Greg's Solo E-bike Tour Across America

Ten Segments Cover Over 3,400 Miles

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Follow Gregory as he e-bikes across the United States.

Gregory follows parts of the historic Lincoln Highway, U.S. Bicycle Routes 44 and 50, regional trails and many new routes that e-cyclists rarely explore.

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I am Gregory Maassen, a Dutch cyclist living in Washington, DC. Linkedin.

I am e-biking solo and unsupported across the United States from Washington, DC to San Francisco, a 3,400+ mile journey to raise awareness and support for the treatment of peripheral neuropathy. Join me on this historic journey.

The E-bike Tour Started on April 2, 2022

Gregory follows the historic Lincoln Highway and a new transcontinental cycling route designed for this project, in the footsteps of a young President Eisenhower as he traveled in 1919 as part of a military convoy, inspiring his creation of the Interstate Highway System in 1956.

They drove at a speed of 6 miles per hour. Gregory (age 54) hopes to bike at an average speed of 12 MPH.

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As Supreme Commander, Eisenhower oversaw the liberation of the Netherlands during WWII, something the Dutch will never forget. This ride is a tribute to the long-lasting Dutch-American friendship. 

Did you know? The United States' longest unbroken, peaceful relationship with any foreign country is with the Netherlands!

Read More: Dutch-American Relationship

"On the Dutch island of St. Eustatius in the Caribbean, the first foreign salute to the American flag took place on November 16, 1776; John Paul Jones was received as a hero in Amsterdam in 1779 when he landed with two captured British ships; and the Dutch Government entered into secret negotiations with the Continental Congress, starting in 1778, on the draft of a Treaty of Amity and Commerce.

But, most important, on April 19, 1782, John Adams was admitted by the States General of the Dutch Republic as Minister of the United States of America, thus obtaining the second diplomatic recognition of the United States as an independent nation. Adams also succeeded, on October 8, 1782, in signing the first Treaty of Amity and Commerce between the two countries. This recognition of the United States as an independent nation can be regarded as a key step in our country's efforts to take its rightful place in the world community of nations as a sovereign state."

In recognition of this long and fruitful relationship between our two countries and peoples, President Reagan designated April 19, 1982, as Dutch-American Friendship Day.

Source: https://www.reaganlibrary.gov/archives/speech/proclamation-4928-dutch-american-friendship-day-1982

John Paul Jones (born John Paul; July 6, 1747 – July 18, 1792) was a Scottish-American naval captain who was the United States' first well-known naval commander in the American Revolutionary War.

Image credit: A 1781 painting of Jones by Charles Willson Peale.

I am raising funds for the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy for research and education. Peripheral neuropathy is a little-known or understood but debilitating disease that attacks the nervous system, affecting 30 million American people. Be part of the journey, sponsor one cent per mile, tax-deductible. All proceeds go directly to the foundation. Learn More!

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The Challenge

Donate to the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy.

All proceeds go directly to the foundation and are tax deductible.


Over Sixty Stopovers Cover 3,400+ Miles Across the United States

Tentative Schedule

Segment

Start

End

Stops

Segment 01 Washington DC - Pittsburgh

Saturday, April 02, 2022

Sunday, April 10, 2022

DC. Harpers Ferry, Hagerstown, Little Orleans, Cumberland, Ohiopyle,
Pittsburgh

Segment 02  Pittsburgh - Fort Wayne

Monday, April 11, 2022

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Pittsburgh, Salem, Wooster, Shelby, Bluffton, Van Wert, Fort Wayne

Segment 03 – Fort Wayne – Clinton

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Monday, May 02, 2022

Fort Wayne, Elkhart, Michigan City, Chicago Heights,  Joliet,  Dekalb, Rock Falls, Clinton

Segment 04 – Clinton – Avoca Near Denison

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Clinton, Solon, Waterloo, Marshall Town, Newton, Adel, Panora, Avoca

