NATCHEZ TRACE PKWY, AMY AND ME
Wrigley Shares His Family's RV Encounters
By Judy Andreotti
December 3, 2015
I thought with this article I would write all about Natchez Trace Parkway, which is 444 miles of beauty, going through three states with no signs, billboards or commercial vehicles. However, I had a once in a lifetime experience that now must take priority. I know no one could top the “cycle of events” that took place! Let me explain.
It was Oct. 30, 2015 and my humans and I were set up in one of the three free campgrounds provided on the Parkway, when a female cyclist picked the site next to ours and started to set up her camp. I was watching her in amazement and wondering where all the stuff, tent, clothes and cookware were coming from! I knew I had to introduce myself, tell her that I write and ask if I could interview her. She looked in disbelief, so I showed her some of the stories Lazydays had published. She agreed and thought it would be an experience for her too, and a chance to tell her story.
Amy Giver is 35 years old, single, a teacher, has worked in the Peace Corp. and has traveled to many foreign countries. She started this journey, after planning for a year, on April 15, 2015 from her home in Calif. and averages 60 miles a day. Her mission for this trip is to promote blood cancer awareness through “Be A Match” organization that is a service to match blood marrow donors to save lives of others in need. Wanting to do more than just donate money, she wanted to educate people as well. As she rides, she stops at clubs, organizations, health clubs and college’s to lecture and promote marrow donorship.
She accomplished her goal in Atlanta, GA. at the Winship Institute, where they welcomed her with open arms and it can be seen on “You Tube” under Winship Institute by typing in “Cross Country Cyclist.” She is now riding for pleasure to New Orleans, LA. where she will board Amtrak and head home.
After breakfast and the interview, Amy broke up camp, packed her bike and dressed in her rain gear, shook my paw and took off promising to be friends forever.
Now, what you need to know here is that “Storm Patricia” was still in the area and the forecast did not look good. The heavens opened up and the rain came down. About two hours after Amy left, we heard a knock on our door. Here was poor Amy looking like a drowned munchkin soaked through and through. She had gone about 10 miles and the force of the rain made it hard for her to see. So, she turned and came back to us.
Gladly taking her in, we gave her dry, warm clothes, locked up the bike and, of course, invited her for dinner and to stay with us overnight until the storm let up. The next day the sky cleared and we both decided it was time to leave. After a good wrestling match on the bed and then a light breakfast Amy repacked her bike, shook my paw and set off for her next stop, Baton Rouge and then onto New Orleans. We were headed directly to New Orleans.
It amazes my humans and I that while on the road we are meeting all types of folks from different walks of life, some who are promoting a good cause, and doing kind deeds. This truly makes us enjoy our new life as full-timers.
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