While most of us endure the snowy, wet Portland winter, several local cyclists have wisened up and set off for bike adventures abroad.
Doug Ollerenshaw is a local professional bike racer. He’s competing with his Health Net teammates in the Tour of Taiwan. You can follow along with his (mis)adventures on his personal website at DougOllerenshaw.com. Or check out the official reports of each stage on the team website.
Michael Wolfe is taking in the sublime scenery of New Zealand aboard his recumbent and posting beautiful photos along the way. If you need a little vicarious pleasure, peruse these photos of Michael’s trip.
The Folz Family – Allan, Carie, and 2 year-old Cody – are on a month-long bike trip through Laos and Cambodia. They’re traveling on a tandem with Cody in the child seat. They’re keeping us posted with the ups and downs of life on the road. Here’s a few excerpts from recent emails:
On their popularity (especially Cody’s) with the locals:
“whenever we stopped we were soon surrounded by what felt like half the village. As for Cody… as popular as ever. I keep warning him about using up his 15 minutes of fame, but so far it has all fallen on deaf ears.”
On traffic calming:
“We shared the road with water buffalo, chickens, roto-tiller sized tractors, various other machines defying western description. I pause to say a word about the effectiveness of water buffalo for traffic calming: VERY.”