Olivia Round


Upcoming Appearances:

None booked at this time. Please Contact Me with inquiries: I love public speaking, and I’d love to work with you to promote women’s bike travel!

Recent Press:

May 10, 2019 - My tips for “How Much Water Do You Need on Tour?” is published on Adventure Cycling Association’s blog. I know it’s heavy, but I’ve learned it’s always better to carry too much water than too little. For me, that’s at least 6 liters per day (and yes, that’s about 13.5 pounds).

April 2, 2019 - Presented “Touring Your Own Way” at Alderwood Mall REI in Lynnwood, Washington.

March 29, 2019 - Featured on Brit&Co’s “Riding Solo: How to Live Fearlessly in Your Own Company” monthly column for aspiring female travelers.

March 26, 2019 - Featured in Petite2Queen’s Podcast: “How You Can Empower Yourself Through a Bike Adventure.” (One of my favorite quotes from the interview: “It was like I’d given birth to myself on this trip… like I was made from my own bravery and my own resilience.”)

March 20, 2019 - Presented “Touring Your Own Way” at Seattle’s Flagship REI in Seattle, Washington. (Sold out crowd!)

March 12, 2019 - Presented “Touring Your Own Way” at Bellevue REI in Bellevue, Washington.

March 5, 2019 - Presented “Touring Your Own Way” at Issaquah REI in Issaquah, Washington.

February 22, 2019 - My essay “Top Ten Bicycle Camping Tips,” is published on Adventure Cycling Association’s blog. I shouldn’t have been surprised, but many readers argued that a water filter or purification tablets should have made the Top Ten. Also, coffee.

February 19, 2019 - My essays, “Crosswinds: An Invisible Danger,” “Saddle Sores,” and “Don’t Put Up With Wrist Pain” are published on Adventure Cycling Association’s blog. My advice is almost as good as the stories that readers shared in the comments afterwords!

November 1, 2018 - My essay “The Kale and Peanut Butter Sandwich” is published on Adventure Cycling Association’s blog: We eat some weird combinations during long-distance adventures.

October 31, 2018 - My essay "Whatever Gets You Through the Night” is published on Adventure Cycling Association’s blog: The only bad thing about heartbeats is that, while camping alone, they sound a lot like approaching footsteps in the darkness.

July 31, 2018 - Finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writer Association's "Literary Contest for Unpublished Work." After submitting the first 28 pages of my manuscript, I was selected as one of 9 finalists in the Nonfiction/Memoir category. Hooray! 

June 26, 2018 - Interview featured on Tough Girl Challenges, one of the most popular women's outdoor podcasts in the world. Host Sarah Williams and I discuss how the emotional demands of an extended solo trip can be more difficult than the physical ones, and the role that dehumanization plays in sexual harassment... for every gender. 

June 21, 2018 - I read my own essay “Behind a Pane of Glass,” on Out There Podcast, a multiple-award-winning outdoor podcast based in Wyoming. I shared a story from my memoir manuscript about a helpful old man who accidentally became my stalker as I pedaled through Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. 

April 26, 2018 - My essay “Takes All Kinds" is published on Adventure Cycling Association's website. Think that all touring cyclists are chiseled male athletes? Think again. 

April 9, 2018 - Interview featured on Josie's Bike Life as part of the “Women Involved" series. We discuss cycling as a method of healing, and the many surprises on my trip across the country. 

March 22, 2018 - My essay “Rock It Out, Rookie" is featured on Adventure Cycling Association's website. It takes more than perseverance to get a loaded bicycle up a steep mountain pass: it takes balance. 

February 28, 2018 - Appeared as a guest speaker at Stoked Spoke Adventure Series in Seattle, Washington. I giggled and sassed my way through a 15-minute presentation entitled “Across America: Touring Your Own Way." Thank you, Swift Industries, for the awesome audience.

February 22, 2018 - My essay “Of Bugs & Bicycles" is published on Adventure Cycling Association's website. I can’t be the only cyclist who's gotten gnats in her teeth, right?

February 1, 2018 - Interview featured on the G.O. Get Outside Podcast. Jason Milligan and I discuss my trip preparation and the REAL reason I chose to ride my bike across America. 

January 29, 2018 - Interview featured on the JoyRide Podcast. Cat Caperello-Snyder and I chat about cultivating intuition and the importance of the "Me Too" movement, for everyone. 

December 14, 2017 - First essay published on Adventure Cycling Association's website: “It Ain't So Bad Being Vulnerable." As it turns out, there's perks to being a solo female bicycle traveler.