From April 6, 2011, through April 2012, this blog is about THE PATERNA TOUR! I’m cycling from Goochland, Virginia, to Niagara Falls, NY and then across the U.S. to Seattle, Washington. After that, a brief visit home and then cycling around the national parks in Washington, Montana and Idaho and a 2 week visit to Victoria, BC before heading up to Alaska on the state ferry and 2 weeks cycling in Ak. From AK, I’ll ferry back to Washington, and spend Oct. cycling the Pacific coast. November, cycling from LA to New Orleans, and then I’m headed up the Natchez Trace. Another quick visit home, and then back to Nashville, and another 3 months on the bike, cycling around my beautiful country, meeting amazing people.
This blog is a continuation of a previous blog, whose name apparently had some ambiguous connotations that were unintentional. So; new blog. If you feel you want/need to catch-up on previous posts, you can view the previous blog here: Previous blog
I’m a cycling enthusiast, or a fitness cyclist, who also is a recreational cyclist. My partner in all this is my Bianchi Axis. It’s a cyclo-cross, given to me by my best friend when I began really enjoying cycling again. At that time, a long ride was 21 miles. Now, a Saturday generally brings no less than 50. Everyday I struggle to get myself off the bike, and into town to work. Previously, I would go to work at 9 am, and someone would call me at the studio around 9 pm and ask, “Mom, are you coming home?”. I’m obsessive about some of the rides, about getting 200 miles a week, obsessive about keeping a spare tube in the saddle bag, and never losing face with the pace group I’m cycling with, but not about cycling in general. It’s not an obsession. It’s true love;0)
When I was cycling previously, I cycled 50-100 miles a week, ran 63 miles a week. 9 miles a day, 7 days a week. When I divorced in ’81, I dropped the running and cycled more and more. In ’84, I cycled to Roanoke Rapids, NC and back by myself, and later that year, headed from Richmond, VA to West, Virginia on my bike. Alone, female and under 30. After a full day of cycling 12 miles/hr, on my 18 speed mixte Nishiki, Charlottesville was mine. Day one was accomplished and I had been rained on for 8 hours. At that time, I didn’t know what I didn’t know, so on day 2, I headed on up Afton Mountain to continue my journey to West VA. At the top of Afton Mountain, I was told that the Parkway was closed due to flash flooding, and mudslides, as well as 0 visibility. In otherwords, I was turned back. Discouraged, I called my friend and cycling mentor, Kevin Custalow. He jumped on his bike, and dashed up to Kent Store to meet me and ride home with me. Cheering me up along the way;0)
My entire cycling adventure has been populated with amazing, kind, warm, valuable people like Kevin. I’m thankful and in love with cycling, and with my cycling friends.