Ruby and Sarah are happy to report they have made it to their 4th state, Colorado! The West has treated us well and we continue to meet inspiring women everywhere we go. Salt Lake City greeted us with open arms, and lucky us, we rolled into the Bicycle Collective on Women’s Night! The Bicycle Collective also hosted an all-women’s alleycat race leading up to our event! It was great meeting more strong and bike-friendly women, and being hosted by our lady bike pal Alex from NYC. We got to take a few days off, see the city, and soak in Alex’s antique bathtub! We had an inspiring workshop with our new friend Giuliana Serena of Moon Time Rising (http://moontimerising.com) who started us off with a presentation on the history of menstruation and the feminine hygiene industry, and it was great to meet another menstruation enthusiast! We will be seeing her again at the SMCR Conference in June, and are super excited for her workshop on ceremonialism! SLC was also our biggest workshop yet, GO SLC!!!
We continued to be inspired as we headed east, especially when we stayed with 91 year old Jane in Ioka, UT. Jane has previously founded two special education schools in schools in her county, and is currently in the midst of creating a transitional program for women released from prison. We briefly skirted around the subject of our bike tour before Jane made it clear that she loved talking menstruation. “It happens around the dinner table whether we talk about it or not,” she said! She was impressed with our project, and even requested a few cups to pass on to the young women she counsels. She also introduced us to her friend Karen, a Mormon midwife who knows loads about women’s health and is passionate about caring for the women in her community even though many of her neighbors disapprove of her having a career that takes her away from her family. She told us about the Mormon Feminist Housewives, a group of women intent on improving conditions for women from within the Mormon faith. We were so honored and humbled to meet these incredible women who continue to fight the good fight despite adversity!
Our most beautiful biking day yet took us through Yampa River Valley in Northwestern Colorado, and we found ourselves in Steamboat Springs staying with an an avid female mountain-biker, skier, and fire fighter! We have enjoyed meeting strong western women and talking PERIOD!
Over the next few days we will be traversing the Rocky Mountains. We are excited to be hosting our 4th and 5th workshops at the following locations:
April 3rd: BOULDER, CO from 6:30-8:30pm at Community Cycles, hosted by our awesome sponsor Green Guru Gear! https://www.facebook.com/events/861494443909492/
April 4th: DENVER, CO from 4-6pm at the Mutiny Info Cafe
We hope to see you there!