If life is a trip, then James and Shepherd Colver certainly enjoy the ride. It was 9-year-old Shepherd’s idea to cycle from Washington State to the Statue of Liberty in New York City with his father.
“I was like, ‘It would take all summer,’” James said. “And he said to me, ‘Well, that sounds really good. We could spend the whole summer riding together.'”
Flying across the country to see the Statue of Liberty was not an option for Shepherd.
“When you’re on your bike, everything slows down and you notice some cool stuff on the side of the road,” he said.
Father and son had to slow down the first time they started the trek two years ago.
“I felt really, really sick and had terrible headaches while driving,” Shepherd said. “My dad took me to the hospital and a doctor pushed my finger and said, ‘Sorry, Shepherd, you have type 1 diabetes’.”
Their trip has been suspended. Now, with Shepherd’s insulin packaged, the two are back on the road.
They are halfway there and hope to reach New York in August.
The highlight of the experience, Shepherd said, is “mostly spending time with my dad.”
“Part of me dreads the fact that there are only 1,600 miles left,” James said. “I’m going to feel pretty sad when we have to stop. I really had an unforgettable time here.”