By Alice Honeywell
Biking from Oregon to Maine isn't any small feat, in particular for 2 newly retired girls who hold every little thing they want for 3 months, powered basically by means of the power in their legs and a hope for event. Alice Honeywell and Bobbi Montgomery invite readers to stick to their trip by way of bicycle around the usa, as they face hot sunlight, riding rain, buffeting winds, apparatus disasters, killer hills, wild fires, or even an endemic of grasshoppers.
As Alice and Bobbi pedal alongside their 3,600-mile trip, they attempt and deepen their friendship, defy their aches and pains, adventure the large and sundry beauties in their nation, and notice the demanding situations and delight of a scaled-down way of life. And, they stumble upon 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 giggle over, too, equivalent 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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We asked people on the street, at convenience stores, the library, or the post ofﬁce where the best place was to eat—whether we wanted a full meal or an ice cream break. Invariably, we ended up off the planned route at establishments with excellent fare, where we met more colorful people and learned about the local culture. In Walla Walla, for example, we had been told not to miss the pumpkin pancakes at Clarette’s. The pancakes lived up to their reputation. Determined to be more efﬁcient in the mornings, we managed to be on the road by nine o’clock, even after indulging in a big breakfast.
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. Follett’s carried the exact heavy-duty touring tires that Alice used, so I bought one and arranged to have it put on my back wheel. The air-conditioned diner we had fantasized about materialized just a short walk away, so we mingled with the Monday morning business crowd. Back at the bike shop an hour later, we thanked the mechanic and wheeled our machines out the door and into the heat.
It was a good thing only one or two cars passed so we didn’t have to disguise what we were doing for very long. Giggling, we 38 Oregon and Washington remounted our bikes, ready for the ﬁnal push to Walla Walla. We decided that being able to appreciate the ridiculous was one of the requirements of successful long-distance cycling. It perked us up and diverted our attention from the rising heat as we speculated on who put the chair there and why. As we neared Walla Walla, the irrigated vineyards, orchards, and vegetable farms we had been passing gave way to huge onion ﬁelds.
Across America by Bicycle. Alice and Bobbi's Summer on Wheels by Alice Honeywell