Buffalo Woman Rides Bike From Oregon To New York For Mental Decompression After 2 Months On COVID-19 Front Lines

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(BREAKING WIDE) — Buffalo Woman Rides Bike From Oregon To New York For Mental Decompression After 2 Months On COVID-19 Front Lines.

Theresa Mellas, a physician assistant who spent eight weeks on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis in New York City decided to cap off her tenure with a 3,500-mile bike ride from Oregon to New York.

Mellas, who has worked as a traveling physician assistant for 10 years, said she accepted a 25-day contract to work 12-hour shifts every day at the ICU at a hospital in the North Central Bronx in March, the start of the COVID-19 crisis, and at the end of that time she accepted a second 25-day contract. She decided to celebrate the end of her second contract with a coast-to-coast bike ride.

“I needed my own mental decompression and I really impetuously just bought a ticket, a one-way ticket to Portland, Oregon.” “I didn’t even have a bike. I bought this bike off of Craigslist the day I landed and I started riding East the very next day.”

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She made note of some friends she wanted to visit along the way, but she planned her route on the fly.

“I had Google maps, and I would look at the roads and kind of just figure it out the night before is essentially what I would do.” 

Mellas only took a total 7 days off from riding during her 40-day trip across the country, which she managed by riding 100-130 miles each day. She said most of the people who ended up helping her along her journey were complete strangers.

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Study shows regular physical activity lasting 45 minutes three to five times a week can reduce poor mental health, activities like team sports, cycling and aerobics had the greatest positive impact, BBC reported.

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