People
3:34 pm
Fri April 16, 2004

Meet the Members of the Tour

Out of 13 original group members, only 9 remain. They come from around the country and the world to bike the Southern Tier Route.

The 8 other members of this group of adventurers come from all over the world and the United States. From Germany and Scotland and places throughout the United States, the 7 men and two women have worked together as a group to encourage eachother to ride on to their destination of St. Augustine, Florida. Here, you can meet the other group members who are traveling with KRWG's Tammy Schurr on thier 3000-plus mile journey across the southern half of the United States.


Heather Andersen









Occupation: Currently she's the Tour Leader, Southern Tier Route, former Peace Corps volunteer for the past 2 years. Background in Non Profit Management

Home: Grew up in New Jersey, lived in Washington, D.C.

Bike Trips: Been cycling all her life, traveling for the last 8 months in Southern Africa, by bicycle for the last 6 months.

Heather answers:

Her Impressions of Lesotho in Southern Africa

Where she was staying in Southern Africa

Why she stayed longer in Southern Africa

Did she have to make any adjustments coming back to the U.S.?

What was the appeal about the Southern Tier Route?

What have been some of the challenges on this trip?

How do you prepare the group for long rides?

Some words to the folks back home


Mike Leigh





Occupation: Retired Fire Chief

Home: Bellingham, WA

Bike Trips: half of the Continental divide, several Oregon trips, San Juan Islands, Utah trips.

Mike answers:

What was the appeal about this trip

What were some of the challenges he faced on this trip

Some words to the folks back home


Dick French







Occupation: Retired Systems Engineer for IBM since 1998, worked for IBM for 31 years

Home: Upstate New York

Bike Trips: Been cycling since 1985. Done three short tours, tried the Southern Tier Route last year, left at Mimbres because of food poisoning.

Dick answers:

The challenges he is facing on this trip

How he has mentally prepared for this trip

How he has physically prepared for this trip

How he approaching the rest of this trip

Hello to his family


Dirk Neubauer







Occupation: Surveyor

First Visit to the States

Home: G?strow, Germany

Bike Trips: Been riding a bike since he was 8, has ridden serious trips since 1991, mostly all over Europe.

Dirk answers:

Why Italy was his favorite country to ride through

Why he wanted to take this particular trip

Some of the challenges or worries he faced on this trip

What he would like to say to the folks back in Germany


Howard "Hal" Chamberlin







Occupation: Engineer for Digital Pianos

Home: Moved to Boston 12 years ago from North Carolina, been working in Korea for 6 years

Bike Trips: Been cycling for 30 years, touring has for the past 15 years. Northern Route in 1994, the Trans America Route in 2000.

Hal answers:

What the appeal was about this trip

Why he's been in Korea for the last 6 years

What the challenges are of this trip



Hello to the folks back home


Paul Healy







Occupation: Formerly working in High Tech, Supply Management. Quit his job to play.

Home: Sunnyvale, CA

Bike Trips: been riding since this last fall. Always been interested in trips like this. Hiked for 4 months and 1 week from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Paul answers:

What the appeal was about this trip

What some of the challenges were that he personally faced on this trip

If he's feeling the effects of the trip physically

How he feel about the upcoming 90 mile in one day trip

Hello to Sunnyvale


Keith Marks







Occupation: Doctor at Penn State University, College of Medicine.

Home: Moved in 1975 to Hershey, Pennsylvania, originally from Johannesburg, South Africa

Bike trips: Been cycling since he was a boy. Ridden from San Diego to Del Rio, Texas.

Keith answers:

what the challenges of this trip are for him

he?s learning alot about camping

Hello to everyone at Penn State and colleagues in the NICU


Ewan Scott







Occupation: Civil Servant working in Internet Technolgy, on 12 month career break. Looking to work abroad when his 12 months is over

Home: Edinburgh, Scotland

First Visit to the States

Bike Trips: Been riding since he was a kid. He?s mainly cycled to commute to jobs.

Ewan answers:

The appeal about this trip to him

How he prepared for this trip

Some of the challenges or concerns he has for this trip

Hello to the folks back home


You can send questions and comments to Tammy or any of the group members at tammy@krwgfm.org




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