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Here’s a crazy proposition. 🏔 What if we reached 76 Miles of Portraits $10/month @patreon supporters by August 1st? - "Hey, Annalisa –– why the oddly specific number of 76?" - Route 76! Otherwise known as Bikecentennial and @adventurecycling’s TransAmerica Trail, Route 76 is the trail we followed to cross America in 2017; the one that changed our lives; the one that started all this. Highly recommended. 💚 - “Why the tulips?” - I’m Dutch so oftentimes I buy them for our Warmshowers hosts. They’re also approximately $10. 🙃 - Warmshowers is the Couchsurfing for cyclists. Hosts open their home to Erik and I with the only requirement of having a floor to sleep on. One special part of this community is connecting with locals who let us sleep under their DIY sail vestibules and treehouses. Who make dandelion wine, give us tours of their towns, cook delicious dinners, and pass down recipe ideas. - In a world ruled by bad news, spread stories of kindness by becoming a member of the @milesofportraits trail family: patreon.com/milesofportraits (You can cancel at any time) - Do so by August 1st to be entered into our gift giveaway. Think @pearlizumiofficial gloves and our @adventurecycling cover. - Every $10/month contributor gets the Miles of Portraits magazines and so much more PLUS brings us closer to biking around the world. - 📸: @erikdouds - #ForJustTen #MilesOfPortraits #MakePortraits #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #TravelByBike #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #RideMoreDoMore #Patreon #BeyondType1 #T1D #Giveaway

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How on earth is it possible that I get to experience so much kindness and hospitality in one trip? In Lafayette, I reach out to Frances on where else but Warmshowers. She recently moved in with her partner, Mike who lives in the mountains near Boulder. While she looks for a buyer, she lets me stay in her house for a few days. When I arrive, she gives me a big hug and a few bars of Boulder-based @chocolove bars. Wait, aren’t I supposed to do that?! The house is empty so she leaves me a box of spices. We all go out for out-of-this-world truffle pizza and she tells me about her solo bike tour through Tasmania and their trail running adventures. Together, they're about to run the Leadville Heavy Half Marathon –– a race that STARTS at an elevation of 10,000 feet. I love how gracious they both are. How Frances, despite being the one who paid for my pizza, thanks me for my presence and stories. I’m back in Brooklyn and ready to return all the favors. If you're cycling through, please let me know. I’m just a ferry ride away from Manhattan. 🙃 Frances Franco and Michael Ekegren 📍Lafayette, CO June 8, 2019 Love these stories? Want the magazine? Support the Miles of Portraits @patreon ⤵️ Patreon.com/milesofportraits #MilesOfPortraits #MilesOfSmiles #MakePortraits #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Kindness #TrailRunning #GirlsWhoRun

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It’s the summer of 2017 and we’re cycling through the sweltering hills of Missouri, obsessively dot-watching the 4,200-mile self-supported Trans Am Bike Race –– a race that follows our exact route in the opposite direction. We give front runner Evan Deutsch directions to the supermarket and later gawk as second-place Jon Lester downs a pack of mini doughnuts outside a gas station, drenched from a thunderstorm he just rode through. Next up, Janie Hayes. I wave hello as we pass each other on the road, screaming, “go Janie!!" and she later stops to encourage @taylor.gorman.24, then aspiring racer, to get into the scene. “We need more women in this!”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is Janie’s SECOND time racing the route; she ends up finishing in third place, clocking in at 19 days and 7 hours. That’s about 220 miles a day.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I later find her blog, jimmyandjanie.com and read every single post about her race, blown away by her beautiful, funny writing and her ability to recount it all.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Two years later on a bike trip through Colorado, I reach out to Brandi (right) on Warmshowers and ask if I can crash at her place in Salida for a week.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Stay as long as you want!”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Coincidentally, Brandi is friends with Janie and they’re about to race the Tour Divide together. That’s Canada to Mexico. Brandi’s wall is plastered with a huge map of the route; post-its scattered about, indicating passes that might be heavily snowed in. Her Salsa bike leans against the house, all packed and ready to go. During my time there, I watch her squeeze in workouts throughout her busy day and go for training rides with Janie. I learn about how she does it all despite having asthma and how it helped her clear her mind after her divorce.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Show some love for JH and BB. 💪🏼 They’ll be off THIS Friday!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Janie Hayes and Brandi Blade⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍 Salida, CO⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ May 22, 2019⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Love these stories? Want the magazine?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Patreon.com/milesofportraits⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MilesOfPortraits #OneMorePedal #MakePortraits #TourDivide2019 #TourDivide #WorldByBike

