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Stan The Road Warrior: Cycling Through Time

“The trick is to die young as late as possible.” Ashley Montagu Through the years, I’ve picked up pedal partners during my travels around the world. They’ve pedaled through 50 states with me for a glimpse of one of the [...]

Billions On Bicycles

Millions of people around the globe ride bicycles, but I have never been so affected by bicycle riders than when I rode through the streets of Beijing, China. That country houses 1.35 billion people. Their main transportation? The bicycle. With [...]

We Turned Up A Dirt Road Today: Hawk And A Mouse

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost Doug, a seven continent world cyclist with 130 countries under his wheels, and I met on a trip through New Zealand. [...]

I’m Happy Being Ugly

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares drop off like autumn leaves.” John [...]

High Speed Chase: Wile E. Coyote & The Rabbit

On Route 72, near Parker, Arizona, I headed east into the twilight. A blistering day scorched my body into a dishrag that had cleaned out a pot of greasy spaghetti and hung over the top tube to dry. My chances of finding a stream for a bath [...]

Worm’s Eye View Versus An Eagle’s Eye View

Worm’s Eye-View During my high school years, quite a few of my classmates hung out in the parking lot—smoking, drinking and wasting time doing nothing. They didn’t complete their homework assignments. Many dropped out to work as tire [...]

Australia: Dancing With Dolphins In The Water

“Let’s cage ourselves and let the animals run free. Let’s find new stars and new songs to follow. Let’s build some foundations under our dreams. For if we have the prowess to destroy the earth, then we can surely save [...]

Your Most Powerful Passport To Adventure: Self-Confidence

In my early years friends warned that I would get killed by bicycling, mountain climbing and scuba diving for a year in South America. They feared I might die by traveling across the Outback of Australia. It confounded them that I wanted to [...]

Cycling Nepal: Face To Face With A Cobra

“The sublime and the ridiculous are so often nearly related, that it is difficult to class them separately. One step above the sublime makes the ridiculous, and one step above the ridiculous makes the sublime again.” Thomas Paine Mount [...]

Leap For Death Or Leap For Life

Heading east on Route 92 out of Provo, Utah, Sandi and I cranked hard through the afternoon. Above us, craggy 10,000 foot peaks poked into a cloudy sky. We sweated our way through deep canyons. We stopped for a rest area at a turnout. “Sure [...]

Will You Live Or Die On An Adventure?

Mark Twain said, “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” On my first trip to Alaska as a young adventure-seeker at 24, I woke up in my tent on the Russian River of the Kenai [...]

Your Edge Equates to Maximizing Yourself

No matter what you learned in your youth, good or bad, you can change that orientation by understanding what happened to you. With understanding, you can rewrite the hard drive in your mind. You can decide to take action. You can move toward [...]
Talons From The Sky: Coiled Scales On The Ground

Talons From The Sky: Coiled Scales On The Ground

Heading eastbound across southern California, the sun set low in the sky. We looked for a campsite in the rocky terrain east of Joshua Tree National Monument. “We better find a spot soon,” Sandi said. “I’m looking, dear,” I said. Up [...]
Wonder of Bicycle Travel: Magic Moments

Wonder of Bicycle Travel: Magic Moments

It could happen in the morning when you pedal down the highway to see dewdrops sparkling off the leaves of a cherry tree. You stop to pull cherries off the tree along the Lewis and Clark Trail in Oregon. Their succulent sugars bathe your mouth [...]
Coulter Bay, Grand Tetons, Fleeting Moment

Coulter Bay, Grand Tetons, Fleeting Moment

On your bicycle, backpack, canoe or any journey, there’s always that special “moment” that pops out of nowhere. It flashes in front of you much like an ephemeral lightning bolt out of the heavens. It strikes your eyes, your senses, your [...]

A Marmot’s Words: “Welcome To My World!”

Verdant green lodge pole pines blanket the Mount Holy Cross Wilderness region. A cobalt sky profiles rolling mountain tundra while gray rock peaks push against the universe. In the valleys, snow-fed sparkling rivers cascade over boulders, while [...]
Emotions: The Weight of a Sack Full of Potatoes

Emotions: The Weight of a Sack Full of Potatoes

In a presentation I attended years ago, the speaker asked the audience, “How much do you think this eight ounce glass of water weighs?” After many guesses, the speaker said, “The weight depends on how far you hold it from your body and [...]

