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Erin Fanning

Erin Fanning is the author of Mountain Biking Michigan (Falcon, 2002), along with numerous articles, essays, and short stories. She’s also the publisher of, an online guide to paddling and pedaling in Northern Michigan. For more information about her writing, visit

In 1897, Margaret Valentine Le Long bicycled alone from Chicago to San Francisco, where she vanished from history, leaving no known records of the rest of her life. Her timeless adventure deserves to be known.
Jul 18, 2023