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Erik and I laugh in disbelief as we peek our heads out of our tents. It’s mid-May and we’ve woken up to six inches of snow. Thankfully, we’re set up just next to the house of Tommy; another gracious Warmshowers host. We push piles of snow off our tents and break down camp in stages, running back into the house every few minutes to warm up. We hang our tents over his bathtub and make hot tea, grateful not to be in the boonies and to have this wonderful little refuge.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tommy snuck out hours ago at around 3 am to go skin up a nearby mountain and ski down it –– twice. The snow conditions were too good not to take advantage. When he comes back, he makes himself a breakfast burrito and tells us about his sometimes traumatic but extremely rewarding career as a ski patroller and hotshot.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ That night, over a curry dinner inspired his adventures in Nepal, he tells us about his recent bike trip through Colombia. Thank you for everything, Tommy!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tommy Peters⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍 Taos, NM⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ May 9, 2019⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Love these stories? Want the magazine?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Support the Miles of Portraits @patreon ⤵️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Patreon.com/milesofportraits⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MilesOfPortraits #MilesOfSmiles #MakePortraits #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #VisitNewMexico #Kindness #LetItSnow #Colombia #Nepal #HotShot

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After a long day of riding, Erik takes a break at the Cundiyo Road turn-off. He sees dramatic switchbacks up ahead and secretly hopes one of the passing cars will offer him a lift. (Ain’t no shame in taking a ride now and then!) Low and behold, Marcos who works for the Bureau of Land Management stops and drives him up and over the hill towards our campground for the night. When Erik learns that Marcos lives just around the corner from it, he jokes in typical Erik fashion, “so what time is coffee being served in the morning?”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A few miles back, I’m a sweaty mess having just pushed my bike up the majority of a painful but beautiful climb. On the downhill into North Lake Campground, I squeeze on my brakes when Marcos, driving back uphill, motions for me to stop. He tells me where to find Erik and that he’s already had his portrait taken.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “I heard all about your story. Thank you for living your dreams."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The next morning, Erik’s joke turns to reality when Marcos, trail angel, delivers two steaming coffee mugs to our picnic table.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Marcos Martinez⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍 Chimayo, NM⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ May 8, 2019⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Love these stories? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Support the Miles of Portraits @patreon ⤵️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Patreon.com/milesofportraits⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MilesOfPortraits #MilesOfSmiles #MakePortraits #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #TrailAngels #ClassicCars #ButFirstCoffee #Coffee #VisitNewMexico #Kindness @pearlizumiofficial

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Elizabeth (left) and Hannah (right) have tried touring on a tandem and it didn’t last long. Elizabeth’s a planner and prefers to have full control of her bicycle and where to stop whereas Hannah hates the pressure of holding that responsibility. Elizabeth likes to gain speed going down hills to leverage it into the uphill while Hannah likes to enjoy the ride.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The extrovert and introvert duo balance each other out. While Hannah thinks to speak, Elizabeth speaks to think. Her passion and laugh are contagious as she tells us stories from their rain-filled tour across America over a homemade pizza dinner.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Without blinking an eye, the couple hosts us via Warmshowers on TWO separate occasions as we pass through Santa Fe.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Elizabeth and Hannah⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍 Santa Fe, NM⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ May 5, 2019⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🚨 We've just launched our @patreon! Become a member of the trail family –– help us bike around the world AND receive things like the magazine subscription plus so much more.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You can cancel at any time.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ patreon.com/milesofportraits⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MilesOfPortraits #MilesOfSmiles #MakePortraits #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #TandemBikes #Extrovert #Introvert

