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You've spent months dreaming and planning your bike journey, poured over maps, shopped for gear, trained, found a housesitter. Now it's time to pack it all up.
A tiny fraction of us will ever be President, or Nobel Laureate, or an Olympic athlete ... but everyone can be an inspiration.
“The foolish man built his house upon the sand.” What about a tent?
More often than not, your day’s ride is obscured — by trees, mountains, or bends in a twisty road. The only way to get the grand perspective is by staring at a map. But every once in awhile you get to a vantage point where an entire day’s ride is laid out in front of you.
“Their voices filled the still night with such sweet harmony it sent chills up and down my spine. I squeezed Kat’s hand and we exchanged glances and smiles. Was this real? It had all of the elements of a dream.” –a romantic bike travel moment ... almost too good to be true.
Kat and I spent close to a month on the Big Island of Hawaii in January. Read all about it in the July issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine and view more photos here ...
Willie Weir finds those little pockets of the world not listed in a guide book ...
You don’t have to bike tour very long before you have a “pinch me” moment — a moment when your senses are so overwhelmed by beauty, it just might be a dream.
It was during one of the “slow go” sections that something large flew out in front of Kat. It had a wide body, and its wing flaps were silent ...
This is often scary for first-time travelers: deciding to head down a road or a path with no idea of where you'll stay. The unknown can be daunting. Luckily, we had the boys of Bulgaria ...
In our fast-paced consumer culture, where we’re bombarded with images of shiny, new, got-to-have products, I’d like to pause and appreciate old friends.
What does it take to be a roadside angel? Let Willie explain how a little can go a long way.
Breakfast on the road has never been the same since I met Kat.
Dogs plus bikes? Formula for disaster? Ask Willie Weir!
Sixteen flats! I hope that’s a record I never break. The culprit was Tribulus terrestris, otherwise known as goat’s-head, but better named as devil’s-weed, and recently, I discovered a thorn-maker even more devilish.
The ultimate campsite snack is ice cream, according to Willie Weir, but since ice cream inconveniently melts, he has another ultimate snack in mind ...
CAMPGROUND CLOSED! This is never a good sign to see when you are on a bike tour. But things often work out, especially this time!
The bicycle is not only a great way to see the world; it's hard to beat as a way to experience the world. I've sometimes been dragged off my bike to join in the festivities. For example ...
May your path have less traffic and more beauty ...
Many a bike traveler will sing the praises of the simplicity of the road. There are often only three things to consider — which road to travel, what to eat, and where to sleep. Technology has added a fourth — where to recharge that device.
Riding across the country? How can his parents let him be so independent and adventurous at such a young age? Aren't they worried? Isn't is dangerous? Listen ...
I'm not much of a group rider and that's an understatement. I'd estimate over 98 percent of the miles I've pedaled have been solo, or with one other person. I just like the solitude and reflection that comes with bike travel, but last month, I had a chance to be "one of the pack."
Travelers are a complex and delightful mix of the journeys they've experienced.
"River and plain and mighty peak—and who could stand unawed? As their summits blazed, he could stand undazed at the foot of the throne of God."
What Robert Service wrote of the Yukon in 1911 is still true today.