Big Mo, age 5
“I do not have a favorite state. My favorite things from the bike tour are: the forests with butterflies (in Montana); the pretty water colors in Lake Michigan and the Gulf of Mexico; white sandy beaches (in Florida); the wildflowers (in Wisconsin and Texas); and Medora Musical (in North Dakota).”
Tango, age 7
My favorite state along our bike tour was Montana. I like the people, the outside, and riding there. The drivers were friendly. They would always move over for us and some would toot their horns. We stayed with lots of nice Warm Showers hosts. One Warm Showers host had a goat farm. We got to work with the goats and learn about them. Some people think goats are a lot of mischief. They are only a little mischief. There is a lot to do outside in Montana. We got to camp a lot and the campgrounds were better than a lot of other states’. We could fish at a lot of the campgrounds. One campground had caverns. I would give that one ten stars. ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ I really liked the stalagmites and stalactites. It was really quiet in Montana, so it was easy to talk on the bike and sleep in our tent. The only thing I did not like was the winter cold, but I would still live there anyway.
Otter, age 9
I was on a bike tour for a year and went through 23 states. My favorite of those states is North Dakota. I thought it was a great place to be outdoors, meet people, and ride my bike.
I really liked being outside in North Dakota. It was really pretty, specifically the Badlands. North Dakota’s campgrounds were also the newest and nicest of the whole tour. There were a lot of farms and animals, especially horses, which I enjoyed seeing.
We also met a lot of friendly people in North Dakota. Our first host in North Dakota was friends with one of our Montana hosts. Some of our family and friends met up with us in North Dakota. I even made a friend while we were there, and we still keep in touch.
It is a great place to ride your bike. We frequently got a strong tail wind out of the west. There were a lot of rolling hills and flat lands, which is easier than the mountains for biking.
The only thing I did not like in North Dakota was how hard it was to find fresh produce. I would still live there because I think it is pretty, a great place for biking, and the people are kind. If I get to live there and be a farmer I will grow my own produce.
Sissy, age 11
I have recently completed a year-long bike tour that took us through twenty-three states. I have been able to see some of the good and bad things of all those states. Some states had more good things than bad things or vice versa. In my opinion, I think that Montana and Florida had the most good and fewest bad things of the states we recently traveled through.
Montana is a great state. Montana is in the heart of the mountains, which is an environment that I love. The mountains are home to amazing flora and fauna like syringa, white tail deer, and elk. The state parks there, like Lewis and Clark Caverns, have great campgrounds and tons of history. There are lots of farms in Montana as well. There are big farms that have things like buffalo, cattle, and wheat, and there are smaller farms that have things like goats and sheep. The people there are kind to others, but still are rugged. People help each other when they are in need more than any other state I have traveled. Montana is a wonderful place.
Florida is a good state too. It’s a great place to go to the beach. The beaches have soft sand and crystal-clear waters. Florida is perfect for dolphin watching. I got to go on a dolphin cruise to go and see them. Florida has lots of other flora and fauna too. We got to see white squirrels at a Florida state park and we saw lots of palm trees too! Florida even has an island named after me. Florida has lots of bike infrastructure, such as bike trails and lanes, which makes traveling by bike a whole lot easier. The people in Florida are very friendly as well. If they think something is wrong they make sure you’re okay, and drivers are slow and courteous to bikers. Florida is a nice state.
Over the course of the last year I have been able to see many of the true colors of the twenty-three states we rode through. In my mind, Montana and Florida were the best. The people were friendly, and the two states had amazing wildlife to see. I had a great experience in both states.