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Adam's house neighbors a UPS facility but you wouldn’t know it once inside. His home is a forest of plants as well as keepsakes he’s collected from his world travels. It radiates warm and calm just like he does.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We stay at his place for a couple of nights and he cooks us a delicious tempeh, sweet potato, and green bean dinner. He tells us the trick to making tempeh NOT taste like cardboard is slicing it thinly. 😋⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We take the train together to Santa Fe and I help him plan for his trip to Alaska, sharing tips from our bike trip there last year. Adam enjoys hosting people over Warmshowers and Couchsurfing because of the way we reciprocate each other not in money, but in kindness, food, knowledge, stories, and laughter.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Adam Roth⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍 Albuquerque, NM⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ May 1, 2019⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🚨 We've just launched our @patreon! Become a member of the trail family –– help us bike around the world AND receive things like the magazine subscription plus so much more.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You can cancel at any time.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ patreon.com/milesofportraits⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MilesOfPortraits #MilesOfSmiles #MakePortraits #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Calm #Serenity #Plants #Couchsurfing #Warmshowers #Trains

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“I’m so glad our paths crossed!”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Melissa is our smiley waiter at the Ancient Way Cafe. When she learns about our film, she tells us she’s a musician and would love to contribute compositions.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Melissa Kadinger⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍 El Morro, NM⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ April 28, 2019⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🚨 We've just launched our @patreon! Become a member of the trail family –– help us bike around the world AND receive things like the magazine subscription plus so much more.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You can cancel at any time.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ patreon.com/milesofportraits⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MilesOfPortraits #MakePortraits #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Kindness #MilesOfSmiles #Musicians #🎵

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I can’t find a place for us to stay for the night so, as a seasoned adventure cyclist should, I call the local fire department.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “This is a weird request but we are two bicycle tourists wondering if we can pitch a tent behind your firehouse?”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Sure thing –– you’re not the first cyclist to ask!”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Andrew is one of the many firefighters at the Puerco Valley Fire District who peppers us with questions upon arrival. They’re a friendly bunch who happily let us use the shower and take over their kitchen.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Andrew Valles⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍 Sanders, AZ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ April 24, 2019⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🚨 We've just launched our @patreon! Become a member of the trail family –– help us bike around the world AND receive things like the magazine subscription plus so much more.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You can cancel at any time.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ patreon.com/milesofportraits⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MilesOfPortraits #MakePortraits #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Kindness #Firefighters #Firehouses #Firetrucks

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We meet Steve at the Petrified Forest National Park Visitor Center where Erik and l are warming up from the windiest storm we've ever biked through. We squeal with excitement when we see a touring bike parked outside.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Windswept Steve walks in and in a thick New York accent exclaims, “That was a first! I’ve never walked my bike DOWN a hill before!”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Steve Saunders⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍 Petrified Forest National Park, AZ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ April 22, 2019⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🚨 We've just launched our @patreon! Become a member of the trail family –– help us bike around the world AND receive things like the magazine subscription plus so much more.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You can cancel at any time.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ patreon.com/milesofportraits⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MilesOfPortraits #MilesOfSmiles #MakePortraits #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Storms #TrailFam #TrailFamily

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Charlie and Michelle value experiences over things.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ They raised their two daughters when they were busy working and so they didn’t have much time to get out on the road. Now raising Kai and Jeremiah, they’ve got more time and so they’re using it to show the boys this country. They’ve sold everything they own, squeezed their family of four and two dogs into an RV, and have crossed 14 states off their list.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Cuaron Family⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍 Petrified Forest National Park, AZ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ April 22, 2019⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🚨 We've got a goal to get 50 $10/month @patreon supporters by June 1st. You'd be helping us bike around the world AND you'd receive things like the magazine subscription plus so much more.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You can cancel at any time.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ patreon.com/milesofportraits⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MilesOfPortraits #MilesOfSmiles #MakePortraits #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Kindness #HomeIsWhereYouParkIt #TravelFamily #RVlife

