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Willie Weir : November 1st, 2011

A Double Dare

In a little town in Northern Romania, two boys laughed as they wheeled up and down the street. I’m sure they would have been pedaling bikes if they’d had them. They didn’t. But they had a wheelbarrow. It had a metal wheel that squeaked so loud you’d swear a 700-pound hamster was exercising in […]

Willie Weir : October 26th, 2011

Roadside Treats

They are gifts of the road. Nature’s snacks ripened just for you. Their aromas fill the hot summer’s breezes and the late fall’s chill. Roadside trees, far from any home or farm, display these treats more beautifully than any row of sweets in a candy shop. They must have been planted for the benefit […]

Willie Weir : October 11th, 2011

Sights and Sounds (Celebrating 100 posts … and counting)

For the last two years I’ve been writing posts for the Adventure Cycling Association‘s blog. My column is called “Sights and Sounds” and I’ve been given the freedom to dig through photos (slides and digital) and recordings (cassette, mini-disc, and and digital) from my (our) travels by bicycle throughout the globe. Some I’ve re-posted on […]

Willie Weir : October 8th, 2011

Just a Little Dusting

After a long, hard, wonderful slog pedaling the back roads of Colombia south from Bogotá, we took a break in the beautiful city of Cartagena.

I woke up early and grabbed my camera and wandered the streets of this World Heritage city. The colors were incredible. The architecture sublime.

I came around a corner […]

Willie Weir : September 30th, 2011

September Swan Song

If you are an avid touring cyclist and want an unending supply of beautiful roads with little to no traffic … negotiate the month of September as your vacation time for the rest of your working days. Then, when you retire, simply continue this travel pattern until your legs no longer spin.

September […]

Willie Weir : September 26th, 2011

Butterfly Explosion

As we crested the hill, it appeared as if it were snowing. In southeastern Oregon? In September? It was 75 degrees!

A blizzard of white flakes floated down from the ponderosa pines above. A glance over to the side of the road revealed tens of thousands of butterflies feasting on the nectar of […]

Willie Weir : September 18th, 2011

Countdown Redux

Last week I confessed my obsession of photographing house numbers during our bike journey in Portugal.

I realize the short “video” might have had a certain entertainment value, but probably fell far short of convincing the viewer that they should hop on a bike and tour there.

I now present “Countdown Redux”. […]

Willie Weir : September 5th, 2011

Spirited Reception

Kat and I took a break from the heat and humidity under a tree in northern Thailand. We laid our bikes down by the side of the road and dug through our panniers looking for snacks.

The tree was enormous and the base of its trunk was decorated with colorful ribbons of silk. […]

Willie Weir : July 14th, 2011

Bicycle Lingering

We always talk about bicycle travel. But what about bicycle lingering?

Bicycle lingering is that ability to stop forward motion, pause, and soak up what is around you.

Cafes. Ice cream parlors. Roadside restaurants. City parks. Riverside picnic tables. They all call out for you to park your bike and linger.

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Willie Weir : May 20th, 2011

Positive Signs

We passed the sign above on our trip in Portugal. It was the entrance to a big highway … not a road we wanted to travel on anyway.

I particularly enjoy the way the wheel on the wagon makes the sign look like a cartoon figure sticking its tongue out at you.

But signs […]