Trang’s truck, with all of our bikes and stuff, before leaving her house in New Orleans
In order to shorten the trip to the Northeast and make it to Newport by the beginning of June, Dallas and I caught a rideshare out to Atlanta with two other girls. Trang had plenty of space in her truck for our bikes and gear, and the other passenger, Emmaline, graciously offered for us to stay the night at her house when we got to Atlanta.
Dallas drove for the first half of the trip, and Emmaline drove the rest of the way to her house, where her mother greeted us and welcomed us inside. After Trang continued toward East Atlanta, Dallas and I joined Emmaline for food, coffee, and cake at Cafe Intermezzo. I must say that their tiramisu is the closest I’ve been able to find to the ones they have at Whole Foods and Rouses. Delicious!
Sarah grew up in Cranston - just south of Providence, Rhode Island - and developed a love for travel, music, and outdoor sports at an early age. She had started bicycling long distances at age 12, as a participant of the MS150 bike tours to raise money for the MS Society. She didn't use her bike regularly until she built her own while studying in Montreal and found it an excellent way to get around the city.
After graduating from McGill and moving back to Providence, Sarah started working at Brown University's office of Environmental Health & Safety as the Biological Safety Specialist. She was living 4 miles away at the time, and for the first few weeks was driving to work. She made the switch from driving to bicycling when she realized that she could get to work faster, avoid parking tickets, and integrate a few miles of training into her day. Bicycling was better for the environment and better for her own health and mood. She found that she had more energy and felt much happier once she started biking to work. When her car broke down several months later, she never bothered replacing it.
After 4 years of working in Biosafety (and on her master's in Environmental Studies), Sarah left her job to pursue her passion. She has been working various jobs in the bicycle industry since June of 2011, including pedicab driver, bicycle tour guide, bike mechanic and traveling bicycle advocate. In between seasonal jobs, she has done a few long-distance bike tours, which is the main reason for this blog. Her dream is to eventually ride around the world and sail across the oceans.