It’s been almost 10 years since I first started dreaming of bicycle touring after reading the book, “Hey Mom, Can I Ride My Bike Across America?” a story of 5 kids that rode across the United States. Along with my son, Keith, we began preparing for a trip beginning in St. Louis following the Lewis and Clark Trail, traveling as far as we could in three weeks. We ended up riding for over 1000 miles, ending in Chamberlain, South Dakota.
A lot has water has gone under the bridge since that trip. The twelve year-old that rode with me is now turning 22 and a Junior in college. My Uncle Wes, another key player in this trip, picking up our vehicle at our starting place and meeting us with it at the end has since passed away but will always be remembered for his love of cycling and adventure.
Over the last several weeks, I’ve pulled out the old Adventure Cycling maps and dusted off my trusty touring bicycle and started dreaming of the open road again. The first time, I did it for my son. This time I’m doing it for myself. When I arrive in Chamberlain again and cycle out out through the prairies of South Dakota this June, it will be a new experience – a solo adventure.
The preparation has begun. I’ve stared cycle commuting to work each day. I’ve started a pack list. I’m tuning up the bicycle and I’ve purchased updated maps. What will this adventure have in store?