Kerstin, Katie and Lauren of the Localmotive Bike Tour had been the recipients of this 12 months’s Bicycle Touring Professional journey scholarship and the ladies are simply now setting off on their three-month lengthy journey by bike throughout america.
Alongside the way in which, Kerstin, Katie and Lauren shall be stopping to speak with Lady Scout troops within the areas they’re passing by and sharing with the younger ladies they meet alongside the way in which the significance of consuming domestically grown meals and getting common train.
Because the recipients of this 12 months’s $800 greenback journey scholarship, I requested Kerstin, Katie, and Lauren to write down one thing up for the readers of BicycleTouringPro.com, in order that they might share simply how they’re feeling now that their epic bicycle tour throughout america is lastly underway. That is what the ladies needed to say…
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After nearly two years of planning, the time has come for us to depart on our TransAmerica Bicycle Tour. We have now been so busy planning, it wasn’t till about three days in the past after we had been all on the cellphone that Katie burst out “I simply realized…we’re biking throughout all the nation!”. It truly is simply beginning to hit us as a result of, whereas others balk at such a visit in its entirety, we see it in day-long segments: 40, 50, 60 miles at a time. Whereas the space is spectacular, it’s the each day experiences we hope we’ll respect.
Already it had been so rewarding to have explored the Cumberland Valley in central Pennsylvania, the place our faculty is positioned. We have now been capable of see so many new streams, forests, and farms simply by hopping on our bike and making our method past the same old faculty scholar’s territory. This, we hope, shall be how our tour throughout the nation shall be. We hope to see the land and other people in a method that might not be potential with a automobile or aircraft journey.
In fact, we aren’t with out worries and questions. Are we bringing sufficient gear or an excessive amount of? Will we be capable to stroll after every week of driving this a lot? Will we be caught in one of many seemingly frequent tornadoes? (Our hearts exit to those that have been affected by the horrible storms in current weeks). However once more, these questions shall be answered day-to-day and there’s solely a lot planning we will do.
Maybe that is without doubt one of the most interesting elements of a long-distance bicycle tour. Not like with the fast-moving world round us, the place we will simply drive one other 100 miles if we have to or nearly all the time have prompt Web entry, a tour may require extra endurance and acceptance of the unknown.
That being stated, we’re psyched to get on the street and see what’s forward. Thanks to all of those that have made it potential to get even this far.
– Lauren, Katie, and Kerstin –
To study extra in regards to the Lauren, Katie and Kerstin and the Localmotive Bike Tour, please go to the ladies’ web site at: www.localmotive2011.wordpress.com