Global Cyclist, Nomad, & Mother - Rachel Yaseen

Rachel is a cyclist, trekker, chef, scuba diver and yogi. But she’s also a mom. In this interview, we explore the balancing act of self-sacrifice and self-realization. “At one point I realized that to be the best mom I could be, I had to be true to myself,” writes Rachel. “I had to show my son what that looked like. “

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Caught in the Crosswinds - When Your Bicycle Tour Goes Sideways

Sometimes it’s not a matter of proper riding technique: it’s a matter of life & death.

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REI Speaking Gigs - "Bicycle Touring Your Own Way"

Catch my presentation about bicycling touring at 4 different REI stores in the Seattle area this spring!

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Protect Your Hands, Cyclists!

When you’re spending hours a day in the saddle, it means a certain non-negotiable amount of wear and tear on your body… But that numb, tingly feeling in your fingers, or the pain in your wrists? That’s not normal.

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"I Want to be My Own Hero" - Janine Scott

Janine has always been a cyclist. But her dream of pedaling across the United States, on a long-distance, self-supported bike tour, has eluded her. Something mental, emotional, or physical has always held her back. But now, at age 58, she says it’s now or never. “I want to be my own hero,” she writes, “and all I have to do is pedal. I know how to do that.”

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Required Reading

Reading takes discipline. There’s always one more load of laundry to fold, or a carpet crying out for a vacuum, or a batch of gluten free cookies that, for obvious reasons, desperately want to be baked. But the truth is, folded clothes and clean carpets and cookies won’t help me become a published author. Reading will.

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“The Phantom Man” - Laura Killingbeck

After frightening experiences in both solo hitchhiking and cycling, Laura's no stranger to fear. But the ‘Phantom Man’ doesn’t keep her from exploring. “I don't think every woman has to bike across the world,” writes Laura. “But I do think that every woman who wants to, can.”

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“Joy Felt in All My Cells” - How Laura Killingbeck Set Herself Free

One week Laura was feeling stuck at her job in a nightclub, the next she was cycling alone on her first-ever bike tour... through Iceland. She’s now pedaled over 12,000 miles through a handful of countries, both solo and with cycling partners. Laura said she feels a deep joy in moving through new landscapes, and that "this joy is both felt and stored in all my cells."

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Writing Update: How's That Memoir Comin'?

You’ve heard it before: writing is a long, slow process. The first draft looks nothing like the final one, and there can be years and years between them. Why? Because the process is slow enough that the writer is actually living into new experiences, becoming a new person. It’s not just the words on the page that I’m revising: it’s the stories I tell myself.

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Bikepacking from Colorado to Alaska - Emily Dell

Whether she's recalling a stranger's homemade cookies or the time she was nearly caught in a men's locker room, post-shower, by an entire hockey team, Emily brings the delight and humor of bicycle travel to this interview. Her adventures make me want to try bikepacking... the more hard-core, light-weight, off-road version of bicycle touring. 

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Whatever Gets You Through the Night

The blackest night I’d ever encountered had effectively erased all my belongings from this earth, leaving me with just three possessions: a quickening heartbeat, a nearly dead headlamp, and the sleeping bag I was curled inside of… it was going to be a long night in Tennessee.

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The Scariest Experience

On her first ever bicycle tour, during her first ever stay with a Warmshowers host, Emily Loberg found herself alone in a basement with a man who was alternatively propositioning her, sharpening a chainsaw blade, and asking to take her photo. In other words, Emily was suddenly living inside of every female traveler’s worst nightmare.

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Waking Up Alive

Surviving a creepy night alone, fraught with strange noises and dark imaginings, makes for a euphoric morning. “I MADE IT,” I wrote on more than one occasion in my journal. “Survived another night!!!” Those three exclamation points only seem ridiculous if you’ve never spent 8 hours on your back, breathing shallowly through the shrinking space in your throat, every bit of your body tingling with terror.

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Why Cycle Solo? - Emily Loberg

Riding your bicycle alone for thousands of miles isn’t for everyone… and literally anyone can tell you that. But in this interview, Emily Loberg offers a few compelling reasons why she’s glad she pedaled solo across the United States in 2016.

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Gratitude - For All of You

Thank you to all the women who shared their stories of bicycle travel with me this year. Whether you recounted trips to the grocery store, surviving abuse, impressing yourself, or riding across the continent (or around the world), I’m inspired by each and every one of you.

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Do it Your Way - Emily Loberg

Emily Loberg grew up bicycling and traveling, but she didn’t put the two together until college. As a freshman, she went on a guided Spring Break trip to Kentucky and discovered a lasting love for bike travel. After graduating, Emily worked for several years to save enough money to make her dream come true: a solo bicycle tour across the United States.

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“You ABSOLUTELY Can” – Ashtyn

Ashtyn didn’t believe she was capable of biking across the country… but over three thousand miles later, she’d proved herself wrong. Here are Ashtyn’s tips, encouragement, and inspiration for anyone who dreams of traveling by bicycle.

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