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By Alice Honeywell

Biking from Oregon to Maine isn't any small feat, particularly for 2 newly retired girls who hold every thing they want for 3 months, powered in simple terms through the energy in their legs and a wish for experience. Alice Honeywell and Bobbi Montgomery invite readers to stick to their experience via bicycle around the usa, as they face sizzling sunlight, riding rain, buffeting winds, apparatus mess ups, killer hills, wild fires, or even a scourge of grasshoppers.
    As Alice and Bobbi pedal alongside  their 3,600-mile trip, they try and deepen their friendship, defy their aches and pains, event the immense and sundry beauties in their nation, and observe the demanding situations and pride of a scaled-down way of life. And, they stumble upon unfailing generosity from humans they meet—from the prayers of a North Dakota lady for his or her safekeeping, to the provide of a home in Michigan, to invites for dinner and a spot to sleep at stops all alongside the best way. And there are incidents to snort over, too, comparable to the bewildered lady who requested them, “Well, yet the place do you pack your dresses?”
    Ride besides Alice and Bobbi as they include retirement with gusto and stay their dream.

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The scene was reminiscent of fourth grade social studies lessons when we had had to memorize the crops and products of various states. Here we saw it firsthand. Too bad that school kids couldn’t cycle across the country as a regular part of the curriculum to make their lessons come alive. As a longtime teacher, I entertained thoughts of a rolling curriculum—twenty-five middle-school kids, a few parents, and a teacher, all experiencing America from the saddle of a bike. Perhaps I had tumbled onto my next profession.

Alice didn’t know that I planned to make friends with some camper in a pickup truck who might let us hitch a ride back up the hill. I didn’t consider such an assist to be cheating because the camp road was, after all, off the planned route. Neither of us had a clear conception of what constituted cheating, but this wasn’t it. Purists might disagree with this definition, but we valued flexibility. We both always had, which may have been part of the key to our friendship, but in this new, scaled-down lifestyle, it became an all-important trait.

For the best trip, both of us had to enjoy it. We were a team but with no captain, no subordinate. We shared decision-making, consideration, and respect. The day had involved long stretches of dryness and heat between the last couple of towns—thirty-seven miles from Dayton to Pomeroy and then twenty-two miles from Pomeroy up over the mountain and down to our camping spot at Chief Tim, which our maps showed as a state park. The State of Washington had been leasing the parkland from the Corps of Engineers (just like Crow Butte), but had let the lease go, apparently because of a serious budget shortfall.

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