By Virginia Mudd

ISBN-10: 163293048X

ISBN-13: 9781632930484

Think studying a ''Cycling spouse Wanted'' advert in a bicycling e-newsletter for a cross-America motorcycle journey, answering it, and atmosphere off months later with a lady you simply met for a 3,500-mile, 60-day trip from California to Washington, DC. Taken from Virginia's magazine this tells the tale of 2 twenty-nine 12 months outdated adventurers who satisfy a typical dream. She remembers exhilarating roads and landscapes, tedious miles, peaceable occasions, frightening reviews, own struggles, remarkable encounters with humans, and the unfolding of a trip of a life-time.

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Despite warm feelings between us, I was often impressed and intimidated by them, or felt put down by their patronizing or sexist attitudes. I wasn’t at all looking forward to their questions or their analyzing my motivations for taking this trip. I wasn’t so much worried about how my father would react. He was sixty-five, growing mellower by the year, and had always been an adventuresome sort of person himself. When we were little, it was always Dad who took us far out into the surf to duck the huge waves, or led us up the highest peaks in the mountains surrounding Los Angeles where we spent weekends at our family ranch.

I settled the fantasy in a secluded corner in my mind, resolving to remain alert for the opportunity I knew would present itself. Eleven months later, at three o’clock on an afternoon late in March, I was snuggled on the kitchen couch reading the monthly Bikecentennial News, I always savored the articles and descriptions of summer trips, imagining myself on all of them. My eyes slid to the bottom of the page: “Cycling Companions Wanted,” a section that reads like the “Personals” or the “Positions and Situations” sections of newspapers.

Physically, I was overweight and out of shape even though I’d been biking ten to fifteen miles regularly. In trying to relieve my anxieties about the trip, I’d been stuffing myself with desserts, cheese and bread, a habit I’d picked up in the prior two years of great change and insecurity. My indulgence made me feel guilty, ashamed, out of control, and fat. I kept resolving to straighten out my act, but I was never able to muster the strength. All too soon, it was the first of May. The month of preparation was over.

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