Counting 'smiles per hour': Retired Kenosha firefighter completes cross-country bicycle journey

  • Source: Kenosha News - Metered Site
  • Published: 08/09/2022 12:00 AM

Retired Kenosha Fire Captain Carl Carlson set out On May 15 to cross the country by bicycle. Seventy-three days, 13 states, one Canadian province and 4,020 miles later, he concluded his journey at the Pacific. “It has really been a lifelong goal,” Carlson said. “I’ve been a cyclist pretty much all my life, and it was just something that I had seen done before and read articles on and stuff like that. “When I was about 17, my family took a trip out west to South Dakota and I saw a cyclist doing a long distance tour. I didn’t really talk to him at all, but it always stood out in my mind that, ‘wow, that seems really cool.’” After retiring in April after spending 30 years with the fire department, this summer turned out to be the perfect time for Carlson to embark on his cycling journey.


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