Changing Gears: Bicycling America's Perimeter Hardcover – 1 Jun 1990
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Her book is very encouraging and created a desire to do what she has done.
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When she undertook her journey, she was just a bit older than I am now. I too am a lifetime traveller, and a single 50+ female one at that. And sure, I own a bike (every creature still breathing in Missoula Montana owns and rides a bike!).
What interested me most, however, were the human dynamics: the road adventures; the quite critical elements (sensitively understated) of early social exchanges: decisions of whether to rest or pedal another 20 miles, camp out or book a room, sightsee an extra day or hit the road... and, later on, while pedalling 'alone' the delights and challenges of wholly independent travel. These are what fascinate me most.
Jane is intuitive enough to sense that we WANT to know what's on the menu at the traveller's cafe and who was there and how they were attired. How petty it sounds; yet how genuine are such 'issues' when on the road-- whether with chance acquaintances or longtime friends.
Go ahead! Read and relish the details of this remarkable courageous journey but take note of the 'other stuff' as well.
My only criticism? I winced at Jane's self-identification as an "old lady". Late 50s?? "Old" is decades away from us, girl.
Her book is very encouraging and created a desire to do what she has done