By Virginia Mudd
Think analyzing a ''Cycling better half Wanted'' advert in a bicycling publication 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 12 months previous adventurers who satisfy a typical dream. She recollects exhilarating roads and landscapes, tedious miles, peaceable instances, frightening reports, own struggles, really good encounters with humans, and the unfolding of a trip of a life-time.
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My thoughts went immediately to the bike trip and I was convinced I wanted to make the trip alone, as Gerry had. Upon further reflection, however, I realized that a solo journey might be too much of a test for my new assertive self, and I searched for a happy medium. It became clear that this would be a women’s trip. I wanted to prove to myself and others that a woman didn’t need a man to take care of her in order to accomplish important things in life. I settled the fantasy in a secluded corner in my mind, resolving to remain alert for the opportunity I knew would present itself.
I had to ask for a special temporary permit to take my bike on the train. The ticket agent was suspicious when I explained my regular permit had been lost, and he reluctantly issued a pass. I wanted to say, “Don’t you know me? ” And he’d say, “Oh yes, of course. Virginia Mudd. ” That was always the way it was growing up. I was getting the message (by now delivered many times) to let things go, to free myself from emotional and physical attachments so that I could go on my journey with full attention and presence of mind.
I was trained to thoroughly distrust strangers, especially men offering ice cream cones (which never happened). My sister and I were not even allowed to camp out in our own backyard overnight. During the thirteen years I lived in Los Angeles, I didn’t ride a city bus once. Thus was I carefully shepherded through childhood, knowing only the private worlds of my house, school, and one or two respectable areas of town. This carefully planned and protected life continued through high school at an exclusive, all-girls’ boarding school in Connecticut.
Across America on the Yellow Brick Road, Cycling into a New Life by Virginia Mudd