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What a fantastic and inspirational story of courage and independence! Thank you for sharing.

Claudia Garber
Milwaukee, WI
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Congratulations Linda! I admire your positive attitude about your safety and well-being; to not be overcome by the fear of the unknown, but to just embrace it. What a wonderful chapter of your life! Memories to last a lifetime...or until the next trip!

What a story of courage, possibilities and success for all the women out there, young, old, in-between. Congratulations again!



Joyce
Troutville , VA
Monday, April 21, 2014
Really enjoyed reading this. I am going on a week-long tour this summer and I have a couple of questions. I don't know your age but how do you ride for days on end and not get tired? I mean, I'm going through menopause, love to ride but before every ride, I have to gauge whether I'm too tired or not to ride. What if I'm on my trip and all of a sudden by body won't let me ride? My other main question is did you ever worry or be concerned about your safety, as a female, on this ride? Thank you for sharing!

Christine
CA
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Editor Response
Response from Linda:
"I am also in the "over 50" crowd, so I appreciate your concern. Luckily, I was not on a schedule, so I only rode as far as I felt like it each day. I didn't book hotel rooms in advance, so I'd ride until I was tired, took lots of breaks, and stopped whenever I felt like it. I also didn't use an alarm clock, so I slept until I was ready to wake up so I felt refreshed most days. I also stayed over some days when I was in a cool place, and just relaxed for the day. That was a great way to re-energize.

Whenever I'd get talking to people, I'd always tell them I was meeting up with friends in the next town. It was my excuse to not join up with them and put myself in a bad situation. I did have a man try to tag along with me in Wyoming, but I stayed in my room late the next morning, and waited until he left. I'd like to think he meant no harm and just wanted some company, but I felt better on my own rather than having a stranger riding with me. I was never afraid and found joy in the freedom of riding alone. Best of luck to you! You won't regret it!"

Here are a few articles related to your question.
Riding Sick and Tired
Everyday Miracles: Turning 50

Genevieve Schmitt
I would love to take an extended trip like yours, Linda! I've gone on two long solo rides but they were predominantly to "get where I was going." They were both wonderful! I rode from Florida to New Mexico for my best friend's military retirement. There are times when you sweat while flying down an interstate in blazing hot Texas! Next trip was Florida to Michigan to spend a bit of time with my stepmother, who was undergoing chemo treatments for breast cancer. She had no idea I was coming and it was FABULOUS to see the look on her face when I walked into her workplace!

I recommend solo trips to any woman rider! I'm a planner, meticulous packer, worrier, and I still did it - and enjoyed it! I never knew I could pack so light!

Sandi
Milton
Monday, April 14, 2014
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