100 Miles. 50 States. 1 Rider.

Stephanie Collins has a goal:  To ride 100 miles in each 50 states. With 18 states in her rearview mirror, Stephanie contacted the White Clay Bicycle Club to help her navigate Delaware.

“This was the first time I reached out to a bike club ahead of time,” said the retired high school biology teacher. “It can get really lonely on the road by yourself. Riding with your club is so much more enjoyable.”

“Thank you for welcoming us to Delaware,” said Stephanie’s riding companion, Dennis Eagan.

While citing Delaware as the best destination for riding companions to date, Stephanie said Iowa was tops for rideability. Roads and trails were clearly marked, well-maintained and safe.

WCBC members Tom Brazill and Carol MacQueen led the duo on a local North Wilmington tour. Stops included the view from Delaware’s highest point, refueling at BrewHaHa cafe and some conversation with Club Acting Vice President Bill Ebbott. Acting President Deanna Cain also joined at the group ride’s end for pastries and beverages.

Stephanie doesn’t always travel solo. On this trip was her partner Dennis. They met through their local cycling group, Big Wheels Bike Club in Tonawanda, New York. For occasional short trips, Stephanie may take her 81-year-old mom, Sharon, or even her dog, Lucy.

With one day left and 30 miles to reach the century mark in the Blue Hen State, Stephanie and Dennis are looking to ride on the Jack A. Markell Trail. Heading from Wilmington to Delaware City and back will meet the goal while showcasing one of the state’s iconic trails.

The Empire State cyclists want folks to know ride opportunities are available:  “We live in Buffalo, New York—not far from Niagara Falls. Lots of beautiful and low-traffic rides. We would be happy to return the favor if any of your members visit!”