MISSOULA, MT: The Camper Clan family, who recently returned to the United States after one year on the road crossing the Americas by car, has just departed on a new family travel adventure: touring the United States by electric bicycle. On this trip they will attempt to break the Guinness world record for the longest electric bicycle ride by pedaling 6,200 miles across the United States -- and they will do it together as a family.
The world record ride began in Missoula, Montana on August 23rd, and the family has already pedaled over 500 miles through such areas as Glacier National Park and the badlands of eastern Montana. Their route will take them south of the Great Lakes, north to Maine, then south along the east coast to Miami, Florida. Along the way, the Camper Clan family will be filming a documentary about their e-bike tour, which they hope to fund through a successful Kickstarter campaign.
What lead the family to choose electric bicycles for their next travel adventure? Tomas Cortijo of Camper Clan explains: "I have been commuting with electric bicycles for years in Buenos Aires and southern California, and built my first hub motor e-bike in 2009. After our children were born, we used them for hauling the little ones around and for errands around town. We love that we can avoid traffic and parking hassles while using a mode of transportation that contributes very little net pollution to the environment."
"We feel so strongly that electric bicycles can make a positive impact on the planet and in our everyday lives that we wanted to do something to get the word out." Explains Dylan Drake, the matriarch of the family. "For six months we will circle the continental US together as a family, with Tomas riding his electric bike while I drive the support vehicle with our two toddlers. We'll be filming every step of the way so that we can share this adventure with a broader audience and help educate the public about electric bicycles."
For now, the family is focused on putting in the miles to get through the northern portion of the country before winter snows and freezing temperatures set in. "So far, we have been extremely lucky and have been able to avoid several storms and cold fronts that have moved through Montana," says Tomas. "We've also been making great time with a steady tailwind to our backs. We're crossing our fingers that our good luck lasts."
About Camper Clan:
Camper Clan is a family adventure travel blog, which was founded in June of 2013 as a way to document the Cortijo-Drake family's trip driving from Buenos Aires to the United States, and later as a hub for their world record breaking electric bicycle ride. The goal of Camper Clan is to share family adventure stories with a broader audience that have a positive impact on the environment and the world.
Camper Clan blog: http://www.CamperClan.com