With a strong tail wind, 62-year old Darby Roach and his best friend Mike Mann, cruise into Airway Heights on two wheels. If you've driven Highway 2 in the past three days you may know who I'm talking about. They're the two guys on loaded down bicycles, with the sneaky smiles and gusto of young men on an adventure of a lifetime.
Roach and Mann are on a mission to first bike across the United States and then the world. The pair left Wenatchee Sunday morning and arrived in Spokane Wednesday night. In all, they've logged about 140 miles so far. Their goal is to get to Boston by the end of the Summer. From there, Roach will fly solo to Europe where he plans to spend the next 3 years seeing the world. From the narrow streets of Paris to the snow covered peaks of Chile, Roach plans to pedal every mile of the way.
What? Is he crazy? Who would do such a thing? All questions that ran through my mind when Roach told me about his ambitious goal. To understand this wild dream, you have to understand the wild man on the bike. I don't think he'll mind my choice adjective, he raised me after all.