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 14, 2013
    April 14: Lake Charles to Lafayette, LA It certainly seemed as though we had taken a wrong turn when we reached Iowa just 12 miles into the day’s ride. Jeff Davis Parish has cows and crayfish. And the birds like the rice fields. Check out this huge thistle plant. At mile 42, we crossed the Mermentau River, over a high ... Continue reading →
  • April 15, 2013
    April 15: Lafayette to St. Francisville, LA The ride out of town this Monday morning was a bit harried – lots of traffic and no shoulder. We all survived. Because of the traffic, we were more bunched together than usual. Then when we got outside of town, the faster pace line took off. I was fascinated that ... Continue reading →
  • April 16, 2013
    April 17: Rest Day in St. Francisville Spent the day with Don: * No alarm wake up, leisurely light breakfast * Headed to Baton Rouge to visit State Capitol Building (more active than most we have visited as legislature is in session, though no morning meetings * Drove through L.S.U. Campus and found a Community Coffee house for mid-morning ... Continue reading →
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