Segment 05 – Avoca – Gothenburg

Monday, May 16, 2022

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Avoca, Omaha, Fremont, Columbus, Grand Island, Kearney, Lexington, 
Gothenburg

Segment 06 – Gothenburg – Laramie

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Monday, June 13, 2022

Gothenburg, North Platte, Ogallala, Sidney, Kimbell, Cheyenne, Laramie

(Rest break in Estes Park, Fort Collins and Boulder)

Segment 07 – Laramie – Salt Lake City

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Laramie, Walden, SB Springs, Craig, Dinosaur, Ballard, Duchesne, Heber City, Vineyard, Salt Lake City (Rest Break in Park City and Moab))

Segment 08 – Salt Lake City – Ely

Wednesday, July 06, 2022

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Salt Lake City, Santaquin, Nephi, Delta, Baker, Ely

Segment 09 – Ely – Carson City

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Ely, Eureka, Austin, Fallon, Carson City

Segment 10 – Carson City – San Francisco

Friday, July 22, 2022

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Markleeville, Kit Carson, Shingle Springs, Sacramento, Vallejo, Oakland, San Francisco

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1 Maryland

Brunswick, MD
Hagerstown, MD
Little Orleans, MD
Cumberland, MD

2 Pennsylvania

Ohiopyle, PA
Pittsburgh, PA
Monaca, PA

3 Ohio

Salem, OH
Wooster, OH
Shelby/Bucyrus, OH
Bluffton, OH
Van Wert, OH

4 Indiana

Fort Wayne, IN
Elkhart, IN
Michigan City, IN

5 Illinois

Chicago Heights, IL
Joliet, IL
Naperville, IL
Dekalb, IL

6 Iowa

Rock Falls, IA
Clinton, IA
Waterloo, IA
Marshall Town, IA
Newton, IA
Adel, IA
Panora, IA
Avoca, IA

7 Nebraska

Omaha, NE
Fremont, NE
Columbus, NE
Grand Island, NE
Kearney, NE
Lexington, NE
Gothenburg, NE
North Platte, NE
Ogallala, NE
Sidney, NE
Kimbell, NE

8 Wyoming

Cheyenne, WY
Laramie, WY

9 Colorado

Walden, CO
Steamboat Springs, CO
Craig, CO
Dinosaur, CO

We will be in Boulder for a week to have a break.

10 Utah

Vernal, CO
Ballard, CO
Duchesne, CO
Heber City, CO
Salt Lake City, UT
Vineyard, UT
Santaquin, UT
Nephi, UT
Moab, UT
Delta, UT

We will be in Salt Lake City for a week to have a break. The stop in Moab is not part of the original Lincoln Highway.

11 Nevada

Baker, NV
Ely, NV
Eureka, NV
Austin, NV
Fallon, NV
Carson City, NV

12 California

Markleeville, CA
Kit Carson, CA
Shingle Springs, CA
Sacramento, CA
Vallejo, CA
Oakland, CA
San Francisco, CA

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Follow Gregory as he e-bikes across the United States.

Are you a Warmshowers host and you live along the route? We would love to hear from you. We are registered as Gregory Maassen and Janet Katz - user/248781. As Gregory is cycling solo, it will only be Gregory who needs accommodation.

A BIG THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING HOSTS

Robert Pell - Pittsburgh, David Lohnes - Wooster, Marieke Wagner - Berlin, James Reilly - Fort Wayne, Andy McCaskey - Elkhart, Patricia, aka the Trail Boss - Baker.

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Gregory Goes Cross-Country!

E-bike Lovers' founder Gregory Maassen will e-bike over 3,400 miles to raise funds supporting research on peripheral neuropathy. The route has never been e-biked before by a Dutch E-Cyclist living in Washington DC who founded E-bike Lovers. That is not surprising as Gregory is the only Dutch cyclist ever to attempt to e-bike this route.

