Local women ready to ride across country
By the time they reach their destination of Bar Harbor, Maine, they will have logged 4,500 miles on loaded 60 pound bikes over mountain passes, across high plains, through pine and deciduous forests, towns and cities and along highways of many variation – some with shoulders, some with none, curvy or stick straight for miles on end. Randall is the vice chairwoman of the ECO Eagle Valley Trails Committee and asks that anyone who uses the local trail system and also supports the use of bicycles as an alternative form of transportation to make a pledge to the ECO Trails program in the name of her and Marano’ ride. “I would like to raise awareness about how important it is to have routes for safe cycling and walking through our valley as an alternative to road shoulders,” Randall said. “Anyone that has ridden a bike can appreciate how much effort it is to ride from one side of our great country to the other. We appreciate your best wishes and hope that you will translate that support into a contribution to ECO Trails right here at home. National surveys repeatedly show that citizens rank walking and cycling routes as one of their highest priorities for their communities and we are trying to implement a linked system with limited funding.”The route they will take through the northern tier of the United States is recommended by the Adventure Cycling organization and will average 65 miles per day. They hope to have friends and family meet them along the way for moral support and to try and find paved trail sections to ride where they can and inquire about how those trails were developed and funded. Randall encourages pledges by the mile, foot or inch or lump sums to ECO Trails, whatever one is inspired to give. Pledges can be made by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with name, address and contact phone number. Citizens who pledge funds will be sent updates on Randall’s progress and interesting moments as she reports them back to ECO Trails. For more information, call Ellie Caryl at (970) 328-3523.
Vail resident Louise Randall and Lisa Marano of Eagle-Vail leave July 26 to fly to Anacortes, Wash., where they will begin a two-and-a-half month journey across America by bicycle.
In terms of area, it’s the county’s smallest conservation deal ever. In terms of location, it’s one of the county’s rarest acquisitions.