Vicarious Touring

When you have a job, family, bills, and other people who depend on you, the idea of chucking it all and heading across the country on a bike is pretty much just a dream…for now.  I both satisfy and feed that urge by following others’ travels.

By far the best source has been Crazy Guy on a Bike.  Recently I stumbled across Self Propelled by Geoff Winslow.  Not only did he take a good trip across the US, but he took great pictures, and most of all, he took the time to write well about it.  https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=Sh&page_id=359877&v=rB

I’ll put it like this: One of my all time favorite books is Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon.  It chronicles the journey around the country of a man who hit spiritual bottom, and how he finds himself by looking both outward and inward.  Mr. Winslow’s blog has the potential to be just as good a book.  I hope he considers it and finds a publisher.

Highly recommended reading.

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3 responses to “Vicarious Touring

  1. You don’t have to do the whole route. I am going to ride part of the Southern Tier next year. Ocala, Fla, to Austin, Tx. My son who is in your position is going to get a ride to somewhere in Louisiana and we will ride the last four or five days together. There are also supported and unsupported 3-8 day rides that can go a long way into feeding the touring monster.

    Cross country is nothing more than 12 week long rides back to back. From an experienced touring cyclist, do a week.

  2. Thanks for the book recommendation. Just ordered it from the library.

  3. I’ve been following/been insanely jealous of this guy: http://oregontopatagonia.com

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