The configuration of the Riese and Muller Supercharger for the cross-country E-bike Lovers transcontinental Eisenhower-Lincoln Highway cycling route

Images of the e-bike and the trailer. The wooden shoes are coming along!

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E-bike Lovers Cross-Country Touring bike.

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Be Part of the Largest Facebook Support Community for Peripheral Neuropathy

You Are Not Alone. Find Inspiration From Others! Visit the Facebook Page of Peripheral Neuropathy Success Stories!

The Journey

E-biking across the US requires serious planning!

Organization

The route is divided into 10 segments. Where possible, the route follows established cycling routes such as U.S. Bicycle Routes 44 and 50.

Many miles of the route are undocumented and require careful planning to charge the e-bike.

Training

A cross-country trip requires months of training to avoid injuries.

It also takes time to learn how to handle equipment on a trip that is fully self-supported.

Fitting the bike and learning camping survival skills are essential steps in preparing for the tour.

Equipment

It took over a year to prepare for the journey, especially since COVID-19 seriously has disrupted supply chains.

We waited ten months for the tour e-bike to arrive, not to mention all other equipment such as panniers and tents.

The Dutch E-Cyclist

Gregory Maassen is a multimedia, strategic digital marketing, videographer, documentary maker, author, and manager. He lived in the Netherlands, Armenia, South Africa, Botswana, Afghanistan, Russia, Iraq, Macedonia, and Jordan.

And now: He is an E-Cyclist traveling across the United States filming for a documentary and raising funds for research and awareness of peripheral neuropathy.

Gregory founded E-bike Lovers to provide members with free, high-quality e-bike travel experiences. The social group is the largest and most inclusive group of e-cyclists in the United States. Read more about E-bike Lovers and e-bike technology in a BBC interview

He has a Ph.D. in Business Administration and lives with his wife Janet in Washington DC. Linkedin.

Meet The Advisory Board

Although Gregory e-bikes solo, he is supported by an impressive team of advisors


Dr. Ahmet Hoke

Dr. Hoke is Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience and Director of the Daniel B. Drachman Division of Neuromuscular Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.



Heather Mason

Heather is the President National Bicycle Dealers Association, Principal Women's Cycling, Bicycle Retail Radio Podcast, Brand & Retail Strategist, Author, Columnist, and Motivational Speaker.



Ambassador Michael S. Owen

Michael S. Owen is a retired US Ambassador and author of "After Ike", a book on the historic convoy that inspired Gregory to design a new cycling route based on the Lincoln Highway, cycling in the footsteps of President Eisenhower.



Nancy Frohman

Nancy is a former banker and currently Director of Development and Marketing of the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy. She is responsible for fundraising, volunteer management, marketing, and public relations.



Andrew McCaskey

Andy is a Lincoln Highway Association member, eLearning developer, and electric vehicle enthusiast. He is coordinating Rotary Club contacts for the E-bike Tour along the historic Lincoln Highway. 


Stacey Udell

Stacey is a senior public relations specialist and media advisor to the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy. She is the former co-chair of the Long Island Awareness Walk and fundraiser for the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association. She also provided PR counsel to Achieve3000.



Michael Wright

Michael is a former District Sales Manager at Meda Pharmaceuticals and founder of the world's largest peripheral neuropathy community support group with over 18,000 members.



Nathan Merris

Nathan is a former Mercedes Benz automotive master technician and is currently a software developer. He is an active member of the E-Bike Lovers' leadership team and the organization's chief e-bike technology officer.


Henry Posner

Henry is the founder of Kramerbooks and Afterwords Café, the first bookstore café in the country. E-biking has become a way of life for Henry, building international travel around e-biking, rentals, and as a means of exploring the world.



James Heilig

James is a physiotherapist with over 40 years of experience. He has trained with Gregory over 1,500 miles and is a big proponent of e-biking. James recommends that anyonea talk to their doctor to see if e-cycling can be part of an healthy exercise regime.



