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I’m Writing a Book

And I'm losing my mind. I’m in the final stages of writing a guidebook, and oh my god. At first, this doesn’t seem like a big deal. Four years ago, I came back to the United States from a year-long surf trip and declared, with determined fists clenched, “I am never working for anyone again. I am going to be a writer.” I envisioned working in coffee shops and airports, lazily typing out articles and blog posts. Drinking coffee, and executing my flawlessly flexible schedule by going for mountain bike rides at 10 in the morning. But it is a big deal, writing...

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Exploring and Supporting Communities by Bike: Part 2

The Story of Prairie City Note: This is Part 2 of a two-part series that explores the real impact that cycling can have on rural communities. “We are a poor region.” I don’t know how many times I heard this. Grant County Commissioner Boyd Britton welcomed our group one evening and boisterously said this with a smile. The director of a local non-profit organization shared this with us. As I browsed through the little businesses in towns, several locals echoed this sentiment. “We are a poor region. But we are rich in people, history and generosity, and we are so happy to have you...

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Cycle Tourism Supports Rural Communities in Oregon: Part 1

Getting to know the eastern Oregon landscape and communities. Note: This is a Part 1 of a two-part series that explores the positive impact that cycling can have on rural communities. In 2012, Travel Oregon Commission conducted a study to learn about the economic impact cycle tourism throughout the state. The results were an astounding. Travelers who participated in bicycle-related activities while traveling in Oregon spent nearly $400 million in 2012. $63.3 million of that was spent through “organized non-competitive group rides” or “organized group tours.” This concept is hard to fully understand. Do cyclists and the cycle touring industry really spend money?...

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Bicycling Blog Post for Bike Around Bend

Bicycling Blog Post for Bike Around Bend Over the last year, I've been writing a bit for Bike Around Bend, a local bicycling blog/website whose mission is to report on all members of the bicycling family (cyclocross, road riding, mountain biking and bicycle commuting) as well as bike culture in the Central Oregon communities of Bend, Sisters, and Redmond. It's a pretty fun little gig and fits well with my volunteer duties as COTA's volunteer Communication Director. This post features a fellow board member, Mike Pulzone, a cool dude who spends a lot of time ensuring we have trails on BLM Lands....

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