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Old 02-09-14, 12:25 AM
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British Girl Cycles All 50 US states

My wife and I had the pleasure of hosting Anna McNuff one evening, as she biked all 50 states in the USA. She began in July 2013 in Alaska, then cycled the lower 48 states. She then flew to Hawaii in mid January 2014 to complete her journey.
Checkout her inspirational web site: https://bigfive-o.tumblr.com/
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Thanks for the link to her story - it was a very interesting read.

So often, n00bs (like me to an extent) are interested more in the equipment aspect (frames, cranks, wheels, cassettes, brakes and all that sort of thing) of Touring (and maybe biking in general) than the actual Touring activity itself.

That said, there are many who post here that "the ride" or "the tour" really is the main venue. I've read frequently, "It's not about the bicycle - it's about the tour" (can't remember who said it - maybe FeitsBob...) and that really is so true. Because if the interest lies mainly in the equipment, this entire forum could be about scuba gear or mountaineering gear or photography gear or whatever.

This young woman's posting (unintentionally) really speaks to touring and adventure and less about the equipment that is used.

So, again, thanks for posting this.

It's interesting that, at the time I'm making this post, there are/were 102 "Views" and 0 comments. Maybe for some it really is about the bicycle..... what's next?
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I agree with that statement, PolarBear007.

An intriguing story, the way she wrote it added an excellent sense of energy and excitement. Something which I think probably speaks to her character.

Either way, brilliant read. She made it fun, even for those of us who weren't there.
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overstayed her tourist visa, I suspect . unless she made multiple entry trips for various segments .
zig zagging the CDN border a few times would work .

Visiting the British Isles I had just 6 months .

Australians, Rowan/Machka found
The US has a three-month limit on its ordinary tourist visa which would preclude completion of a trans-continental ride


She has returned to her job in England, with Sky TV.
though a Sky-TV- Murdoch- Fox connection would probably get special consideration ..

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overstayed her tourist visa, I suspect . unless she made multiple entry trips for various segments .
zig zagging the CDN border a few times would work .

Visiting the British Isles I had just 6 months .
She didn't overstay her tourist visa. She started her ride the end of July, finished 6 months later, the end of January.
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Thanks for the link! She's a very good writer, and I am going to steal her line, "There's a difference between being a bad-ass and a dumb-ass."
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I'll share a few of the more memorable stories Anna shared with me.
She tried to ride around 75 miles a day. Longest day was 130 miles.
She camped most of the time the first 4 months. One of her memorable camping moments was the morning she woke up, having camped just 20' from the north rim of the Grand Canyon. The fog lifted from the canyon, as the sun arose. One scary evening camping was in Yellowstone Park, which was mostly deserted as was near the end of camping season. Said she slept with her bear spray clutched tightly to her chest.
She occasionally stopped and shared her experience with school children.
She was in Colorado in September during the epic flooding. Rescued 2 people from a car that over turned where a road had washed out.
She was in South Dakota during the October 4' snow fall.
The last couple months, she stayed mainly with Warm Shower hosts (how we met her).
Winter hit our area (northern Arkansas) the week she arrived. The two previous days before she arrived at our home, she bike 95 miles each day. She posted a photo with a scarf wrapped around her face, with 2 small icicles hanging from her chin!
I asked what part of the country she liked best? Said she really enjoyed southern Utah and the Zion National Park.
And what surprised her most? She said how much wide open country we have and people's regional accents.
She was a delight to meet, such a happy girl with a positive attitude.
She has returned to her job in England, with Sky TV. Yes, the same company that sponsors Team Sky, the pro cycling team.
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