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In 2018, 57-year-old Patricia McNeal cycled 2,200 miles from her home in Panama City, Florida, to Los Angeles. Why? Because in 2013 she suffered a stroke that left her unresponsive and facing days of physical therapy. Before the stroke Patricia rode her bike most days and just a week later she got back on and rode 35 miles. Now she wanted to go further, “Cycling saved my life, along with a change of diet – If I hadn’t been cycling as much as I was, I might not be here. After my experience, I feel like I have a purpose”
She trained constantly for her long-distance ride, logging up to 100 miles a day on her Trek bike for months in advance, but it was all done on Florida’s flat roads, so she never bothered shifting gears. She learned how to do that roughly 1,700 miles into her journey
Patricia decided to tackle the long haul as a way to prove a point to herself and others. “I wanted to show women, and African American women in particular, what they can do,” she said. “I bumped into a couple of black guys in Mississippi who said they’d never seen a black woman on a bike. On TV you see cyclists, but they’re white and small. I’m a grandma. I just want to show people—you go anywhere in the world on a bike.” .
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So what’s next for Patricia? Well, she’s just set off from Seattle to Key West to raise awareness of her community that is still suffering the effects of Hurricane Michael. Give her a follow @heels_on_wheelzz
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