September 23, 2014
It’s been quite the experience working at Adventure Cycling — I joined the tours department in August 2013. Over the past year, I’ve met so many unique bicycle travelers — many of these riders came through Missoula to visit Adventure Cycling headquarters, others were either passing through or heading out on adventures near and far. Indeed, some of these cyclists are travelling hundreds and thousands of miles, fearlessly and stoically pedaling self-contained on their bicycles. But often what impressed me the most is that some are committed to posting and sharing their adventures via blogs, so we can all follow along, see what they are seeing, and be inspired too. Here are of some of my favorite bicycle touring blogs from the past year. Thanks to the amazing riders and authors that have shared their stories with me.
Jocelyn Sunshine Rice and her father, Mike
“Believe the Ride”
I met Jocelyn Rice in October 2013 in Missoula. We both attended the Leadership Training Course together. I was struck by her relaxed demeanor, her sense of humor and her passion for adventure. She recounted tales of travelling by herself, self-contained across the U.S. We have stayed in touch and I’m thrilled to follow her and her father on their epic world tour.
Dan Leonard, Bill White & the Gang, Southern Tier, 2013
“This is a true story of Dan Leonard’s trek across America on a bicycle”
The story of how Bill and Dan met serendipitously in San Diego is both fun and inspiring. They joined the Southern Tier self-contained tour led by Sally Fenton (Dan joined just the night before!) — their story of travelling across the U.S. together, developing a close friendship, and Dan’s truly courageous and adventurous spirit humbled me.
Seraya Ghoneim, Trans Am, 2014
“Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride”
Seraya and the Trans Am self-contained tour group led by David Lynch came through Missoula in July 2014, just after Seraya had a devastating crash outside of Dillon, MT, and was hospitalized. What inspires me most about Seraya’s story and her blog is her eye for beauty on route, her youth, her passion for adventure and her strength of spirit in the face of adversity.
“As a 50th birthday gift to myself I am undertaking a 10,000 mile cycle around America.”
When I first heard about David Palmer’s plans to criss-cross the whole U.S. by bicycle in 2014, I was both intrigued and amazed. Then I met him in person in Missoula and was surprised by his quiet demeanor and true love for good food and drink! Indeed, he has reported on the best ice cream all across this fair land via bicycle. Check out the map of Dave’s bold touring plans for 2014! Go Dave!
Aitor Galdos & Evelin Heuschreck
“This is the story of a very slow speed journey, the one set by the speed of a bicycle. This blog is dedicated to those who believe that dreams can and must become true.”
Aitor and Evelin are two of the most inspiring cyclists I have ever met. Aitor is from the Basque region of Spain and Evelin is from Italy. When the pair came through Missoula, they gave a wonderful presentation about their four years spent on the road, cycling the world. They shared photographs of their journeys that are truly breathtaking. I especially love their belief in fulfilling one's dreams as life’s greatest challenge. If they can dream it, they can do it!
“If you have a dream, you should find a way to make that dream come true. And if your dream includes doing something that seems really big or intimidating, that is ok, because you only have to do it one minute, one hour, and one day at a time.”
Wally is not only an amazing tour leader for Adventure Cycling, he's a dedicated board member and an experience Leadership Training Instructor. This year, Wally really hit the road full force — he rode from the Florida Keys all the way to Alaska, teaching and blogging along the way.
I must say that I do feel extremely fortunate to have met most of these cyclists in person this year. What a privilege to meet them and learn more about their adventures face-to-face and to feel and see their passion and commitment to the adventure of cycling! Bravo!
Post by Darrah Rogers | Photos 1 and 2 by Joceyln and Mike Rice | Photo 3 by Bill White | Photos 4 and 5 by Seraya Ghoneim | Photo 6 by David Palmer | Photo 7 by Aitor Galdos and Evelin Heuschreck | Photo 8 by Wally Werner
ON THE ROAD is written by the tours team — Lydia, Darrah, Mike, Mandy, and Arlen — tours specialists and intrepid bicyclists, covering all things related to the Adventure Cycling tours department. Check out our 2014 Guided Tours today!