Road to Freedom Tour
People wonder why a middle aged woman would get rid of all the comforts of home, load fifty pounds of gear onto a bicycle and set off across the country, alone… self-contained and unsupported. The answer is simple, really. It’s My True North.
I’ve always wondered what’s around the next bend, where a road leads and what beauty lies off the beaten path. Seeing the country by bicycle forces me to take the time to enjoy the splendor, to meet the wonderful people, and keep the pioneer spirit of America alive.
I’m an adventurer at heart and cannot seem to fit into a mold… any mold. My Native American mother named me Winds of Autumn. She used to say trying to pin me down or get me to fit the mold was like trying to catch the autumn wind and place it in a box. It was impossible.
I’m not trying to set a time record. I’ve ridden up hills at four miles per hour for hours. I’m trying to be free, and perhaps to show other women they can be as well.
Pedaling With Purpose
On November 5, 1984, I was abducted in broad daylight from a parking lot by a drug crazed criminal. He’d been out of jail for less than twenty four hours. I was beaten, raped and left for dead in a remote area of North Florida. By God’s grace I survived that attack.
The broken bones healed but I suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Fortunately, I had a great medical/mental health team and was able to recover. Sadly, that’s not the case with so many women who survive violent assaults. Many are imprisoned in their homes. If they do venture out, they experience anxiety and panic.
I want to help them find the courage to seek help. To face their fear and find the freedom they deserve. I ride for them. I ride for freedom–theirs and my own.
Where the Trip Has Taken Me So Far
I started out on July 13, 2013 from Greenville, South Carolina. The first leg of my journey took me over 1,700 miles through South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois. I’ve spoken to seventeen different groups, ministered to over 1,300 individual women and one male perpetrator.
I’ve spent the night in homes and front yards of total strangers, homes of friends. I’ve made a dozen new and lifelong friends.
One out of four women in America will be the victim of violent assault or sexual abuse in our country during their lifetime. Many of them are prisoners in their own homes. They are too fearful to venture out.
God wants to set them free and is using me-a middle aged women- traveling alone to help them muster the courage to Face their fear and find the freedom to live the abundant life God intends for them.
My plans are to leave Jacksonville, Florida in Mid October heading west… again. Road to Freedom Tour continues.
How You Can Help
As I travel, I will be meeting with groups and speaking about PTSD, speaking out about women and violence. Together, we can set women free all over the country. Consider joining the tour by:
- Follow my blog and invite others to do the same. Spread it on social media.
- Purchase my book, Facing Fear and Finding Freedom, available for $2.99 on Amazon. Just click on the picture to purchase. Give it as a gift to any woman needing to overcome fear that holds her back from accomplishing her dreams.
- Get the word out to your local media about this trip and its purpose.
- Donate via PayPal (firstname.lastname@example.org). Just transfer funds into my account using this email address.
Thank you so much for your support. your prayers and your encouragement as I take this Journey on the Road to Freedom Tour!
Wishing you the best,