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A Little History

Collin Shableski

Born and raised in my mother’s hometown I attended school in the Williamsport Area School District. When I wasn’t off riding bikes or exploring the outdoors with my best friend, Russ Michaud, I was filling my time with automation/engineering studies, athletics and music.   Following a long family tradition, I joined the WAHS Marching Millionaires where I played Contra Tuba.  In my senior year, I left the tuba line and headed to the Drum Major’s podium. 

In our senior year of high school, Russ and I won the 2014 Gold Medal for Mechatronics at the SkillsUSA National Championships in Kansas City. In addition to our time with the Marching Millionaires, Russ and I also marched 7 years of Drum Corps with the Hawthorne Caballeros (2012-14) followed by tours with the White Sabers.   

After graduating with a Bachelors in Polymer Science in 2018 from the Pennsylvania College of Technology I took a project engineer position with Plastek in Erie, Pennsylvania. 

Russ and I both figured this is the best time in our lives to make this ride.  So, we put everything else on hold in order to make this trek across the country to discover and experience the real world. 

Russell Michaud

I was born and raised in Williamsport, PA and graduated from Williamsport area high school in 2014. I spent three seasons with the high school marching band from 2011 to 2014. My first year being on a clarinet I picked up from an auction that had to be fixed up so I could learn how to play, then the next two years being on tuba, my favorite instrument. I also spent five seasons with the Hawthorne Caballeros drum and bugle corps from Hawthorne, NJ from late 2011 to 2016. There I played and marched tuba for all five seasons. It was at the Caballeros where I met many of my good friends that I know today. A little while after I left high school I started a job with Penn Line tree service where I remained for a year and a half working during the week and doing drum corps on the weekends. In June of 2016 I enlisted in the United States Air Force and while in basic training I played the contrabass bugle in the band of my graduating class.

I have always had an interest in riding and fixing bicycles so when I started to get interested in bicycle touring it quickly became something I spent much of my time researching and training to do. This led me to purchasing a bicycle I thought to be suitable for a few weekend trips, the most I had really planned before doing this trip with Collin. Then when I was getting close to my separation date with the Air Force and ending some other obligations in my life, I began to think about what I wanted to do after leaving. Then one evening at a bar in NJ where I lived at the time, while discussing a man named Adam Hugill and his bicycle adventures around the globe I suggested we do our own adventure with the time we have left before we settle down in life.

The journey was born.

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