By Virginia Mudd
Think interpreting 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 girl 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 yr previous adventurers who satisfy a standard dream. She remembers exhilarating roads and landscapes, tedious miles, peaceable instances, frightening reports, own struggles, extraordinary encounters with humans, and the unfolding of a trip of an entire life.
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My feelings about losing my old life and my loved ones persisted. Then, uncannily, I began losing material possessions as well. The first thing missing was an inexpensive gold ring that Tony had recently given me on our ninth anniversary. I’d worn it constantly for three months. Rings don’t easily slip off fingers unnoticed, but mine did. There was not a trace or clue anywhere. Small things continued to slip away. The next major loss followed soon after. I was biking into Berkeley—a kind of test run, using a map on unfamiliar roads.
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. I always enjoy fantasizing who the people might be in these ads, whether my life would be more exciting or easier with them than with Tony, or where I might go if I responded to one of them. My eyes scanned one of the ads, and my whole body instantly seized with a kind of excitement and anticipation I’d rarely felt before. Woman, 29, looking for another woman to cycle across the country starting around May 1, 1978.
Packing List—BIKE PARTS 3 extra tubes Allen wrench Tire irons Gear and brake cable Patch kit Pliers 6” crescent wrench Pump Small screw driver Chain tool Free wheel remover Extra spokes HALT dog repellent Spoke wrench Gear Cluster: 14, 18, 22, 28, 34 Chain ring: 42, 52 Packing List—CLOTHES 3 T-shirts 2 pairs of biking shorts 1 pair Beta biking shoes 1 pair of tennis shoes 3 pairs of socks 1 pair of jeans 1 cotton turtleneck 1 wool sweater Leg warmers Fishnet underwear Wool hat and gloves Biking gloves Hat Gortex rain suit Down vest 1 sweater jacket Toilet kit: suntan lotion, tooth brush & paste, cream, lip balm, hairbrush, wash cloth Sun glasses Bathing suit The Sierra The sun shone bright and the birds sang sweet .
Across America on the Yellow Brick Road, Cycling into a New Life by Virginia Mudd