The Cycling Eight: A Bit More than Overnight, But Too Fun to Pass Up

When Norma was a teenager — long before bike touring was common practice — she and seven girlfriends took a multi-day bike trip on heavy cruiser bikes. Starting from their hometown of Mancelona, Michigan, over the course of five days they traveled to Traverse City and on to towns along the scenic shore of Lake Michigan.

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Mark Gardner - Nov 20, 2011 at 7:16 AM

Great story, Norma! You girls really did something unique in 1940. Incidentally I was born in Flint, grew up in Grand Blanc and Birmingham. My neighbor and I rode around most of the lower peninsula when I was 16, in 1970. Bike touring was unusual even then, but we did meet several other groups on multi-day tours.

Joshua Duggan - Feb 18, 2012 at 7:33 AM

This is so fantastic! What a great adventure. I've driven through Mancelona many times on the way to Bellaire. Now I've got a new story to associate with that town.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go wash my bicycle. :)

lucas - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:19 PM

People are dreaming about trip to Europe, and don't see beauty of their own state/country. Cycling It's easy, cheap, interesting and healthy....

Pete Eisinger - Aug 6, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Norma, I love the way you tell a story and what a great story. My parents were married in 1934 and told many depression era stories. I was the baby of the family born in 1962, but I know all about the CCC's that my dad was in an rubber and steel drives and rationing, etc... Loved watching your video. Reminded me of my mom who has been gone about 10 years now. Your adventure is what we all are looking for and although the equipment and clothes are different the spirit in our hearts is the same. Thank you for sharing your story.

Michael McCoy - Aug 9, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Pete, thanks for the comment.

Gerald Kutz - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:07 AM

I'm speechless. No, probably not the words. I'm overwhelmed with thoughts and excitement about getting out on the road is more like it! What an inspiration and character this lady is.

Diana - Dec 12, 2015 at 11:51 AM

I am from Michigan and have ridden my bike in that area. Those are tough, tough hills when paved and have the benefit of gearing, thin tires, light weight bike, etc.
My mother use to tell stories about a "victory" bike that she had purchased during WWII and how meaningful it was to her.
I love this video. What spunky girls. That really was quite an accomplishment.

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