Posts tagged bicycle tour
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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“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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“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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"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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Interviewed on Tough Girl Challenges

British podcast host Sarah Williams and I discuss my cross-country tour by bicycle, the obstacles women face on solo travels, and how fear can shape our lives.

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Why Bicyclists Gotta Cross-Train

There’s this pesky lil’ thing called “cross-training,” and it’s important. Cross-training means practicing a sport or skill other than bicycling, in order to balance your body's musculature. For example, many of the women I've interviewed do yoga or lift weights as their cross-training.  It’s not always easy to do, especially on a bike tour when you’re already exhausted from a day’s ride and lack equipment. But cross-training is essential to preventing injuries.

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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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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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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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Me, on the Get Outside Podcast!

After wrestling with anxiety for many years, I found solace in solo travel. Especially bike travel!  Adventuring in nature has been the most successful therapy I've found, besides sharing my story with great people like Jason, the host of the Get Outside Podcast!

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Bicycle Kitty - Interview with Maria

Meet Maria, the woman behind the "Bicycle Kitty" blog.  From working as a bicycle messenger in San Francisco to leading guided trips in Oregon to making bike-related crafts for arts fairs, Maria has put cycling at the heart of her life. "I look to the bike for every realm of my well-being," she says, "and it’s never disappointed me."

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The Trouble with Women's Adventure Memoirs

From bicycle touring to backpacking, the epic adventures of intrepid women keep being rendered into rather dull books.  When I read adventure memoirs that make me yawn, I wonder what tales these badass women would tell behind closed doors, late at night, after a few drinks. I don't want to hear about how "lovely" it all was, I want the truth: honest, uncensored, and glorious.

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