Laura Miola was just passing through last week.
Miola, 24, of Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York, was riding a bicycle and towing a small trailer in Cecil last week. She stopped to picnic along Rising Sun's East Main Street.
"I grew up racing bicycles 50 or 100 miles but nothing long distance like this," she said.
On Sunday, August 14, Miola left New York for a journey that will take her eventually to New Orleans and New Mexico. She's pedaling about 80 miles per day. "I have a curiosity for America. And I've seen things I never expected. In 20 miles I saw Princeton, that was all manicured lawns. Then there was Trenton which was poverty," said Miola, who said the gap between wealth and poverty struck her.
Miola has dropped out of college three times. She moved to New York to study acting. Three days before her bike trip began, she met a woman who connected her with a bicyclist group. Members of that group are allowing Miola to stay with them along the way.
She has also learned bike maintenance along the way. She used YouTube.com to learn to fix a bike flat tire. "People have been so kind. People have always stopped to ask if they can help. My bike tires have been fixed twice for free," she said.
In her bike trailer, she is hauling a tent, bike tires and parts, water, changes of clothes, books, and her ukulele.
She eats energy bars or stops at fruit stands for meals. She also dines with families who are hosting her as part of the bike community.
"This is different than traveling with money. I wanted to try this form of travel. I'm kind of testing the world," Miola said.