The Decision

March 30, 2012

In the 2011 Oct/Nov issue of Adventure Cyclist I wrote a column titled The Decision. It got a lot of responses. I recently read the column on Weekday, a show on public radio station KUOW in Seattle.

Before you listen, although the piece is not overly graphic in nature, please note that it might not be suitable for everyone.

What occurred over twenty years ago changed my life. Actually, it was the decision made after the event that was life changing.

I'll let the story speak for itself. Listen to The Decision

This audio clip was recorded on KUOW's Weekday with Steve Scher.

Photo by Willie Weir


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


Al April 25, 2012, 2:46 PM


Stunned is the only word I have for this. Thank you for sharing! As a man, I don't know that I could have ever conceived of such a thing, if it weren't for this story.

Definitely an eye-opening experience, and one to think about.

Anonymous April 1, 2012, 12:39 AM

I hope you carry weapons now.

The Velo Hobo March 30, 2012, 8:30 PM

I am in awe that you didn’t abandon bike travel and inspired by your courage to share your story. As a mental health worker I’ve heard many stories of abuse and it is seldom that males are open to sharing their experiences.

Thank you for your candor and insight and I’m sure your story will encourage others to not give up on humanity because of the evil deeds of a few.


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