For Moss Creek resident Rosanne Adams, turning 70 is a reason to celebrate. And while most of us might opt to ring in our septennial with a quiet dinner with friends or a night out on the town, Adams chose a different tack.
She’s going to bike the entire length of the Mississipi River.
“We leave from New Orleans on May 3 and our destination is Lake Itasca in Minnesota, right at the headwaters,” said Adams.
Adams will make the trek as part of a group called WomanTours, a pack of wanderlust-infused ladies who make it a habit of criss-crossing the country once a year. She’s been riding with them since 2003.
This trip, however, has a special purpose beyond just taking in America at 12 miles an hour. Adams is collecting donations, support and funds from her trip and donating them to the Moss Creek Marines, a group of United States Marine Corps veterans, Navy Corpsmen and spouses of deceased Marines. The Moss Creek Marines “adopt” Marines in combat zones and help give them a taste of home through “packages of personal, comfort, and fun items to make life more bearable.” according to their website.