Cher’s Cycle Trip Across America

How it all Began

May 1976 – Seattle USA

Sitting in the staff room on yet another wet and rainy day in Seattle, over 30 years ago, a conversation was taking place that was hard for me to believe.  Rita, a fellow teacher, uttered the word “Cycling”.  ”Cycling”, I heard it again. Immediately, my ears perked up.  Hey, this woman had my attention.

Scooting my chair over to hear her better, I soon learned that she had some friends that planned to ride their bicycles across the States.  At first I thought she said, “State” and was suitably impressed.  Impressed by them riding from Neah Bay to the Idaho border. That must be close to 600 miles I thought. What a trip! But I was terribly wrong.

Actually, Rita’s friends were riding across “The States”. That’s the United States of America.  That’s from sea to shining sea.  What’s more, that’s a hell of a long way.

Even more fascinating was that these crazy cyclists were going to pedal their way across the length of America during Summer Vacation.  That’s only 3 months.

Hey, I thought, a trip like that would be the adventure of a lifetime.  Just think of all the places you could REALLY see.  Just think of all the people you could sit and tell lies with and even share a beer.

If ‘they’ could do it, I certainly could.  Perhaps I’d do it the summer of 1977.  Yeah, I’d do it then.  But did I do it that summer? Nope, I left for New Zealand instead.

January 2012 – Auckland, New Zealand

“Linda, I signed up, I sent my deposit, I’m going on the trip across the USA in 2013 come hell or high water.” That’s more or  less what my email to Linda Smith said way back in January. Let me explain………

You see, I now live in New Zealand where I have been living most of my life since that summer way back in 1977.   Life, for sure, is different now.  I’m older and that means I’m suppose to be wiser (as I have to keep reminding my husband – ha!). Unfortunately it also means that I’m certainly not as able bodied as I was in my twenties.  But a wish in youth is no less a wish 35 years later.

So when Linda initially mentioned travelling across America via the Southern Tier Route with Womans Tours she, like Rita so many years before, had my attention.

The difference is this time I believe I’m wise enough to know that we are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true.

Being older, I know that just having a wish isn’t enough. To make it happen I certainly have to work for it. I know I’m not just going to be able to hop on a bike and hope to get fit enough, quickly enough, to pedal  3,040 miles from San Diego to St Augustine Flordia in 58 days without doing some serious training ahead of time.

As a result this web site was born. It was conceived to share my story with others as well as to keep me on track before and during my Crossing America in 2013.

Cher Reynolds

PS:  Don’t be shy. Drop me a message. I’d love to hear from you.                                           What’s more if you want to follow my trip all you have to do is:

  1. Fill in the Information in the “Leave a Reply Box”  box at the end of this page & write a reply. (Don’t worry nobody will see your email address)
  2. Tick the box at the end of this page just below the “Post Comment” button that says,  “Notify me of new posts by email”.  This is the 2nd box                                       You could also……………….
  3. Tick the box that say “Notify me of follow-up comments by email” if you want to see comments people make. Warning, seeing comments made may drive you nuts so you may not want to tick this box. This is the 1st box
  4. Now hit the “Post Comment” button
  5. Then the site will automatically send you an email that asks you if you really, really want to do this. If you do just accept and “Bob’s your uncle” as they say in Kiwi Land


77 Responses to HOME

  1. Ted and Jac says:

    G’Day Cher
    It a wet Sunday in Stratford upon Avon (just thought you might like to know).
    Have started a spreadsheet with your completed miles.
    So as of end of Paddy’s Day it’s 532 down and 2563 to go (better than 20% already – them miles are whizzing past just like the lady bikers)
    Keep up the great coverage and don’t forget to enjoy the view as you go.


  2. Ted and Jac says:

    Hi Cher,

    Have been following you on the map. Hope all is going well and that all the training is now paying dividends.


  3. pat taylor says:

    hi Cher, I am one the ladies on the Harley trike that stop at one of your water breaks outside of Wickenburg, Az It was sooo cool meeting you ladies and I would like to keep following your adventure. Safe riding and have many laughs and memories.

  4. Steven says:

    I think this is great. You do know that I used to be a factory sponsored mountain bike racer for Mongoose bicycles. Also I was on the first Federal law enforcement mountain bike patrol. I helped write the training manual for the Federal law enforcement training course. I like bikes of all sort.

  5. Gaye Adsett says:

    How r u? Hope u r having fun.

  6. Bette Hansch says:

    Really admire what you’re doing. I use to teach with your sister, Billie.

  7. Terry Skaugstad says:

    Would love to read about your journey.

  8. Craig says:

    Hope you weren’t shaken off your bike this morning!

  9. Billi Kraft says:

    Your first day was certainly quite the adventure!! Look forward to following your blog. Go, Cher!!

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