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Bad JuJu
06-04-2006, 08:49 AM
I just finished a short Womantours tour--their Terry Tour of Maryland. According to friends and neighbors, I came home happier than they've seen me in months!

It wasn't exactly an epic adventure, and to many of you, the mileage will seem quite short, but for this 53-year-old woman who's just coming back to cycling from a back and knee injury, it was a major victory :) . Read about it on my blog: Tour de Chesapeake (http://wksinprogress.blogspot.com/2006/06/tour-de-chesapeake.html)

snapdragen
06-04-2006, 09:04 AM
Sounds like a great time, I'd love to ride in that area someday.

KnottedYet
06-04-2006, 09:11 AM
Just read the blog. Very cool.

Whipped cream on a margarita? :eek:

Fuji Girl
06-04-2006, 10:30 AM
A friend of mine just did Woman Tours from San Diego to Florida, one of their group was hit by a car and killed. It was really terrible. I've always wanted to do something like that, but now I have all sorts of reservations. I'm glad you had a good experience though.

DeniseGoldberg
06-04-2006, 10:41 AM
A friend of mine just did Woman Tours from San Diego to Florida, one of their group was hit by a car and killed. It was really terrible. I've always wanted to do something like that, but now I have all sorts of reservations. I'm glad you had a good experience though.
I read about that in JoAnne Diller's journal (http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/journal/Pizazz2006). What an unfortunate accident. I hate even thinking about something like that happening on a trip like that - but it could just as easily happened when riding around home. Please don't let something like this keep you from traveling on your bike.

--- Denise

DeniseGoldberg
06-04-2006, 10:42 AM
...for this 53-year-old woman who's just coming back to cycling from a back and knee injury, it was a major victory :) .
It sounds like you really enjoyed the tour. And I'm always happy to see more women joining me in the world of touring! Does this mean there are more tours in your future?

Thanks for the trip report!
--- Denise

Quillfred
06-04-2006, 10:57 AM
Bad Juju, sounds like a great trip indeed. I would like to try a tour as well some time. Glad you had a nice time.

Fuji Girl
06-04-2006, 10:57 AM
I read about that in JoAnne Diller's journal (http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/journal/Pizazz2006). What an unfortunate accident. I hate even thinking about something like that happening on a trip like that - but it could just as easily happened when riding around home. Please don't let something like this keep you from traveling on your bike.

--- Denise

Do you know JoAnne? 2 women from my cycling group (Chicks on Bikes) were on that trip - they were really devastated.

Lise
06-04-2006, 11:00 AM
Great pictures, and really fun to read your report. I'm going to forward it to my Mom. At 70, I think her bike tour days are done, but I know she'll enjoy reading it. Anybody know how old Georgina is? What an amazing woman.

DeniseGoldberg
06-04-2006, 11:07 AM
Anybody know how old Georgina is? What an amazing woman.
I found a page on the Chatham College website about an award given to Georgena Terry where it lists her as being in the class of '72. If she wasn't an early to school (or late to school) type of person, I would assume that she is in her mid-50s. That could be a bad guess though...
--- Denise

DeniseGoldberg
06-04-2006, 11:18 AM
Do you know JoAnne? 2 women from my cycling group (Chicks on Bikes) were on that trip - they were really devastated.
No, I don't know JoAnne - I was following along in her journal and read about the accident both in her journal and in at least one other journal written by someone on that trip. It does sound like it was devastating, and obviously I don't know the whole story.

But I do know that accidents happen, and I also know that I could very easily have lost my life in my own crash (http://denise2004crash.crazyguyonabike.com) just over two years ago. In fact one of the docs I saw told me about a friend of his who had essentially the same type of crash that I did and who did not survive. Biking and traveling on my bike is part of my life though, and I needed to continue riding (after some healing time, of course). I just couldn't allow that freak accident to stop me. I guess that's what I was trying to say to you in my earlier post - if you have a desire to travel on your bike, then don't let that accident keep you from a dream.


Sorry Bad JuJu, I didn't mean to hijack your thread about your tour. I'm done now...

--- Denise

im4smiley
06-04-2006, 05:55 PM
That tour sounds soo cool. I have looked at those tours on line but for now too expensive for me...some day though!!!

withm
06-04-2006, 06:18 PM
I have ridden most of those roads, but am trying to figure out where the "bridge" is. Just can't remember it. The MD Eastern shore is fabulous riding, especially this time of year. When I rode that ferry to Oxford there was an Aston Martin on board, and when we rode off the ferry at Oxford, there was a Rolls Royce waiting to board. What's wrong with that picture? Well I surely don't fit into that class... LOL.

The trip sounds great. Is this a trip sponsored by Terry on a regular or annual basis?

Bad JuJu
06-05-2006, 10:50 AM
I'm glad you're all enjoying the blog--that's a significant part of the fun for me--reminiscing about the tour with words and photos.

The president of Womantours has a post on her blog about Laraine, the woman who was killed on tour, and there's a sad but hopeful comment by one of the riders on the same tour: Laraine (http://womantours.blogspot.com/2006/05/laraine.html)
It was clearly a terrible tragedy, and would make any cyclist stop and think. On the other hand, I have to agree with Denise about this--I hear more often about cyclists getting hit by cars close to home than when they're on long tours. And wouldn't it be even sadder if Laraine's legacy were to keep women OFF their bikes?

But safety IS a legit concern, and though my experience is limited, the guides on my particular tour displayed an unrelenting concern for our comfort and safety, without actually hovering, kwim?

withm, the bridge was not such a big deal--I was just whiny after 35 miles in a nasty headwind. It was a little bridge to where Old Salty's Restaurant is. And yes, this is an annual trip, run jointly by Womantours and Terry. Great for the beginner or re-beginner (like myself) or for anyone looking for a short tour in pleasant surroundings.

kjay
06-05-2006, 02:23 PM
I found a page on the Chatham College website about an award given to Georgena Terry where it lists her as being in the class of '72. If she wasn't an early to school (or late to school) type of person, I would assume that she is in her mid-50s. That could be a bad guess though...
--- Denise


On a trip with WomanTours last November to Hawaii, I learned that she's somewhere in her 70s. Don't quote me, but it's right around there.

DeniseGoldberg
06-05-2006, 03:59 PM
On a trip with WomanTours last November to Hawaii, I learned that she's somewhere in her 70s. Don't quote me, but it's right around there.
Well, I'm going to use her as a good example then because I want to keep on riding my bikes for many years to come.