Number 3 InvitingBallerinas to Texas Rodeos
As I pedaled through Pakistan and Iran dressed like a ballerina at a Texas rodeo breaking all culturally appropriate rules just by breathing, I owe 100’s of thank-you’s to everyone on route for the kindness, encouragement and wonderful camping spots, and meals shared. Most of all thank you for your open mindedness and overlooking my oddness for a lone woman cycling in these areas is about as odd as a ballerina at a Texas rodeo.
Number 2 Pandemic The Magic Bicycle
Now, if you had asked me when I was young what the most significant relationship I would have at this age, I would of never imagined it would be with a magic bicycle. But here I am a solo female cycling around the world since 2009 with Pandemic The Magic Bicycle, the love of my life. Other then a brief affair with Dansey and my recent marriage to my hubby Rohloff it has always been Pandemic. Thanks Pandemic for rolling with me this year.
Number 1 Tackling The Lonesome Blues
Thank you to all of you for the comments, FB and Twitter messages. My writing style has been described by some as unique; others have said I am crazy. Well, every day is a festival if you are already crazy. Maybe, I just like festivals. However, I am lacking company on the road most days and on a bad day, I write until I laugh and that makes me feel better. So, thank you to all of you because without your encouragement to keep sharing I might have lost my mind or at least the other half while I was bicycle touring solo around the world. I also may have found alternative less healthy methods of tackling the lonesome blues. Thank You to YOU and Happy New Years and New Gears everyone!