At the March 21 Evanston Bicycle Club meeting we were inspired by the story of Patricia Brumment who rode across the country three times. Patty signed up for her first cross country ride in December of 2013 after she retired from teaching in schools in Wilmette and in fulfillment of a long time dream and promise to her father she made before he died of cancer in 2010.
At this time she had not done rides longer than 20 miles, so she embarked upon a training regimen that included spinning, swimming, ice skating and lot of bike riding including 40-60 rides daily and several century rides. She included riding every day back to back in her training plan. She started the ride June, 2014 on a route across the northern part of the country to raise money for cancer research and honor those who died. The ride was a total of 3,744 miles over 50 days.
In 2015 she covered the central part of the United States, starting in San Francisco experiencing such sites as Donner Pass, Monarch Pass, Chillicothe, Michigan, the home of sliced bread, and Kinsey, Kansas the half way point between New York and San Francisco. Total 3918 and 52 days.
In 2017 she rode across the southern portion of the country via a supported camping trip where the group of 13 people stayed in tents and make their own breakfast and dinner as a group. Total 3505 file, 59 days.
Observations from all three rides includes: