In a remarkable feat of determination and passion for adventure, 81-year-old Robert Fletcher, an erstwhile educator from Edmonton Public Schools and now a seasoned adventure cyclist residing in Costa Rica, has successfully completed an awe-inspiring 27,600 km e-bike journey from Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina. With this accomplishment, Fletcher has not only secured his Guinness World Record for the longest e-bike ride, covering two continents, but he is now gearing up for the next leg of his extraordinary Octogenarian Odyssey: a 9,000 km ride across Europe.
Fletcher, who retired 25 years ago after a 30-year career in education, has spent the last five years organizing road bike tours in Costa Rica and Nicaragua for friends and family. His latest achievement, riding from North Pole, Alaska to the southern tip of South America, showcases his resilience and determination to redefine the boundaries of what is possible in one’s eighth decade of life.
The upcoming European leg, covering 9,000 km, is just the beginning of Fletcher’s ambitious plan. He intends to traverse the United States, New Zealand, and Australia, chronicling his life through his eighth decade in his upcoming book, “Octogenarian Odyssey 2.0: I Can’t Stop Pedaling,” slated for release this summer.
Fletcher’s first book, “Octogenarian Odyssey: Trading the Sofa for a Bicycle Seat,” chronicles his North American ride, capturing the essence of his remarkable journey. Readers have praised the book for its vivid depiction of the ups and downs, both topographically and personally.
One reader’s review encapsulates the spirit of Fletcher’s adventures: “So many ups and downs, topography wise, vehicles wise, and of course personalities wise!!! It is simply unbelievable that you and your team do all this not because you have to but because you want to!! Everyone on your team deserves one huge pile of credits, hugs, and handshakes!”
Beyond personal achievements, Fletcher’s journey serves a philanthropic purpose. During his North America ride, he raised funds to purchase 31 bicycles for children in Panama, highlighting his commitment to making a positive impact in the communities he encounters.
With an impressive list of adventures, including climbing Kilimanjaro, visiting over 100 countries, and volunteering at a rhinoceros sanctuary in Botswana, Fletcher’s Octogenarian Odyssey is a testament to the power of embracing an active lifestyle at any age.
Fletcher is actively seeking media coverage to share his story, garner interest from potential sponsors for his Odyssey, finance his documentary, and promote his books.
For more information, please visit www.Octoodyssey.com.
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