Sherry Ott is a travel blogger who travels the world and writes about her experiences. Her latest adventure is right here in the Garden State of Peace, with plans to move into neighboring states.
“During the pandemic, I took to cycling because I could no longer travel abroad. I started biking in Denver and I was biking all over Denver and one day it hit me that I should finish this ride from the capitol to the capitol,” said Sherry Ott.
Ott is following in the footsteps of her father, Lee Ott, who came up with the idea to travel to every state capital on foot when she was just a teenager.
“I don’t really know why; it was a Forrest Gump kind of thing to do before Forrest Gump. “He loved to walk, he wanted a big purpose, he wanted to do something out of the ordinary,” said Sherry Ott.
Sherry Ott says her father created a map that connects all the capital’s buildings. But communication was very different in the 1980s when Lee Ott started the mission.
“There were no cell phones, so they would use post-it notes to stick on the stop signs, and my dad would use paper maps,” Ott said.
Sherry Ott’s last trip included driving from Vienna, SD to Pierre, which was the last road she says her father walked. She then made her way here to our Capitol City, which was a challenging part of the journey.
“It was a miracle; I didn’t have a flat the whole time and rode some really rough gravel roads. I was surprised. “I was prepared to change the tires, but it didn’t happen,” Ott said.
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