Secrets From The Saddle: All things Cycling PODCAST
48. Meet this Young Couple JOE & EMMALEE. Learn how they were able to BIKE around the USA for the past 10yrs.
March 24, 2021
In this episode, you will learn: How this young couple has set up their cycling tours, to be able to ride across the USA over the past 10yrs, while working.

Meet Joe  
I grew up on a farm in Lyons, New York as the oldest of 4. As my current day job, I work at a non-profit as a prevention specialist (teacher); I teach in two Buffalo City Schools in grades k to 8. I also manage (and service) rental properties, which in the near future will become my full-time job.  In the past, I also coached cross country, girls basketball, flag football, and track. (grades 5-8)
As for Bicycle riding... Started riding between age 13-15 depends on what counts as "starts riding". I have done a fair bit of racing. I'm cat 3 in road (no longer a racer) also dabbled in cross and a small amount of mountain biking.   My largest efforts have been in bike commuting (year-round) and bike touring.
Meet Emmalee 
Raised as an only child, I grew up living with my grandmother (and occasionally at my grandfather's house, too) in the small Lake Ontario town of Wilson, NY.  I attended Keuka College, where during the 2nd week of my freshman year, I met Joey (and also began cycling!).  We were married a few months after I graduated.  It is safe to say that we have created our fair share of wonderful, memorable adventures together. I have had the pleasure of being a 6-9 Montessori teacher (grades 1st, 2nd, and 3rd) at Bennett Park Montessori, Buffalo Public School #32 since 2013 and couldn't be happier to have stumbled upon the Montessori Philosophy of education. After receiving a Masters's in Literacy, I grew more in my appreciation for Montessori education through completing certifications in both early childhood and lower elementary Montessori. While cycling is a huge part of my life, I also enjoy spending time on artistic endeavors (and snuggling with our sweet cat, Charlie!).
Cycling Together: 
For the most part, all of our bicycle touring has been together... Here the 6 trips we've done to complete all 49 states and parts of Canada. 
2009. Rochester, NY to Maine and back to Rochester (Lyons) Ny--- 1500 miles; 21 days (NY, VT, NH, ME, MA, CT)
2010 Rochester, NY to Florida and back to Buffalo, NY  ---3880 miles; 56 days (NY, NJ, PA, MD, wash, dc, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, TN, WV, OH)
2012 Buffalo, NY to Alaska and back to Buffalo, NY  ---14,630 miles and 386 days (there's a lot more to this one) (All the remaining states west of Mississippi EXCEPT ND, & HI)
2018 Buffalo, NY to Delaware and ending In Rochester (Lyons) NY 960 miles 14 days 
2019 Buffalo, NY to Rhode Island  and back to near Albany (car the rest of the way) about 750 miles 12 days 
2020 The covid 19 bike trip from Buffalo, NY to Fargo, ND and back to Buffalo 3,273 miles 51 days.  Joe also taught a summer program during this trip checking in with students 5 days a week for 4 weeks... Discuss more on Thursday    
 Emmalee made these websites for our Fargo trip and 1 year trip to Alaska and back:     (Fargo)     (Alaska)
Instagram: @olgin.cycling.odysseys


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