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 9, 2013
    April 9: La Grange to Navasota, TX Today may be my most favorite biking day so far, because of the scenery, though the wind was a distraction. We had been warned of a possible storm this evening, so the winds were swirling, and at times quite strong. Of course, we enjoyed the few times it was ... Continue reading →
  • April 10, 2013
    I started this entry on our Rest Day in Kerrville. Today, April 10, we have another Rest Day, and I plan to finish. As of April 6, we were halfway through our cross country tour, in terms of days. According to my bicycle computer, we are more than half way in miles. And my legs hope ... Continue reading →
  • April 10, 2013
    April 10: Navasota, TX I made up a To Do list for today’s rest day – and accomplished everything. Laundry Thank you notes to LLS donors Visit to local knit shop (no purchases) Quick shop at Wal-Mart Complete blog of tour group members Also enjoyed a nice dinner with 18 from the group, plus Keith Cadwallader from England (he is riding ... Continue reading →
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