June 2, 2016
Guest post by Heike Pirngruber
Cycling the American West as a solo, female cyclist is too dangerous? No, it is definitely not! As part of my around-the-world cycling trip, I spent the last six months cycling the western United States and had a superb time!
Cycling the West is pedaling through postcard scenery every single day. I promise you won’t find a dull moment because there is beauty at every corner on a very diverse landscape.
I always found quiet roads to stay away from the traffic and picked those remote roads on purpose to be on the safe side and to be able to experience the real Wild West of the country.
I often camped wild, away from anything and anyone. Campfires sweetened my lonely evenings and I often dreamed under the stars with the sound of the howling coyotes.
I also rolled through many little towns with the typical charm of the old days: cowboys, saloons, and a Wild West atmosphere.
Americans are much nicer than you might think. They are very friendly, helpful, generous, and hospitable and invited me in several times. They were very supportive and gave me a great welcome in most areas I came through. I also used the warmshowers.org community a few times and had only good experiences.
I can only encourage other solo female cyclists to set off into the Wild West to enjoy this great country from the saddle of a bicycle. It definitely remains one of my favorite cycling destinations on the planet and I have pedaled in quite a few other countries by now.
Go for it! It’s great out there.
I am Heike Pirngruber, a German solo female cyclist pedaling the globe. Find my blog here: www.pushbikegirl.com, or my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pushbikegirl , or my new flickr site where you can find a lot of pictures I took in the U.S.: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pushbikegirl/albums/72157667660012556
Photos by Heike Pirngruber
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