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.
- May 7, 2013May 3-7: St. Augustine, FL to Goodlettsville, TN When last I wrote, it was raining in St. Augustine (Thursday evening). Don and I had planned to relax on the beach for a few days after my ride, to decompress and reconnect. When we woke up on Friday morning, it was still raining, and the weatherman said 8 ... Continue reading →
- May 12, 2013It has now been 10 days since my Tour ended, and I am back in Carmel, adjusting to ‘normal life.’ One of my fellow cyclists has commented that she feels wistful, a kind of unsettled feeling. I agree, not yet back to everyday routines, but not yet fully out of the cocoon of the Tour. I ... Continue reading →