April 14, 2017 - Willie Weir blogs for Adventure Cycling every other Friday. Thanks, Willie!

The thousands of miles pedaled.
The mountain passes climbed.
The headwinds.
The infrequent tailwinds.
The majestic beauty of the passing countryside.
The cold, crisp mornings.
The scorching afternoons.
The sore muscles.
The grand sense of accomplishment.

Ask a long-distance, touring cyclist to tell tales of their travels, and what memories will pour out of them? What tales will stand the test of time?

The people encountered along the way.

Those simple human connections. The smiles. The greetings. The laughter.

These are the invaluable treasures of travel.

Hop on a bike. Connect with your world.

Photos by Willie Weir and Kat Marriner

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS is posted every other Friday.

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, Facebook, and Instagram.  


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