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Google Maps tells me to take a right onto a dirt road.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Fun! Some mountain biking for a change. I keep following it, convinced it will meet up with the main road again.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It doesn’t.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I keep pedaling, knowing that if I turn around, I will have to backtrack for hours into a headwind.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The road turns to sand and eventually turns into a dry creek bed. I scream and curse and push my bike by a cluster of abandoned houses that looks like it was just hit by a tornado.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In the distance, in what seems like a mirage, I see more tightly packed dirt, meaning I might be able to actually RIDE my bike. But as I progress down the “road” I am greeted by a barbed fence, blocking my path forward.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I call the Petrified Forest National Park, our home for the night. A nice lady on the other end notifies me that I should get out –– “there are bad people living out there.” She tells me to call 911 and I am eventually rescued by Deputy Hunt and Estrada.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As I ride in Deputy Estrada’s car, I learn about what it’s like. He's seen the spectrum –– from someone committing suicide on train tracks to a man smacking his girlfriend in the face with a hotdog to a cyclist stranded in the badlands. Despite it all, he’s one of the most upbeat and positive people I’ve met. He tells me he tries not to carry any negativity from one call to the next and aims to smile as much as possible.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Deputy Hunt and Estrada⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍 Petrified Forest National Park, AZ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ April 21, 2019⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🚨 We've got a goal to get 50 $10/month @patreon supporters by June 1st. You'd be helping us bike around the world AND you'd receive things like the magazine subscription plus so much more.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You can cancel at any time.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ patreon.com/milesofportraits⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MilesOfPortraits #MilesOfSmiles #MakePortraits #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Kindness #MountainBiking #Mindset #ThinkPositive

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At the Salt River Canyon Rest Stop, I lean my heavy bicycle against the wall to a flurry of questions. After chatting about our journeys, Brian and Paula, who just made a Costco run, hand over a pile of oranges.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Brian and Paula Johnson⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍San Carlos, AZ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ April 18, 2019⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MilesOfPortraits #MilesOfSmiles #MakePortraits #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Kindness #RideBikesEatFood #TrailAngels #Yum

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As we relax in the shade of the First Southern Baptist Church, Manny, the Sunday School teacher, and his 95-year-old father step out of their car. We ask if we can pitch our tent by the church and he instead offers us a shower and a place to roll out our sleeping bags inside.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Both father and son worked at the now-defunct copper mine in town. Back then, there were no regulations that required you to wear earmuffs so as a result, Manny Sr.’s hearing is largely gone.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We practice our Spanish and tell Manny Sr. that tomorrow, we will cycle to Globe. He looks concerned, shakes his head, and motions with his hands a long and winding climb.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Manual Medina Jr. and Manual Medina Sr.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍 Mammoth, AZ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ April 15, 2019⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MilesOfPortraits #LAtoSantaFe #MakePortraits #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #YouDidNotSleepThere #Kindness

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I stop by BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage), a bicycle collective to drop off a donation of @pearlizumiofficial gloves and @ortlieb_waterproof bags that were left over from our @rei events. The shop prides itself in being the opposite of the sometimes intimating and pricey bike shop. For $6 an hour, you can work on your bike with all the tools and helping hands you might need along the way.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Diana Englert, Ellie Kaszniak, Colin Holmes⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍 Tucson, AZ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ April 12, 2019⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MilesOfPortraits #BicycleCoops #LAtoSantaFe #MakePortraits #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #DIY #DoItYourself @bicastucson⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @laelwilcox, thanks for the recommendation!

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These three sisters are on their first-ever bicycle tour circling the Tucson area. Their newfound love for cycling was a happy accident. It sprung out of necessity when their car broke down.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Amy, Aya, Ruth Mares⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍 Tucson, AZ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ April 12, 2019⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #HappyAccidents #MilesOfPortraits #LAtoSantaFe #MakePortraits #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel

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The first time we met Dennis was at a church in Virginia where he was staying with Adventure Cycling’s ( @adventurecycling) guided tour across the TransAmerica Trail. I was having issues with my cantilever brakes and with a little futzing around, Dennis fixed them just like that. A former smokejumper, Dennis has a can-do attitude and a young soul.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We’d leapfrog across America, spending nights in firehouses and coffee breaks in small-town stores in Wyoming. His bike mechanic skills and positive attitude would eventually lead him to become a tour guide for Adventure Cycling.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Two years later, @erikdouds and I arrive in Phoenix and Dennis treats us to a delicious pizza lunch and bike ride with Jean through Tonto National Forest. We’re proud to call him a member of our trail family! Thank you for everything, Dennis.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Dennis Patterson⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍 Payson, AZ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ April 6, 2019⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @pearlizumiofficial #godennis #ridemoredomore #MilesOfPortraits #LAtoSantaFe #MakePortraits #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel

