I remember the day I finally accepted that something had to change. We had arrived into a campground after a long day of touring. While John set up our tent, I stood quietly watching. My arms were curled up, nestling my hands in front of my chest as I tenderly guarded my right hand with […]
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“I’m tired, Mom,” Daryl mumbled as we pedaled a remote Oregonian highway. “I want to sleep.” “I’m sleepy too,” Davy added. John and I figured the boys were just whining – they were eight years old, after all. We figured once we arrived at a town park the boys would be off and running, because… […]
I know a lot about riding a bike around the world. I can figure out a route and know what to look for in panniers. I know a lot – and I know when I’m out of my league. Bicycle maintenance is one of those areas where I will readily admit my ignorance. Yes, I […]
It was 1990 when I took perhaps the biggest gamble of my life. That year I arrived into Islamabad, Pakistan with little more than a bicycle, a dream, and a man I didn’t know. I had met John through a magazine and spent a grand total of one hour chatting over a Coke at Dairy […]
It was one of those moments. One of those doh moments. One of those times when you smack yourself upside the head and say, “I can’t believe I did that.” But that comes later in this story… The year was 2006. We had cycled two months before I got word that my mother was unwell […]
It was a long day in rural Texas. We had battled stiff headwinds for 50 miles already and were more than ready to call it a day. For ten miles we had been searching for a spot to pitch our tent, but Texan roads are known for their vast stretches of miles and miles and […]
There is no such thing as bad weather, there is only bad clothing. We experienced it all. Sweltering heat. Bitter cold. Freezing rain. Hail, fog, wind. You name it; we battled it. And we had to be prepared for it all. So how, you ask, does one carry clothes for four seasons in a small […]
Last year I talked about how a cottage on the Connecticut shore landed in our laps. The trouble was that the cottage was a horrible state of disrepair. This summer, we are attempting to wrangle that beast into a livable space. I am amazed at how many parallels I see between rebuilding an 80-year-old cottage […]
Once upon a time, if you had asked me about sacrifices, I would have said I wasn’t making any. I had willingly traded in my kitchen for a tiny campstove. I didn’t mind the hassle of having to pull the various parts out of our panniers, assemble the stove, find a flat spot on the […]
I first “met” Cindie Cohagan back in 2006. On our first year-long family bike tour, we happened to pass through the town of Prescott, Arizona, and had dinner with some new-found friends. “I’ve got some friends who have been traveling the world on their bikes for a few years now,” one of the women said. […]
What do you need in terms of clothes for bike touring? It’s hard to say. One thing I’ve noticed consistently is that each cyclist has his/her own preferences for clothes, so it’s hard to say what you should take with you. All I can do is give some idea about what we packed (and each […]
The shoes you wear while touring on your bicycle will dictate a lot of your tour and will be one of the most basic decisions you will need to make. Do you want dedicated, hard-soled cycling shoes? Or will regular sneakers work for you? Depending on what kind of tour you are planning, you might […]
One of the current debates about touring bikes is whether an aluminum or steel bike frame is a better choice. In the end, it comes down to personal choice. Aluminum is more rigid, which some people prefer. Steel flexes, which leads to a more comfortable ride for many. There is, however, another consideration that needs […]
I was curled up in my chair, watching the flames flicker in our wood stove, and I got lost in my thoughts. As the flames flickered, I drifted back through the years and I started thinking about my very first bike tour. That first tour I took – I hesitate to even call it a […]
Thinking about heading out for a bike tour? Here are our thoughts on what to look for in a touring bike. Depending on where you are going, you may or may not need a really good bike. For a one or two week trip, use whatever bike you have. It may not shift perfectly, it […]
I listened to Falling Uphill by Scott Stoll last week while driving across the country. It’s a book I’ve been meaning to read for ages, but somehow just never got around to it. I was glad Scott had recorded it as it made my drive just a little less tedious. Amazon describes the book this […]
What are we doing now?
Nancy is an artist and metalsmith making wearable art from recycled metal and antique components.
John is busy either hiking or planning his next long-distance hike.
Davy is studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Boise State University.
Daryl is studying Computer Science and Software Engineering at University of Texas Dallas.