Not sure I’d call this fun

Tim Fahey biked all across the country from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean and shared lots of stories about that challenging trip in his book, The Fun Mover Chronicles.

I’m not sure I would call that trip fun, but I’m glad Tim somehow enjoyed it. I did enjoy his book although I won’t be hitting the road to bike across the country.

Tim met many interesting, and some disturbing, people along the way, and his stories about those encounters are really good. The physical challenges of the trip probably would be enough to discourage most people, especially those steep mountains which required a lot of walking alongside the bike.

Tim had various other bikers join him at different points in his trip and oftentimes tented out, sometimes in really nasty places and very poor weather. He also had what he called zero days where he took time off, rented a motel room and got some rest.

that Tim, when he started, was an out of shape mid-50s guy, you have to admire his courage and determination to bike 4200 miles.

And here’s some really good news. He made it!

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.