Man on cross-country cycling journey makes pit stop in Grass Valley |

Man on cross-country cycling journey makes pit stop in Grass Valley

Grass Valley resident Gloria Kershner hadn’t seen her great-nephew since he was a baby. Last week, the 21-year-old pedaled up to her apartment at the Bret Harte Retirement Inn to pay a visit.

Allister White had cycled more than 3,000 miles from his home in Cobleskill, N.Y., to spend time with his 84-year-old great aunt.

So far, the two have dined at Goomba’s, attended a Quaker meeting and watched part of the Constitution Day Parade. The Empire Mine and lunch at the BriarPatch Co-op are also on the itinerary.

“He’s fun to have around,” said Kershner, whose sister is White’s grandma. “And he’s doing the driving. I like having a chauffeur.”

White was working as an electrician when he decided to embark on his cross-country odyssey in early June. He’d never been on such a lengthy tour before, but had some money saved up.

For the past 15 weeks, he’s been visiting relatives and as many national parks as possible.

“You get to see everything when you’re going 15 miles per hour,” said White, who averages about 60 miles a day and sometimes up to 100.

He hasn’t had any accidents along the way, but he’s repaired numerous flat bike tires. He camps when he can, and stays at a motel when he needs a shower, “which is pretty often,” he said.

White had e-mailed Kershner to tell her of his visit, but she checks her e-mail so infrequently that she missed the advance notice. She was in for a surprise when he called her on the phone and said he’d be in town.

White plans on staying with Kershner for a few more days before heading to San Diego. He may spend winter in San Diego, since colder weather is setting in across his route.

“It’s an amazing experience,” he said. “It’s totally worth it.”

To contact Staff Writer Michelle Rindels, e-mail or call (530) 477-4247

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