Cross-Country Cycling Adventure. My daughter and I biked across America for osteoporosis charity.
Biking across America. Age 50+ From California to Virginia.
When my 22-year-old daughter asked me to join her in a great adventure and challenge, I hesitated and voiced all my objections and fears.
How would we finance it? Could we get in shape to ride 3,000+ miles? Am I too old? Will we go with a group? Should we buy maps and go by ourselves? Should we ask someone to drive a camper for us?
My daughter threw down the gauntlet, “Mom, I know you’ll find a way if you really want to.”
Two months later we had landed a major corporation as a sponsor (General Mills and Total Cereal. Hence the Total jerseys). We invited JC’s best friend to drive the Recreational Vehicle.
We bought the detailed, terrific maps of the TransAmerica Bike Route from www.adventurecycling.org and read their magazine Adventure Cyclist to get an idea of what we “didn’t know”.
OSTEOPOROSIS CHARITY WORTH THE WORK
We contacted the National Osteoporosis Foundation and offered to dedicate our ride to their cause.
Why? I am afflicted with osteoporosis, as are my sisters and mother. So we launched a website and blog for donations of a dollar for each mile we biked. Our goal was to ride across the country and increase awareness of women’s bone health. We accomplished the ride, we remained friends, no one was hurt, and perhaps our greatest achievement was raising $52,000 for a worthwhile cause.
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About the Author: Marybeth Bond, the Gutsy Traveler, National Geographic author of 11 travel books, featured guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and founder of the Online Travel Magazine www.GutsyTraveler.com She has been featured over 1,000 times on TV, radio and print. She is a Contributor to CNN, CNN Airport Network and CNN.com Speaker, spokesperson, author, travel expert, Marybeth, the Gutsy Traveler walks the talk. She's an adventurer; biked two months across the USA, traveler to over 90 countries, media travel expert for CBS News, CNN, ABC, NBC, NPR and National Geographic.