I ride bikes to get places. Sometimes those places are far away. Often, I enjoy taking my time. And that’s Lael. She is almost always in front of me or behind me or beside me.
This page will soon be updated with details from past tours and past lives in seasonal residences. Lael and I spend half the year working and saving money, and half the year riding bikes. In fact, we ride bikes all year.
In two consecutive years I have ridden to the start of the Great Divide Route in the Canadian Rockies– from Maryland and from Alaska– which means I have ridden well over twice the distance of the route, simply to reach Banff! Last summer (2012), I rode from Anchorage on my secondhand Surly Pugsley, connecting with the Divide Route, some of the Colorado Trail, and assorted dirt routes in the west. Summer and fall 2011 I rode from Annapolis, MD to northern New York, then westward to Banff, Alberta to hook up with the Divide for the first time, most of which is documented here under the archives. Any and all of it was great fun, and is recommended. Rather, I’ve never been on a bike trip I didn’t like.
I condone any and all travel by bike or on foot, by ski or snow shoe or regular shoe or no shoe; by air, in a balloon; by water, swimming or by canoe or kayak, sailboat or board. Disregard them (naysayers), you can transport yourself!
I am fascinated with cycling utilities in the form of signed and mapped bicycle routes as well as cycling facilities such as rail trails, canal trails, bike lanes and paths. Off-pavement touring is blissful, and popular routes such as the Great Divide are affecting a new season of cycletourists, of which I am one. I am perpetually infatuated with bikes; old bikes, new technology that makes life better, and cheap creative solutions to problems. I love bikes, but they aren’t sacred. Make your bike better for you. Make it yours.
I have toured the US, Alaska, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Mexico (Baja and Sierra Madre).
He said, “I’m not a homeless man
I’m a gypsy by trade
And I’m travelin’ this land
I’m not a homeless man”
J.J. Cale -”Homeless”