(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.”
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.
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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