Pedal Strokes and Perspective


“As a brown woman, I stand out,” says Mary Ann Thomas. “People came up to me just because they were curious, just because they were like, ‘There aren’t a lot of strangers here, we’re just interested in who you are as a person–as a whole person.’”

Mary Ann is the daughter of Indian immigrants, she’s queer and she had always lived in the liberal bubble of big cities on the East Coast. When she embarked on a six-month, 6,600-mile bike tour across the country, she worried most about the prejudice she might encounter as she pedaled through middle America. She was surprised to discover that the stereotypes she had to confront in a profound way were her own.

Check out the blog from Mary Ann’s trip, or find more of her writing here.

Music: Intro by Jacob Bain • If Walls Could Talk by Jacob Bain & Nis Kotto • Last Days by Cleod9Lost Forever by Little Glass MenConviction by Little Glass MenBrothers by Cleod9Simplify by Little Glass MenTightrope Walker by Jason Tyler Burton

Tracks provided by Free Music Archive and with permission from the artists.

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One Comment on “Pedal Strokes and Perspective

  1.  by  Eli DenBesten

    I feel like this says a lot more about how people on the east coast feel about the rest of the country rather than how surprising it is that people are pretty normal and good in most places.

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