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Shameless plug: My cousin is attempting to ride the perimeter of the USA
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My cousin (Matt) is starting his attempt to ride the perimeter of the USA today. He is 25 and left his job in Minnesota in supply chain management at Land o'Lakes to make an attempt at this. I am super excited for him! He has a twin brother, and personally, I am always fascinated by the dynamic of twins and that might be the hardest part he faces on this self-supported trip. Regardless, I wish him well and lots of riding prayers for a safe voyage.


He is a very religious and he is hoping to raise $25,000 for a youth camp he has been involved in over the years for kids with disabilities. Route is pictured below, and although he has no hard dates being self-supported, I am sure he could use some help with a wash of clothes, a place to stay, some latex tubes ;) Although not a triathlete, he has committed to doing the majority of his commuting via bike even in harsh Minnesota winters. I think he did 8,500 hundred last year. Anyway, I figured there might be a few people interested in following along via his Instagram.

**edit** I followed up with my cousin today as there were a bunch of people offering assistance, thank you btw. Especially those that offered to lube his chain, lol. Anyway, If you don't have social media/Insta to send him a DM then send him a message thru his contact page on his website. He is going to need a way to organize the dates/homestay as he makes his way around the country.




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Last edited by: Thomas Gerlach: Aug 8, 18 22:35
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Re: Shameless plug: My cousin is attempting to ride the perimeter of the USA [Thomas Gerlach] [ In reply to ]
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Is he looking for folks to host him? We live near Boston close to MA/RI, and would be open to that. What is best way to contact him? via Instagram?
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Re: Shameless plug: My cousin is attempting to ride the perimeter of the USA [Thomas Gerlach] [ In reply to ]
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I’m in west Phoenix (Goodyear) Lmk what I can do for him here
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Re: Shameless plug: My cousin is attempting to ride the perimeter of the USA [Thomas Gerlach] [ In reply to ]
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What an awesome challenge and a great cause. Sent him a donation. Wish him luck!
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Re: Shameless plug: My cousin is attempting to ride the perimeter of the USA [Thomas Gerlach] [ In reply to ]
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It looks like he will be riding by my place in Michigan near the end of September or beginning of October. If he is ok with dogs, he would be welcome to the guest bedroom and can use the laundry.

Trip of a lifetime!

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Re: Shameless plug: My cousin is attempting to ride the perimeter of the USA [Thomas Gerlach] [ In reply to ]
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No shame there. We will find him when he nears our orbit, and provide. PM to you next.
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Re: Shameless plug: My cousin is attempting to ride the perimeter of the USA [Thomas Gerlach] [ In reply to ]
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Have him shout here when he’s in Austin!
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Re: Shameless plug: My cousin is attempting to ride the perimeter of the USA [KathyG] [ In reply to ]
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KathyG wrote:
Is he looking for folks to host him? We live near Boston close to MA/RI, and would be open to that. What is best way to contact him? via Instagram?


I think the best way to contact him is just to send him a DM via Instagram. As for places to host, his plan is to camp pretty much everywhere and then try to connect with friends in places where he can but I am sure he would love to meet new people along the way. He is a super good kid from a nice family and he just really loves to bike and has a very positive attitude and sense of humor. Based on his first day it looks like he already had a flat on a nice thick tire. Funny, I rode in Tucson one winter in Tucson with the same Supersonic tire, with pointy things everywhere, and didn't have a flat for six months.




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Re: Shameless plug: My cousin is attempting to ride the perimeter of the USA [wannabefaster] [ In reply to ]
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Re: Shameless plug: My cousin is attempting to ride the perimeter of the USA [KathyG] [ In reply to ]
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I think I will forward this thread to him but Goodyear sounds great if he is going thru Phoenix. However, I am not sure his route is 100% set. If it was me, after heading to Tucson, I would just continue west to Kitt Peak and not even beeline (pun intended) up to Phoenix. Great stretch of road there and I am sure Paul Thomas would love to add another horse to his stable even if only for a few hours of companionship.


