Venturing on a cross-continental journey was always a dream for author and avid bicyclist Doug Freedline ’85, M’89. After a failed attempt in 1974, Freedline enlisted the company of a friend three years later and set out to finish what he started. In his new book, Summer of 1977: A North American Bicycling Odyssey, Freedline outlines the life-altering bike trip that would take him around the Great Lakes, across Canada, down the Pacific Coast, across the Rockies, to the tip of Florida, and then back home to Pennsylvania.
This memoir chronicles Freedline’s more than 9,000-mile, four-and-a-half-month road trip that began and ended in Indiana, Pa. The book demonstrates how one man’s dream served as the impetus for finding the courage to enroll in college, earn a degree, and go on to motivate others to improve their lives.
Doug Freedline was born in Indiana, Pa., where he currently resides with his wife, two cats and his mountain bike. Since his youth, Freedline has bicycled more than 60,000 miles, which took him to five Canadian provinces and more than twenty states. Freedline is an outreach mobile therapist who serves families in their homes.