When the going gets tough, they say, the tough get going. It’s a phrase that conjures rugged individualism — reminiscent of cowboys and dust and bootstraps. But when we hit a wall on a bicycle tour, we oftentimes don’t feel very tough.
Today we look at the tough moments, the ones that are completely out of our control, the ones we bring upon ourselves, and the ones that lead to bad ideas but great stories.
Perhaps it’s in these moments where we grow toughness, our fortitude and our resiliency.
Jasmine and her dog, Fiji, have traveled over 10,000 miles on a bicycle across the U.S. and Canada. She completed her first journey with less than $50 in her pocket, no previous long-distance cycling experience, and no camping skills. Now she’s a full-time nomad, working remotely wherever she happens to land.
Read about her and Fiji’s adventures at FiJaPaw.com.
Alissa first discovered bicycle travel through the stories of others, fell in love, and has since pedaled thousands of miles in all kinds of cool places. Now she writes to encourage others the way others encouraged her.
Laura has bikepacked thousands of miles in remote places around the world. She writes about adventure, gender, and ecology and is a frequent contributor to Permaculture Design Magazine, Communities Magazine, and Adventure Cycling’s Dynamo Jenny newsletter.