For the fourth time in a year, we look forward to sitting down with a cup of black coffee or a tall pint of pilsener to the technicolor pages of Bunyan Velo. This issue is a taller pour than the last, featuring words and images from Przemek Duszynski, Glenn Charles, Cass Gilbert, Lael Wilcox, Logan Watts and Virginia Krabill, Rob Perks, Donnie Kolb, Mark Reimer and Daniel Enns, Gabe Ehlert, et al.
Incidentally, there are three unique perspectives of our travels this summer.
Przemek’s reflections describe the lessons he has learned while riding, encapsulated in his song-like story titled “I’m Happy and I’m Riding and a 1,2,3,4…” Within, he learns the difference between the number of miles ridden in a day and the number of good friends that surround you. I guess this means he’s not mad that I gave him food poisoning on his birthday. Hopefully, he’ll find time next summer to grow our riding group to 1, 2, 3 as we waltz around the Black Sea.
Lael captures the height of summer in Czech. Her story describes Czech people and Czech things, and our quest to cross paths with Joe Cruz in Prague. I like how she portrays the reality of the road, in which our lives are intertwined with everyone around us. Her colorful photos capture some of the best memories of summer in “Červenec in Czech”.
Finally, I share stories from our final months on the road in the American Southwest, between Colorado and Arizona The capstone to a full summer of stories, our final ride between Tucson and Phoenix along a segment of the Arizona Trail provides an emotional close to the season, and a lasting memory through winter. Look for “Last Chance, Arizona” in the latest issue of Bunyan Velo!
Every issue of Bunyan Velo has been possible due to the unpaid efforts of riders, writers, photographers, and one very dedicated editor, Lucas Winzenburg. Coffee and many late nights have also played an important role in the process. Donate to Bunyan Velo to ensure future publication. Stickers and handmade wool Bunyan Velo hats are also available on the BV webstore. Hopefully, three months from now, there will be another round of adventures to share.
Free publication is the best way to reach riders and readers, and we’d like to keep it that way to continue growing the community of homespun adventurers and storytellers. Also, keep you eyes open for a printed anthology, now that Bunyan Velo has captured a full year of adventure cycling. Tell your friends!
Photos: Glenn Charles, Przemek Duszynski, Lael Wilcox, and Nicholas Carman.