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(More) women on the road…

September 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Been spending lots of time on Feministe, ‘specially since I’ve been guest-blogging there since Monday. Emily Sullivan from Equal Writes has an interesting piece up about bikeriding across the country both with her female friend and alone. An excerpt:

Trading stories with other bike tourists made it obvious to me that my adventure was quite different. Stealth camping on the side of the highway—while an essential part of the trip to achieve any degree of street cred—was a huge part of the adventure for most. My adventure was in the many ways I was able to minimize the amount of camping I had to do. Pastors, college students, cowboys, chefs, marijuana horticulturalists, writers, bike mechanics, and nuclear physicists are among the many incredible strangers who welcomed me into their homes. People who had never picked up hitchers before gave me a ride. Old people really enjoyed giving me their extra food. I barged into people’s lives unexpectedly and–with any luck–broke down the walls of fear that shelter people away from one another. I was able to do this in large part because of my gender.

Go read the whole piece, it’s quite fascinating.

Tags: Girls with Drive · Grass Routes · Roadtripping

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Sari // Sep 22, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Interesting piece, but it’s definitely a whole-nother ballgame to be traveling via bicycle. The safety of a car is invaluable, especially when you’re couch surfing, not camping on the side of the road. Roadtripping I feel like is much more independent–you can survive with gas stations and Blackberries, while bikeriding depends a lot more on the kindness of strangers.

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