About Us

Who we are:
Rina Binder-Macleod and Kristofer Thompson
What we are doing:
Biking across the USA, from Delaware to California.
Why we are doing it:
1. Fun!
2. To learn about bicycle friendly communities then bring what we learn back to UD to become "bicycle ambassadors" and promote bicycle use.
3. Fun?
Last summer we worked in Guatemala for 3 months as volunteer trekking guides for an amazing organization called "Quetzaltrekkers. "
The money we raised from the hikes funded 85% of the operating budget for a school EDELAC, or Escuela de la Calle, for 220 children.
If that wasn't enough, we also provided 100% of the funding for the orphanage "The Hogar Abierto (Open Home)" for 17 kids!
We love these kids to death, so we are dedicating our bike trip to them
Me (Rina) and Wilson on the trek to Lago Atitlan
The girls hanging out after dinner at the Quetzaltrekker's Office
We would be so grateful if you could support us in our effort to "Bike for the Kids", to provide support for the kids
of the "Open Home",
The Hogar Abierto.
To Donate: (this is a semi-complicated process because it is difficult to send money out of the country even to a 501(c)3 non-profit so QT uses Omprakash to help facilitate the donation process)
You can make a tax-free donation through Omprakash.
Please select Quetzaltrekkers from the drop down menu to earmark your donation (very important).
In addition, we will be tracking the money raised through our bike trip. If you choose to donate, please e-mail bikeforthekids@gmail.com with your name and the amount donated so we can track our progress for the kids!
Thank you for your support!
Kris and Rina

Our Route

Yorktown, VA to San Francisco, CA
The 2010 route connects the TransAmerica Trail with the Western Express in Pueblo, CO. The TransAmerica begins in Yorktown, VA and is the most traveled route crossing America. The Western Express provides a shorter mileage option - 476 miles less compared to the entire TransAm.
This classic ride offers everything you would expect from a transcontinental crossing. You'll encounter all kinds of scenery and terrain, including forest, desert, mountain passes, snowy peaks, expansive plains, farmlands, rolling hills, and winding rivers. Some stretches of the western portion of the route can be generally flat, but expect some climbing almost every day between Pueblo and San Francisco. The Rocky Mountain passes are long but not terribly steep & the descents are incredible. The Virginia portion of the route has more total elevation gain than any other state. 

Start Newark DE  June 4th

6 Silver Springs, MD 40

7 Alexandria, VA
Rest Day

8 Independence HIll, VA 45
9 Lake Anna, VA 75
10 Charlottesville 56
11 Vesuvius 65

12 Troutville 40
13 Christianburg

14 Wytheville 65
15 Rural Retreat 78
17 Hindman, KY 66
18 Booneville 55
19 Berea 56

20 Rest Day
21 Bardstown 91
22 Hodgenville 50
23 Rough River Dam 52
24 Sebree 68
25 Cave In Rock, IL 55
26Carbondale 85
27 Chester 57
28 Farmington, MO 57
29 Eminence 84
30 Marshfield 84
July 1  Ash Grove 60
2 Pittsburgh, KS 71
3 Chanute 60
4 Eureka 58
5 Newton 58
6 Nickerson 50
7 Larned 59
8  Ness City 66
9 Leoti 81
10 Eads, CO 58
11 Ordway 63
12 Pueblo 52

13 Salida

Week in Colorado
18 Monarch Pass 56
19 Blue Mesa Reservoir 60
20 Montrose 45

21 Ridgeway State Park
22 Telluride 41
23 Green River, UT
24  Salina, UT 105

25 Rest Day
26 Panguitch 69
27  Scipio Utah
28 Cameron 63
29 Baker 84
30  Ely, NV 63
August 1 Eureka 78
2 Austin 68
3 Middlegate 60
4 Lahontan Reservoir 67
5 Woodfords, CA 72
6 Fair Play 65
7 West Sacramento 72
8 Lake Solano Park 50
San Francisco 42
Total Mileage 3785 Average Per Day 62 miles