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Willie Weir : December 17th, 2013

Remembering Nelson Mandela

I never met Nelson Mandela in person, but I met him a thousand time through the reflections of South Africans I encountered.

Sometimes a bike trip is just a bike trip. And then sometimes you find yourself in a place in the world at a time in history that you will never forget. …

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Willie Weir : July 23rd, 2013

Biking Bangkok

Kat and I first encountered Bangkok traffic from the perspective of the backseat of a taxi. The chaos of any big city can be daunting. Though neither of us spoke the words, I know we were both thinking, “Not going to bike here.” But over years of travel, both of us have [...]

Willie Weir : July 4th, 2013

Taking the slow path in Thailand

I enjoy the luscious sense of freedom and speed of a long, well earned, downhill. But more often, the most memorable travel moments come when I am forced to slow down. … Read more at the Adventure Cycling Association’s blog.

Willie Weir : June 20th, 2013

The Reluctant Traveler

She stares out from underneath the gap in the backyard fence. It’s a scary world out there. We recently adopted a rescue puppy—a Formosan Mountain Dog/Lab mix from Taiwan. We named her Tiva. Her name has a bittersweet history.

My wife Kat was the excited instigator. I was the skeptic. I wasn’t sure how [...]

Willie Weir : December 27th, 2012

Tips for cycling/traveling in Myanmar

Myanmar is in the news. It is ranked as one of the top five travel destinations by several major publications. President Obama became the first US president to visit while in office. Makes you want to take a bike trip there, doesn’t it?

We did. We toured Myanmar (Burma) from October 21 – [...]

Willie Weir : August 27th, 2012

Bike Trip Theme Songs

Every bicycle journey has a theme song. At least all of mine do. A tune that fits the mood of the journey … or describes the place you are pedaling through … or sometimes it’s just the tune that is incessantly playing on every radio.

“White Bird” by It’s a Beautiful Day became the [...]

Willie Weir : June 1st, 2012

You’ve Got Mail!

Have you ever in your bike touring experience asked yourself this question: How am I going to get my mail?

If you began bike touring within the last ten years, your answer will revolve around internet access and wi-fi availability.

But if you have been doing this for a long time, you’ll remember [...]

Willie Weir : April 9th, 2012

The Decision

In the 2011 Oct/Nov issue of Adventure Cyclist I wrote a column titled The Decision. It got a lot of responses. I recently read the column on Weekday, a show on public radio station KUOW in Seattle.

Before you listen, although the piece is not overly graphic in nature, please note that [...]

Willie Weir : March 22nd, 2012

Laundry

Let’s get right into the down and dirty of bicycle touring. What about laundry?

If you are on a route with plenty of hotels and/or laundromats, the answer is pretty obvious. But what about those journeys far enough off the beaten track where laundry facilities are not an option?

This is where my [...]

Willie Weir : February 15th, 2012

Bicycle Breakfasts

If you don’t have the time to spare for a extended bike trip, you can get loads of inspiration on Bike Overnights.org.

But sometimes you can’t even afford an overnight. That’s the time to head out on a bike breakfast.

Kat and I did this just last week. A glorious weekend morning with sunny blue [...]