Greater Athens September 2020 - Page 18

One Pedal At A Time Athens man keeps fellow cyclists on the road Story and photos by Shelli Parker Recent coronavirus shutdowns and cancellations have forced people to stay closer to home and cut back on spending. While still scarce in many department stores, many people have an old bicycle in the garage. With more free time and less disposable income, people are using bicycles as transportation or as a healthy and entertaining form of recreation. Athens Bicycle Shop owner Jeff Little has taken cycling to new heights and joined a rare group of people who have pedaled across the southern United States on his own steam. “I’ve gone from Athens, Texas to Saint Augustine, Florida on a bicycle,” he said. “A few years later, I came from San Diego, California to Athens on a bicycle, self-supported.” Little said he saw really neat things on these trips. “We spent a few miles on the interstate, but you go through the smaller towns and camp out,” he said. “It is a much more leisurely pace and you see more of the country.” Now, he helps others do the same by keeping their bicycles 18 Greater Athens Magazine | September 2020