Biking Across USA

In Summer 2013, I rode a bicycle from Hampshire College in Western Massachusetts to San Francisco, CA.

I traveled by myself, knocking on strangers' doors every evening to ask if I could camp in their backyard. While biking, I finished listening to the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Quran, Moby Dick, and the Book of Mormon, on audio book.

Below is the map of the leisurely ride. Each dot represents the family I stayed with that evening.

View Bridge on Two Wheels in a larger map

I recorded the observations and reflections from the journey at this blog. You can find the series of essays by browsing the blog archive from June to August 2013, or by clicking here. You can find a list of frequently asked questions on the road, and my answers, here. These essays share the stories, scenery, as well as philosophical interludes on politics, religions, and life. 

I graduated in May 2013 from Hampshire College, a college that changes life in the most meaningful and unexpected ways, and a place that create tomorrow's entrepreneurs of change. Here is a video where I delivered the student remarks at Commencement.

In September 2013, I will start as an intern at Blu Skye, a strategy consulting firm that creates harmony between the ecological and the economic systems.


PS said...

Hello!! My friend Alicia recommended that I check out your blog since I will also be traveling for a little bit next month. I hope your journey is going well! Best of luck!

PS said...

Also, just another thought that reminded me of your trip - ever read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance? Let me know. Would love to send you a copy!

And also, what inspired you to study religions and religious texts during this trip?

Bike Tour 2012 - Lisbon to Frankfurt said...

Hey mate,

Congratulations on completing you’re first long one. You are a lucky man to discover the beautiful way to travel, so early in life. Hope you get more in… and welcome to San Francisco.

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Antonio L. Rivera said...

Hi Zilong, I just finished the article about your journey on Bicycling Magazine Oct 2013. I was impressed and moved. I'm 45 and moved from Puerto Rico almost 2 years ago. How do I subscribe to your column to get updates? I have a 1997 Cannondale F100. Will it big enough for aan adventure like yours?
Fort Myers, Florida

Zilong Wang said...

Dear Antonio, thank you for your note! If you'd like email updates from this blog, feel free to use the widget at the bottom of the right hand side of this website, to "Follow by Email".

So glad to hear you might be contemplating getting on the road with your bike. I am not expert on bikes, but know that people ride all kinds of bikes across the country, including those antique high-wheelers :) Best wishes to your journeys!

Brian Gershater said...

Hey Zilong!

I stumbled across your blog as I am considering doing a cross country bike journey as well. I was hoping to get in touch to ask about the more meticulous details of your journey. Would be great to connect with you!


John/STRATCOM said...

I've just read the story about your bike trip across America, very interesting & uplifting. I'm an avid cyclist in my late 60's and find many things from cycling, solitude, comradeship, exercise of course. Your journey is certainly inspiring and I like your insights. I've been to China a number of times as my wife is from Sichuan so I understand some of the things that you talked about. I hope that you are doing very well and that your inquisitive mind continues to explore.