Getting Engaged on a Cross-Country Bike Trip

Carrie Shaw - Washington DC

Getting Engaged on a Cross-Country Bike Trip

In the summer of 2012, I embarked on a cross-country ride with my parents from Washington State to Washington, DC where we live. I expected the ride to change my life in many ways but I didn't know how much it would end up teaching me about life and love.

My boyfriend at the time had plans to join us for two legs of the trip, the first out west and the second for a week in Iowa. He is not such a die-hard a cyclist like the rest of us but he enjoys travel and adventure and wanted to get a taste of the experience.

On the fourteenth day of the ride, his seventh, he proposed to me just after my dad and I had ridden our bikes up the continental divide in Montana. I said yes and both our lives would never be the same.

There were a million different details and experiences that made this bike trip what it was. But getting engaged during it made me think more about the future and the realities of life and love. Spending two months with my parents, as an adult, was a really unique experience and it gave me new perspective on what it means to commit yourself to someone for life. Just like committing to riding your bike across America, it will not always be easy, but it will test your character, understanding and love. And, as far as I can see, it will be a happy and worthwhile journey.

Read more about the entire trip here:

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