April 7, 2014
Back in August, I wrote a half-way trip report from the Colorado Wildflowers and Rivers Adventure Cycling fully supported tour. It was my first Adventure Cycling tour and my mom's first bike ride longer than 25 miles. I didn't know what to expect beforehand, but I couldn't have anticipated the pride and joy I felt during that week in Colorado.
When my mother and I set out to climb Vail Pass on day five, we were both nervous and both tired. We relied on each other for encouragement and strength in a way we've never had to do before. When we finally made it to the top, we shared hugs and congratulated each other through tears of joy.
It's an experience I'll always remember. When my mother and I talk about this tour, we beam. The conversation always ends with, "It was just the best!"
I'm hooked. I can't speak highly enough of the Adventure Cycling fully supported tours. They gave us support beyond just carrying our gear — they helped us accomplish our goals together.
So right now, I'm in the midst of my second Adventure Cycling tour, the Texas Hill Country fully supported tour. This time I'm touring my homestate with my dear friend Anna. Anna and I met seven years ago and immediately became adventure partners.
But as the years went by, our adventures together turned from traveling to Yosemite to climb to more things like traveling all over the country to see everyone we know get married. So this fall, we made the concious effort to slow down and spend some time adventuring by bike together. We're excited for the chance catch up, reminisce, and make new memories.
I am so happy to be enjoying an adventure with this lovely lady and the amazing Adventure Cycling Tours Staff! Follow along on our Instagram and be sure to tag your own Adventure Cycling Tour photos with #ACAtours.
Top photo by Tammy Schurr.
Bottom photo by a nice, random climber.
ART. ADVENTURE. AWESOMENESS. wishes to bring you enthusiasm to your day. This column is written by Rachel Stevens, a graphic designer at Adventure Cycling Association.