Posts tagged vacation
Sarah Maddock: the First Woman to Cycle from Sydney to Melbourne in 1894... and the Modern-Day Woman Who's Following in Her Tire Tracks.

One hundred and twenty-five years ago, an Australian named Sarah Maddock rebelled against cultural norms to become the first woman to ride from Sydney to Melbourne. This summer, a woman by the same name invites other cyclists to join her in a commemorative bike tour.

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Bikepacking from Colorado to Alaska - Emily Dell

Whether she's recalling a stranger's homemade cookies or the time she was nearly caught in a men's locker room, post-shower, by an entire hockey team, Emily brings the delight and humor of bicycle travel to this interview. Her adventures make me want to try bikepacking... the more hard-core, light-weight, off-road version of bicycle touring. 

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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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Fear & Love, Across America - Katie B.

“Working through fear is a personal journey, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to have a supportive riding partner to encourage you as well,” writes Katie B. In this interview, Katie and I discuss the challenges of her 2017 cross-country bike tour, what inspired her to try bicycle travel in the first place, and the rewards that kept her going. She also recounts her “How We Met” story with her boyfriend and touring partner, Jeff!)

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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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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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Bike-commuter in London - Interview with Emma

I catch up with Emma, a college friend who's now a daily bike commuter in London. In this interview, Emma shares the joys of exploring Europe by bike with her husband, as well as the scary accident that left her with more than one torn tendon. (read time: 20 minutes)

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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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Internet Celebrity - Interview with Marley

"Biking While Fat" - That title caught my eye like a neon sign.  I moved my cursor to the link, clicked, and began to read.  It seemed impossible. It was certainly unprecedented. Was someone truly writing about cycling with a body type other than that of a fit-and-chiseled athlete? 

(read time: 20 minutes)

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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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Confessions of a Touring Cyclist: Public Urination

If you're feeling shock or horror at the idea, then I'm guessing you've never traveled by bicycle through flat farmland.  Pedaling all day, while sipping from your plastic water bottles, combined with an unforgiving, nowhere-to-hide landscape, means there will be a problem in the future of where to "go".

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