Posts in Interviews
"Make 'em Comfortable" - Kathryn

After four years of solo international travel, Kathryn knows how to read people. She’s ridden her recumbent tricycle through more than a dozen countries, and has learned along the way that strangers are just friends she hasn’t made yet. “Everyone I see gets a smile and a wave,” she tells me. “You gotta make people comfortable, so they don’t see you as a threat. If they’re calm and happy, I’m calm and happy.”

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"They Call Me 'Brave'" - Kathryn, on Solo International Bicycle Touring

After retiring at age 57 from a lengthy career at Xerox, Kathryn backpacked the Appalachian Trail, where she earned the moniker "Bag Lady." Her trail name stuck, even when she left the hiking path and picked up a recumbent bicycle instead. Kathryn’s been cycling around the world for the last four years, and her journey is far from over. “I love a good challenge,” she says.

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Miles of Portraits... By Bicycle - Annalisa

Talented photographer, strong cyclist, and courageous explorer, Annalisa has a penchant for taking the portraits of strangers. Her photographs capture the shared humanity of Americans, in a time when we're both politically and culturally divided. To view her work is to meet someone new. And it's hard not to fall in love with the smiles, determination, and stories of the people in her photos. 

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Feminist Bicycle Book Publisher - Elly Blue

Elly Blue has made a living in Portland, Oregon by writing about her two favorite topics: feminism and bicycling. She’s penned such juicy titles as Bikenomics: How Bicycling Will Save the Economy and Bikes in Space: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction, and has claimed her place as one of the USA’s most formidable and respected bicycle activists.

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What Bicycle Touring Taught Me - Katie

Katie and her boyfriend, Rob, just finished their first-ever cross country bicycle tour across the United States. Here's what she learned about herself, her partner, her family, and her values along the way. 

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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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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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"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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Doctor-in-Training - Interview with Kyleen

"Powerhouse" doesn't begin to describe Kyleen: She graduated from medical school last summer, and is now in residency training in Klamath Falls, Oregon. "It's a dream come true to be able to mountain bike straight from my house!" she writes, describing her fifteen minute commute to the clinic. During her time off, her partner Josh and dog Oliver join her on the trails. 

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Cycling the French Countryside - Interview with Lorely

In 1979, Lorely and her sister cycled through Southern France on a whimsical, spontaneous adventure. At night they pitched their tent wherever they could: in a field, on a beach, and even in the midst of a nudist colony. In 2016, the sisters returned to their old 'pedaling grounds.' And this time, they took pictures. 

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Sharing Leads to Healing - Josie

My interview with Josie continues, as she describes the motivations for sharing her (very personal) stories in a public setting. "My hope is if anyone has ever felt the same way- they know they aren’t alone," writes Josie.

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#BikeLife - Interview with Josie

Josie is tiny. At just 5 ‘ 2” with wide green eyes, you probably wouldn’t guess that this delicate young woman of Decorah, Iowa is a beast on a mountain bike. But she is. Discovering cycling in her late twenties gave her the strength and determination to end an unhappy marriage, and find true love. (Read time: 15 minutes)

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