Bicycle Touring as a New Couple - Katie

When Katie and her boyfriend Rob hatched their plan to ride across the country, they'd been dating just a few months. My interview with Katie continues as she describes what it was like to cycle across the country with her sweetheart. 

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Across America by Bicycle - Katie

After riding her bike across the country, Katie shares advice and encouragement for aspiring long-distance bicycle tourers. “Feeling intimidated can be a major discouragement, but we all feel it,” Katie writes. “The fear dies away when you start your journey.”

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Diana: From 'the Projects' to the Bike Path

Diana grew up in the projects of the South Bronx in New York City, dealing with a bipolar mother and an alcoholic father until the age of 16, when she suddenly found herself on her own. With immense reserves of hard work and courage, she began to build a better life for herself: one that centered around playing outdoors with her children. To this day, she is an avid cyclist, hiker, and kayaker, working two jobs to afford all her gear purchases at REI.

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Moms Aren't Perfect

Mamas aren’t perfect; they’re only human. And while a mother might feel horrified at her own mistakes in the moment, they can be pretty entertaining to remember later. Enjoy these memories from Diana, a mom who continues to ride bikes with her children even after they reached adulthood... whether it’s a good idea or not. :)

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"Reasons Why" - Part 2 with Kerry Gross

Kerry Gross rode her bike over 5,000 miles across the United States. She was alone, and it was her first bike tour. However, Kerry understood that she’d need a really good reason to keep her pedaling through the difficult times. “I knew I needed something more than just biking to keep me going,” she said. Here, Kerry offers her advice to discover what’s holding you back from greatness.

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"Women Who Dare" - Kerry Gross

Kerry wanted to be inspired. She knew there were badass women out there, with stories to share, and she was ready to seek them out. What better way to travel the country, interviewing epic females, than by bicycle? So in the summer of 2017, Kerry Gross embarked alone on her first-ever bicycle tour, armed with a jar of peanut butter and a long list of badass ladies to interview. Her life mantra? “Do the things that scare me.”

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Saving Each Other

Gripped by pain on the fourth day of my cross-country bike tour, I consider giving up. Then, I remember all the love and support that brought me this far… and the man I accidentally saved from suicide by selfishly pursuing my dreams (aka: demanding a bath). It’s a long story.

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Kitesurfing at 65 - Mikaya

Mikaya is like a female Yoda: tiny, surprisingly strong. A master of her craft. And full of one-liner witticisms, in a voice that faintly echoes her Scottish heritage. I swear one time she actually told me, "Size matters not," with a glittering grin. Size certainly doesn't matter when she's kitesurfing. This 65 year old woman, who's just over 5' tall, can jump 30 feet in the air on a summer's day in the Columbia Gorge. 

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Australian Artist Hand-Illustrates Bike Touring Maps

Alex Hotchin, an illustrator from Melbourne, Australia, has taken map-making to a whole new level. With her whimsical sketches and attention to tiny details, she draws maps of the terrain she crosses by bike: from Europe all the way to Southeast Asia... and beyond. 

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Merch is Here!

Thanks to a great fundraiser, my original designs have become wearable!  T shirts and tote bags are hot off the press... Available while supplies last! 

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"The World Is Our Oyster" - Rachel

"There's a tremendous difference between being alive and truly living," said Rachel in Part One of her interview yesterday. For Rachel, adventure is a key ingredient to her happiness and growth. But life on the road isn't always easy, especially for a young woman traveling alone. I was curious: how does Rachel cope with fear, in the midst of the unfamiliar? 

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Travel Goddess - Interview with Rachel

Rachel has spent more time traveling than anything else. She hasn’t lived in one place for longer than a matter of months since she left home at the age of seventeen. But for people like Rachel, home is a state of being, rather than a place.

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Rock It Out, Rookie

Adventure Cycling Association has published another article of mine! Visit their website for the story of how I learned to "Rock it out" up even the steepest mountain passes. 

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Biking with Puppy - Kyleen

Kyleen commutes by bicycle every day to her medical residency in Klamath Falls, Oregon. When she's not commuting, her partner Josh and their rescue puppy Oliver join her on the mountain bike trails. But just how tricky is it, to cycle next to an excitable Australian shepherd while flying downhill? Pretty tricky, as it turns out. 

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For More Women Than You'd Think - Kyleen

"For mountain biking in particular, I hear a lot of women say its too hard or too scary," writes Kyleen, who's completing her medical residency in Klamath Falls, Oregon.  "Sure, it’s not for everyone, but I would argue its for more women than you’d think!"

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