Man bikes across country, visits breweries

BISMARCK, N.D. - Many people get an RV and drive around the United States. One man in particular is sightseeing in an unconventional way.

Benjamin Krefetz is pedaling his way across the northern states.

"My secondary goal was to hit as many craft breweries as I can on the way," he said.

He's in between jobs, so he packed his bike in a box in Massachusetts and flew to Seattle to embark on his journey and has hit about 10 breweries in the state.

"I've always had kind of in the back of my head to bike cross country some day and I realized, given the time of year, if I was ever going to do it, the time was now and if I didn't do it, I'd spend the rest of my life wondering, what if?"

He says he tries to hit between 80 and 100 miles a day, stretching about every 12 miles. Only carrying a couple of saddle bags on his bike, a 3 liter camel back bag, and a 24 oz water bottle.

"Part of it depends on when towns come up, it's nice to have a place to be able to sit down in the shade," said Krefetz.

He stayed at Assumption Abbey in Richardton, and an Airbnb in Bismarck, allowing him to shower and do laundry.

"Five regular changes of clothes for wearing when I'm not biking and a ton of socks," he said.

He says the most challenging part of the journey is the hot sun, as well as the head winds. He recommends to anyone who wants to do something similar to plan and train for a month or two.

To keep up with Benjamin, visit his blog: benbikesbeer.travel.blog

Benjamin says he's got about 1,700 miles left until Boston, and hopes to find a job he enjoys after his trip.