Other cycle-tourists

I’ve added a few links in the right sidebar to some of the blogs by some of the people who have inspired, educated and directly and indirectly helped me with my planned ride. If you’d like to read about some of their adventures, plan on spending some time, but they’re worth it.

One is still on the road. Cycling The Globe is about Thomas, a Danish Ham who is on his way from Denmark to Australia. Short on words, but full of excellent photographs.

Two are on hiatus for the winter. Dean McCollum writes The Lemonade Magnate’s Trans America. He has stopped for the winter, but read his introduction about how he came up with the Lemonade Magnate title. Coincidentally, he is also a Ham Radio Operator.

The other one on hiatus is Jen and Ken Ballantine, responsible for three of the links at the bottom of the list. They’ve completed the first season trip by reaching the West coast in Oregon after starting in North Carolina. They plan to continue riding in the spring, but are lucky enough to have been offered what I called “Living the Dream” jobs at a snowshoe rental [and cabin rental] place in Colorado that includes a place to stay and plenty of opportunities to ski.

Two of the remaining blogs are also found at the Crazy Guy On A Bike site, which offers space to people doing extended rides to keep a journal. They were completed a few years ago, but were so entertaining and informative, I enjoyed them a lot. Both North to Alaska and Back Again and Riding the Great Divide were written by Heidi Domeisen from North Carolina.

The oldest of the list is the Nomadic Research Labs link, one of several places you can read about Steve Roberts high-tech nomadic life. Steve rode a recumbent bike pulling a trailer and outfitted with more electronics than I would want to maintain around the country back in the late 80’s. His book Computing Across America tells the story of his first trip. He’s gone through several iterations of human powered transport that include a couple bikes, a kayak and now is about to head out around the world in a sailboat. Steve has become an expert at “taking it with you” by living a minimalist life without giving up the technology he loves.

If that’s not enough, take some time and poke around at the Crazy Guy On a Bike site. There are hundreds of stories there.

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2 comments on “Other cycle-tourists
  1. Al Gritzmacher says:

    I’ve added a couple more links to blogs by cycle adventurers.

    One is to Thirtysixer.com an account of a ride across the US on a 36″ Unicycle.

    The other, Wabi Sabi Your Life, is just getting started and I don’t know much about, but will be interested to see as the trip unfolds.

    They can be found in the sidebar on the right.

  2. Ken and Jen says:

    Hi Al… we met Sky the unicycle guy while we were on our tour. I am ashamed to admit, he passed us. lol Actually I had broken my chain and was sitting on my trike when out of nowhere came this kid on one wheel. Everyone we met out there had heard of him – the stealer of our show. LOL Great kid.

    One more thing.. we work at a ski lodge and rent more than snow shoes. We rent out real log cabins. We can probably give you a discount if you ever want to come out this way. Here is our website:
    http://foothillslodgeandcabins.com

    Turns out triking across the country gives you some powerful ski legs. Who knew???

    Keep us in the know about your trip! We’re here to help!

    Tailwinds,
    Jen n Ken

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