Posts tagged bike
Bicycle Touring Violinist... and Career Woman - Jasmine Reese, Part 3

Jasmine has loved the violin since she was 8 years old, but it’s taken more than a decade for her to realize it’s what she wants to focus on. “In 2016, I decided to get back on my bicycle,” writes Jasmine. “I wanted to turn the road into the music school I never got to attend.”

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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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6 Years Cycling Solo - Interview with Heike Pirngruber

What does six years of solo cycling do to a person? This interview with Heike, the “Pushbikegirl” of Instagram fame, provides a sneak peak into the (often) solitary life of a woman who’s out to explore the world by bicycle… and who’s greatest fear is becoming an unrelatable outcast.

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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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Solo Travels & A Happy Marriage: How Alissa Finds the Balance

Alissa’s relationship with her husband is unusual, but happy. “The rewards of solo travel have been huge for me,” she writes. “I still hope to travel with my husband eventually, but I’ll always value solo adventures as worth seeking out in their own right, not just a last resort when no one else is able to join.”

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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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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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"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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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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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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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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Adulting

I’ve got a resting “baby face.” I’m pushing thirty, but strangers often ask if I’m in school… and they don’t always mean college. Last spring, when high school graduation rolled around, several customers at the plant nursery asked me if I was excited to be done with high school.

“Yes,” I replied. “And I was even more excited ten years ago, when I graduated.”

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