Inveterate adventurers Kate Harris and Melissa Yule are making good on their vow to finish cycling the Silk Road. Beginning in January 2011, they’re set to tackle the long and daunting stretch between Europe and China. These enthusiastic explorers produce some of the best cycling stories on the web, so you’ll want to follow along …
Bicycle Touring Blogs
While Out Riding is a photo-story blog charting Cass Gilbert’s bike journey south from Prudoe Bay, Alaska to Central America. His writing is highly appreciated within the bicycle touring community, witness the numerous emails I have received recommending While out Riding as one of the internet’s best bicycle touring blogs.
Family on Bikes is the site to search if you’re interested in embarking your family on a bicycle adventure. Nancy Vogel, the driving force behind this website, has put together a vast amount of information covering everything from home schooling on the road to technology for travelers.
If you’re interested in finding out what it takes to make the dream of a round the world bicycle tour reality, Two Wheeled Wanderers is the site for you. Canadians Karen and Michael haven’t hit the road yet, but they’re busy documenting all their tour preparations.
If you’ve gotten sidetracked thinking bicycle touring is all about counting kilometers and subjecting yourself to as much misery as possible, a browse around Blazing Saddles will remind you that cycling is meant to be fun. These guys reallly know how to have a good time on a bike.
Whether you’re interested in permaculture, Africa or just adventure bicycle touring, Permacyclists.com is well worth a visit. The site is well designed and informative, the insightful writing peppered with the occasional political rant.
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.
The Cycle Tourer website is chock-full of all sorts of bicycle touring information: destination descriptions, touring gear advice, touring tips, travelogues, FAQs, route information and even cycling book reviews. The site is easy to navigate and the information is presented in a clear and concise, easy-to-follow manner.
Some bike journeys are just fun to follow. Guy and Frederike set off from London in May 2010 and are busy cycling their way to Australia. Their site, A Bike Journey, documents their tour with amazing photos, videos and descriptive and detailed travel tales.
Pikes on Bikes is a great site for well-told travel tales, inspiring photography and help planning a South America bicycle trip. The Pikes, Brits Harriet and Neil, have put together a well-organized site which makes finding what you’re looking for a breeze.