Better Late Than Never!

I wanted to cycle around the world about 21 years ago. Instead, I was unexpectedly offered a job and told myself that I’d do that job for a couple of years and then cycle around the world in greater comfort. Fast-forward 21 years in that job in Germany and then the United States, and here I am, almost ready to set off on the trans America leg. Whether I’ll ever cycle around the world is unknown, but who cares? It’s the journey that counts.

I’ve lived in America for 16 years. Much longer than I ever expected. But then I planned to live in Germany for only 2 or 3 years, and ended up spending much longer there too. It’s been a funny old time in the US – not really a natural fit for me. So besides fulfilling a dream, my trip across America is to experience the country, to see what folks on the west and east coasts rather disparagingly refer to as the flyover states. I’ve always suspected that there would be something in the middle that I’d rather like – a bit like a custard cream biscuit.

Turning 53 last November, I realized I’d better put my skates on if I want to do this ride. I’m a little skeptical whether I can do it at all, to be honest. For one, I’m no spring chicken anymore, and then I got a diagnosis of leukemia last November. But I’m going to give it a shot – and I’m hoping you’ll support me with your comments and encouragement along the way …



Author: CL Mackay

Aspiring gentleman of leisure in San Francisco, who fancies himself to be a trust fund kid swapped out at birth. Not dented by the male menopause and a pesky diagnosis of leukemia, this former strawberry blond cycled across America, coast to coast, in 2016 and is presently cycling from Vancouver, Canada, to the Mexico border.

10 thoughts on “Better Late Than Never!”

  1. Bon voyage, Leslie! You can do it. I’ll be with you in spirit. Wishing you 3,768 miles of fresh air, interesting people, amazing landscapes, and happy memories. I’ll bake a vegan cake to celebrate your return (that gives me two months to practise!).


    1. Good luck Leslie. In food terms (the all important measure) I reckon you will be getting through some 916 cheeseburgers along the way, washed down with at least 3 cups of tea, of course. Looking forward to reading your updates and being jealous of the food consumption and the cycling.


  2. I’m so excited for you, Leslie! I look forward to following you on your journey (though not in a creepy way, of course…).


  3. I’m following you now! Not across America on a bike, no, no, no – from the comfort of my sofa! Will read your blogs as you go through this amazing experience. You’re an inspiration to us all! Xx


  4. Oh Leslie! What an adventure. Wishing you sunshine, smooth roads and lots of down hill! Will be following your journey from Sydney. X


  5. It seems that your dedicated training has been rewarded already! In awe!
    Keep peddling!!!!!
    Love, Patricia


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