Every summer we enjoy the parade of bicycle travelers who drop by our office here in Missoula, Montana. These cyclists come from all over the world. Their variety of style, equipment, route, and purpose is endless.
In 1982, Greg Siple began recording our visitors on film and asking them to tell their stories, creating Adventure Cycling's National Bicycle Touring Portrait Collection. The Open Road Gallery features selections from this collection in Adventure Cyclist magazine and here on our website.
Reuben and Teresa Peterson of Modesto, California, rode their Co-motion tandem up the west coast, picked up the Transam Trail and headed east until they hit Bar Harbor, Maine. In all, using portions of five different Adventure Cycling routes. The journey took 131 days (95 riding days) and covered 5,076 miles.
This group of seventh graders (and their three chaperones), are from the Palm Desert Charter Middle School in Palm Desert, California. They came to Montana to do a ‘wheels-on’ study of Lewis and Clark. The ride took them from Missoula to Whitehall.
Hans van Velze rolled into our office on June 4, 2009, on his way across America on the Transam Trail. He is a 61-year-old dentist from Apeldoorn, Holland.
The parrot resting on Neil Wheadon’s head while wife Sarah looks on, made a long journey in 1996. The stuffed bird was well cared for because both Neil and Sarah are veterinarians.
Raymond Riha, is a 65-year-old who retired from law enforcement and decided to ride the TransAm Trail in the summer of 2009. Like many riders he made equipment adjustments once he was on the road.
It was thirty years before their tour, in 1979, when Nick and Conchi Corrado were married in Seville, Spain. Nick was from Portland, Oregon and Conchi was a resident of Seville. They wanted to celebrate their 30th anniversary with something special and decided to ride their Tour Easy recumbents from Portland to Seville.
Dylan Grigar is a student of photography and folklore, and he combined these interests with his love of bicycling for a west to east TransAm in the summer of 2009.
There are many reasons riders give us for taking to the road. They are raising money for a good cause, seeing a part of the country for the first time, spending time with a family member, testing their limits or just having a fun vacation. But Eric Sawtelle has one we hadn’t heard before. The 33-year-old schoolteacher from Whitefish, Montana, was riding the 660 miles from his home to Salt Lake City, Utah, for a dental appointment.
Terry Stella moved to Missoula, Montana, in 1994 from New York City. He was looking for a change, wanted to pursue a graduate degree in journalism at the University of Montana and knew he could get along without owning a car in this small Rocky Mountain town.
Where have all the weirdos gone? That’s what Marion Rhodes, 28, of Dunedin, New Zealand wanted to know after riding across America last summer with her friend Victoria Johnstone, 27, also of Dunedin. Apparently the pair received repeated warnings from concerned locals to “watch out for the weirdos” as they made their way from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Vancouver, British Columbia, via Jackson Hole and Yellowstone National Park. It was their first bicycle tour ever.