Stories from the Road

A Life on Wheels

In 1974, I cycled 10,000 km across Central Africa.  I was arrested in Idi Amin’s Uganda and sentenced to have my beard removed.  What a cheek!  Next came Zaire (Congo), and on entering a game park, a notice said, “Do not leave your car;” nothing about bicycles, so I carried on.   I was also incarcerated …

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An Unlikely Friendship

Isn’t it funny how two paths can cross unexpectedly and then never quite diverge from one another?   On February 1st, 2017, I received a routine message on Warmshowers. Paul was, unsurprisingly, looking for a place to stay in Austin, Texas. He and his friend had embarked on a bicycle trip across the US and …

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Family Bike Trip

A Family Bike Trip with 23 Nights with Warmshowers Hosts We recently returned from an 11-week family bike trip through Korea and Japan with our 4 and 5-year-old daughters, and our love affair with Warmshowers is stronger than ever. During our family bike trip we stayed with 9 Warmshowers hosts for a total of 23 …

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Life Unscripted

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Turkey Shortly before noon, I arrived in the small mountain village of Camardi (pronounced “chah MAR duh”) nuzzled deep in the protective arms of Aladaglar National Park in Turkey. The name “ala-daglar” (crimson-mountains) comes from the rusty color of its hills in the sunset.  This region is known as the “Alps of Turkey”, home to …

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