Blaze Across America

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Welcome to Blaze Across America!

Introductory Blog Post

From: David Bergman and Michael Higgins

Michael and I are buddies for many years with adventurous spirits! We live in the Atlanta, GA area and have completed multiple Ironman Triathlons, marathons, and other long-distance cycling adventures. Now, we are planning our next endeavor - a bicycle trip across America, from coast-to-coast, in support of a very worthy and respected nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, BlazeSports America, based in Atlanta, GA.

BlazeSports is dedicated to improving the lives of children and military veterans who have disabilities by providing adaptive sport opportunities. This organization currently funds over 25 sports programs, clinics, and camps for children and military veterans with disabilities. BlazeSports simply does great work in many communities and has recently launched collaborative efforts internationally.

David is a Pediatrician at The Pediatric Place (Johns Creek, GA). In his practice he cares for many children with physical and mental disabilities and enjoys seeing all children thrive. He is an author of children's books, a musician, world adventure traveler, Appalachian Trail hiker, former U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, husband and father of three fantastic kids.

Contact email: drbergman@thepediatricplace.com

Michael is a Centennial High School (Roswell, GA) English teacher and coach for his high school Track & Field and Cross-Country teams for many years. Michael is also a husband and father to his own three amazing kids. He is a multi-marathon finisher and insulin-dependent diabetic and volunteers as a dedicated coach for the BlazeSports Track & Field team, having successfully trained Paralympic High School All-Americans. Michael recently was honored by BlazeSports for his volunteering efforts and commitment to training athletes with disabilities.

Contact email: runhiggins@gmail.com


To support our ride's mission, please consider a donation 
on our behalf by going to  
our donation page on BlazeSports

Any amount will be much appreciated!

Information about the Blaze Across America Ride

During the ride we will be appearing on TV
<<<  The Weather Channel  >>>
through live Skype and Videos!!!

DATES
  • Ride Begins: Tybee Island, GA (Atlantic Ocean)     MAY 27, 2017
  • Ride Ends: San Francisco, CA (Pacific Ocean)     JULY 3, 2017
STATES
  • 14 States: GA-AL-MS-AR-OK-KS-NE-SD-WY-CO-UT-AZ-NV-CA
STATS
  • Total # cycling days: 36 days (we'll have 2 rest days en route) 
  • Total # cycling miles: 3,600mi
FULL ITINERARY HERE:    Blaze Across America Trip Itinerary (PDF)

Support Van Drivers:
  • Patrick Weigand
  • Api Firoozi 
  • Peter Loeb 
During our cycling adventure across America we hope to have cyclists with disabilities join us for various road segments as we head westward. An inspiration to all athletes!

Please follow our day-to-day blog as our ride begins on 
May 27, 2017

We hope you will vicariously enjoy the beauty of America from the "comfort" of our bicycle seats!

You can also follow us on Facebook (@BlazeAcrossAmerica).

We sincerely thank you for supporting our fundraising mission on behalf of BlazeSports America.

Here's a photo below of Michael and me after completing a circumnavigation of Nova Scotia, Canada in July 2013. On that fantastic two week trip we sowed the seeds for our upcoming more challenging Blaze Across America!!!

Who's Who? Michael is "Captain America" and David is the "Canada Goose."

Mission Accomplished in Nova Scotia, Canada! Now on to Blaze Across America!!!