Open Road Gallery Online

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.

Hello Dolly
Hello Dolly

Dolly Hirata visited our office back in 1983. She was one of a group of four recumbent riders, the first recumbents on tour to come our way. The California to Colorado tour was for Dolly the culmination of a five-year effort to regain her health.

Stumpjumper
Stumpjumper

We decided to dig a photo of our old friend Brent Garrett out of the archives, who in 1983, at the age of 23, led a 68-day, 3200-mile North Star tour from Missoula, to Anchorage, Alaska for Adventure Cycling (Bikecentennial, back then). He rode his newfangled Stumpjumper Sport. It was one of the first mountain bikes we saw to be used for touring.

Milkshake Man
Milkshake Man

Ah, the early ‘80’s. Those were the days -- when America was a simpler place; a kinder, gentler place. Actually, we don't remember anything about the ‘80’s. But the photo you see above, of one Mark Wheeler Jr., was taken in 1982, when Wheeler was a fresh-faced 27-year-old lad, striking out on his bicycle from his then hometown of Binghamton, New York, for Vancouver, British Columbia.

Thinking Inside The Box
Thinking Inside The Box

When Valerie Coulter established her Missoula bicycle courier service, exCARgo, she thought big, and wanted to be equipped to carry loads of up to a quarter ton. So she commissioned the construction of this trike. It’s big feature is the 4’ x 3’ x 3’ insulated, waterproof cargo box. That’s 36 cubic feet of space.

Bike Lift
Bike Lift

Chad Rainey, a software engineer from Georgetown, Texas, was a member of Adventure Cycling’s 2008 TransAmerica Expedition group. A glance at his portrait leaves no doubt that by the time the group hit Missoula from their start in the east, Chad was in great shape. Nonetheless he wasn’t focused on the athletic aspects of bicycle touring. 

Building On Seven Tours
Building On Seven Tours

Lavern Hochstetler works in construction out of Nappanee, Indiana, but likes to vacation on his Bike Friday folding bicycle. When he visited us in the summer of 2008 he was riding the spine of the Rocky Mountains from Jasper, Alberta, Canada, to Durango, Colorado. This was his seventh tour.

Dutch Recumbent
Dutch Recumbent

Tjoan Liang, a forty-eight-year-old cabinet-maker from The Netherlands, undertook an ambitious ride from Atlanta, Georgia, to Yorktown, Virginia and then to Astoria, Oregon, onward to San Francisco, California. This tour in 2008 was his second crossing of the United States. He did another long ride here in 1981-83.

42-pound Squirrel
42-pound Squirrel

John Notestine, an English teacher from Wasilla, Alaska, set out from his home with his dog, Squirrel, in tow and headed to Colorado.

Fixed And Balanced
Fixed And Balanced

Sixteen-year-old Kai Koester was on his way across the country in 2008 when he and his eleven companions stopped in for a visit. Kai was the youngest of this high energy group and one of four that chose to ride a fixed gear.

Rural Song
Rural Song

Hazel Rickard, of Portland, Oregon, and her sister Heather rode the TransAm Trail from west to east in 2008. Hazel used the trip as a catalyst for songwriting.