Bicycling the Continental Divide—Grizzly Attack

Yellowstone National Park: when Gerry and Dave pedaled westward, I felt my heart grow sad. At the gate entrance of Madison Junction campground, I paid my bill for the “Hike-biker” section. No laughter tonight around the campfire. I pitched [...]
Podcast: Planning A "Gap Year"

Podcast: Planning A “Gap Year”

Listen Here: Marianne Bohr is a travel blogger for the Huffington Post and author of Gap Year Girl: A Baby Boomer Adventure Across 21 Countries. Planning A “Gap Year” What is a Gap year? How do you muster up the courage to sell [...]

Mountains for Breakfast, Sunsets for Dessert, Camping for Your Dreams

This year, a longtime friend asked me to go on a bicycle journey with him down the West Coast from Canada to Mexico. The journey encompassed 2,000 miles of the Pacific Ocean, mountains, beaches, seabirds, whales, seals, otters, dolphins and [...]

Choosing Low Self-Esteem: Carrying The Mental Equivalent For Self-defeat

Millions of Americans live their lives with low self-esteem. Teenagers learn it from one or both parents. Others choose it by comparing themselves with movie stars. Many young women mutter to themselves, “I’m not good enough…I’m not [...]

Bottled Lightning: Skin Your Knees On Eternity

At the beginning of my presentations on “How to Live a Life of Adventure” at high schools, colleges, civic clubs and church groups, my first words exclaim, “I live a spectacular life!” After the audience digests such brash words, I invite [...]

Erik Weihenmayer: Turning Into the Storm of Life

Ray Charles learned to play the piano as he lost his vision during his childhood. In his 70 years, he scaled musical heights beyond the ordinary. Helen Keller, blind, deaf and mute, learned to read and write as she sped toward becoming one of [...]

Podcast: Practical Tips For The Mature Traveler

Listen Here: Today’s guest is Peter Barber, author of Get Up and Get Going – A Practical Guide to the Mature Would-Be Traveller. By blending travel for pleasure with volunteering later in life, Peter provides unique understanding and [...]

Your Life: One Step At A Time

The energy of life on this planet strives to organize into relationships. As with water, you watch it thrive in many forms such as snow, rain, ice and vapor. It gathers as clouds in the sky, which eventually, falls as rain or snow. It drains [...]

Are You Living a Life Worth Remembering?

Totally blind in his teens, American Erik Weihenmayer became the first sightless person to climb Mount Everest. He continued until he climbed the highest peaks on all seven continents. Bob Wieland lost his legs to a bomb blast in Vietnam, but [...]

Podcast: Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years

Listen Here: Mary Taylor Young is an Award-winning Colorado author of 15 books, who has been writing on the landscape, natural history and heritage of the American West for more than 25 years. In her new book, Rocky Mountain National Park: [...]

Spirit Of Adventure: The High Drama Of Self-Discovery

When coyotes howl outside your tent, that may be adventure. While you trudge through the wilderness with a 40-pound pack, that could be deemed “adventure.” While sweating like a horse as you pedal over a 12,000-foot pass, you might be living [...]

Igniting The Creative Dynamo In You

Six decades ago, a Swiss hiker named George de Mestral hiked through autumn colors with his dog. He crossed fields covered in milkweed, purple thistles, burrs, thorny branches and floating dandelion parachutes. In the autumn, all plants release [...]

I’m Ward Luthi And I’m On A Mission…

…A mission to explore every wild corner on this planet in order to introduce the 50-plus generation to active travel and life-changing experiences in the great outdoors. And, also very important for us as a group, to give a gift of safety [...]

Spirit Of Adventure: The Oracle Of Delphi

Ancient Greece featured Aristotle and Socrates. It enthroned its mightiest warrior in Achilles who overthrew Troy with a Trojan horse.  The Parthenon boasts the grandest architecture of the Greeks from 776 B.C..  But nothing beats the mystical [...]

Carnivore Or Vegetarian: Is My Hair Standing Up For No Reason?

Adventure is not always comfortable; however, it’s still adventure. It’s not always safe, either.  Whatever it is, adventure in the wilderness beats a weekend of sitting in a Barker Lounger watching inane television shows that you will [...]

Walking Across America On His Hands

A quote. “Courage is one thing.  A sense of purpose another.  When you put them together in one human being, the world can be changed.” John Brown That first morning, I pedaled through heavy traffic for the beginning of my coast-to-coast [...]

Your New Year, Your New Moment

Great moments. Times like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, New Year’s, 4th of July and other special events present you with markers for new beginnings.  So much of this culture wraps around traditions that revitalize your mind, heart and [...]

Christmas In Antarctica: A Moment Frozen In Time

This Christmas I turn my quill to a happy story about the endless joy and amazing experiences that await all of us wherever we may roam on this planet.  From “Bikes in bloom” to “A moment frozen in time”, let us rejoice life and all [...]