His name is Jamie.
Jaime travelled for 8 years to 81 different countries on a tandem bicycle keeping the rear seat open for anyone interested in hoping aboard. Many had never ridden a bicycle before. One stayed with him for an extended time, and in the end, married him. His is a trip of hope, perseverance, and adventure. Today, he is travelling the US with his young family promoting the book he subsequently wrote and published.
I met Jamie at a camp ground in Missoula, Montana. After setting up camp, I went for a walk to stretch my legs following a long day of driving. I stopped at a campsite peppered with bicycles. A tended, a road bike, mountain bikes, and children’s bikes. I was intrigued.
Jamie had a fire burning, roasting hot dogs over the open fire with his children and wife. We began talking about cycling, and after a few exchanges, he asked if I would like to join them for a drink and food. I stayed awhile, enthralled with this adventurous family.
I had never heard of Jamie Bianchini, his adventures, or his book. You would think I might have. I seem to be attracted to long distance cyclists that travel the world. Imagine my surprise when I inadvertently stumbled upon one in real life.
I was intrigued. Jamie was open, warm, and full of enthusiasm. I only wish I had an opportunity to attend one of his media presentations. That’s what he does now. Travel the US in a big RV, staying in campgrounds provided by his sponsors, and talking to other cyclists interested in his adventure. Not a bad gig if you can get it. He sees it as his last opportunity for a family adventure before his son begins school next year.
I wonder what is next for Jamie.
And, if you are interested in purchasing a copy of his book, look here.