Mail stops

Mail can help you stay connected with loved ones during cross-country treks, Meg Whiston writes in Adventure Cyclist magazine.

Before adventure cyclist Meg Whiston began a journey from Montana to Alaska, she made sure her loved ones knew where to send mail.

Whiston mapped her 2,500-mile bicycle trek around eight Post Offices where her family and friends could send letters and snacks, she writes in Adventure Cyclist magazine’s latest issue.

Whiston stopped every 8 to 10 days to pick up mail.

“On cycle days where the Post Office was drawing near, I yearned for news and inspiration,” writes Whiston, who didn’t bring her smartphone so she could fully appreciate her surroundings.

“I savored every word of every card and note and spent any rest day immersed in writing letters back,” she writes.

Among Whiston’s adventure highlights was a stop at a small Canadian Post Office.

The office was closed, but the Postmaster opened it after learning that Whiston had cycled 2,000 miles because she didn’t want Whiston to wait another day for her mail.

“I relished each [letter] with gratitude and joy,” Whiston writes. “It was a reminder how special mail can make one feel.”