Team Estrogen is a bicycle forum for women. They have a wealth of information, and any time I have a question, someone knows the answer. They are also a wonderful community. Three years ago, a few of the members decided to buy a little doll and send her from person to person, posting pictures of her adventures. That doll is Maidei.

Maidei has a twin sister, Monica, who lives in Zambia with a child who has a family member with AIDS. Maidei’s bicycle was made in Madagascar. Her adventures started in Australia. After touring Australia, she went to South America, then the United States and Canada. A few weeks ago she joined me for Biking Across Kansas.