I ride bikes to get places. Sometimes those places are far away. Often, I enjoy taking my time. I left on my first bike tour in September 2008 on a secondhand bike purchased for $300.
The travels documented on this blog begin in 2011. Any and all of it was great fun, and is recommended. Rather, I’ve never been on a bike trip I didn’t like. Since 2008 I have spent more than half of every year traveling by bike.
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.
The bicycle has taken me all over, including: United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico; the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Switzerland, Czech, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Greece; South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland; Egypt, Israel, Palestine, and Jordan.
I have ridden some or all of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, Kokopelli’s Trail, the Colorado Trail, Arizona Trail, GAP/CO rail and canal trails, Traversée du Massif Vosgien, GR5, GR12, the AlCan and Cassiar Highways, the Taylor and Top of the World Highways, the Denali Highway, the Denali Park Road, the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route, the Northern Tier, the Southern Tier, the East Coast of the US, the entire coastline of Florida, the Dragon’s Spine Route in South Africa, the Holyland Challenge in Israel, the 1000 Miles Adventure across Czech and Slovakia, the Bicycle Odyssey race route in Greece, the Top Trail 3 in Montenegro, the Baja Divide in Mexico…
Check out my route project in Mexico called the Baja Divide. The route was scouted during three months in the winter of 2015-16, and was published through the following summer. The Baja Divide is a free route resrouce that is open to ride at any time, provided as a gift to the bikepacking community with limited support from Revelate Designs and Advocate Cycles.
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”