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.
- April 4, 2013April 4: Vanderpool to Kerrville, TX Didn’t have the best sleep last night: my bed was actually a lumpy daybed, but also there was a metal rattle overhead, I think caused by the wind. We did sleep in some this morning, as it was cold and, due to our location in the hills, it took a ... Continue reading →
- April 4, 2013In several of my blogs, I have mentioned my friend Barb Stayton as my inspiration for fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Here is a photo of Barb and her daughter, a lymphoma survivor, and an article which appeared last spring in the Indiana chapter’s newsletter. A Story of Gratitude and Survival Barb Stayton’s journey with The ... Continue reading →
- April 5, 2013April 5: Kerrville, TX *Having Tim with me for 3+ days *Breakfast at McDonald’s (just a change of pace) *Haircut by Emily at Awesome Cut and Color *Tim doing my laundry while I was getting my hair cut *Leisurely drive to Fredericksburg, then casual stroll on Main Street *Learning Admiral Nimitz of WW II Pacific War fame was from Fredericksburg (we ... Continue reading →