By Alice Honeywell
Biking from Oregon to Maine is not any small feat, specially for 2 newly retired ladies who hold every thing they want for 3 months, powered basically by way of the energy in their legs and a wish for experience. Alice Honeywell and Bobbi Montgomery invite readers to stick to their experience through bicycle around the usa, as they face sizzling solar, using rain, buffeting winds, apparatus disasters, killer hills, wild fires, or even a deadly disease of grasshoppers.
As Alice and Bobbi pedal alongside their 3,600-mile trip, they try and deepen their friendship, defy their aches and pains, event the massive and sundry beauties in their kingdom, and become aware of the demanding situations and pride of a scaled-down way of life. And, they come upon unfailing generosity from humans they meet—from the prayers of a North Dakota lady 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 way in which. And there are incidents to snigger over, too, akin to 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 reside their dream.
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I drew Liz—tall, blonde, and athletic-looking—while Alice got Sheryl, a rotund brunette in a bright, tie-dyed T-shirt right out of the 1960s. They gave us each a deep massage and sent us off with a souvenir tin of Tiger Balm, ready for a second week of pedaling. On the spot we decided that massages were a necessity, not a luxury. Even though we hadn’t budgeted for them, we agreed that they could make the difference in how we performed. The painful truth was that we were no longer so young that we could punish our bodies with impunity.
We would never again take Washington apples, wine, or carrots for granted. As we made the ﬁnal push of the day to Crow Butte State Park, we were looking forward to a break from the heat. We could never feel the perspiration on our skin, of course, just the salty residue left after the moisture instantly evaporated. We arrived at the park dusty, thirsty, and worn out, only to ﬁnd a big green sign slapped crookedly on top of the original entry sign: CLOSED. Uh-oh. “We’re in trouble,” Alice said. ” My heart fell as I contemplated those hot, dusty, hard miles.
She—whether because of superstition or her religious upbringing—was never willing to say with certainty that we would ﬁnish this adventure. Instead, she always said she was planning to make it to Bar Harbor, and then would quote her late mother, who always had reminded her to say, “Lord willing . ” The truth is that neither of us would have undertaken this trek if we didn’t believe that we could do it—barring some sort of freak event. The last of the three shops listed on our map was Follett’s Mountain Sports, and it had good bike repair facilities as well as friendly and encouraging mechanics.
Across America by Bicycle. Alice and Bobbi's Summer on Wheels by Alice Honeywell