Family of Five Rides Across U.S. on a Bike
Harrison family (KTLA-TV / February 16, 2010)
The Harrison family, Bill and Amarins, with daughters Cheyenne, 5, Jasmine, 4, and Robin, 3, left their home in Renfro Valley, Kentucky last August and are on their way to Fairbanks, Alaska -- a 7,000 mile trip.
It was the idea of Amarins who says she and her husband wanted to show their kids the sights, sounds, and culture of North America -- up close. They left home with only $300 in their pocket, hoping to get some help along the way.
The trip is fueled by the donations of others who are giving money, clothing and equipment for the journey. The Harrisons have set up a website, Pedouins.org, where people can donate to their trip. The group has nicknamed themselves the "Pedouins," a play on the word Bedouin, a desert tribe culture from the Middle East that moves from place to place.
"We love travel, we love simple green living, we love challenges, and we love being together as a family. We have put all this love together in a bicycle trip to Alaska," the family's website, Pedouins.org, states. "On the trip to Alaska we want to share our family's journey with others to demonstrate how to live a dream despite the economic, social or educational climate."
The family started in Kentucky, rode down to Florida, then headed west, passing through Mississippi and Texas on the way to Southern California.
KTLA caught up with the Harrisons in Seal Beach on their way north to Canada. They hope to be in Alaska by summer.
The Harrisons say they plan to teach their daughters along the way, including geography, language dialects and science through nature.