Posts tagged adventure
Bicycle Touring with Fiji the Friendly Guard Dog - Jasmine Reese, Part 2

Jasmine Reese isn’t just a solo female touring cyclist: she’s a solo female touring cyclist with a dog. And although her furry sidekick can be a protective force and wonderful friend, Fiji’s presence doesn’t keep all of Jasmine’s fears away… but it helps.

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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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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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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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The Cycling Poet - Katie B. on Writing & Bike Touring

Katie is a teacher, a touring cyclist, and a poet. “I’ve always thought that cycling and writing are the perfect companions,” she says. “Whenever I get on my bike and start hearing the crunch of gravel, the whir of tires, the songs of birds, the dance of the wind, or the gurgle of a creek, I can’t help but hear poems in my head.”

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Freedom from Fear - How Cycling Reminds Susan, Every Day, That She is Powerful

In her early twenties, Susan Brewster found herself in a physically abusive relationship. It took years to free herself mentally from the fear of being hurt and used. After a long career of providing therapy and support to battered women, Susan’s found a powerful sense of herself in another activity: Bicycling. “I refuse to willingly give away my power to any other person ever again, the power over my freedom,” she writes. “My bicycles are my valued tools in that aim.”

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Business or Pleasure? My Time at the Port Townsend Writer's Conference

There were a lot of women at the Port Townsend Writer's Conference. And, there were a decent amount of young women. But I think I was the only one who showed up by bicycle.

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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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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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My Story on the JoyRide Podcast

Fellow woman, bicycle advocate, and #metoo supporter Cat Caperello interviews me on her epic JoyRide Podcast, which celebrates women and bicycles. We discuss the uncomfortable motivations behind my cross-country bicycle tour, the impact of sharing our stories, how to cultivate one's intuition before embarking on solo travel, and the one piece of "essential" gear I didn't even bother to pack in my bike bag before heading out across the nation. 

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"Don't Let Fear Run the Show"- Anna, Part 2

Anna's no stranger to adventure. This young woman from the South has cycled across the United States, through foreign countries, and has even explored the lonely highways of Alaska by bike. In part 2, I ask her more questions about being a woman on the road, and how she handles fear.

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Adventure Cyclist - Interview with Anna

From leading group bike tours in the United States to exploring Southeast Asia on two wheels with her partner, Anna is all about adventures by bike. "Until we moved to Missoula, we did not have a car for over 4 years," writes Anna, "We've been living a minimalist lifestyle, thanks to the bicycle."

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Mindful Adventure - Interview with Renee

Bicycling has not only helped Renee foster her creativity and explore new places, it's deepened her relationships with her brother, her girlfriends, her husband, and herself. 

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