By Alice Honeywell
Biking from Oregon to Maine isn't any small feat, particularly for 2 newly retired girls who hold every little thing they wish for 3 months, powered purely by way of the energy in their legs and a hope for event. Alice Honeywell and Bobbi Montgomery invite readers to stick to their trip by means of bicycle around the usa, as they face sizzling solar, riding rain, buffeting winds, apparatus disasters, killer hills, wild fires, or even an outbreak of grasshoppers.
As Alice and Bobbi pedal alongside their 3,600-mile trip, they attempt and deepen their friendship, defy their aches and pains, event the substantial and sundry beauties in their nation, and observe the demanding situations and delight of a scaled-down way of life. And, they come across unfailing generosity from humans they meet—from the prayers of a North Dakota lady for his or her safekeeping, to the supply 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 snort over, too, equivalent to the bewildered girl 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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One of us would ask when the other relapsed. “Uh, no. Sorry. ” As the days progressed, so did our ability to work the rule. Conversations went like this: 42 Oregon and Washington “Oh, no! . Uh, never mind. It’s nothing. ” “No, not yet. ” Then, “See? ” was internal, heard only inside the head of the loser as she scoured the area for her prized possession. Outwardly, all was as it should be. ” Some people have no need of the ﬁfteen-minute rule, but neither of us could claim membership in that elite society.
In the morning I could put on the spare. It was at that point that our true bonding began. I knew that Alice could have gone on ahead and ﬂown down the hill as she likes to do, but she must have realized that this would be demoralizing to 46 Oregon and Washington me and less fun for her than if we were both letting go. There would be other descents. This one she rode with me. Even going slowly, tightly alternating my grip on the brakes with my sore hands, which were vulnerable to carpal tunnel syndrome, I was quite tense, bracing for a blowout as we descended the long grade.
On our way, we had to pass the St. Johns Bridge, and, when we approached it, we saw that cars seemed to be crossing, one direction at a time in small groups. When a racer-type bicyclist whizzed by us Oregon and Washington 17 heading toward the construction area, Alice decided to ﬂag him down. With muscles bulging through his purple Lycra racing suit, he was pedaling a fast machine that we could only drool over. We were lumbering pack animals by comparison. ” Alice called to him as she huffed and puffed up the incline toward where he had stopped by the other vehicles waiting their turn to cross.
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