Meet Megan and her border collie Gracie. They both love cycling, so when Megan goes on a bike tour, Gracie is carried along – not in a trailer but in a backpack designed for young kids. Together, they’ve completed two trips from Washington DC to Pittsburgh and back, via the C & O Canal and the Great Allegheny Passage.
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Hannah’s big bike trip was over 6,000 kms from the tropical island of Penang to the spicy city of Chengdu, travelling slowly and mindfully through Malaysia, Thailand, Laos and China. She logged the journey on her blog, Pai Straight Up.
“Having never ridden long-distance on a bicycle before, it is hard to believe that I can now say ‘I have done it’,” says Hannah.
Her journey began as a reaction to a stressful job, that left her feeling burnt-out and pessimistic about the world.
“At no point did I think it would be easy and, I guess, that’s the main reason why I wanted to do it. I wanted to be challenged, to experience the unknown and find out what I was capable of. I wanted the space and time to think about things, other than how to make myself happy and save the world. I wanted an experience, be it a good or a bad one.”
In the summer of 2009, Kiki Holl rode the Transamerican bike trail, raising money along the way for Multiple Sclerosis. On her trip, she had to grapple with everything from snakes to potholes and broken bike parts. Fortunately, the kindness of strangers, the camaraderie of friends, and spectacular scenery made 4,263 miles from Yorktown, VA to Portland, OR, then down the coast to San Francisco, CA all worth the effort. On her website, Kiki Bikes Across America, she has some useful information for other riders, like what gear to take, her itinerary and what the trip cost.
If you want to explore Africa though the eyes of a cyclist who takes beautiful photographs, do check out Take On Africa – the account of Helen’s 20,000km bicycle journey from the UK to South Africa. Her journal updates are well worth a read too. All in all, an excellent way to share in an amazing bicycle tour.