Larry and Martha's Big Ride Concludes

Sep 18, 2013

Larry and Martha Tolbert

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Throughout the summer WMOT followed the cross-country tandem bike ride taken by Murfreesboro residents Martha and Larry Tolbert.

The Tolberts began their trip in Washington DC on June 6. The journey ended the first day of August on the Pacific Coast at Anacortes, WA.

The Tolberts had planned to bike the entire width of North America, but by the time they reached the Great Plains, they were well behind their schedule and so skipped ahead by car to Idaho.

Martha says that a highlight of the trip was biking up and through five passes in the North Cascade Mountains of Washington State.

“You know this is why I ride and it makes me feel good and it was something hard and I fell like I’m accomplishing it. So I think those were – all five of those passes, two of them in particular that were real tough -  I think those were kind of golden moments for me.”

Tolbert says she and husband Larry biked a total of about 2500 miles. She says they met a lot of great people along the way, and just one rude driver.

To learn more about the Tolbert’s cross-country adventure, check out the daily blog they kept at