Her mom couldn't help but be concerned when Deborah Kraft, having just earned a bachelor's degree in geology, decided to put off grad school to make a cross-country bike trek from Maine to the Oregon coast, but the three-month, 4,491-mile journey proved to be a great success.
Click through to ride along with Deborah via our collection of her snapshots from the road.
Deborah traveled by car from her home in upstate New York to Maine, where her long journey by bicycle began.
From Maine, Deborah traveled west, eventually finding herself on Vermont's Lake Champlain Causeway.
Contuing westward, Deborah traveled through the northern portion of New York. Here, she departs De Kalb Junction via U. S. Route 11.
With the Rockie Mountains in the distance, Deborah continues her journey near Georgetown, Colorado.
Deborah and her friend and traveling companion, Mark, pause at the Continental Divide along the Loveland Pass, which sits at an elevation of 11,990 feet.
Deborah raises her bike in jubilation at having conquered the challenging Loveland Pass in Colorado.
Deborah pauses to savor the majestic scenery in Arches National Park, near Moab, Utah.
Deborah takes in the scenery from a spot overlooking the Columbia River Gorge near Maryhill, Washington.
Deborah celebrates the end of her journey by enjoying a splash in the Pacific Ocean on the Oregon Coast.
Merry Lee and Deborah experience a joyous reunion after Deborah reaches the end of her journey.
Proud mom Merry Lee poses with a sign celebrating her daughter Deborah's accomplishments in completing the memorable cross-country bike trek.
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