Sea to sea: Family recalls summer bike trip by tandems

WALLA WALLA, Wash. _ When Gus and Sonia Calzaretta's parents proposed riding across the country on tandem bikes, the kids thought they were crazy.

But Dan Calzaretta and Alison Kirby of Walla Walla weren't kidding, and the foursome's summer pedal from the Pacific Coast in Oregon to the Atlantic Ocean in Maine turned into an unforgettable journey that will firmly establish itself in family lore.

"It made us a lot closer," Dan said. "We now have this shared experience . . . we'll be talking about for years."

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