Best friends stop in Tuscaloosa on cross-country ride

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By WVUA 23 News Reporter Audra Phillips

Best friends on a cross-country biking trip stopped by Tuscaloosa over the weekend on their trek from San Francisco, to Charleston, South Carolina.

Tasman Alexander and Tyler Brown, both from Portland, Oregon, began their bike-packing trip Sept. 24. After graduating from high school and accomplishing separate hiking or biking trips, the duo teamed up for their biggest effort yet.

“We’re just doing this for ourselves,” Alexander said. “This trip is for fun. To meet people and see the places around the country.”

The pair stayed in Tuscaloosa at Hotel Indigo for the night before heading to Birmingham.

“We’re probably about 3,000 miles in right now,” Brown said. “Got a few hundred more to the East Coast.”

Weeks of gathering food, gear and maps has gone into their trip.

“In terms of preparation, navigation was kind of like the big thing, like where we going to go,” Brown said. “So for the first two weeks we kind of a had a good idea of where were going to be and how we were going to get there but past that we are kind of just been winging it.”

Along the way, the duo said the people they’ve met have been the best part.

“Everybody is extremely generous no matter what part of the country you’re in,” Brown said. “I really love the absolute generosity.”

However, the ride isn’t always so nice. The duo said some encounters between cars or animals have called for some extra protection.

“We get chased by dogs on a daily basis,” Alexander said. “And sometimes we’ll get a couple German shepherds and a pit bull on the same street.”

Once they reach Charleston, they’ll fly back home to Portland in time for Thanksgiving with their families.

Interested in following their journey? You can do so via Alexander’s Instagram account @tasman_alexander

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