Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world.
— Grant Petersen

Cycling makes me happy. It is a means of transportation, a sport, and a way to see the world. It gives me a way to meditate, to relieve stress, and to appreciate nature. It is a simple and elegant thing in a world that sometimes seems too complex.


My first long-distance bicycle tour was in 1995, the summer after college. I started in Germany and ended in southern Italy. I have few photos from that trip or from two subsequent tours in Italy in the summer and winter of 1996. More recent trips are better documented:


The number of randonneuring reports has been growing, so I feel they now deserve their own page.

For more recent writing, see also

A few bicycles, past and present

Bike-related tips

Car-free living

"Car-free" is an oversimplification—we occasionally rent a car for errands or trips—but (even now that we have two kids) we don't own a car, and we don't miss it.