By Alice Honeywell
Biking from Oregon to Maine is not any small feat, specially for 2 newly retired ladies who hold every thing they wish for 3 months, powered simply by means of the energy in their legs and a wish for event. Alice Honeywell and Bobbi Montgomery invite readers to stick with their journey by way of bicycle around the usa, as they face sizzling solar, riding rain, buffeting winds, gear mess ups, killer hills, wild fires, or even an epidemic of grasshoppers.
As Alice and Bobbi pedal alongside their 3,600-mile trip, they try out and deepen their friendship, defy their aches and pains, adventure the big and sundry beauties in their kingdom, and become aware of the demanding situations and delight of a scaled-down way of life. And, they come upon unfailing generosity from humans they meet—from the prayers of a North Dakota girl for his or her safekeeping, to the provide of a home in Michigan, to invites for dinner and a spot to sleep at stops all alongside the best way. And there are incidents to chortle over, too, reminiscent of the bewildered lady who requested them, “Well, yet the place do you pack your dresses?”
Ride in addition to Alice and Bobbi as they embody retirement with gusto and stay their dream.
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Taking a few minutes to record the events of the day, which would become part of the regular routine for both of 22 Oregon and Washington us, I stowed my PC in its protective plastic bag and quickly drifted off in the damp, cool air of the maritime Northwest. Day 3 Wednesday, July 2 Skamania to Horsethief Lake State Park 56 miles Seven hours later I woke up. ” Next door, I heard Alice giggle in her tent. Big Agnes is the brand name of our air mattresses, and she was a hit with both of us. Granted, she required twenty-eight breaths to inﬂate, but she was far more comfortable than our old self-inﬂating camp mattresses.
12 and avoid the longer route that our maps recommended, which had a long climb to Winchester State Park. S. 12, they said that the maps were wrong, that going east was not a problem. The bike shop guys were correct. Trafﬁc was quite heavy and logging trucks passed us frequently, but the shoulder was acceptable nearly the whole way. Going west would have been another story. We had heard from one cyclist who had seen in his rearview mirror a huge logging truck rapidly bearing down on him; with nowhere else to go, he clambered onto the concrete barrier pressing his bike against the barrier.
At last we said good-bye to the Columbia River and began moving toward Walla Walla along the Walla Walla River. The guidebooks’ predictions of strong tailwinds every day so far had been accurate, and we expected to lose them when we turned away from the Columbia River, but they inexplicably continued in our favor. The tailwinds had not made our riding easy—but they had made it possible. We thought we had trained pretty well by riding 100 to 300 miles each week through the spring, but we felt more tired from the high-mileage days than we wanted to.
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