Episode 18: The End of the Road

Buckland, MA to Camden, ME | September 6-17, 2017 and Beyond | Subscribe

When Kerry leaves Buckland, MA, she knows she’ll be wrapping up the Women Who Dare ride soon, but she still isn’t sure where. A few days on the road in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island provide some clarity. It’s time to head home to Maine.

But first, some relaxation and reflection in a favorite place.

After that, it’s time to start heading north again. Tracing the bubble of route 495 through Massachusetts, Kerry finds family and friends. Then, she rides up the coast of New Hampshire and Maine as far as Brunswick. She spends her final night on the road playing games with friends and her final day riding north and then east to Camden.

Her parents even ride along with her as she comes into town.

And, with that, the Women Who Dare ride is officially over. But, there’s sure to be more from the Women Who Dare project. Join the email list to be the first to know what’s coming next!

 

Released July 10, 2018

Episode 17: Decisions, Decisions

Boston, MA to Buckland, MA | August 31-September 5, 2017 | Subscribe

Continuing on her northeastern tour, Kerry starts by spending a few days in Boston. While in the city, she interviews Colette Chretien, catches up with old friends, and starts planning for more interviews over the holiday weekend.

Though plans aren’t firm on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, Kerry gets on her bike anyway and heads toward western Massachusetts. Thouroughly drenched by the tail end of Hurricane Harvey, Kerry ends up spending the weekend in Pioneer Valley with friends. While there, some big decisions are made.

Then, it’s time to bike north to meet Alice Parker. Though the ride there doesn’t go quite as planned, a brief talk with Alice is worth the hike-a-bike.

 

Released July 3, 2018

Episode 16: First Taste of New England

Camden, ME to Boston, MA | August 15-30, 2017 |Subscribe

From Washington, DC, Kerry takes the night train back to Boston and gets a ride back to Maine. Though the drive feels too fast, in comparison to touring speed, it has the benefit of getting her back to Maine in time to celebrate her friend’s wedding.

Soon enough, it’s time to start off again on the final, northeastern leg of the Women Who Dare ride. For the first 10 miles of Part 5, Kerry is joined by her mom. Then, Kerry cointines on south while her mom loops home again.

The way south through Maine is filled with time spent with family and friends. Finally, after a few days of riding and few days of visiting, Kerry makes it out of Maine, along the beautiful New Hampshire coast, and into Massachusetts.

 

Released June 26, 2018

Episode 15: GAP Trail and C&O Canal Towpath

Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, DC | August 6-14, 2017 |Subscribe

From Pittsburgh to DC, Kerry rides the GAP Trail and the C&O Canal Towpath. It’s a 330+ mile ride, covered exclusively on trails.

At first, Kerry finds it hard to adjust to life without cars. By the time she crosses the Mason Dixon Line, though, she’s fully immersed in her thoughts.

The transition to the C&O Canal Towpath is a bit muddy, like riding through peanut butter, and there is one slight detour.

After that, though, it’s smooth sailing for three days into Washington, DC.

With her arrival in the capitol, Kerry is officially done with part four of the Women Who Dare ride!

Released June 19, 2018

 

Episode 14: Crossing Ohio

Bloomington, IN to Pittsburgh, PA | July 28-August 5, 2017 |Subscribe

Leaving Bloomington, IN, Kerry has eight days to ride 500 miles to Pittsburgh, PA. The first day starts on roads that Kerry loves, but quickly devolves into ugly, flat two-lane highway.

The next day isn’t terribly much better, with Kerry’s mind playing funny tricks with passing drivers. If this misery keeps up, it’s going to be a long ride to Pittsburgh.

Brighter futures are to be found in Ohio, where Kerry meets the operations manager for the Dayton-area Metro Parks, who gives her better directions onto bike paths. Soon, she’s cruising on the Ohio to Erie Trail toward Columbus.

Then, after 6 days in Ohio, Kerry finally crosses into Pennsylvania, riding down Route 51 into Pittsburgh for a rest day.

Released June 12, 2018

Episode 13: The Good and Bad of Indiana

Chicago, IL to Indianapolis, IN | July 19-27, 2017 |Subscribe

Leaving Chicago, Part 4 of the Women Who Dare ride officially starts. Just south of town, Kerry winds her way on various bike trails. Including one straight through a lake.

Her first night out of town, Kerry is offered a place to sleep by a fellow rider. Not only does it make for good company, it’s nice and dry in the morning, when a surprise thunderstorm rolls through. The next night, Kerry isn’t so lucky when she’s awoken in her tent by gale force winds.

Wet, but not melted into a puddle, Kerry gets up after the storm and rides on to Indianapolis. After a weekend’s rest, the Women Who Dare ride continues with a full day of riding with a dear friend.

 

Released June 5, 2018

Episode 12: On to Chicago

Minneapolis, MN to Chicago, IL | July 12-18, 2017 |Subscribe

 Two final days in Minneapolis include more interviews than bike riding, which makes for a nice period of extended rest. Then, it’s time for an early morning ride to catch the train to Chicago.

In Chicago, there’s a weekend of fun, followed by many more Women Who Dare events. Project interviews, a panel discussion, and an interview recording session for The Jam TV show. Still, Kerry finds some time for sight-seeing.

Released May 29, 2018

 

Episode 11: Long Ride to Minneapolis

Ankeney, IA to Minneapolis, MN | July 6-11, 2017 |Subscribe

Before leaving Ankeny, Kerry spends some time researching camping spots. Come to find out, most Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in Iowa are fair game. So, she circles them on her map and heads off. Turns out, this part of Iowa is as flat as she expected.

Though, at first arrival, the Big Wall Lake WMA seemed totally deserted, Kerry actually had lots of company. All of them kind and curious, some of them particularly generous.

Camping at Harmon WMA was equally successful, complete with a beautiful sunset. (And mosquitos polite enough to wait until Kerry was in her tent before descending in hoards.)

While the first day in Minnesota provided some tricky construction detours, Kerry eventually makes it to Minneapolis for the start of a long stay.

Released May 22, 2018

 

Episode 10: Bliss in the Midwest

Denver, CO to Ankeney, IA | June 27-July 5, 2017 | Subscribe

 

Part 3 of the Women Who Dare ride starts with a train ride from Denver, CO to Lincoln, NB. Arriving in Nebraska during the wee hours of the morning, all Kerry can think about is sleeping.

Once she’s awake, though, she finds the Midwest to be quote delightful. Despite the fact that Iowa is hillier than she expected, Kerry enjoys the humid heat and the bountiful green fields.

Plus, the people she’s meeting are unbelievably kind. All of her hosts bend over backward to make her feel comfortable. And, in Winterset, IA, her bike even gets the royal treatment.

Released May 14, 2018

Episode 9: Escaping Wyoming

Lander, WY to Denver, CO| June 16-27, 2017 | Subscribe

 

Kerry arrives in Lander on the back of a nice tailwind. In town, she finds a new way to yard sale.

Then, she leaves town for 5 more days of riding through wide-open Wyoming. Sometimes the landcape looks like Mars.

But, mostly it’s gray-green with sage grass and unbelievably large skies.

Released May 1, 2018