Stories from the Road

Goodbye, Old Friend

Contributor: Phil Blumenkrantz I’m suffering separation anxiety – not from a girlfriend or job or my recently-deceased cat. From my Panasonic PT-3500. It’s been six months since I parted ways with the touring bike I’d ridden almost exclusively since the mid-80s. My sense of loss hasn’t softened. Each time I would complete a trip, I […]

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Ready to Go!

Contributor: Susan Fox This year, after 10 years of discussion and 5 years of planning, my best friend and I set out on our first cross-country tour. We had been inspired by a roadside gentleman who invited us to share his fire during our first tour in Eastern Oregon…in the rain. His story about his

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Why Host? Why Be a Guest?

Contributor: Lance Chilton Sure, being a guest while bike-touring saves money. Sure, being a host makes us feel we’re paying back the Warmshowers community. But it’s more than that. Although I could probably afford to stay in four-star hotels, Warmshowers gives me a much closer opportunity to meet and learn from bicyclists in all the

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A Free Spirit

Contributor: Andres Garcia I am from Colombia and have been traveling by bicycle for five years. My trip began in Argentina, where I studied musical composition. I decided to travel by bicycle without thinking about it; it was a decision that I had made at the moment, as I said, without thinking about it. I

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Old Dog Learns New Tricks

Contributor: Melissa Rosaaen “Do you think we should pay attention to that sign?” Rick says just a little sarcastically as he pedals up next to me.  “What sign?”, I gasp, as I down-shift.  He laughs. “Oh, you know.  The huge one back there that reads, ‘Trail Closed’”. We had been training for our big ride

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Blueberry Pie

Contributor: Anne Breedlove East or west? Did my husband Jim and I dare try to make it all the way to Perth? It was early May, the time of year the prevailing winds on the Australian Nullarbor Plain shifted. Should we go for it or not? We had eight weeks until our flight home from

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Chain of Goodwill

Contributor: Ed Ireland-Jones 30th June 2019: Dang it, my knee is wrecked. Well, actually, both are; first, my right knee became really painful, and then the extra strain of attempting to go easy on it has injured my left knee as well. Thank goodness for Jim and Fran, just the sort of friendly faces you

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