Since at least 1997, I had yearned to attempt a cross country bike ride. That summer, my friend Warren rode from LA to Boston. He called me from Winslow, AZ; I rode with him when he passed through Indiana, and I celebrated his accomplishment when he returned. But I, too, wanted to “explore” the USA. I had always loved Charles Kuralt and his tales of small towns off the interstate. What better way to see our great country?
With children, a job, and a widowed mother in failing health, the dream was put on the back burner of life for 15 years. Early in 2012, when I asked my husband if he was interested in such an adventure, he declined without hesitation. And I “discovered” WomanTours – a wonderful “girly group” that seemed to have great support (before and during the ride) and reasonable daily miles (reasonable if I train well).
So in March 2013, the dream – and adventures – began!
I turned 65 while on the ride – it seemed like a fitting way to celebrate – in El Paso, Texas, where my 100 year old mother passed away in December 2011. I think she would have been nervously excited for me.
- March 21, 2013March 21 – Silver City, NM I rented a car today and with 4 fellow cyclists drove to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. Beautiful scenery and interesting historical site. Also made it to the chiropractor to be “realigned.” More details tomorrow. So, a few more details. My fellow explorers today were Helen, Susan, Flo and Pat. The route ... Continue reading →
- March 21, 2013When I signed up for this trip, I read that others, in the past, have used this journey to raise funds for various charities. In our current group, cyclists are fundraising for ALS, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, among others. I chose to try my hand at seeking donations for ... Continue reading →
- March 22, 2013March 22: Silver City to Kingston, NM Forget the mundane details of the ride: in summary I climbed over 5,200 feet in 48 miles to Emory Pass, elevation 8,228 feet, the highest point on my cross country ride! I took the 16+ miles of uphill in two mile increments, using the road markings to give me ... Continue reading →