Posts tagged united states
Fundraising for Cancer & Challenging Herself - Lydia's Adventures by Bicycle

Lydia has completed many solo bicycling adventures, each more arduous and intense than the last. These “bike challenges,” as she calls them, are for her own benefit as well as others: Lydia raises money for charity to support those with cancer.  In this exclusive interview, we catch up with Lydia just before her biggest undertaking yet - a solo ride through the Trans Ecuador Mountain Bike Route.

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"Showing Women We Can” - Cynthia Ord’s Solo Bicycle Tour on the TransAmerican Trail

Of the women who travel by bicycle, the majority are coupled with male partners or with groups. Solo female riders are rare.

“I want to change that,” says Cynthia Ord on her decision to ride solo across America. “Muscle-powered travel is doable for women too. We just don’t see enough examples or hear that message very often.”

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Bicycle Touring with Fiji the Friendly Guard Dog - Jasmine Reese, Part 2

Jasmine Reese isn’t just a solo female touring cyclist: she’s a solo female touring cyclist with a dog. And although her furry sidekick can be a protective force and wonderful friend, Fiji’s presence doesn’t keep all of Jasmine’s fears away… but it helps.

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Surviving, then Thriving: How Jasmine Rode a Bike Across The US (with Her Dog) To Combat Major Depression

“I learned to love the person I was at that moment and stop trying to find or recapture the girl I used to be,” writes Jasmine. “I learned to love the body that was allowing me to accomplish so much.”

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Caught in the Crosswinds - When Your Bicycle Tour Goes Sideways

Sometimes it’s not a matter of proper riding technique: it’s a matter of life & death.

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“The Phantom Man” - Laura Killingbeck

After frightening experiences in both solo hitchhiking and cycling, Laura's no stranger to fear. But the ‘Phantom Man’ doesn’t keep her from exploring. “I don't think every woman has to bike across the world,” writes Laura. “But I do think that every woman who wants to, can.”

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Whatever Gets You Through the Night

The blackest night I’d ever encountered had effectively erased all my belongings from this earth, leaving me with just three possessions: a quickening heartbeat, a nearly dead headlamp, and the sleeping bag I was curled inside of… it was going to be a long night in Tennessee.

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Waking Up Alive

Surviving a creepy night alone, fraught with strange noises and dark imaginings, makes for a euphoric morning. “I MADE IT,” I wrote on more than one occasion in my journal. “Survived another night!!!” Those three exclamation points only seem ridiculous if you’ve never spent 8 hours on your back, breathing shallowly through the shrinking space in your throat, every bit of your body tingling with terror.

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Why Cycle Solo? - Emily Loberg

Riding your bicycle alone for thousands of miles isn’t for everyone… and literally anyone can tell you that. But in this interview, Emily Loberg offers a few compelling reasons why she’s glad she pedaled solo across the United States in 2016.

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Gratitude - For All of You

Thank you to all the women who shared their stories of bicycle travel with me this year. Whether you recounted trips to the grocery store, surviving abuse, impressing yourself, or riding across the continent (or around the world), I’m inspired by each and every one of you.

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“I Got My Confidence Back” – Ashtyn

Ashtyn never thought she could bike across the country. But at twenty two years old, she was lacking motivation and direction. A recent college graduate with no future plans and a waning confidence, Ashtyn decided to attempt the impossible. She texted her older brother, Justin, who also happened to be a Type One diabetic, and asked if he wanted to join her on a cross-country ride to raise awareness for Type One diabetes. Justin’s response? “F*#k yeah.”

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"Make 'em Comfortable" - Kathryn

After four years of solo international travel, Kathryn knows how to read people. She’s ridden her recumbent tricycle through more than a dozen countries, and has learned along the way that strangers are just friends she hasn’t made yet. “Everyone I see gets a smile and a wave,” she tells me. “You gotta make people comfortable, so they don’t see you as a threat. If they’re calm and happy, I’m calm and happy.”

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Miles of Portraits... By Bicycle - Annalisa

Talented photographer, strong cyclist, and courageous explorer, Annalisa has a penchant for taking the portraits of strangers. Her photographs capture the shared humanity of Americans, in a time when we're both politically and culturally divided. To view her work is to meet someone new. And it's hard not to fall in love with the smiles, determination, and stories of the people in her photos. 

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What Bicycle Touring Taught Me - Katie

Katie and her boyfriend, Rob, just finished their first-ever cross country bicycle tour across the United States. Here's what she learned about herself, her partner, her family, and her values along the way. 

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Bicycle Touring as a New Couple - Katie

When Katie and her boyfriend Rob hatched their plan to ride across the country, they'd been dating just a few months. My interview with Katie continues as she describes what it was like to cycle across the country with her sweetheart. 

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My Story on the JoyRide Podcast

Fellow woman, bicycle advocate, and #metoo supporter Cat Caperello interviews me on her epic JoyRide Podcast, which celebrates women and bicycles. We discuss the uncomfortable motivations behind my cross-country bicycle tour, the impact of sharing our stories, how to cultivate one's intuition before embarking on solo travel, and the one piece of "essential" gear I didn't even bother to pack in my bike bag before heading out across the nation. 

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Confessions of a Touring Cyclist: Public Urination

If you're feeling shock or horror at the idea, then I'm guessing you've never traveled by bicycle through flat farmland.  Pedaling all day, while sipping from your plastic water bottles, combined with an unforgiving, nowhere-to-hide landscape, means there will be a problem in the future of where to "go".

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