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.
- March 10, 2013March 10, Live Oak Springs to Brawley, CA: With Daylight Savings time starting overnight, it was dark when I rode away from the Live Oak Springs resort. The sunrise at least assured no rain, but the temperature was just 33 degrees. When I arrived at the Boulevard Motel, my fellow cyclists were already gathering snacks. Sometimes we ... Continue reading →
- March 12, 2013March 11, Brawley to Blythe, CA: I was just too tired to write last night. Biked into the hotel close to 6 pm after 9+ hours on the road, took a quick shower, then the group went to dinner at the local Sizzler. I came back to the room and just “chilled.” So, on the road yesterday ... Continue reading →
- March 12, 2013March 12, Blythe, CA: Today is our first rest day, much needed by me! We slept in until after 7 am, casual breakfast, followed by a Bike Cleaning Clinic, conducted by Carol, one of our guides. So, I dutifully cleaned and lubed Rosie, as I call my bike. I ride a Bianchi Eros, purchased in about 2001. ... Continue reading →