57-year-old Redmond resident Cathy Rogers, a casual cyclist, will begin a ride across the country to support the American Lung Association of the M

Big Ride cyclists stop in New Ulm – | News, Sports, Jobs – The Journal, New Ulm, MN

Day 48 Clarksburg to Washington D.C. – 45 Miles – Final Destination

4 Aug


We reached the final Destination, Washington D.C. — 3300 Miles by bicycle from Seattle.



Taking the bike trail into D.C.


Special Greeters – with bicycles for the last couple miles. Thanks Ben, Jenny, Paul, Lizzie, Andrea and Teddy!


There was an electrical fire as soon as we reached D.C. Because when we arrive, we bring the power, makes them come alive… see video



2014 Big Ride Family bonding


Our route was blocked by Palestine protests in front of the White House.


The last lap


Everyone on the ride got a customized “2014 Big Ride Across America” medal.




We couldn’t have done it without them – Thanks Lynn, Will and Charlton!


Day 47 Gettysburg to Clarksburg, MD – 50 Miles – Our 12th State

4 Aug


This part of our coast-to-coast bicycle tour was getting bittersweet — happy to be reaching our destination but a bit sad to see it end.  Most of us were in great spirits as we got into Maryland ready for our final night in the tents at a campground.  We worked our way through narrow country roads that were in pretty good shape.  The traffic was bearable even on Maryland Route 27 South.  The road had a shoulder that was wide enough to keep us out of the traffic.  The weather was cloudy and threatening all day but never got wet.  We were thrilled to get through yet another rain-free day on the road to D.C.  Our dinner was catered at the campground that evening and we all enjoyed steak, chicken and a welcome bit of booze.  The Big Riders gathered for our final dinner together as a group and declared ourselves a “family” — the 2014 Big Riders.  We will go down in history as having the best possible weather in the history of the ride.


Riding into our 12th state on rolling hills


State #12 – Maryland



Maryland has big turkeys that are free to roam.


Maryland also has lots of huge turkey vultures.


Horseback riding signs all over the back roads.


This is the last night on the road at the Bennett Park Campground

Awards — I missed a few of them but here is what I listed:

Most Bonus Miles: Anita
Chamois Cream King: Kenny
Best Motor: Terry
Sweethearts: Kevin & Jen
Longest Distance Couple: Charles & Lisa
Coffee King: Paul
Party Planner: Lisa
Influencer: Kenny
Most Flats Queen: Jen-  7
Most Flats King:  Kenny – 6
Least Flats: Paul & Cathy – 1 each
Fastest Eater: Anita
First in Camp: Terry
Last in Camp: Anita
Least Gears Shifted: Rob
Eagle Eye: Kevin (95 bungee cords counted)
Fastest Recovery: Becca
Best Climber: Jen
Best Ass: Paul
Most Likely to Sing: Cathy
Best Lunch: Will
Most “Favorite Ever”: Becca
Most Charitable: Cathy
Most Self-Sufficient: Lynn
Best Smile: Charlton
Bad Ass: Charlton
Class Clown: Rob
Late to Breakfast: Lisa
Most Improved: Anita
Breaking a Fast: Terry
Most Photos on rides: Jen


Day 45 Bedford to Gettysburg, Pa – 102 Miles – Through the Pennsylvania Mountains

31 Jul


MapMyRide Stats:  102 Miles  |  Time:  9:26  |  Speed 10.8 mph

Another rain-free, cool summer day – perfect cycling weather.  We stopped several times to rest along the way on this century bicycle ride.  There were several well needed breaks along the way including a wonderful home cooked meal.  Tony, an alumni of The Big Ride Across America packed up his garden’s bounty and prepared a gourmet meal including grilled burgers and chicken.  He carried in his own barbecue grill and delivered fresh salads, flowers and an abundance of deliciousness from his garden.  We met his son Ryan who will be attending Penn State in the Fall.  Thanks Tony!



Still in the Polar Vortex – the morning was really cold in the 50’s


Pennsylvania Apple Cider is coming your way soon!


Today, I noticed there were some unusual signs on the road like this one


The mature Alfalfa crops are sweet smelling


Panorama view of Pennsylvania farmland


Share the Road Sign


Going down…the maximum speed I saw on the odometer was 35 mph

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Gettysburg - Just two more riding days!

Gettysburg – Just two more riding days!

Day 44 Confluence to Bedford – 81 Miles – We had Cheerleaders!

31 Jul


MapMyRide Stats:  80.4 Miles  |  8:00 hours  |  10 mph

This ride was very hilly and mountainous, and it was a hard day for everyone — even me.  I could not have done the riding on this day without the Pedego electric assist.  The hills were long and hard and my old legs needed the support.  The first e-bike battery lasted about 29 miles — the fastest discharge of the entire trip.  The second battery lasted about 30 miles.  I was getting a little nervous when I was on my third battery thinking I might run out.  The land started to flatten out as we made progress and the third battery got me to the 80-mile mark.

Kristina and Brooke are Cheerleaders in Altoona, Pa.

Kristina and Brooke are Cheerleaders in Altoona, Pa.


Thanks Pedego, I got to the top of all the Pennsylvania mountains…whew!


It was a chilly July morning – we are all still wearing coats.


Strip mining for coal in Pennsylvania


Rail-trails on the Highlands Trail to Rockwood at 1826 ft. elevation


Yikes, what is that in the corner?


It was a cloudy day, but rain-free until the very end of the 80-mile ride


Let’s Roll…


The Flight 93 memorial was sobering. Cherish every single day!


Pennsylvania had many scenic views to enjoy and ponder as we rode through the hilly terrain.


