Local couple halfway through bike trek across America

By Heather Sawaski, Local 5 News

Published 07/11 2014 05:49PM

Updated 07/11 2014 07:43PM

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WFRV) - It will be a short, but sweet pit stop for Peter and Tracy Flucke.

"It was great to be back in our own bed, sleep in a little later than normal," Tracy said Friday.

The couple is home in Ashwaubenon until Monday. Then they'll hit the road on the second half of their cross country trek on their bicycle built for two.

"Somebody asked me if it was harder to pedal the bike together as a couple and I said compared to raising kids? Not at all," joked Peter.

They set out on their 4,300 mile journey on June 1st in Washington state. Along the way, they've come across breathtaking scenery.

"At the Cascade Mountains, our highest pass was almost 6,000 feet," said Peter.

And they've met some amazing people.

"It sort of renews your faith in humanity," he explained. "Because we've needed a little bit of help from time to time and people have been more than willing to reach out."

They average about 75 miles a day. Peter steers. Tracy navigates and tries to take video as often as possible.

"We're equipped with all our bags," explained Peter. "We have our tent. We have our cooking gear, our camping gear. So we're completely self-supported."

They call it the ultimate bonding experience.

"We just enjoy spending our time together and it's just a great way to spend time together," said Tracy.

They expect to be home for good next month.

"We're thinking like mid-August. The second or third week of August," said Tracy.

"Depends on which way the winds blowing!" added Peter.

The couple is blogging along the way. Click here to check out their page.

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