Brian McCotter

Brian McCotter is E-bike Lovers' Strategic Communications Director and has extensive experience leading and managing integrated organizational communications, stakeholder relations, and corporate strategy projects.

About Peripheral Neuropathy

A debilitating disorder that deserves more funding

Peripheral neuropathy is not a single disease. It’s a general term for a series of disorders that result from damage to the body’s peripheral nervous system.

Some types of peripheral neuropathy develop suddenly, while others progress more slowly over many years.

Causes include diabetes, chemo treatment, COVID-19, other viral infections, hereditary diseases, and idiopathic causes.

Source: www.foundationforpn.org

Click on the arrow to learn more about Peripheral Neuropathy symptoms

Peripheral Neuropathy symptoms usually start with numbness, prickling or tingling in the toes or fingers. It may spread up to the feet or hands and cause burning, freezing, throbbing and/or shooting pain that is often worse at night.

The pain can be either constant or periodic, but usually the pain is felt equally on both sides of the body—in both hands or in both feet. Some types of peripheral neuropathy develop suddenly, while others progress more slowly over many years.

The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy often include:

  • A sensation of wearing an invisible “glove” or “sock”
  • Burning sensation or freezing pain
  • Sharp, jabbing, shooting, or electric-like pain
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch
  • Difficulty sleeping because of feet and leg pain
  • Loss of balance and coordination
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle cramping/twitching
  • Difficulty walking or moving the arms
  • Unusual sweating
  • Abnormalities in blood pressure or pulse

Symptoms such as experiencing weakness or not being able to hold something, not knowing where your feet are, and experiencing pain that feels as if it is stabbing or burning in your limbs, can be common signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.

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Peripheral neuropathy affects millions of Americans, but research is underfunded. We need to find a cure for all those who silently suffer from this debilitating disease. 

And I know how hard it can be. I was inflicted with a post-infectious small fiber neuropathy in South Africa. E-biking helped me restore my strength and sanity.

We need your support. Donate now!

Dr. Gregory F. Maassen

Founder E-bike Lovers


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Timeline

May 2021

Cross-Country E-bike Ride Route Finalized

The 3,400+ route is designed. It follows the Lincoln Highway in the footsteps of a young President Eisenhower as he traveled the route in 1919 as part of a military convoy, inspiring his creation of the Interstate Highway System in 1956. The Tour stops at over 60 locations.

November 2021

Touring E-bike Arrives

The training program was seriously impacted as the touring e-bike, ordered in Germany in March 2021, was declared "lost" by the dealer in November. A replacement e-bike was found in the United States on November 30, 2021.

December 2021

Fundraiser Program Design Starts

The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy is selected as the recipient of the fundraiser for research and education.

january 2022

Partnership with Peripheral Neuropathy Success Stories!

The Cross-Country E-bike Tour teams up with the largest Facebook Support Group for Peripheral Neuropathy. Visit the Facebook Page of Peripheral Neuropathy Success Stories!

February 2022

Fundraiser Goes Live and Advisory Board is Established

Donations are accepted in support of the fundraiser and the Advisory Board is established.

March 2022

Send-off Party with E-bike Lovers

Meet Gregory at the E-bike Lovers' party on March 19, 2022 at the Carderock Recreation Area Pavilion, Potomac, MD 20854, near Washington DC.

April 2022

The Cross-Country E-bike Tour Starts

E-bike Lovers' founder Gregory Maassen will e-bike over 3,400 miles to raise funds supporting research on peripheral neuropathy.

May 2022

The Cross-Country E-bike Tour Arrives in Colorado

The Tour is completed for approximately 50% of the journey.

July 2022

Completion of the Cross-Country E-bike Tour

Gregory completes the solo E-bike Tour across the United States from Washington, DC to the Bay Area of San Francisco, a 3,400+ mile journey.

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