Loads of people today say that a single of their objectives in daily life is to go out and see the world. Tim and Eliska Fetzko of Tunkhannock, are now on their way to accomplishing that, and are carrying out it in a extremely exceptional way.
The Fetzkos have built it their objective to bike about the environment, and lately finished a 3,000-mile cross-region bicycle tour throughout the United States in only 60 times.
“The cause we want to bike is simply because we imagine that it’s the most effective feasible way to see the total globe,” Eliska Fetzko reported. “We also identified out that by biking we really don’t stick out like visitors, which we really do not want to do.”
The Fetzkos achieved in 2011 while functioning summer work at Glacier Nationwide Park in Montana. Eliska was a school scholar from Slovakia, and the two hit it off promptly. They bought married in Oct of 2014 and moved to Slovakia to dwell with Eliska’s mothers and fathers in Europe.
In August of 2019, Tim made the recommendation to start out a bike vacation throughout Europe, setting up in Slovakia and heading in the direction of central Europe.
“We left Slovakia and begun biking to Athens,” Eliska said. “After two months, we were being owning an brilliant encounter, we had been ready to see all the things in techniques that we might not have been in a position to, so we resolved to go on our bicycle journey to Istanbul.”
When the Fetzkos achieved Turkey, their intention was to head to Asia. They had to return to Slovakia having said that, due to the fact of the shutdowns triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. When the constraints ended up calm in Europe in the summer time of 2020, they started off back up all over again.
“In August we determined to commence all over again heading by means of the Alps to Spain, and then into Morocco to see Africa,” Tim Fetzko explained. “We created it out of the Alps toward France when every little thing started off to lock down once more. So, we transformed our strategies and came back again to the United States, mainly because we knew that it would be simpler to travel inside the U.S.”
In Oct, the Fetzkos flew to Los Angeles, and commenced their cross-region United States bike journey. Their journey took them as a result of the streets of Los Angeles, throughout the Mojave Desert, by means of snowstorms in the Rockies, across America’s heartland, up into the Ozark and Appalachian mountain ranges, and last but not least as a result of the coastal flatlands of the Delmarva peninsula.
“Going across the total state can be a grueling experience,” Tim stated. “How quick we moved depended on the weather conditions ailments and what way the wind was blowing. Heading cross state, individuals situations improve very promptly.”
“We started out in the Mojave Desert the place it was 100 levels, so we would be in shorts and tee shirts chugging Gatorade,” Eliska stated. “We would then get caught in the middle of a snowstorm for 3 times in the Rocky Mountains. It was certainly nuts.”
The Fetzkos invested most of their nights tenting, and residence cooked the bulk of their foods, paying out about $25 bucks a day for the two of them. Los Angeles was the only area where by they had been not in a position to camp simply because of the California wildfires. They obtain tenting to be a greater life style on these biking journeys than seeking to come across resorts.
“We take pleasure in tenting,” Eliska stated. “We often say that the significantly less funds you vacation with, the far more adventurous you are. If you deliver a good deal of money, you know you can do issues like continue to be in a resort. That usually takes the pleasurable out of the complete excursion.”
The Fetzkos completed their journey crossing the Mississippi River and ending in Rehoboth Beach, Del. on Dec. 12. They have given that returned to Tunkhannock for a tiny even though, but their biking journeys are not completed.
“Right now since of the pandemic it is tough to make any concrete programs of what we’re heading to do,” Tim stated. “We’re going to take a minimal split to method the (actions of the) final two decades of our lifetime and see our families. Africa and Asia are our future two targets when everything is secure.”
The Fetzkos have documented their visits for all people to see on Instagram @bikesmecrazy.
“We imagine that to see and to expertise the earth firsthand is a privilege,” Tim reported. “Most people today merely really don’t have the time or resources to throw their life into disarray, and it is an honor and a joy for us to give them a window into the traveler’s earth.”