The Journey That Changed Everything...
I was scared. Ever since I could remember, I'd had an unwavering, inexplicable fear of men. It wasn't anyone's fault, and it certainly wasn't fair to all the kind, respectable men in my life, yet I couldn't shake it. In a world where sexual assault was more prevalent than cancer, and where one in four young women were sexually abused before the age of eighteen, I had a hard time telling myself to calm down. The real trouble was: my fear was, mostly, legitimate.
By the time I entered college, I was sick of being scared all the time. It was time for a bold move: one that would give me the opportunity to tackle my phobias, and force myself to be alone and vulnerable in a world of strangers.
At the age of twenty one, I withdrew from college to ride a bicycle across the United States.
In 2011 at the age of twenty one, I withdrew from college to ride a bicycle I'd found on Craigslist (named Miya) across the United States. The tale of my 5,000 mile solo bike ride from Oregon to Florida delivers an unflinchingly-honest, and surprisingly funny, American coming-of-age story. With a refreshing sense of humor, dozens of lovable characters, and a plot that twists as many times as my bike route, I hope this memoir will inspire people everywhere to face their fears... and love the journey. Read more about what sets this memoir apart.