The Cabin Respite

October 11, 2013

"We leaned our bikes against the porch of the little log cabin with single-pane windows. The inside was charming — candles in wine bottles, a tiny book shelf, a small wood stove, little troll dolls lining the windowsills. There was a loft that had housed both mice and men, and this was confirmed by a sign to keep the wood door closed to keep out the critters. It was a humble abode. But there is nothing like having an encounter with a grizzly bear to make a tiny cabin feel like a castle fortress. We slept like logs. You see, bears just make travel better."

I'm quoting myself from the article "The Golden Circle of Beers and Bears" from the Oct/Nov issue of Adventure Cyclist. Members of Adventure Cycling Association across the country have recently had it delivered to their mailboxes — over 46,000 fellow bicycle travelers who support the mission of this organization, "to inspire and empower people to travel by bicycle."

If you aren't a member, you can read the article at a later date in the online publication archive. But for as little as $33 a year, you could read it now and also have the satisfaction of supporting an organization that believes that bicycle travel truly changes lives.

I know it changed mine.

Photos by Willie Wier

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS is posted every other Friday. Willie Weir is a columnist for Adventure Cyclist magazine. His latest book Travels with Willie: Adventure Cyclist will inspire you to hit the road and just might change the way you approach bicycle travel. He lives in Seattle with his wife Kat. You can read about their adventures at


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