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“Get up and move!” After hearing it a million times, Jean, then 300 pounds, finally got up off her La-Z-Boy. She found out about Terra Trike (@terratrike_official) in a magazine advertisement that featured one of the winners of The Biggest Loser. Browsing bike shop after bike shop, sales associates ignored her –– presumably because of her size –– until she walked into Sun Cyclery (@sun.cyclery) where she was greeted with a smile. “The first day I got on it I was so big I could hardly put my feet on the pedals and I rode around the block. I was breathing so heavily, I thought I was going to die.” Fast forward a few years and Jean joined 1,500 cyclists in the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure. She came in dead last. Tony Williams, the former chair told Jean, “there were people [at the finish line] weeping because you stuck to it.” Today, 200 pounds lighter, Jean stands on what she used to call a hill and now calls a flat surface. Her motto is to keep moving. 🔥 Jean Medley 📍 Scottsdale, AZ April 6, 2019 #MilesOfPortraits #LAtoSantaFe #MakePortraits #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #WeightLoss

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Phyllis isn’t a touring cyclist but found out about @warmshowers_org while living in Cañon City, Colorado. The town is situated smack dab on @adventurecycling's TransAmerica Trail so it sees an influx of bicycle tourists every summer.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Drawn to lend a hand, Phyllis started hosting. And she's continued to do so with her new husband Randy in her new home in Aguila, Arizona, a town that's smack dab on the Southern Tier (another popular cross-country route).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Phyllis is an advocate for us. She’s managed to convince the town to allow cyclists to sleep in the local park when she’s not home –– and treat them, too. From her Warmshowers profile:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "Please stop at the local library for instructions on camping and a voucher for dinner at the local restaurant."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Both are pilots living in an airport community and give us a tour of their hanger. It’s got everything and the kitchen sink: two small planes, a boat, a teardrop trailer, bicycles, a citroen car, and a surfboard.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Randy and Phyllis⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍 Aguila, AZ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ April 1, 2019⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MilesOfPortraits #LAtoSantaFe #MakePortraits #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Warmshowers #Pilots #UpInTheAir #AirplaneHangers

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20 miles into our 100-mile ride, Angie recommends we stop at El Cañon in Brawley, a hole-in-the-wall gem run by Rosa who moved here from Mexico 12 years ago. I order three egg and ham breakfast tacos and they’re out of this world.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Rosa⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍 Brawley, CA⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ March 29, 2019⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MilesOfPortraits #LAtoSantaFe #MakePortraits #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Tacos #RoadFood #MexicanFood #RideBikesEatFood

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“Here’s the garage key code. Just let yourself in and make yourself at home.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With over 100 entries in their @warmshowers_org guestbook, Brian and Angie are used to hosting cyclists. We push our bikes into a serene backyard jingling with wind chimes. Brian and Angie walk in thirty minutes later and make us a delicious chicken curry dinner.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s clear that the couple cares deeply about their community as their living room sees a constant stream of neighbors. They're are always practicing their Spanish with the majority-Mexican town of El Centro and advocating for better bicycle infrastructure.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Brian and Angie⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍 El Centro, CA⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ March 29, 2019⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MilesOfPortraits #LAtoSantaFe #MakePortraits #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #BuildingCommunity #VisitCalifornia @pearlizumiofficial @revo

