From May 2009 to July 2010 Thomas Laussermair embarked on an adventure of a lifetime: Cycling the length of the Panamerican Highway and climbing the highest mountain of every country along the way. He chose a recumbent with trailer mostly for comfort and blogged about this journey through 15 countries on his website Pan American Peaks.
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Bruce discovered bike touring through a chance encounter with someone organising an adventure race in 2001.
“We got to talking and he mentioned a California tour he was planning for the spring. Intrigued, I asked if he’d mind some company. The rest is history,” Bruce says. The two friends now tour 2-3 times a year together on recumbents. They travel light, put in long daily distances, and end each day with a hotel and a nice meal.
“What do I like about touring? well my touring buddy summed it up best: ‘it’s fun even when it’s not fun’. I love the feel of working for the distance traveled and the way you look ahead with anticipation and respect of what’s to come. You acknowledge every aspect of each day on the road and appreciate the simplest of things. I think you’re just more in tune with the world around you. You pay attention to the sky and what it’s telling you. To the subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) changes in wind speed and direction. To the varied quality of pavement beneath your tires. Temperature, precipitation, friendly honks of encouragement and blaring horns of intolerance from motorists sharing the road, all these things play on your morale throughout the day.”
“It’s hard to express to someone who hasn’t achieved for themselves, the sense of accomplishment you feel when you finally crest a summit that’s taken you most the day to reach, and then the reward of the fast flowing descent down the other side.”
“And food… Remember when you were a kid, how you reacted when someone bought you an ice-cream cone? When you are touring, all food has that affect on you.”
“These are the things I love about touring but mostly I love the simple, satisfied, exhausted feeling when I turn out the light at the end of each day.”
In 2011, Bruce’s big challenge is setting the Guinness world record for the fastest solo global circumnavigation by bicycle. Read more on his website: www.globebent.org.
Hans is an occasional bike tourist, and a keen commuter, who rides with his son to school every day from their home in Denmark.
“Since the start of 2010 I own a trike and that is one of the best decisions I have made, next to biking as a way of transport,” says Hans. I also made a trailer now, which gives even more possibilities.”
Hans sent us this message about his lengthy bike touring experience, with a special mission behind all the travelling:
“I’ve been bicycle touring off and on since 1986 in Canada and the United States. The total as of Aug 28, 2010 is 222,504 miles (356,007 KM). Since Feb of 1993, I’ve been spending up to eight months on the road with my ministry Pedal Prayers.”
Hans has crossed the United States coast-to-coast 19 times, and gone through 9 bicycles since 1986 (2 road bicycles, 4 hybrids, and 3 recumbents).
“My current two-wheeled steed is a short-wheelbase recumbent named “Alice” with 34,358 miles (54,972 KM) of cycle-touring on her.”
Ben and Sylvie are a French couple who have been travelling for 2 years on recumbents. They only discovered cycling a few years ago as a different way of travelling and they’ve fallen in love with bike touring. They’ve almost completed one big trip around the world and are already planning the next one. Check out their adventures on their blog, Frogs On Bents.