You can see the thickness of the air, but no rain – fortunately


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Our loving cheerleaders greeted us with signs and a special cheer as we entered the campground. Thanks Mom! See Kristina, Brooke, Pat, Dee and Corky

Day 43 Washington to Confluence, Pa – 83 miles – on the Bike PA S Path

31 Jul


MapMyRide Stats:  83 Miles   |  Time: 7:59

The day we started to ride through my home state of Pennsylvania it was cloudy and cool but no rain.  We started out in a moist fog which was cold for cycling – about 45 degrees.  It warmed up to the 70’s but the day never really got warm.  It was a wet and cold summer day.  The Polar Vortex is still with us.


Much of our route was country roads on the Bicycle PA route S


Company arrived at our Confluence campsite. My Uncle Maurice rented an apartment and rescued us from the rain and a wet tent. Best Friends here!

My good friend Sally Martin rode her bicycle around the world - 22,000 miles in 1996

My good friend Sally Martin is wearing her national championship bike jersey.  She also rode her bicycle around the world – 22,000 miles


My Sister and my Uncle came to ride with us from Ohiopyle to Confluence on the bike trail.


What? Not going in the bushes?


Pennsylvania bike trail is lush and green


Youghiogheny River Trail

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Day 42 New Waterford, Oh. to Washington, Pa. – 82 miles

30 Jul


On this day of cycling across America, day 42, we woke up to rain.  The tents were soaking wet when we packed them away.  The day started out wet as we left the Terrace Lakes campground and headed out to our next destination which is very close to home for us.  Riding into Pennsylvania was exciting as we get closer and closer to our final destination – Washington, D.C.

Leaving camp with wet roads ahead

Leaving camp with wet roads ahead and thick clouds in the sky – 6:00 a.m.



Ohio River

The Mighty Ohio River – Flowing out of Pennsylvania


Shippingport Nuclear Power Plant



Cooling Towers – watch video below…


Camping at the Whispering Pines Family Campground


Family came to visit us as we entered the state of Pennsylvania


Day 41 Newburg to New Waterford, Ohio – 63 Miles into Amish Country

30 Jul


MapMyRide Stats: 63 Miles  |  4:29  Time |  14.0 mph

Lots of rolling hills as we get close to Pennsylvania. We saw several Amish buggies traveling the countryside as we rolled through Ohio back roads near the border of Pennsylvania.  Home is just 45 minutes from this point.  The air was crisp, the sky was clear and the day went smooth as silk as we pedaled our way through some narrow country roads and brief urban traffic.  We had dinner in the campground and were lucky enough to enjoy the company of avid cyclist friends Terry and Kevin from Pittsburgh, Pa. They drove in from the city to check out the riders and see what it is like to ride a bicycle across the country with an organized group.


Jen’s bike got a little hung up today!


Check out that blue sky – another crystal-clear, cool July day.


Terry and Kevin came to visit our campsite at the Terrace Lakes Campground.

Day 40 Sandusky to Newburg – 66 miles through downtown Cleveland

30 Jul


MapMyRide Stats: 66.26 Miles  |  4:36  Time |  14.4 mph

Sandusky, Ohio is a resort town located between Toledo to the west and Cleveland to the east.  It is on lake Erie and has a big park called Cedar Point which attracts lots of families to this city of 25,000.  As we rode our bikes out of town we headed towards downtown Cleveland.  The ride was as smooth as it could be.  The sky was blue, the land was flat and our group of cyclists stayed together to get through the city traffic.  It was really exciting to ride the bicycle trail that follows along lake Erie.


Lakefront Bikeway

This is the Lakefront Bikeway we rode through Cleveland


Lake Erie under blue skies and cool 70 degree temps


My Pedego bicycle traveled many miles to see lake Erie

This ride was made exciting by a ride through downtown Cleveland, Ohio.  We went past the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and several Cleveland neighborhoods.  There was an unplanned stop along the way through a little Italian community with authentic pastry and gelato.  We rode in small groups for safety as we traveled the city streets.


Cycling through downtown Cleveland


There are many food trucks in Cleveland


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


Industrial Cleveland, alive and well.

Day 38 Napoleon to Sandusky, OH – 88 Miles – Flat with a Tailwind

24 Jul
Cycling Napoleon to Sandusky through Flat Ohio roads - with a tail wind.

Cycling Napoleon to Sandusky through Flat Ohio roads – with a tailwind.

MapMyRide Stats:  88 Miles   |  Time: 5:20   |  16.5 Mph

The day started with thunder and lightning.  We woke up to a boisterous thunderstorm that slowly phased itself out as we left our campsite at the Bayshore campground and headed out in the dark with wet roads and dark clouds ahead.


The temperature on this July afternoon was 74 degrees…it was excellent!

The weather turned on us as it cleared up by mid-day — a high of 74 degrees with a crystal blue sky.  The cool summer day was complemented with a tailwind and then a blue sky.  We have got to be the luckiest cyclists ever on the Big Ride Across America!


The clouds gave way to a brisk tailwind and blue sky


Can you see the tailwind blowing the soybeans in the same direction we traveled? I love tailwinds!

Once we got to Sandusky, we found these amazing insects — the Mayfly.  There is a website called the Mayflies of Lake Erie which gives all the background on this localized insect.  Mayflies usually live for 24-72 hours. They spend 1-2 years on the bottom of lake Erie as a nymph living burrowed in the mud. They hatch around June and can be found everywhere around the lake.  They fly around lights at night and then latch on once they get tired of flying.


Sometime around the middle of May and lasting into July, there is a plague of insects that strikes the cities, towns, and villages along Lake Erie’s shoreline: the Mayfly.


Mayflies were all over the men’s shower door


Home Sweet Home for two nights at the KOA campground in Sandusky, Ohio