James Colver and his son Shepherd of Kenmore are embarking on the road trip of a lifetime, and it's going to last quite a while.
"3,590 miles," said 7-year-old Shepherd.
The father and son left Monday on a cross-country bicycle journey from Anacortes to the Statue of Liberty.
James has ridden cross-country before, and when Shepherd heard his dad's stories about the trip, the plucky first-grader knew he wanted to do it, too.
When asked what he was most excited about during the trip, Shepherd replied, "The hotels, the pools and the hot tubs!"
It won't all be hot tubs and hotel pools. The two man team will battle mountains, weather, and whatever else comes their way.
They've trained for the past year and are well prepared. Still, James can't help but feel nervous bringing his little boy into a very unpredictable situation.
"But Shepherd has this dream, and I want him to be able to live that," said James.
After a prayer from a family friend and a few tears they were off.
For James this experience is all about the journey and not the destination. In today's hectic world he believes the opportunity to spend three full months, maybe a bit more, with his son is all the reward he needs.
"Being present with your kids is far better than material presents," he said. "The gift of presence is the most sacred gift of them all."