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Some of my fondest memories have been when Adventure Cycling ( @adventurecycling) routes and hiking trails intersect.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 38 miles into the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, this group of once-strangers has already formed a trail family. They invite me into their campsite for dinner, oohing and awing at how much I can carry on my bicycle and calling me a trail angel when I offer Milano Cookies. As day turns to night, the majority of the group heads to bed. “Hiker’s midnight” is around 8 pm, since most aim to start walking by daybreak.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As the sun comes up, I pack up my bike and they pack up their packs. As I click my helmet on, the group comes over to bid me farewell with a trail naming ceremony. They decide to dub me “Lance” since I ride my bike and I shoot up (insulin). 😂⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Carla “Gilligan”, Robert “Cap’n”, Lou “Deva, Namer of the Rocks”, Siobhan, and Luis⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍 Pine Valley, CA⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ March 25, 2019⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MilesOfPortraits #LAtoSantaFe #MakePortraits #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #PCT2019 #unlikelyhikers #womenwhohikepct #alwayschooseadventure #pctthruhike2019 #trailfam @roadid @biolite

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“You okay? You good on water and food?”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As I grind my way uphill, James glides by on his road bike. He does the usual cyclist-to-cylist check-in. I give the thumbs up, James keeps pedaling but then slams on his brakes when he sees the Dexcom sensor on my arm. “You’re a diabetic! ME TOO!” We cycle harder to catch up with Erik, quickly forming yet another diabetic crew.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ James was part of Team Type 1 on the Race Across America. He’s a freelance journalist and writes for Bicycling Magazine ( @bicyclingmag). As he pedals away, he looks at our fully loaded bicycles.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “It looks like you two are on a proper adventure!"⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ James Stout⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍 Ramona, CA⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ March 24, 2019⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MilesOfPortraits #LAtoSantaFe #MakePortraits #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #T1D #Type1Diabetes #T1Dlookslikeme #BeyondType1 #Diabadass @roadid @biolite @beyondtype1daily

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Pat rides with glucagon in the back pocket of his jersey. That’s because he’s the coach of the JDRF cycling team, a group made up largely of type 1 diabetics. We ride with them up and down San Diego’s Coronado Peninsula.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ His daughter, Cami has T1D and she’s home for spring break. We stay with his family, lounge on their sun-drenched terrace, and enjoy grilled thin crust pizzas –– an alternative that’s a bit lighter on our blood sugars. Lynne tells us about a cookie dough recipe she discovered that’s made up mostly of chickpeas, peanut butter, and chocolate chips. Believe it or not, I’m carrying a manual food processor on my bike so we’re always looking for new recipes. Before we leave, Lynne leaves out miniature portions of the ingredients needed to make it on the road.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Patrick, Camryn, Lynne, and Scooter Schatzlein⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍 Poway, CA⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ March 23, 2019⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Check out @erikdouds' YouTube video about the ride:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 5 Simple Bicycling Tips with JDRF San Diego⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MilesOfPortraits #LAtoSantaFe #MakePortraits #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #T1D #Type1Diabetes #T1Dlookslikeme #BeyondType1 #Diabadass @roadid @biolite

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“No fixies allowed in here!”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sharon and Eric rode cross-country from San Diego to Maine years ago. They followed a mix of Adventure Cycling ( @adventurecycling) maps and their own routes, visiting family and friends along the way. When they got home, they realized there weren’t any bike travel-centric shops in SoCal which inspired them to open up Cycle Quest ( @cyclequestsd) –– a down to earth bike shop stocked with the supplies you need for your next adventure.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sharon and Eric Goodis⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍 San Diego, CA⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ March 22, 2019⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MilesOfPortraits #LAtoSantaFe #MakePortraits #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #BikeShops #VisitSanDiego #SanDiego #VisitCalifornia

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Lying on an inflatable mattress in Doug and Donna’s house in La Verne, California, I think to myself how crazy it is that we met these two on the TransAm in a Virginia church. How we leapfrogged across America with them, had a pizza party at a Kentucky firehouse, built a human pyramid in Montana, and now call them our trail parents.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We cycle with them down the California coast, past beach towns and old runways. It occurs to me that we’ve barely ever cycled together as a group.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “On the TransAm, we are all undergoing this incredible experience that few people understand. We are barely biking together but we’re virtually together,” Doug tells the camera as @erikdouds interviews him in his garage turned bike shop.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Donna remembers being in the middle of motherhood when she first heard of someone’s long distance bike tour. “Doing something like that seemed like such a far off dream at that point; something that just wasn’t tangible.” The kids were older by the time she turned 50 and Doug asked her what she wanted to do for her birthday. A bike tour!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thankful to have these two in our lives.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Doug and Donna Strange⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍 Dana Point, CA⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ March 19, 2019⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MilesOfPortraits #LAtoSantaFe #MakePortraits #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #TrailFamily #TrailParents

