Heike Pirngruber: Alone Around the World

June 2, 2016

Grand Staircase Escalante NM in Utah – A Biker’s Dream

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!

Wonderful quiet roads in Northern Arizona

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.

Muddy hell on the Arizona Trail

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.

Pedaling across Nevada in winter was an experience in its own

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.

The Playa in Nevada – one of the best camping spots I ever had

I also rolled through many little towns with the typical charm of the old days: cowboys, saloons, and a Wild West atmosphere.

The Route 66

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.

Enjoying the stars at night surrounded by gigantic Saguaros

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.

I love gravel roads – Arizona has them everywhere

Go for it! It’s great out there.

Redington Road in Southern Arizona

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

Utah – what a beautiful state

Photos by Heike Pirngruber

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