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Monroe will ride her Pedego electric bike to complete her nearly 5,000-mile adventure
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 19, 2017 — No challenge is too big for Lindsay Monroe, 35, who walked 3,200 miles across America, from Myrtle Beach, S.C. to Lincoln City, Ore. From November 2016 to September 2017, Monroe walked through 13 states, including South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Idaho and Oregon.
Now the spirited, five-foot two-inch adventurer is headed back home, riding her 24-inch Pedego® Interceptor electric bike back to the East Coast. She will cover more than 1,700 miles through six states: Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Altogether, her journey will take her nearly 5,000 miles.
Monroe’s sole companion has been Cynthiana, AKA “Thina,”a formerly stray dog named for the Arkansas state grape. Thina joined Monroe on her journey when she was working at an Arkansas vineyard. Along her journey, Monroe works for her keep at restaurants and other small businesses, staying in locals’ homes or camping.
A native of Rutland, Mass., Monroe was a bartender and professional photographer working 60 hours per week when she decided to walk across America and find new inspiration for her life. On her year-long journey, she has relied on the kindness of strangers for part-time work, food and housing. She has discovered that people are inspired by her endeavor, and most are happy to help her, even if their own circumstances permitted them to barely scrape together ten dollars.
On the trip back to the East Coast, Monroe and Thina will cycle through seven states. They embark on Sept. 26, in Tulsa, Okla., and will continue until Nov. 13, when they are expected to arrive in Richmond, Va. The route includes stops at the five Pedego electric bike stores listed below. Each location is preparing to welcome Monroe with bike tune-ups and hometown hospitality.
“It’s a joy to see America from a bicycle, especially with my dog Thina along for the ride in her trailer,” said Monroe, 35. “My Pedego Interceptor electric bike empowers me to easily visit sites that would be impossible to reach by car — and make a lot of new friends, too.”
The media is invited to visit with Monroe at the following Pedego store locations:
Monroe will be riding a seafoam green Pedego 24-inch Interceptor, which boasts a rugged 500-watt motor and a powerful 48-volt battery that will enable her to pull Thina’s pet trailer the whole way.
“Lindsay is an inspiration to us all,” said Pedego Electric Bikes CEO and co-founder Don DiCostanzo. “She shows us that we can take control of our lives, enjoy great adventures and make a lot of friends along the way.”
Follow Monroe’s journey on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/monroelindsay
About Pedego Electric Bikes
Pedego® Electric Bikes is the Number 1 electric bike brand in the United States, according to Navigant Research. Pedego manufactures 12 high-quality, innovative models, including cruisers, tandems, commuters, fat-tire bikes, mountain bikes, cargo bikes and a convenient electric folding bike. Sold at more than 100 Pedego-branded stores and hundreds of independent electric bike dealers worldwide, Pedego’s stylish “pedal or not” electric bikes boast powerful, whisper-quiet motors that let riders sail up hills and breeze through headwinds with a smile. Available in hundreds of color combinations, Pedego electric bikes deliver a green alternative for transportation, exercise and recreation — transforming lives with fun and delight. Founded in 2008, Orange County, Calif.-based Pedego inspires riders to say, “Hello, Fun!”
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