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I first heard about Robin, a fellow type 1 diabetic, on NBC Nightly News. The channel covered her trip down to Tijuana, Mexico where she found insulin that was 5%–10% of the cost in the US. This girl is fed up with the rising cost of insulin in the US and is not afraid to shout it from the rooftops.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My favorite part about Robin is how enthusiastic she is about everything.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When she hears about our trip, she asks if she can cycle with us down the California coast. We meet at the Santa Monica Pier and chat the whole way down to Huntington Beach.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “OMG. Longest best day EVER.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Robin Cressman⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍 Huntington Beach, CA⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ March 18, 2019⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MilesOfPortraits #LAtoSantaFe #MakePortraits #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #T1D #BeyondType1 #Insulin4All #Type1Diabetes #Diabadass @beyondtype1daily #VisitCalifornia

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“A drone!” Lunching on a hill overlooking the Queen Mary, Robin, Erik, and I spot a drone flying by the water. Alex and Jesse are shooting an ad for Porte Play ( @porteplay), a backpack company. Turns out Alex is a vlogger, too. After hearing that we’re two diabetics cycling around the world, he turns his camera around to film himself and then us. “So I don’t want to hear any excuses from you guys!"⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Alex Ochoa and Jesse Leon⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍 Long Beach, CA⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ March 18, 2019⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MilesOfPortraits #LAtoSantaFe #MakePortraits #Faces #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Vloggers

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At the age of 16, Kate and I cycle across America together. I call her Katooshka and she calls me Analooshka. We each buy matching teddy bears at a campground store in Wisconsin, strapping them to the backs of our bikes. - 11 years later, my plush duck is still sitting on my shelf. - At 18, we cycle through Virginia’s leaky heat on our first-ever independent bike tour. Months after my mom’s death, we escape our respective shitty years by flying to Oregon for a bike trip, wading through Oneonta Gorge, lunching on lifeguard chairs and gas station floors. - Thankful for my trail sister. 💗 - Kate Merges 📍 Orcas, WA At our @teentreks 10-year reunion June 24, 2018 - - - #MilesOfPortraits #TrailFam #MakePortraits #Faces #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #iLikeToRideMyBicycle #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Wanderlust #RideMoreDoMore #EvergreenState #SanJuanIslands #VisitWashington @pearlizumiofficial @adventurecycling

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The Miles of Portraits Instagram could use some more… portraits. - This is something @erikdouds remarked to me the other day –– and he’s right. Some things slip through the cracks when you're busy doing other things –– like planning a seven-stop @rei tour. We often joke, “where are the interns?” - But this January, we got the word out like it was our jobs. We reunited with trail family all across the Northeast. I watched tears stream down faces as I spoke about the power of cycling after loss. I grew more comfortable talking in front of crowds and Erik cemented his role as the “stand-up comedian” of our duo. We prompted impromptu speeches and testimonials like this one: - "Hearing your stories helps renew one's faith in America.” (Judy Maloney) - You can guarantee your regularly scheduled feed of smiling faces this March on our LA to Santa Fe, NM ride. Holler at us if you live along the way. ✌🏼 We’ll be rolling our loaded bicycles into an REI near you. - - - 📸: @mattmccannphotography - #TourDeREI #MilesOfPortraits #KindnessWins #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #TravelByBike #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Wanderlust #iLikeToRideMyBicycle #OptOutside #BeyondType1 #ridemoredomore #LifeAfterLoss #Loss @aspire_eyewear @revo @pearlizumiofficial @biolite @rebbl @beyondtype1

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Thank you, New York! 🗽💗🌈 Pretty special to bring it home last night. #TourDeREI - We’ve got one more stop on this Northeast leg of the @milesofportraits @rei tour. Catch us TONIGHT (1/31) at 7 pm at the REI in Paramus, NJ. - Milesofportraits.com/events - - - #TrailFam #MilesOfPortraits #KindnessWins #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #TravelByBike #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Wanderlust #iLikeToRideMyBicycle #OptOutside #BeyondType1 @aspire_eyewear @revo @pearlizumiofficial @biolite @rebbl

