Travel

Travels Hero Spotlight - 70-Year-Old Grandfather Completes 1,500-Mile Bicycle Ride from Key West to Morristown

5e883cc935fac7bcf50c_11625DE9-4692-4ABB-A31F-69C2D28DC55D.jpeg
70-year-old Morris Township resident Paul Kiczek celebrates his 1,500+ mile bicycle journey. Credits: Paul Kiczek
63a7747360fe15f8a831_5760fecb618914679dbf_9f0822fb295c3374ee3d_IMG_7441.jpg
70-year-old Morris Township resident Paul Kiczek celebrates his 1,500+ mile bicycle journey at Swiss Chalet Bakery in Morristown on Friday. Credits: Photo courtesy of Paul Kiczek
5e883cc935fac7bcf50c_11625DE9-4692-4ABB-A31F-69C2D28DC55D.jpeg

MORRISTOWN, NJ – You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream and 70-year-old Morris Township resident Paul Kiczek proved that this weekend as he completed a 1,500-mile bike ride from Key West, FL to his hometown. He was joined by his family at the end of the final leg of his month-long trek and was even joined for the last quarter-mile by his five grandchildren in which he says was a such a rewarding experience.

Kiczek explained that he had planned to coincide his retirement with an adventure and that the bike tour up the East Coast took about nine months of planning. He set on the trip with his Seven Cycles bike, which was custom built for him. 

“I thought about doing something unusual and adventurous that tested me physically and mentally,” said Kiczek, who had been cyclist for over two decades. “I saw touring as an interesting way of keeping active and was up for the challenge.”

Sign Up for E-News

The initial plan was to partner take on the interstate trip with his friend Tom Landes, who had more experience on multi-day bike rides. However, about one week into the trip due to unanticipated circumstances, Kiczek had to finish the expedition solo. Other unexpected repairs along the way complicated matters, but Kiczek said that he had to ‘MacGyver’ some things in order to continue on.

“When Tom dropped out the possibility of not finishing did cross my mind,” Kiczek suggested. “But you just sort of plow on and you realize after a few days it’s nothing to be concerned about.”

Among the obstacles Kiczek had to overcome were on both the mental and physical spectrum. He also had to account for unexpected repairs including the first in Key Largo, FL where he blew a tire. Narrow bridges were among the many obstacles encountered along the way. 

The solo part was one that he hadn’t really considered, but it was a good personal experience being out on your own. Despite traveling alone for much of the trip, he valued the relationships he was able to build with people along the way.

“The people that I’ve met on my journey were half the fun,” he suggested. “Many of the people that I’ve encountered along the way were interested in me because it’s not often that they see people in cycling outfits. It renewed my faith in people there are a lot of good people out there (in different parts of the country).”

Upon completing the journey, Kiczek said he plans to do finish doing work around his shore house and spend more time with his wife. He also added that he’d like to add more volunteer work and expand on his interests such as writing, but most of all he looks forward to the retirement. 

For more travel articles, please visit the travel section by clicking here.  For our most recent content, please visit and follow our Facebook page by tapping here.  To sign up for our eNews and skip all the work, sign-up here.

 

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

East Hanover/Florham Park

Stigma-Free Morris County: Acting Group Educates About Mental Illness, Stigma

May 21, 2018

DENVILLE, N.J.- Using improvisational theater, the Mental Health Players teach their audiences to recognize the signs, symptoms and stigma suffered by people with mental illness by creating real-life scenarios of their interactions with family members and their community.

The group will perform THIS THURSDAY, May 23 at 7 p.m. at St. Francis Residential Community, 122 ...

Food to Travel For - Two Jersey Shore Dining Hot Spots in National Limelight for Specialty Eats

May 21, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Two Belmar specialty eateries have made the national food-hopping map. Coney Waffle Ice Cream and Sweet Shop on Ocean Avenue and Hoagitos in Belmar Plaza are featured this month on television shows touting what makes them stand out from the rest.

The over-the-top ice cream creations of Coney Waffle are in the spotlight in Viceland’s “The Ice Cream Show” in ...

A.J. Perri Helping Veterans in Need - Again

May 18, 2018

TINTON FALLS, NJ – A.J. Perri is back helping veterans in need – this time launching a search for veterans and their families through a partnership with ABC-TV.

As part of the A.J. Perri Cares Program, a lucky New Jersey veteran and their family will receive air conditioning/heating relief this summer.

"They fought for our country, and their families sacrificed," said ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!

 

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_d8fe7128fed1d579150f_cedar_knolls_fd_pancake_breakfast_

Sun, June 3, 9:00 AM

ShopRite of Greater Morristown , Morristown

CEDAR KNOLLS FIRE DEPARTMENT PANCAKE BREAKFAST ...

Sun, June 3, 11:30 AM

Florham Mansion - Fairleigh Dickinson University , Madison

American Girl Luncheon

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back Home & Garden Other

Wed, June 6, 7:00 PM

Livingston Public Library, Livingston

Mindfulness Approach to Stress

Health & Wellness

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Steve Lenox of TAPinto Paterson

This week's feature will focus on TAPinto Paterson's franchisee, Steve Lenox. Find out how the current owner of a public affairs firm went from a former State Director for Senator Frank Lautenberg to a proud TAPinto franchisee for New Jersey's third largest city.

 

Q. When did you join TAPinto.net?

I joined TAPinto.net in September, ...

Hanover Park Genocide Studies Classes Visit Holocaust Survivors

May 22, 2018

EAST HANOVER, N.J.- As the school year is coming to an end and June approaches, one thing that is for sure is that the classes are only participating in more activities, service projects, and taking on bigger and better tasks when it comes to the History Department. Last month Genocide Studies teacher, Jamie Boszko was featured for her project that began collecting buttons to ...

Obituaries

Beverly Jean (Charlton) Weimar, of Ship Bottom, and Florham Park, New Jersey passed away on March ...
Read more

Rocky Marciano, Jr. Unveils Rocky Marciano Wine at Par 440 on May 31

May 24, 2018

A Champion’s Commitment. The Taste of Excellence.

The wine will be unveiled at an invitation only event at PAR 440 Restaurant and Lounge in Short Hills, NJ, attended by Rocky Marciano, Jr.   

PAR 440 is the perfect venue for hosting the unveiling of the wine. The restaurant built by Mario LaVecchia, is decidedly modern with old school charm, and features amazing ...