Riding local, riding abroad. Doesn't matter. "One less car" bike commuting and "Bikes Belong" advocacy, plus "I ride solo" bicycle travel. Racing is fun, but there are so many equally great reasons to ride.
Hawkes Bay NZ Water trail
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Yesterday I had the chance to chat with touring cyclist Julie, from Montreal, who told about the chance of a decent espresso inside. Julie was heading west, up and over Chief Joseph Pass, complete with her black lab in a trailer. She'd started in St. Louis and is traveling solo, like I do. Wow. Way to go, adventure cyclist! I'm driving the weeklong Cycle Montana route armed with an aerosol of spray chalk, marking the road to give the 60+ riders behind me the security of a tried and tested route. Not for these sensible folks my apparently "preferred" method of bike touring, which involves a bunch of initial planning, which goes off the rails about my second day out. From then I rely on serendipity and the kindness of strangers. It's worked amazingly well so far. But it's fun to get the chance to do it this way too.