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Re: Shameless plug: My cousin is attempting to ride the perimeter of the USA [Thomas Gerlach] [ In reply to ]
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Thomas Gerlach wrote:
He has a twin brother

Alarm bells =)

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Re: Shameless plug: My cousin is attempting to ride the perimeter of the USA [Jorgan] [ In reply to ]
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Jorgan wrote:
Thomas Gerlach wrote:
He has a twin brother


Alarm bells =)

And double letters in his first name! =)

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Re: Shameless plug: My cousin is attempting to ride the perimeter of the USA [Thomas Gerlach] [ In reply to ]
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Re: Shameless plug: My cousin is attempting to ride the perimeter of the USA [Thomas Gerlach] [ In reply to ]
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Good stuff! I remember years ago there was someone else here who tried something similar and posted their blog link, was fun to follow and read some of the stories. IIRC, he started in VA and went counterclockwise, making it to TX before he had to stop (I forget the reason).

I'm just outside of Boston if he needs anything when coming through this way. Best of luck to him!



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Re: Shameless plug: My cousin is attempting to ride the perimeter of the USA [Thomas Gerlach] [ In reply to ]
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Looks like he's doing a reverse Seattle-to-Portland route? I live just a couple miles off the STP route where it crosses through Spanaway (near Tacoma). I've got a bunch of family stuff this weekend, but I could offer laundry, shower, and even a guest bed if he'd like...

Oh, yeah, and I can probably feed him, too.

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Last edited by: brider: Aug 9, 18 6:29
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Re: Shameless plug: My cousin is attempting to ride the perimeter of the USA [brider] [ In reply to ]
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But will he do it in 50 days???
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Re: Shameless plug: My cousin is attempting to ride the perimeter of the USA [Thomas Gerlach] [ In reply to ]
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Looks like I'll be hosting Matt tonight.

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Re: Shameless plug: My cousin is attempting to ride the perimeter of the USA [brider] [ In reply to ]
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Re: Shameless plug: My cousin is attempting to ride the perimeter of the USA [Thomas Gerlach] [ In reply to ]
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Has he contacted Slowtwitch about this to verify the rules?

What is his background? This sounds impossible. I doubt he can do it.

Is he just looking for attention? Cause why else would he tackle something so grandiose?

Who did he train with? It better be somebody we respect on slowtwitch or this is just a waste of time.

It's for the kids. Of course, it's always for the kids. And the money.

How is he tracking where the money goes? Cause most of these charity things are about padding someone's pocket.

How is he verifying his mileage? He could just be cheating. We need to know this.

You didn't mention any doping controls for this?? Is he doping? He must be doping.

I have so many other questions. But this will do for now.

ps- in pink. Or is it?
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Re: Shameless plug: My cousin is attempting to ride the perimeter of the USA [Thomas Gerlach] [ In reply to ]
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I know your cousin Matt a little bit through the Minneapolis cycling scene. He’s hooked up with a an awesome group of riders here that routinely put in a ton of miles. He’s a super great guy. I wish him all the best.

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Re: Shameless plug: My cousin is attempting to ride the perimeter of the USA [Ralph20] [ In reply to ]
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Lol, I thought about putting some of this in my original post but opted against it as to avoid bashing any predecessors of this sort of activity. I will say, with 100% certainty, he is not a sociopath despite the double letters.


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Re: Shameless plug: My cousin is attempting to ride the perimeter of the USA [brider] [ In reply to ]
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Re: Shameless plug: My cousin is attempting to ride the perimeter of the USA [Thomas Gerlach] [ In reply to ]
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Worked out great! Matt found his way to our place around 6, and we had a hearty dinner of chicken enchiladas, some games, then a good night's sleep. Pancake breakfast, then he headed north into Seattle to meet cousins. Hopefully this is just the first of many hosted nights on his journey. Quality gentleman, and a great cause. Folks, check his website and if you're close to his route, open your homes.



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Re: Shameless plug: My cousin is attempting to ride the perimeter of the USA [Thomas Gerlach] [ In reply to ]
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What's he got against South Texas?

Btw, I'm in the Houston area (The Woodlands) and can offer a bed and shower.
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