It’s a first for us – best-ofs! The Sprocket has been around long enough for a few years’ worth of episodes to fall off of the major distribution channels’ feeds, and with all of our staff busy (Guthrie in town, Aaron in Mexico & Brock in Utah), we thought we’d bring you two conversations with a fabulous bicycle touring author, Ellee Thalheimer!
Ellee is the author of the Cycling Sojourner series of bicycle touring guidebooks, one for Oregon and one for Washington (with the much-sought-after New Jersey edition still frustratingly out of sight in the future), featuring made-to-order routes in accessible lengths of 3-5 days each in some of the most scenic parts of these states, all delivered with her own charming personality and style. Get our copy and start planning your tours today!
Our first interview with her in 2011 from Episode 77 features Aaron Flores as a guest cohost before he joined the program full time with Brock Dittus & his wife Adele talking to Ellee about the Oregon edition; the second is from 2014 on Episode 187 about the Washington edition.
Enjoy, and see you next week with a fresh new live show from the Airstream. Cheers!
It’s our four-hundredth episode, and Madi Carlson came in! Oh, and some guy named Brock. We chat about Brock’s newest adventures & news, Madi’s relocation to Portland and what it’s like to live here vs. there! And a little chat about Disney movies, to round it out. And Guthrie’s bike shop foiled another bike theft!
Thanks to YOU for listening – it makes us happy to see your comments, pictures, patch locations and adventures as you share your stories with us. Can’t believe we made it to 400 episodes!
Also thanks to our drink sponsor The Beer Mongers for generously providing our libations, and our generous Patreon donors for underwriting our operating costs!
Happy Holidays, all you Sprocket Podcast devotees! Or, as these socks suggest, happy Challah Days if that is appropriate to your observance.
Brock went to Boston as is his custom for the Christmas season, and while there he spoke with Michael & Bianca of the Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race, an amazing feat of engineering and teamwork that sees groups compete with homemade human-powered machines through obstacles such as a river and a mud pit. Listen to our interview conducted in the back office of a seasonal skating rink!
The Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race happens every third Saturday in September EVERY YEAR, so get your team together and your machine engineered!
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
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
Reid Lustig is an all-around game-for-anything kind of guy, which has lead him to such adventures as the half fictional drama, half travelogue music podcast The River Signal as well as long-distance bicycle tours, a season living south of the border, and his newest venture in mobile bicycle repair, SprocketFly. How can you pass up the opportunity to chat with someone this interesting?