Nathan Jones hasn’t been on the show in a while, and that’s because he’s been busy riding 18,000 miles around the planet. This weekend he gave a presentation at Bike Gallery’s Westmoreland location about the whole trip, including passage through monastery-filled eastern Europe, assembling a bike alone at 4am in an Indian airport, viewing a piece of Skylab at a truck stop in Australia, and letting the wind blow him around for a while in America’s heartland. He also discussed Mike Hall’s legacy and how he carried Mike’s bicycle tire pump the entire way. We’re sharing audio from the entire 2 hour presentation here!
Thanks to Bike Gallery Westmoreland for hosting this event! Visit their new location at 6717 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202.
In the studio today we have Robert Weaver who rode his recumbent bike across the land. He gives us the lowdown on being closer to the ground, and what he learned as he crossed the continent! We’re glad he got in touch on his way to the west coast. Follow Robert at whatifitspossiblenow.com
Tim Mooney of The Pedalshift Project returns to help us light up another episode of the however-many-timers’ club, chat a bit about his upcoming coastal bike tour, and provoke us to maximum jackassery. And apparently he was a child actor?!?!
Also: It’s Brock’s last show, and he passes a literal four foot torch to new cohost Guthrie Straw; Guthrie wears a face mask while driving and gets away from the smoke on the coast, Aaron picks up trash with Bae Bae PDX, and Brock has a chicken named after him.
Kevin Prentice has joined us before – he’s one of the geniuses at Ride With GPS, an indispensable tool for planning and having active adventures. He brings his friend Donnie Kolb from oregonbikepacking.com onto the show to talk about adventures in dirt and how to get into some fun trouble in the woods or the desert. Some of you might remember Donnie from the Oregon Outback route or his former project VeloDirt; we’re excited to finally get to meet him.
Eric Iverson & Ross Putnam rode the famed Oregon Outback route to view the 2017 total eclipse. We love getting audio from peoples’ adventures, and they were kind enough to send voice memos specifically for us while on the trip. They also posted quite a few #trailtips on the @graveneutral Instagram account! So we stitched them into a neat little documentary of their trip for your listening pleasure. Be sure to watch their daily recap videos on Eric’s personal account as well for even more adventure that we didn’t include in this episode.
Brad Wade is a cross-country bicycle tourist from Newfoundland, and he is unique in his physiology: his heart is located in a different part of his body than most people’s, and only has one functional lung. That hasn’t stopped him from adventuring! We chat with him near the end of his trip about his experiences, health, food access, and (of course) his gear. Aaron Green, author of We Were Like Sons and founder of The Regrainery, joined us in this conversation.
Lizzy took a huge bike tour over 6 months covering all 48 contiguous states, with a pet rat, Beefy, in tow, and ate a vegan diet the whole time. She tells us some tales from the road. Did we mention she’s a friend of Superfan Aqua? Check out her adventures from multiple tours at withinbikingdistance.com
David Barstow Robinson (known better to his friends as DBR) completed another long distance endurance bicycle race you might have heard of – 2017’s Trans-Am Bike Race, an unsupported cross-continent contest of strength and persistence you might remember from our interview with Nathan Jones or the documentary Inspired To Ride. We ask him about his experiences, statistics, strategies, and emotional ups and downs. Why’s it such a long episode? ‘Cause he rode across the country!
From Phil in AK: Eric Iverson visited Alaska and caused the bears to manifest their scat: “Aaron – you need to throw some flat bars on that Pugs of yours and get it up here so I can show you how we do on fat bikes! I’ll take you places you’d never dream of getting to on two wheels.”
Steven Butler is a long-time friend and coworker of Brock and Aaron who has spent over a year commuting in to Portland from Vancouver, Washington. We ask him what’s to know about crossing the bridge under one’s own power.