By Virginia Mudd
Think examining a ''Cycling significant other Wanted'' advert in a bicycling e-newsletter for a cross-America motorbike 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 Taken from Virginia's magazine this tells the tale of 2 twenty-nine yr outdated adventurers who satisfy a typical dream. She recollects exhilarating roads and landscapes, tedious miles, peaceable occasions, frightening studies, own struggles, impressive encounters with humans, and the unfolding of a trip of an entire life.
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I was going to meet a friend at the Buttercup Bakery for breakfast. On the way down a long winding grade into Berkeley, the bag which contained all my most important belongings—wallet, credit cards, watch—slipped silently off the back rack. I arrived at the meeting place several miles later to discover it gone. I didn’t panic at first, sure I could retrace my path and find it. Besides, by this time, I was becoming accustomed to this strange loss phenomenon. However, gradually I began to realize that it was just me and my bicycle in the middle of Berkeley with no money and no identification.
The conversation hadn’t gone the way I’d hoped. Harvey had always been my closest ally and brother when I was growing up at home. Instead of being supportive and enthusiastic about the trip, he was negative and discouraging. I began feeling more and more on my own, realizing my actions and decisions were totally mine. I would get no approval or support from those I’d always hoped to receive it from. My mother’s reaction was another surprise. I can’t say she liked the idea, but she seemed to understand why I was going, something even I didn’t fully understand.
For a moment I wasn’t sure that I hadn’t put the ad in the paper myself; it all applied to me except the name. I saw the whole trip before me, even though I hadn’t the vaguest idea of what “bicycling across the country” meant in practical terms. I saw the challenge, the adventure, the new people I would meet, the recognition and admiration, my chance for stardom. I saw the problems associated with leaving for two-and-a-half months. I didn’t know if I could handle being away from Tony for that long.