A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Across Appalachia

Freewheelin’ Across America

Story by Maureen Halsema

Photo by Seth Buller

Photo by Seth Buller

Two friends hopped on two wheels and began a cross-country adventure with a flexible route that will transform as the weeks pass and a timeline that has no set dates.

Seth Buller began his venture in Richmond, Va., zigzagged through Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina where he met up with fellow cyclist, Samantha Theall. Together, the two cyclers will travel through the Appalachians this summer and head west across America, stopping to camp and to work on farms along the way via the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) program.

“It has been a great way to explore the parts of the country I’ve never had the chance to see,” Seth said. “And I get to do it at a slower, more enjoyable pace. Hosts pay you in fresh food, safe accommodation, valuable knowledge and skills to keep a farm running just for a couple hours of work a day. Not a bad deal.”

As part of this journey, Seth is riding to raise awareness and funds for Crohn’s disease, an illness his brother has been coping with for over 10 years.

Their route is loosely mapped out on Freewheelin.info. The site is also host to their blog, so you can follow their tale as it unfolds. You can also contribute to their trip or to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

Follow their trail, make a donation, offer them a place to stay, or even join them on their freewheelin’ journey across America.

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