Donovan had first met the expedition team in Europe prior to Jason
and Steve pedaling across the Atlantic in 1994/5. Seeking some company
following his split with Jason, Steve invited Eilbhe - who had never
biked further than the off license before - to accompany him on
the 3,500 mile bike across the southern US to San Francisco.
EILBHE DONOVAN (graphic designer)
arrived, totally unfit, to a shocking climate of 102F with
100% humidity. Eilbhe had never trained for any sport in her
life, and had cycled no further than the local shops and back.
I found my challenge in hers, not just to see her cycle the
distance, but to see that she enjoyed the experience. Our
enemies were bloodthirsty insects, heat and the maddening
drone of automobiles. Our allies were the cool lakes at sunset,
the gentle passing of nature and the hundreds of kind souls
we encountered on the way..." Steve Smith.
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