Across America on the Yellow Brick Road, Cycling into a New by Virginia Mudd

By Virginia Mudd

Think analyzing a ''Cycling spouse Wanted'' advert in a bicycling publication for a cross-America motorcycle journey, answering it, and surroundings 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 Taken from Virginia's magazine this tells the tale of 2 twenty-nine 12 months outdated adventurers who satisfy a typical dream. She remembers exhilarating roads and landscapes, tedious miles, peaceable occasions, frightening stories, own struggles, great encounters with humans, and the unfolding of a trip of a life-time.

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The experience had such a profound effect I was barely able to record it in my journal that night, and it was not until a month after we’d completed the trip that I could talk about it even to Carol. I had to repeat the process yet another time the next day, but this time I handled it more matter-of-factly. Day by day, movement became more free-flowing. I religiously drank a mixture of bran, flaxseed and water every morning until we reached the Grand Canyon. By then, the condition was so much improved that I let my body function on its own.

Title. ” —From The Wizard Of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Acknowledgements To all the people across America who befriended us, thank you for your open hearts and many kindnesses. You rekindled my faith in the goodness of people. And also my thanks to Shoshanna Alexander, my editor and project coordinator, for making possible the adventure of creating this book. The Beginning My life has been so short, that I really know nothing whatever. I’m the last person I ever would have imagined to write a personal adventure story.

Dad told me about the bicycle trip he and some college friends had taken through Europe; he clearly thought the idea intriguing and fun. We were chatting more about the trip when the phone rang. Dad’s only sister, Aunt Caryll, had died after a long struggle with cancer. At the funeral in Los Angeles, I said goodbye again to my family; this time to cousins, uncle, second-cousins, brothers, sister, mother, father and, of course, my aunt. Somehow, I felt my own parting similar to hers—a trip into the unknown that I knew I had to do.

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