I can’t say that I have spent enough time in a bike saddle to consider the merits of cycle touring. In fact, until I met my next guest, I really didn’t understand cycle touring at all. Rick Steeves has it down to a science, though. What started as a time-filler during a gap year in college eventually turned in to a life long pursuit of adventure on two wheels.
Rick is a veteran of cycle touring, cycling through 35 countries on almost 18 different trips since 1989. In fact, he retired from his IT job in 2015 to put wheels down on a 6000km journey from Istanbul to Ireland (and yes, there is a ferry involved). We discuss many details of this epic trip, but also spend a lot of time talking about the dozens of other trips he has done around the world, mostly in Europe but also the US and New Zealand. But he keeps being pulled back to Europe to fill in the gaps on his trekking map.
Rick is a wealth of knowledge and experience, and gives freely of what he knows. You can find him, his blog and his book at his website irelandbybicycle.com. His website has a ton of information about how you can see the world from a different vantage point. Check it out!