CA OWN AC – When most people travel from San Diego to North Dakota, they travel by car or plane. Not Brian Gonzalez. He rode his bicycle from California to North Dakota to celebrate the 90th birthday of his mother-in-law, Beverly Lynch from Towner.
Gonzalez said that when his wife, Dorrin Dreider-Gonzalves, was planning a trip to North Dakota, she offered to take him on a bicycle ride. “He knows how much I love to ride a bike.” he said.
Bryan, an X-ray technician at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Olla, California, is not new to long-distance cycling. In 2018, he cycled from San Diego to Taipei, a town in Savannah, Avan Province, for a total of 2,709 miles.
“I used that trip to celebrate my 50th birthday. I raised funds for Scripps trauma services because I was injured.” Brian said. He said that the bicycle crashed on March 1, 2016. “That night I had a laparotomy, a dissection of the pancreas – a splenectomy. Two years later, my employer gave me a vacation to tour America. I hope I will encourage people to do what they love. ” he said.
As Dorrin accompanied him on his mobile backing, Bryan said his last bike ride from San Diego to North Dakota ended at the International Peace Park, which was 2,143 miles away, and then they traveled 65 miles to Towner.
His bike ride started on Friday, June 18 at 4 p.m. It ended on July 11 when he left his home in Sante, California.
On his first trip to North Dakota, Bryan said he had covered 180 miles, and for the last lap of the journey, he had covered 165 miles. He took different breaks during each day of the trip.
“It’s a beautiful country to cross.” Brian said. He said the roads become open the minute they enter North Dakota “Smooth as glass” unlike some other areas.
People interested in learning more about his North Dakota bike ride can visit Strava on social media. His walks can be followed by Strava Brian Gonsalves Santee, CA. Strava is an app for runners and cyclists. The link to his latest destination is https://strava.app.link/svEPE81nVhb.
Brian and Dorrin will attend a large family gathering in Towne on Sunday to celebrate Lynch’s 90th birthday. It officially celebrates his birthday in December.
Brian has plans to ride a bike for longer distances.
“In seven years, for my 60th birthday, I plan to travel from Portland, Oregon, Newport News, Virginia.” he said.
On horseback, he said he planned to go for a walk in the national parks.
Brian will not ride his bike to return to California from North Dakota, but he և Dorrin will return by car in their RV on their way back.