Former Gov. Jack Markell will arrive in Rehoboth Beach Tuesday afternoon and ceremoniously dip his bicycle tire into the Atlantic Ocean, ending a vast, two-wheeled journey he started June 18 in Astoria, Ore.
— MTFS (@MotivateTFS) August 8, 2017
Over the past seven weeks Markell’s trip has taken him more than 3,680 miles and (a surprisingly few) 10 states. The journey has been documented thoroughly on Twitter.
While traveling during the summer is nothing out of the ordinary, Markell’s cross-country adventure was for a cause. He was cycling on behalf of Motivate the First State, in the hope of bringing awareness to the organization’s initiative to improve the state’s health.
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His entries have included the basics, such as his location and the number of miles he rode, as well as information about the people he met and places he stopped along the way. Here are some of our favorite moments from his trip.
Reuniting with his wife Carla and daughter Molly:
— Gov. Jack Markell (@GovernorMarkell) August 6, 2017
Molly and her boyfriend, Thomas, also surprised her dad in Boise, Idaho, back on June 27:
Gorgeous ride through western Idaho into Boise. Best view? Molly & her boyfriend Thomas surprised me in Boise. So happy to see them! pic.twitter.com/g3tdwY84h2
— Gov. Jack Markell (@GovernorMarkell) June 26, 2017
Supporting some young entrepreneurs in Wisconsin:
3. Crossed the Mississippi River! We also patronized a lemonade stand set up by enterprising kids in La Crescent. Grt to be in my 6th state! pic.twitter.com/GcHzMLyH7R
— Gov. Jack Markell (@GovernorMarkell) July 20, 2017
Meeting up with other Delawareans:
— Gov. Jack Markell (@GovernorMarkell) July 13, 2017
Before leaving Badlands National Park in South Dakota, Markell ran into some Pike Creek residents, who were on their own cross-country journey.