Posts tagged adventure cycling
Fundraising for Cancer & Challenging Herself - Lydia's Adventures by Bicycle

Lydia has completed many solo bicycling adventures, each more arduous and intense than the last. These “bike challenges,” as she calls them, are for her own benefit as well as others: Lydia raises money for charity to support those with cancer.  In this exclusive interview, we catch up with Lydia just before her biggest undertaking yet - a solo ride through the Trans Ecuador Mountain Bike Route.

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Gaining More Than She Lost - Jean's Bicycle Journey to Weight Loss, Health, and Freedom

How did Jean overcome all odds to lose 200 pounds? “Yes, the ridicule and heckling was terrible,” admits Jean. “But I kept going, because all of the encouragement I received was so much greater.”

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"Showing Women We Can” - Cynthia Ord’s Solo Bicycle Tour on the TransAmerican Trail

Of the women who travel by bicycle, the majority are coupled with male partners or with groups. Solo female riders are rare.

“I want to change that,” says Cynthia Ord on her decision to ride solo across America. “Muscle-powered travel is doable for women too. We just don’t see enough examples or hear that message very often.”

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Why Don't More Women Bicycle Tour?

The number of women who ride solo represent a fraction of total cyclists… and yet that’s exactly what makes the number so significant.

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"In Love with Bicycle Touring" - Molly’s Adventures in Canada, Europe, and Beyond

“I skipped between jobs, trying to find something I loved. The idea of biking always came to my mind as a solace from the complications. I wanted to be near the ocean, on long open roads.”

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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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Surviving, then Thriving: How Jasmine Rode a Bike Across The US (with Her Dog) To Combat Major Depression

“I learned to love the person I was at that moment and stop trying to find or recapture the girl I used to be,” writes Jasmine. “I learned to love the body that was allowing me to accomplish so much.”

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Get to Know Your Hesitation: Overcoming Fear on Your First Bicycle Tour - Alissa

"A long trip might seem overwhelming… but could you just pedal your bike down a road for a while? Yes, yes you could. And then you could do it again, and again, and again..." - Alissa Bell, of ExploringWild.com


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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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“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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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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