Do four guys in their 60+ years come together to cycle across the USA just by chance? Belief in Divine Providence dictates otherwise. Jack and Dan were four year roommates at Westminster College (1972-76) and have remained friends throughout the years. Jerry connected with Jack at their church around the beginning of the 3rd millennium. How am I doing to make them sound old? Rob got in the mix a few years back. The bonds grew through various backpacking and cycling trips to position them for this epic adventure.
Blessings abound in this quartet, but the journey hasn’t been without travail. Surgeries, physical challenges, loss of loved ones all parts of life that God walked with and at times carried us through. We really do believe Romans 8:28 NASB, And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
We hope the ✝️FIT Trans America Adventure brings glory to the Lord and look forward to hearing the stories of people all across the USA. Learning more about whoever God brings into our path and our beautiful country is a privilege. Our team intentionally plans to seek out organizations, ministries, and individuals that are making a difference and encourage them. You may want to do the same.
We’ll share the personal and diverse stories along the way on social media to bring joy and hope for you to pursue those dreams that have been put off. Take some risks, spend more time with loved ones, and do things that are a little crazy. It’s never too late to begin your epic adventure! Thanks for joining us on ours.
Does a thoroughbred Polish guy in his 60s, vertically and follically challenged, deserve to be going on an epic 3-month adventure with a team of great guys across the USA on a bicycle? I’m truly a blessed man!
Since becoming a Christian in 1976 I’ve served in some capacity with youth and have been into fitness and nutrition since my early years. In 1991 I helped start an adventure based program working with delinquent teens and left there in 2011 to be a speaker and writer. In addition to that, I currently work part-time with Pittsburgh Essential Speakers, a part of the Women’s Choice Network, a pro-life organization, that speaks on relationships and sexual risk avoidance topics in Pittsburgh area high schools. I’m also on staff at New Community Church in Wexford, PA leading the ✝️FIT Men’s group and a member of the Mission Team.
I attended Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA, BS Math) have MA degrees in Communications & Biblical Studies, and a PhD in Organizational Leadership all from Regent University in VA Beach. I am single and have traveled to all the continents (except Antarctica, but it’s on the Bucket list!). Although this trip is the highlight of 2020, I still plan future adventures of completing more marathons, triathlons, mission work, and traveling the world.
Each year the goal is to live each moment spirit, mind, and body to the fullest filled with eternally significant Adventures, Contributions to society, and Educational growth. The tentative title to the book I’m writing on this Trans America trip is Pedaling On Purpose. I’ll be interviewing people across the nation on how they live purposefully and close the gap between where they are and where they want to be.
Jon (Jack) R. Ewig
I am a 66 y/o Jesus-follower, husband of Carolyn; father to Erin, Ben and Joe; grandfather of Josh, Caroline, Annie, Ivan, Miles, Kinsley and Jonas. I’m an oral/maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) in private practice since 1991 after 11 years in the USAF. Born in Canonsburg, PA; B.S. in biology from Westminster College; DDS from Temple University; board certified after OMS residency in San Antonio, TX, we’ve lived on a 128 acre farm outside Xenia, OH since 1992.
Interests over the years have ranged from various leadership positions at the hospital, church and in education, to farm maintenance, history, backpacking and endurance sports. An introvert, I have a few close friends, most of whom share my faith, love of adventure and “moderate” risk-taking. Having only two states remaining to complete the Appalachian Trail, I am taking a year off from that challenge to do a transcontinental bicycle trip (Oregon-Virginia), hoping to raise support for a local human-trafficking rescue organization.
Robin (Rob) L. Rambeck, LCDR, USN, RETIRED
At 69 YOA I am Husband to Shirley (Ellis) Rambeck and Father to three boys and a girl. Nathan, Jason, Katherine and John; and grandfather to 14 grandchildren (to many to name here). After completing a 24+ year career (1971-1995) in the Navy serving with UDT-12, BUD/s Instructor duty, SEAL TEAM 2, SEAL TEAM 4, NSWG-1, NSWU-1 and SOCEUR, I retired and returned to my home of record, Puyallup, Washington where my wife and I finished raising our four Children. After leaving the Navy I started a second career as Maintenance Director for 2 different Assisted Living Facilities, and a 2.5 year stint as Associate Pastor of an AG Church in Tacoma Washington. In 2010 I was invited to participate in a fund raiser bicycle ride from San Diego, CA to FT Pierce Florida; myself and four other riders completed the ride in 42 days. This ride was fully supported. I was hooked on cycling as a means of staying in good physical condition. In 2013 my wife and I moved to Xenia Ohio to be near our children. Now, Ten years after my first cross country bike ride, (the good Lord willing) I am embarking on another cycling adventure more challenging than the first, 10 years older, 900 miles further and completely self supported. Since I received the Lord as my savior 47 years ago I have endeavored to live out my faith before family, co-workers and colleagues. To God be the Glory!
Jack and I met at cycling spinning class at the YMCA. A class his daughter Erin was teaching. My wife Shirley and I moved to Xenia Ohio from Washington State in the Fall of 2013 to be near our children and grandchildren; I joined the “Y” early 2014. I think Jack started coming to spinning classes in 2016, I could b mistaken. In 2019, Jack invited me on A 350 mile 5 day cycling adventure pedaling from Pittsburg to D.C. Soon there after I met Dr Jon Ewig when my dentist scheduled me for a tooth extraction at Dr Jon’s surgery, Jack and I were both surprised. After that, every time I saw Jack at the “Y” he keep bugging about doing this cross country bike and in January i finally committed. Since then I have been chasing Jack and Jerry up hill and down, in the cold and wind all over South Western Ohio getting in shape for the big ride.
Born in Dayton Ohio in 1955 into a wonderful christian family, with loving parents, four brothers and a sister. Grew up in New Carlise, a small town north of Dayton. God transformed my life at the age of 9 when I began an amazing journey of following Him. I graduated from Wright State University with a degree in computer science in 1979. Married my first wife, Joyce, in 1982. God blessed us with four wonderful children, two daughters and two sons. Was blessed to be by Joyce’s side through a long battle with cancer. She went home to be with the Lord in 2010. I retired from a long career in Information Technology in 2012 and started my second career that same year as the facility manager of our churches property. Met my second wife, Robin, in 2013 and we married in 2014. So blessed to have such a wonderful family that loves each other and loves God! Outside of work and family my interests have been sports, camping, backpacking, bicycling, hiking, (most things outdoors – I feel closer to God enjoying his creation) and church. God has allowed me to be a part of several ministries through the years including; youth leader, Sunday School teacher, missions team, missions trips, workforce development, and elder.