There. I said it.
When I started this blog in 2011, I started it as a way to chronicle my losing weight/finding fitness process that I had been living and succeeding and failing and living and succeeding for years upon years.
Somewhere in all of that, my bike nerd intersected with my camp nerd and I learned about bike touring and bike overnights.
I remember thinking I couldn’t do it. I wasn’t fit enough. I didn’t have the right gear, enough know-how. I was afraid. I was afraid of failing. I was afraid of trying. Afraid of being embarrassed. Afraid of being a fat girl on a bike.
But something happened. With the encouragement of a friend who – if you knew her – really isn’t afraid of anything in life, we went on our first bike overnight together. A bit ill-prepared, and got a little lost – but we made it and something new in me was born.
If you have ever looked longingly at people on bike tours, or imagined where you might be able to go on the crest of your own wave of adventure, here is what I want you to know: You can do it.
If you have ever read blogs or seen photos of lithe women who are out there in the world – maybe their own solo adventure pedaling across Australia, maybe a TransAm – anything – if you have ever looked at them longingly and thought to yourself that it seemed so exciting, so exhilarating, so liberating, but it’s for other people and not for you – you’re not fit enough, your too old, you’re not even sure you know how to ride a bike anymore – I want you to know you can do it. I want to help you.
My mission is to help more women go on their first bike overnight.
I think the world would be a better place if more women stepped out of their comfort zone – that boundary that we put ourselves in consciously or unconsciously – and tried things that they desperately wanted to experience even though they were afraid.
That’s what I want to do. That’s my point.
There’s a lot of information out there. Sometimes it’s too much. You’re not a dude stealth camping across Europe, you’re not bikepacking the continental divide – and you don’t have to compare yourself to anyone to try this on.
You’re you. You’re on your own damn journey. And I want to help you get started.