December 22, 2014

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UK cyclist sees the States on bike tour from San Francisco to NYC

David Presly, 61, of London, England, takes a break Tuesday along state Route 162, just east of Sharon Center, on his bicycle trek from San Francisco to New York City. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

David Presly, 61, of London, England, takes a break Tuesday along state Route 162, just east of Sharon Center, on his bicycle trek from San Francisco to New York City. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

David Presly has an unusual job. He plays oboe for the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London.

But his hobby is just as interesting. He likes to ride his bicycle around the world.

This year, the 61-year-old passed through Medina County while riding his Brompton folding bicycle from San Francisco to New York City.

“I wanted a bit of a change, but in a country where they speak the same language, almost,” he said.

In 2008, he rode from London to Iran and he said he’s also traveled from Mexico to Guatemala.

“I’ve done a few long cycle rides over the past few years,” he said while on a break on state Route 162 in Sharon Township.

Asked why, he said, “Because I like it I think. It’s all been good so far.”

Presly started his latest journey July 21 and has been riding about 100 miles per day.

“I make up the route as I go along, really.”

Presly said he mostly stays in motel rooms overnight, but occasionally uses a tent and sleeping bag that he keeps in a duffle bag attached to the back of his bike.

He said he’s experienced “spectacular thunderstorms” throughout the trip that “send me cowering under bridges.”

So far this trip, he’s had five flat tires, but that’s nothing he’s not used to.

Presly’s wife, Maura, helps him pack light for his biking adventures and doesn’t mind when he goes away because she’s used to it by now.

“I’ll take her to France when I get home,” he said.

Presly said he hopes to make it to New York City within six days.

Contact reporter Katie Anderson at (330) 721-4012 or kanderson@medina-gazette.com.