My week with the PV Bike Chicks was extraordinary! I led 9 ladies and one (very awesome) husband on the same route of my very 1st self supported bicycle tour back in 2010—Big Sur. With my bike-hero/bestie/copilot Spencer Harding by my side, we were an unstoppable force. Big Sur was his entry into self supported bicycle touring as well. Now 4 years later, we were guiding it together.
The best coastline you could ever ride in the world is right at California’s door. Secluded from big trucks and tour buses, HWY 1 from Monterrey to Pismo Beach has all the glory of dramatic scenery, fresh sea air, and untouched cliffs plunging into the ocean. I’ve driven this coast before, and so have many of the Bike Chicks. But as Nancy Linn put it “the experience of riding was… gosh… words can’t even describe.” Yeh, Nancy, it’s just like that.
Jeff, the team leader from Bicycle Adventures joined as the tour “Cabana Boy” to learn the region. He was hooked instantly, stuck on those vibrant beach sunsets—just California in perfect form.
Aside from the scenery, there was something special about this group. The camaraderie, the constant laughter, and the undying support through and through. On the first day shuttle ride, phones were passed around with pictures of grandchildren and stories of so and so’s husband were shared. This relationship between the gals goes deep, beyond the bike rides that Karen Ray started organizing over 15 years ago. Their lives have grown together and a bike has become a way to reunite them all.
Gratefully, the group doesn’t hold exclusivity to the core members. Tracy, Nancy R., and Doug were adopted for their cool tones, jolly talk, and harmonica tunes. Yes, this group has it all, and by the end of the week I wanted to scream “Adopt me as a Bike Chick too!”
So here’s to the lovely ladies! A toast to all them as a painting.