Chris and Marianne O’Brian have been tandem biking ever since they met, and truly love being close to one another. A snowy winter meant indoor training, but now they can get outside and start practicing what might be the toughest leg of the journey.
"The hardest days will be we think in the first couple weeks will be here, the ride up to Afton Mountain which we've done several times already" mentions the couple.
After Virginia, they move through the flat lands in the Midwest, through Colorado then north into the Pacific Northwest, finishing in Florence, Oregon. This ride spans over *3 months and *42 hundred miles. Chris and Marianne already know they’re going to have a couple of bad days.
"You just hope it doesn't happen together, that makes a really hard day, but we bring different skills to it, so it works out."
The O’Brian’s prefer tandem over individual biking, as it brings them closer together.
"If you've ever biked with another person, you have to speed up and get next to them to talk, and then get back in line when cars come; it’s hard to have a conversation. On a tandem you can actually have a conversation; you're never out of earshot.”
Chris sits in the front and steers while Marianne is in the back and navigates. As to asking about how they will deal with each other for the next three months, they both laughed and Chris responded
"We've put up with each other for 20 years, this is our 20th year, and we’ll celebrate our anniversary when we get back here."
You can check out their website at tandem2infinityandbeyond.com/wp to follow them on their journey and help their cause by donating to the Charlottesville free clinic.