Madi Carlson is the author of Urban Cycling and the @familyride twitter feed. She decided to do a long ride with the assistance of her friend Fat Rob from Seattle to Portland! Aaron met them in Woodland, WA and ushered them back into our town. Their friend, and ours, Shawn Granton of the Urban Adventure League, also joins to talk routes and tips on long rides.
For part of our 300th episode gala, how could we possibly avoid sharing the many stories and perspectives of one Heinz Stücke, especially when he came to Portland?
Heinz is promoting his new book, Home Is Elsewhere, as he cycles across America. He’s been everywhere, man, and has some wisdom to share on nearly every aspect of living on the road. He’s been sponsored by Brompton, everyone’s favorite folding bicycle company, since 2009, who has helped bring his book to the presses and on to the public!
Thanks to Clever Cycles in Portland, Oregon for hosting this informal session. Like we said, he’s been everywhere, so this Q&A lasts for almost two hours. Our recording got the whole room so it’s a little echo-y. But it’s all good stuff! We hope you enjoy hearing from this legendary icon of bicycle touring.
“Dear family, if you call during recording times, I will answer it and plug you into our mixing board. You’ve been warned. Love, aaron.”
Guess who called right before we rolled tape on Episode 300?
(Aaron’s brother, for those who don’t already know him from the first EXmas Special)
We engage in general FM DJ radio jackassery, promote THE BEER MONGERS at SE Division & 12th, then talk helmets and their warranties, Portland’s mayoral politics, Dan coming to Portland, riding the Columbia Gorge Express, and finally math theory and heresy and The Pet Shop Boys.
Well, this is it. We made it to 300 episodes, and, rather than go big with a live event like we have for previous milestone episodes, we decided to go small and dive into our own internal process on bicycling, the simpler life, and our relationship with you, the listener. Brock & Aaron do a little intro banter, and then both of us recorded monologues that we hope are enlightening, encouraging, and express our grateful attitude toward your repeat visits to our little show every week.
Thanks so much for listening! We wouldn’t be here without you.
also: Brock hiked in central Oregon and tried to help a phoneless guy, and Aaron saw lifetime bicycle tourist Heinz Stucke. Look for audio from his appearance atClever Cycles in our feed soon!
Brian (aka “Shadowfoot“) from Wellington, New Zealand, joined us in the studio and we stuck around for a bit to chat about beer, bikes, transit, and many other things. Brock & Aaron were joined by David Robinson from E299 as well. We were glad to meet a long time listener, first time guest!
David Robinson helped a bunch of people enjoy a Saturday by making them ride in circles (i.e. The Ladd’s 500) and also had a hell of a time riding his bike through the woods (the Venersborg 200). Such adventures bear repeating for our benefit!
Also: Brock took a practice hike. Aaron drove through the original and better Broadway. They both went to a school bus rodeo!
Mariana Mo from Thursday Night Ride and other Portland bike scene events took a backpacking trip to the beach after finishing college, and camped out for about three months living the good life, thinking deep thoughts and meeting great people. We ask what it takes to have such a compelling adventure!
Also: Brock bicycle camped over the weekend again & Aaron went to Filmed By Bike.
Meg Keys from the KBOO Bike Show, and, you know, Portland. As well as New York, Chicago, and other towns. We chat bicycling and culture in hip cities, and how she thinks about change, redevelopment and gentrification. We also got a bike touring story out of her!
David would have loved to have been able to find his Kona that was stolen back in June. BikeIndex.org is the solution!
Tim Mooney from Pedashift.net shares a transit nerdery timetable for getting back to PDX after a southbound coastal tour:
Brookings to North Bend (Curry County transit)7:20am – 10:35am
Ride North Bend to Honeyman SP. Camp overnight.
Finish off Honeyman to Yachats (70miles total from Brookings)
Yachats-Newport (Lincoln County transit) 7am-7:50am
Ride 25 miles to Lincoln City
Lincoln City-Tillamook (THE WAVE) 10:36am – 11:52am
Tillamook-PDX (THE WAVE)12:55pm-3:10pm