Dolly's Bike Blog

Musings about fun between my legs

2013 Southern Route USA

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 6, 2013
    April 6: Kerrville to Blanco, TX Just plain tired tonight, so no blog. Total 66 miles, average 10.6 mph Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Continue reading →
  • April 7, 2013
    April 7: Blanco to Bastrop, TX Arrived at hotel at 5:50 pm for 6 pm dinner with Jacque and Carl Ward. Jacque and I went to Radford School for Girls in El Paso, TX, graduating in 1965 (we have seen each other since). Delightful, relaxing dinner at Bastrop Brewhouse on the Colorado River. Tomorrow is a short ... Continue reading →
  • April 8, 2013
    My apologies to loyal readers for my recent negligence in writing. I will try to bring everyone up to date. As I mentioned, Tim arrived Thursday evening, April 4, and I had a super Rest Day on April 5. I didn’t mention that Tim had borrowed a bike from Houston friend Garth Blackburn, so he planned ... Continue reading →
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