Jan. 23, 2023

Conversations Across America

Kari Loya recounts his 73-day, 4,600-mile cross-country journey of a lifetime with his 75-year-old dad battling early-stage Alzheimer’s.


Kari Loya got his love for biking and adventure from his dad, Merv. They took their first bike tour together when Kari was in his early teens and always talked about biking cross-country someday.

When 75-year-old Merv was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s in 2015, Kari knew that “someday” was here. With very little planning, they set off for a father-son journey of a lifetime; 73 days and 4,600 miles across America.

The adventure was a long goodbye for Kari and taught him the power of perseverance and adaptability in the face of uncertainty. Kari and Merv’s story will touch your heart and inspire you to seize the day with someone you love—whatever that means to you.

Connect with Kari at KariLoyaVO.com and get his book, Conversations Across America, on Amazon.

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