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July 17, 2015
Full Circle (in 34 years)
Full Circle (in 34 years)

What happens when you share the joy of cycling?  This!

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July 3, 2015
An Interstate Highway Walks Into a Bar
An Interstate Highway Walks Into a Bar

 

Sounds! While we were pedaling together, Zeke was able to display one of his many talents ... telling truly horrible, groan-worthy jokes. Listen to one in his "bad jokes arsenal."

 

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June 19, 2015
The Most Inspiring Bike Event on the Planet
The Most Inspiring Bike Event on the Planet

Imagine that your city or town could organize an event that closed down large portions of your streets to vehicular traffic and opened them up for people to ride their bikes or walk. Imagine that an incredible 30 percent of the citizens participated. Now imagine that event happening every Sunday of the year (plus holidays), year after year after year.

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June 5, 2015
Sights and Sounds with Willie Weir: Road Work Ahead
Sights and Sounds with Willie Weir: Road Work Ahead

In Myanmar, we watched hundreds of workers with brooms, metal pans, and rakes work on a road: hot, dusty, back-breaking work for meager wages...

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May 22, 2015
Sandia Crest: A Climb Worth Your Time
Sandia Crest: A Climb Worth Your Time

If you pedal Adventure Cycling’s Bicycle Route 66, you might want to consider a little detour with a huge reward.

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May 8, 2015
A Long Journey to a Short Ride
A Long Journey to a Short Ride

It was a journey of less than half a mile, but it took over two years to get there. Tiva, our reluctant traveler, finally took her first ride in a bike trailer.

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April 24, 2015
My Traveler's Heart is Unpaved
My Traveler's Heart is Unpaved

I love coasting down a long mountain pass on a smooth, silky road as much as anyone ... but I have to say my traveler's heart is unpaved.

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April 10, 2015
Armandito's: Hospitality on a Cuban Farm
Armandito's: Hospitality on a Cuban Farm

One of my fondest memories of bicycle travel came on a humble farm in Cuba. It is hard to believe it has been over 15 years that we were invited to stay with Armandito and his family.

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March 27, 2015
Bikes in Cambodia
Bikes in Cambodia

I love seeing the world on the seat of a bicycle, as much as I enjoy seeing it from the seat of a bicycle.

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March 13, 2015
Sweet Rewards: Pedaling to Panela
Sweet Rewards: Pedaling to Panela

Ask anyone who knows me well, and they'd tell you I have a sweet tooth ... Well, a whole mouth full of sweet teeth. Pedaling a bicycle long distances has allowed me to consume way more sugar than I should have, without it showing to a great degree on my person, so far.
 

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February 27, 2015
Most Memorable Bike Trip Sunset
Most Memorable Bike Trip Sunset

Sunsets are one of the great pleasures of life and travel. And just as food tastes better on a bike trip, sunsets are that much more beautiful after you've spent the day pedaling a bike.

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February 13, 2015
Pedaling Over the Language Barrier
Pedaling Over the Language Barrier

In my next life I'm coming back as a linguist. I will be fluent in a dozen languages. My command of these languages will be so complete, that I'll be confused as a local on every continent. Each night before falling asleep, I'll decide which language I'll dream in. But in this life I have come to terms with being a language klutz.

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January 30, 2015
Minneapolis' Stone Arch Bridge: What's not to Love?
Minneapolis' Stone Arch Bridge: What's not to Love?

The Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis is only 2100 feet long. Yet it took me over an hour to pedal my way from one end to the other. The bridge used to carry trains over this span of the Mississippi. Today (especially when the sun is out) it carries throngs of locals and visitors.

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January 16, 2015
Macro Adventure
Macro Adventure

The bicycle is the perfect vehicle to take it all in. All of your senses are available to soak in the epic views, the blossoms of spring, the bird calls, the local ice cream. I've had moments on bicycle journeys where the beauty of my surroundings is so overwhelming I've had to literally slam on my brakes to stop and process it all before moving on.

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December 26, 2014
Winter Reflections
Winter Reflections

Our tent and gear were soaked, so we decided to splurge on a room in a beach town resort. The temperature kept dropping, and wave after wave of rain swept in from the coast. This was supposed to be our "vacation" after many miles of pedaling — sand, sun, a good book, and a cold beverage.

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December 19, 2014
Holiday Feast
Holiday Feast

Over the years I've had plenty of memorable holiday meals. Many of them involve turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and gravy. I remember one dinner from my youth, where there was a table of pies. How can you choose between a dozen different pies? But there is one holiday meal that tops them all.

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December 5, 2014
Paradise is a Relative Term
Paradise is a Relative Term

Our legs were weary from battling the mountains of Colombia and our bodies were filthy from the clouds of dust from passing trucks. It seemed that every local we met talked about a seaside town where everyone loved to vacation. We couldn't wait to get there.

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November 21, 2014
Hitching a Ride
Hitching a Ride

In your bike travels, what is the oddest critter or creature that has hitched a ride on your bike or in your panniers? My bike has transported all sorts of caterpillars, butterflies, amphibians, and insects for dozens, if not hundreds of miles.

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November 7, 2014
Why Not Share?
Why Not Share?

Exploring cities throughout the world is just getting better and better. With a swipe of a credit card, you can have access to a bike in New York City, Minneapolis, Montreal, and hundreds of other cities throughout the world.

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October 3, 2014
Traveler's Lullaby
Traveler's Lullaby

During my week-long exploration of Minneapolis by bike, I was hosted by a different Warm Showers host each night. I arrived at Natalie's place late in the evening after a flight from Seattle. Natalie and her housemates are all bicycle enthusiasts, so they immediately took out a map and gave me suggestions of places to see in Minneapolis — restaurants, diners, trails, murals, and interesting neighborhoods. I think I managed to visit them all within week. One of the joys of staying with Warm Showers hosts, is the chance to hear stories from fellow bike travelers.

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September 19, 2014
A Taste of Cuba in Minneapolis
A Taste of Cuba in Minneapolis

I recently had the priviledge of spending a week in Minneapolis pedaling their network of bicycle paths and trails. With a network of over 85 miles of off-street bike paths and 90 miles of on-street bikeways, there's plenty of pedaling to do. Fortunately, Minneapolis has plenty of "bicycle fueling stations" that most citizens refer to as bakeries and diners.  I asked several local cyclists to name their favorites. One diner was on everyone's list ...

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August 29, 2014
Images that Beckon the Bicycle Traveler
Images that Beckon the Bicycle Traveler

Some bike travel photos are stunningly beautiful. Some make you smile or laugh. And then there are the photos that make you want to pack your panniers and go. The photo above does that for me. Now I have a personal connection to this photo. I took it. That's my wife off in the distance. It was late morning, and we were on our way to Luang Prabang, Laos. When I lifted my camera to take the shot, I was grinning ear-to-ear

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August 15, 2014
A Market Master
A Market Master

We always refer to "riding a bike," but one of the bicycle's best attributes, is its ability to quickly and conveniently stop.

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August 1, 2014
World's Coolest School Commute?
World's Coolest School Commute?

This has got to be one of the coolest school commutes in the world. It is also one of my favorite photos I've ever taken. It's about travel, tranquility, forward motion, and kids on bikes. And this photo was not staged. These students in Laos are just heading home from school.

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July 18, 2014
In Praise of Bananas
In Praise of Bananas

What a marvelous food is the banana — sweet calories packaged in an easy-opening, biodegradable container.  Slather a whole bunch with peanut butter, wash it all down with a carton of milk, and it's all the fuel I need for a long day's bike ride.
 

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