Across America by Bicycle: Alice and Bobbis Summer on Wheels by Alice HoneywellBiking from Oregon to Maine is no small feat, especially for two newly retired women who carry everything they need for three months, powered only by the strength of their legs and a desire for adventure. Alice Honeywell and Bobbi Montgomery invite readers to follow their ride by bicycle across the United States, as they face scorching sun, driving rain, buffeting winds, equipment failures, killer hills, wild fires, and even a plague of grasshoppers.
As Alice and Bobbi pedal along their 3,600-mile journey, they test and deepen their friendship, defy their aches and pains, experience the vast and varied beauties of their country, and discover the challenges and satisfaction of a scaled-down lifestyle. And, they encounter unfailing generosity from people they meet—from the prayers of a North Dakota woman for their safekeeping, to the offer of a house in Michigan, to invitations for dinner and a place to sleep at stops all along the way. And there are incidents to laugh over, too, such as the bewildered woman who asked them, “Well, but where do you pack your dresses?”
Ride along with Alice and Bobbi as they embrace retirement with gusto and live their dream.
Winner (Gold Medalist), Travel Essays, Foreword Magazine’s Books of the Year
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I am a big fan of reading other peoples adventures. One of the best things of traveling on a bicycle is that I have tons of time, which I can put into the things I like the most. One of them is reading. Just make sure to get off that couch and hit the road. Experience the real thing because no matter how good these books are, they can never replicate the incredible experiences you have when traveling by bicycle. Cycling across five continents and sailing over the oceans, his ride took four years to complete, on a tiny budget of hoarded student loans. Here is the story of the first remarkable stage of the expedition.
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What a terrific story! Your ride just has to make all of us couch potatoes green with envy. The journey was broken into five stages over five years. Flying in and out of each start and finish point, then cycling five to seven days to complete a section that would range from to miles. If you have ever had the urge to do a long distance bicycle tour or just learn more about the southern United States, then come and take your time traveling the back roads through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
A man in the grip of a midlife crisis often gets himself a new set of wheels: a Porsche or a Jaguar or a Mustang convertible. In the new millennium, both his parents had died, and serious girlfriends had come and gone. Back then, he suffered none of the qualms that freighted his recent trip. But his ride, undertaken at the dawning of a love affair that he hoped would last, gives him pause. Starting in Astoria, Ore. Along the way, he found new confidence in his powers of endurance and an exhilarating appreciation of the rich variety of this country and its people.