From Sea to Shining Sea

Newlyweds Ann Crossey and Larry Palmer were in Fort St. John this past Wednesday, but they weren’t staying for long. They had to get to New York City to catch a flight back home to Switzerland, and they were getting there by bicycle.

The trip would take 78 hours in a car; these two were taking three months to get from coast to coast.

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The couple was married recently, and this trip – two years in the making – was their idea of a honeymoon. They first met 30 years ago in 1984, coincidentally on a bicycle trip through China.

“I wanted to see China, but I didn’t want to go on a tour bus,” said Crossey. They saw the big cities, the countryside, and the Great Wall all amble slowly by them from the comfort of their bicycles.

Crossey was born in Ontario but lived in London, working as a reporter for the Huffington Post before moving to Switzerland.

Where Palmer is from was obvious as soon as he spoke, with a thick New England accent that made a sound like “Paw-meh” when he introduced himself. He bemoaned the loss of the accent in more recent generations.

At 76 years old, he’s led an interesting life as well. In 1960, he was on the U.S. Olympic team that beat Canada to win the country’s first gold medal in hockey. The team, known as the “forgotten miracle,” cut Herb Brooks days before the games began. Brooks would go on to coach the 1980’s U.S. “Miracle on Ice” team, beating the Soviet Union for gold.

The duo is planning to arrive in New York City on October 22.

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