Essential Posts

Below, you’ll find our curated list of essential blog posts. From selling everything, to three years of traveling by bike, to our work in the growing field of bicycle tourism, these are the posts which we feel best represent our journey since launching this site in March 2009.

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And it‹³›s the people you miss most when you leave.‹¨›/p‹˜›” paragraph_whitespace=”true” text_size=”” line_height=”” text_color=”” margin=”0px 0px 15px 0px” class=”” __fw_editor_shortcodes_id=”21999549f453ab1228b64b6d79609157″ _fw_coder=”aggressive”][/text_block][text_block id=”98b3a07e833b094c8127c4034d1b4400″ content=”‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›img class‹´›‹²›alignright‹²› src‹´›‹²›‹²› alt‹´›‹²›‹²› /‹˜›‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›h3‹˜›Three Years on the Road‹¨›/h3‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›To read our daily reports from the road, follow the tag ‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›Riding Days‹¨›/a‹˜›.‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›The Great Fear‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›There‹³›s something to be afraid of, and it‹³›s not the bears or the drug cartels or the endless unknown…‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›A Lifetime of Memories for a Shoeful of Dust‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›What it means to trade in a prime earning year for a prime living year.‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›Shelter from the (Wind) Storm‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›One of many experiences of connecting with strangers in ways we never expected.‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›One of Those Moments‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›A short video that captures some of the magic of traveling.‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›My Own Cautionary Tale‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›A lapse in judgement, a burned hand, questions about what we‹³›re doing.‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›‹²›D‹²› is for Displacement‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›Even a dream life isn‹³›t rosy all the time.‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›What it Feels Like to Break Down‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›The Texas winds get into Laura‹³›s head during a grueling ride and she crumples under the weight.‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›The Fire in the Sky‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›And sometimes you think you‹³›re about to die by missile fire.‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›Always Thinking About Food‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›Eating well while traveling by bike is difficult, to say the least, and it always gives us pause.‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›Things Fall Apart‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›The road is hard on your few belongings.‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›Minimalism on a Bicycle‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›Our urge for things does not go away simply because we have sold all our furniture and carry our whole lives on a bicycle.‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›Traveling Without Moving‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›Pausing to remember before re-entering ‹²›normal‹²› life again.‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›Who Moved My Cheese?‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›Fumbling through ‹²›coming back.‹²›‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›You‹³›re Doing it Wrong‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›We think the best way for anyone to go bike touring is on a bike, the rest is just personal details.‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›How to Talk to Your Partner About Bike Touring‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›It‹³›s not easy to broach the topic of bike touring to an unwilling partner. We know, we‹³›ve been there. But it‹³›s worth it!‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›Nine Year Anniversary… and Other Adventures‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›How do you travel together and not kill each other?‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›Inside an International Bike Incident‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›Road rage is a cyclist‹³›s worst nightmare, and something we never thought we‹³›d actually experience.‹¨›/p‹˜›” paragraph_whitespace=”false” text_size=”” line_height=”” text_color=”” margin=”0px 0px 15px 0px” class=”” __fw_editor_shortcodes_id=”5902337f8f855ca3cc8134e0b098ba9a” _fw_coder=”aggressive”][/text_block][text_block id=”98b3a07e833b094c8127c4034d1b4400″ content=”‹¨›h3‹˜›‹¨›img class‹´›‹²›alignleft‹²› src‹´›‹²›‹²› alt‹´›‹²›PathLessPedaled-0959‹²› width‹´›‹²›500‹²› height‹´›‹²›333‹²› /‹˜›This Phenomenon We Call ‹²›Bicycle Tourism‹²›‹¨›/h3‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›Economics of Bike Touring‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›We begin to see how bicycle tourism can make an indelible impact on small towns, and bring places back from the brink.‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›5 Easy Ways to be a Bike-Friendly Business‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›Tips that we still stand by.‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›NZ Cycle Trail and Rural Communities‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›A short video featuring interviews from key people involved in the NZ Cycle Trail.‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›Bicycling is the New Gold Rush‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›The final Kiwi Chronicles episode, in which a lot of theories start to be real.‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›Video: Interview with Bill White‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›Bill White saw the possibilities of bike tourism and built Bike Camp in Twin Bridges, MT.‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›What is Bicycle Tourism?‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›Bicycle Tourism is a large tent, and we start to break it down.‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›How Businesses can Attract Bike Travelers‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›A few simple ideas to help you tip-toe into bike tourism.‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›5 Reasons Why Bicycle Tourism Matters‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›Bringing the case for bicycle tourism to the bike advocacy world.‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›If You Sign It, Will They Come?‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›We return to the Old West Scenic Bikeway a year after filming.‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›The Tourism Part of Bike Tourism‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›A few takeaways from the tourism world that can be applied to bike tourism.‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›3 Lessons About Bicycle Tourism from Rural Bike Advocates‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›How does bike tourism *really* work with rural communities?‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›From Bird Hunting to Bicycle Tours‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›Short video from our interview with Treo Bike Tours owner Phil Carlson.‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›Bikeshare as Bike Tourism‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›In which we‹³›re convinced of the value of bikeshare, but from a tourism point-of-view.‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›Flat Tire Lounge: Bikes, Beer and Business‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›Short video from our interview with one of the owners of Flat Tire Lounge in Madrid, Iowa.‹¨›/p‹˜›‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›strong‹˜›‹¨›a href‹´›‹²›‹²›‹˜›Lessons from the Great Shasta Rail Trail‹¨›/a‹˜›‹¨›/strong‹˜›‹¨›br /‹˜›The importance of communication and branding, brought to life in a real-world example.‹¨›/p‹˜›” paragraph_whitespace=”false” text_size=”” line_height=”” text_color=”” margin=”0px 0px 15px 0px” class=”” __fw_editor_shortcodes_id=”419796947c21ede760a240e2214e7740″ _fw_coder=”aggressive”][/text_block]