By: Erin and Will Ellagood
ASC Roadkill Adventurers
Riding a tandem bike across the country documenting roadkill for Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, definitely shifted our perspective pretty quickly. We were constantly in a place of vulnerability as drivers sped past, often with no more than a foot of breathing room. This feeling was only amplified by the mournful camaraderie developed with the roadkill we encountered.
We’d pull off the road and dismount to snap a photo of a carcass — one of us holding our tandem bicycle steady while the other cautiously stepped onto the asphalt. These moments were always anxious ones. All it would take is one careless person rounding the bend while staring at their cell phone, and we could end up just like these unfortunate creatures.
Don’t get us wrong—traveling the country by bicycle was an amazing adventure. We experienced the beauty of the land in such an intimate and immediate way. But with the moments of awe and romance, triumph and splendor, came equally powerful moments of struggle, frustration and fear. And that delicate balance of despair and elation will eventually pull us back to the road again.
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