Any seasoned bicycle traveler will tell you that it’s the uncertainty and the constraints of it that make this form of travel a true adventure. Our plans are sometimes unexpectedly upended. Our expectations about a place, and about ourselves, are defied.
But that’s the beauty of it. It’s what keeps us coming back to this slow, at times uncomfortable, form of exploration.
Stories from this episode follow one woman's complex experiences cycling in Montana, a Denverite’s coming to terms with being “Mid-western” on the TransAm, and one traveler’s fortune of finding much-needed feminine companionship in the unlikeliest of places: a monastery.
Devin is an advocate for QTIBIPOC in cycling and bikepacking, as well as an event planner for the East Coast Greenway. As an advocate, she started Atlanta’s chapter of WTF Bikexplorers and leads excursions for all experience levels in Atlanta and the Southeast.
Find her chapter on Instagram.
Cynthia quit her job and rode the entire TransAmerica Trail in 2019, writing about and recording her adventures along the way.
Long-time contributor to Adventure Cycling’s blog, Olivia’s stories of her travels and travails never cease to entertain and inform us. The story she tells on this episode was written for this podcast.
Discover all of Olivia’s Adventure Cycling articles.
Learn more at OliviaRound.org.
The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein, the book Devin read during her Montana bike tour.