About These Adventures

My trail name is "Coach", given to me on the Pacific Crest Trail. I hiked the P.C.T. in 2002 and 2003.

How this all started is that back in 1998 our family stopped for a day hike in the Cascade Mountains of Washington.  At the trailhead I noticed a sign off in the distance and went over to read it.  The heading said, “A Walk From Canada to Mexico”.  As I kept reading, my wife LuAnn came up behind me and after reading the sign said, “NO, YOU’RE NOT!” 

The sign designated the Pacific Crest Trail: a 2,658 mile hike across the mountain ranges of Washington, Oregon and California, stretching from the Canadian border to the Mexican border.  On the Pacific Crest Trail

Deep down, LuAnn knew that someday I was going to do that hike because all my life I’ve challenged myself physically.  Well, that day came in 2002, two years after retiring from my job as a high school teacher and football coach.   It was an incredible journey. Yes, it was physically challenging, but even more - a mental and emotional experience that went beyond anything I had previously experienced.  It was a life-changing experience. 

It also led to a quest to ride a bicycle around the perimeter of the continental United States. I accomplished that journey in 2004. 

Start of Bicycle Trip around perimeter of USA in 2004

During the summers of 2006 and 2007 I paddled and portaged a canoe 6,200 miles from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific by way of the Potomac, Ohio, Mississippi, Missouri, Snake and Columbia Rivers. I started in June of 2006 in Washington, DC and worked my way to Mandan, North Dakota, which was the wintering headquarters of Lewis and Clark on their epic journey. 

Then in 2007 I completed the trip to the Pacific Ocean and finished the summer with a paddle down the St. Croix River.

2009 brought new paddling challenges.  In the spring I paddled from Detroit to Chicago, across Lake Michigan, for the Ultimate Hugh Heward Challenge. This was a chance to participate in a fundraiser for the Verlen Kruger Memorial. Verlen Kruger was a famous paddler who specialized in long-distance adventures. Then in the fall of 2009 I paddled the length of the Wisconsin River.

In May of 2010, I joined the Hugh Heward Challenge for the dedication of the Verlen Kruger Memorial in Portland, MI. I followed up with a paddle of the Flambeau and Chippewa Rivers in WI in the summer of 2010 and hiked on the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin.

In 2011 I took it easy -- paddled in the Hugh Heward again and hiked a bit on the Superior Hiking Trail.

In 2012, did my annual Hugh Heward Challenge again in the spring. Then my high school buddy Chuck Dorn and I bicycled from his house in Auburn, California to our 50th high school reunion in Osseo, MN--almost 2000 miles.

Hiking, biking, canoeing and exploring our great country are life-enriching activities.  By sharing my passion for adventure, I want to inspire others to stay active, no matter their age.

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Hope you enjoy the trip!

Paddling across the country in 2006