Week Seven: The Journey Continues
This last week, she took a break from the bike to go on some fun excursions. Her cycling group explored the Gila Cliff Dwellings and also visited White Sands desert to take part in the popular activity of dune sledding
“No pedaling just coasting and steering, and having a blast!”
The state’s beautiful vistas and hills remain thrilling, even when the routes are tough to ride. “I think the best thing I experienced on the ride was the exhilarating, exciting ride down from the highest elevation I’ve ever biked up,” she says. “No pedaling just coasting and steering, and having a blast!”
Weather and equipment problems are still par for the course on this kind of trip. Carol discovered her left brake was no longer functioning after a strong wind gust nearly took her down. Luckily, one of the trip’s organizers and resident repairman, Ken, came to the rescue to fix her brake and broken odometer.
By the end of this week, Carol had clocked in 2,100 miles and reached the Continental Divide. Arizona awaits!
Carol Zemola Garsee is inspiring others to embrace a healthier lifestyle as she bikes cross-country in the adventure of a lifetime. First inspired by her mother who was an avid cyclist, this 77-year-old continues to ride. What started as a necessity to get around Chicago, her love of biking blossomed into long-distance riding. This is Carol’s second cross-country trip. She has also ridden through several states, Italy, and Canada.