By Alice Honeywell
Biking from Oregon to Maine is not any small feat, in particular for 2 newly retired ladies who hold every little thing they want for 3 months, powered merely through the power in their legs and a wish for experience. Alice Honeywell and Bobbi Montgomery invite readers to stick to their experience by means of bicycle around the usa, as they face hot solar, using rain, buffeting winds, apparatus mess ups, killer hills, wild fires, or even a virus 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 giant and sundry beauties in their kingdom, and notice the demanding situations and pride 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 chortle over, too, similar 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 include retirement with gusto and dwell their dream.
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Back on our bikes, we soon came across one of the more unusual of many “found” items that litter America’s roadways. A decrepit old chaise, cheap, with narrow plastic tubes woven across the frame, was set up between some gigantic rocks about twenty feet off the road. No houses were in sight. No one was around. No evidence of any owner appeared. Perhaps it was an attempt to be hospitable in this arid land, although we wondered who would want to stop in the vicious sun and relax so near the sizzling blacktop.
This required braking alternately with front and back brakes, then stopping every few minutes to let the rims cool. We each carried a spare tire in addition to several tubes, but by the time we were ready to go down the mountain neither of us had the physical or mental energy to unload all my gear, change the tire, and reload. It seemed more sensible just to take it easy going down. 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.
It was bordered by dark and wild forest towering over the banks on every side, which made a perfect bathtub surround. I enjoyed a cleansing swim in the frigid Clearwater, but the sun had set and the air had cooled so I didn’t linger. Alice couldn’t bear to go in above her waist, but we both managed to shed a day’s worth of sweat and road grime, even without soap.
Across America by Bicycle. Alice and Bobbi's Summer on Wheels by Alice Honeywell