The Massachusetts to Wisconsin Journey of the Type Rider

Here’s something you don’t see every day – a typewriter. And you wouldn’t expect to see it outside and you wouldn’t expect to be invited to use it to contribute to a story.

Strangely, this happened to me – in New York City, with a unique Massachusetts tie-in, and an equally unique tie-in to cycling.

Yes, I met the “Type Rider.”

Maya Stein is embarking on a 40-day, 1,300-mile ride from Amherst, MA to Milwaukee, WI, with a typewriter in tow.

Why? Well, she turns 40 on the day the adventure begins (May 5, 2012). She’s a cyclist and a writer. And someone who like to connect with others to do interesting projects. So, she dreamed up this adventure based on exploring the combination of ideas brought about through transforming the word typewriter to typerider.

I came across her on the “beta test” experiment she conducted recently in New York City – what better place to experiment random interactions with people?

The setup was simple. A typewriter on a table, accompanied by a chair and an invitation to write. Maya provides a writing prompt and each person simply completes the thought. It will all be compiled and edited into a book. And the 40-day adventure will include many different writing prompts. Surely many different people will participate, and many different areas between Massachusetts and Wisconsin will add to the flavor.

Why Wisconsin? It’s the home of the typewriter.

To find out more, or try to catch Maya on one of her rare MA stops, check out her website:

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