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 11, 2013April 11: Navasota to Cleveland, TX The morning started out badly: 40 degrees, cold wind, and drizzle. After such a beautiful day on Tuesday, I was sure we were in for a miserable day. The drizzle didn’t last, and it began to clear as we entered Anderson. You do know you are in Texas when even ... Continue reading →
- April 12, 2013April 12: Cleveland to Silsbee, TX Another beautiful day: mild temperatures, blue skies, moderate wind, reasonable road surfaces. But as Donna and I biked today, we agreed that the surroundings were not as beautiful as yesterday or Tuesday. We did like these flowers along the road, and enjoyed the butterfly eating from the thistle. We did love ... Continue reading →
- April 13, 2013April 13: Silsbee, Texas to Lake Charles, LA There was morning haze as we left the Pinewood Inn and passed by this skid plant. At mile 35, we crossed into Louisiana. We also took pictures welcoming us to Texas as there were no such welcome signs when we entered Texas at El Paso back on March 24 ... Continue reading →