November 6, 2015
Bike travel is precious to me. I'm going to go a step, or pedal, further and say that much of who I am is a sum total of the bicycle journeys I've experienced. The majority of what I know, geography, history, biology, spirituality, culture, has come through interactions with the world from the seat of a bicycle.
There have been so many journeys, and the countless memories that go with them, that sometimes I get them mixed up. I'm illustrating this by combining two photos. The first is from a solo five-month journey in South Africa in 1995. The second is from a bike trip in Portugal with my wife in 2010. Fifteen years and over 8000 miles separate these two images, but as they dissolve together, it becomes hard to tell one place, one journey, from the other.
Travelers are a complex and delightful mix of the journeys they've experienced.
Photos by Willie Weir and Kat Marriner.
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Willie Weir is a contributor for Adventure Cyclist magazine. His books, Travels with Willie and Spokesongs, will inspire you to hit the road and might change the way you approach bicycle travel. He lives in Seattle with his wife Kat. You can also find him at WillieWeir.com, Facebook, and Instagram.