The Path Less Pedaled is all about making connections and inspiring others to go bicycle touring. Launched in 2009, the site chronicles the open-ended journey of Laura Crawford and Russ Roca as they explore of what it means to live outside the lines, creating everyday adventures by bicycle.
Over the last 18 months, the Path Less Pedaled has developed a faithful following of cycling enthusiasts. The site sets itself apart for its beautiful photography (Russ is a professional), fresh writing style and detailed gear reviews.
Laura and Russ travel slowly, drinking in their surroundings, meeting up with local cycling communities, living in the moment and writing beautifully about the places they pass and the people they meet.
Their posts are full of insight and humor. Here’s an excerpt from one of my favorites, an article entitled The Great Fear:
Fear is the mind-killer.
Having ridden 2500 miles and lived for four months without a permanent address, we are gaining perspective on the Great Fear.
Yes there are dangers. Yes, terrible and freakish things do happen to people, but that is the exception and not the rule. For us, we’ve been met with more generosity and kindness than hostility. We’ve had maybe two verbal exchanges with drivers throughout the entire west coast. We are not naive. We rely on good sense and instinct.
The Great Fear is what stops people in their tracks. It is what turns dreams into dust.
For me, I have what I will call, for lack of a better term, My Greater Fear. It is that I will live a perfectly unexceptional existence with this exceptional chance I have been given. My Greater Fear is that I will rot beneath a matrix of fluorescent lights staring at the carpeted walls of a cubicle, or that I will wake knowing exactly what I will be doing every minute of every day for the rest of my waking life, or that I will wait until I am old and enfeebled to give myself permission to live.
In the face of My Greater Fear, which I think is far more likely, I choose to jump and embrace the Great Fear.
The gear section relates detailed information on everything needed for a long distance cycle tour.
The Path Less Pedaled has recently released their first e-book, Panniers & Peanut Butter.
It’s a75 page guide to their bicycle touring gear, plus photos from their year-long tour around the US, and road-tested tips they’ve discovered along the way. The cost is $20 and proceeds go to helping Laura and Russ continue their mobile lifestyle.
Laura and Russ also put together presentations about bicycle touring as they cycle around the US.
Another section on the site that you’ll want to check out is STORIES. Here Laura and Russ talk about the random people they’ve met along the way.
Lastly, you won’t want to miss videos from the Path Less Pedaled. Ride with Us is one of my favorites.
So far Russ and Laura have only toured in the US. Let’s hope their tour will branch out across the world so we can read captivating stories from more exotic destinations.
Be sure to bookmark the Path Less Pedaled, you’ll find yourself coming back again and again.