Iowa Girl, Biking Across America (If I Can Do It, So Can You): Bike Tour Blog

With no money, no muscle, no experience, no company and even no balls, I'm riding my bike across the country. And if I can do it then you can.

All of us come to points in our lives where we ask ourselves 'What am I going to do with my life? What happens next?' Some of us go to college, grad school. Get a new job, make a five year plan. Or...go on a bike tour! That's what I decided to do. 

I'm riding my Surly Long Haul Trucker on the TransAmerica route from the Oregon coast to Iowa, hopefully in time for RAGBRAI. I'm carrying everything with me, and I'm doing it by myself. 

Planning my trip over the last 10 months, many people I talked with expressed interest in the idea of doing a bike tour but usually admitted that it didn't seem like a reality...costing too much money, taking too much time, not feeling fit enough, and the fear of going alone were the common excuses given. 

I'm NOT a cyclist. Before this trip I had never ridden my bike more than 30 or 40 miles in flat Iowa, and I have been known to fall off my bike or ride it into objects not blocking my path. I make my living working as a waitress. My bike maintenance knowledge extends to knowing how to patch a flat tire, but I've never actually tried to do it. 

If going on a bike tour is something that you really want to do, then it IS possible. With no money, no muscle, no experience, no company and even no balls, I'm riding my bike across the country. And if I can do it then you can.  

Join me next week as I update you on week one... Crossing my first mountain pass.

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Randi Shannon June 04, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Good for her! Life is an adventure-Go go go!!!
Terri Holliday July 05, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Wow..you are amazing:) I will watch your progress. Good luck to you!
Kak Pierson July 07, 2012 at 10:30 PM
HI!!!!! I am Iowa girl too :) I am doing RAGBRAI and would love to meet you!
Richard Barringer December 15, 2012 at 12:31 AM
This is an amazing story I have rode the southern tier twice florida to california with little funds. Camped the whole trip Doing it again in feb. 2013 but this time I will have my big social check. Ha Ha. Plan on riding to las vegas
Ryan James Phillips February 05, 2013 at 12:37 AM
Hi. I'm 22 years of age and totally lost in life. I have a job and most things to satisfy my life, but I long for adventure! I currently live in the uk. I recently visited a friend in Poland and over a couple of drinks and a few doobs we came up with this idea of traveling America on a bike with an engine. My friend is more clued up with the technical side of how we going to this so all I want to know is it possible for two foreigners to do this? We both would be first timers in the USA. Can we be totally clueless? Would it be easy to get one off jobs to fund our trips from point to point? We plan on camping. Is it possible to do this for charity maybe?


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