Both CEO’s of their own business, Ron and Nancy Bogart are the definition of a 417-land power couple—Ron, the owner of Gold Mechanical and Nancy, the owner of Jordan Essentials. While most of their time is devoted to growing their businesses, the pair has also made time for a lofty goal; to bicycle in all 50 states while they’re in their 50s.
If this goal wasn’t already difficult enough, they also created ground rules; for each state to count towards their goal they must ride at least five miles inside the state and they must be together, no dividing and conquering. While it may sound unattainable, they have somehow already managed to complete 26 states in the last 5 years, putting them over halfway to their goal.
In each state the Bogarts take a picture and notes to include in their photo book, but nothing fully captures the myriad of memories they have made together. From a woman in her 80s repeatedly lapping them on a rail trail in North Carolina and getting hit by another biker in Myrtle Beach to spotting a herd of Buffalo in Kansas and riding through a rare ice storm in Mississippi, they’ve seen it all. “There’s a story for every state,” the Bogarts agree.
Along with their memories, the Bogarts have also been surprised by how many connections they’ve made in their journey. Between having consultants for Jordan Essentials in all 50 states, along with other business connections and friends, they’ve reached out to connections for advice on the best trails, time of year to ride, where to rent bikes and now have a collection of cheerleaders all across the country urging them on. “Good friends and padded shorts will help us get to our goal,” Nancy jokes. Because of the connections they’ve made, they’ve also been able to accomplish everything from business work to spending time at breweries with friends during their time on the road.