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.


  • February 28, 2013
    Monday, February 25: The morning was spent with last minute errands; we were actually ready more than half an hour before son Tim came to pick us up. Flight was on time departing, and arriving in Phoenix. It is hard to imagine that I won’t be back in Indy until almost Mother’s Day! Met at the ... Continue reading →
  • March 4, 2013
    On Friday, March 1, Don and I drove to El Cajon, CA, just east of San Diego. My college friends, Larry and Marsha Saben, live there in a lovely home we have visited many times over the years. We haven’t seen them for over 3 years, but are quickly back “to old times.” On Saturday, I ... Continue reading →
  • March 6, 2013
    March 6: I have worked for days to figure out the packing… Don and I have taken too many trips in recent years in the minivan where we can “carry everything but the kitchen sink.” I’m not having so much trouble with biking clothes as I am with “other clothes.” While I know ... Continue reading →
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