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Sun, sun, sun, here it comes 🎵 - Hey world, we’re on the move. :) Just spoke at the @rei flagship store in D.C. — the old coliseum where The Beatles played their first US show. 🙈 Thanks for turning out, fam. 🚲💫 - Next stop... NYC + NJ this Tuesday and Thursday! - Milesofportraits.com/events - - - #TourDeREI #TrailFam #MilesOfPortraits #KindnessWins #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #TravelByBike #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Wanderlust #iLikeToRideMyBicycle #OptOutside @aspire_eyewear @revo @pearlizumiofficial @biolite @amdiabetesassn @beyondtype1 #beyondtype1

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Each of our five episodes begins with a quote from a cyclist we've met on the road. These words are taken from an eastbound cyclist I met in Idaho's Lolo National Forest on @adventurecycling's TransAmerica Trail last year. - I remember that moment well. That 99-mile stretch of winding road offered me zero bars of cell service and plenty of time for reflection. His sentiment rubbed on me. I didn't want to go back to real life, either. - I'd found that this right here –– the majesty of these places I used my own two legs to get to –– was exactly what I needed following my mother's death two years prior. - The fifth and final episode of Miles of Portraits: Alaska by @erikdouds tells the story of why we're out here riding our bicycles. - Episode 5: Before I Die... milesofportraits.com/film - 🚨🎥 Do you live in the Northeast? Our @rei tour kicks off THIS Wednesday in Cranston, RI. Registering enters you into the gear raffle: milesofportraits.com/events - - - #LifeAfterLoss #MilesOfPortraits #KindnessWins #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Wanderlust #iLikeToRideMyBicycle #T1D #BeyondType1 #OptOutside @aspire_eyewear @revo @pearlizumiofficial @biolite @explorethousand @ortlieb_waterproof @arcteryx @arcteryxsoho @beyondtype1 #FavoriteQuotes #QuoteOfTheDay #ThingsToDoInBoston

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Shout-out to all the people the 🚲 introduced us to this year. 💗 - - - #MilesOfPortraits #KindnessWins #MakePortraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Wanderlust #iLikeToRideMyBicycle #T1D #BeyondType1 #OptOutside #ridemoredomore @pearlizumiofficial @aspire_eyewear @revo @adventurecycling @arcteryxsoho @biolite

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This is what happens when we miss the ferry. #WillWeEverLearn - - - Watch the full story by clicking on episode four at youtube.com/erikdouds 📸: @erikdouds - - - #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Wanderlust #iLikeToRideMyBicycle #T1D #BeyondType1 #OptOutside #MilesOfPortraits #ridemoredomore @pearlizumiofficial @aspire_eyewear @revo @adventurecycling @arcteryxsoho @biolite @beyondtype1

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@explorethousand + @pearlizumiofficial GIVEAWAY alert! 💥 Entering is simple: Show up. - Have you heard? @milesofportraits is doing a #TourDeREI! - Enter to win a sleek @explorethousand helmet ($85 value) by simply registering for one of our @rei RI + Boston area events: click “get tickets” in profile. - 🌊 Jan 09 | Cranston, RI 🌇 Jan 10 | Boston, MA 🌲 Jan 11 | Reading, MA - Don’t live in Boston or Rhode Island? Tag a friend who does in the comments and you’ll be entered to win a pair of @pearlizumiofficial gloves. - Can’t wait to see you. 🚲 - - - #MilesOfPortraits #TourDeREI #KindnessWins #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Wanderlust #iLikeToRideMyBicycle #T1D #BeyondType1 #OptOutside #ThingsToDoInBoston #Boston #VisitBoston #RhodeIsland #TheOceanState #BostonEvents #VisitProvidence

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Big news! Miles of Portraits creators @annalisavdbergh and @erikdouds are going on a #TourDeREI this January at @rei store locations in and around Rhode Island, Boston, NYC, and D.C. Plus more locations TBA. - 🚨 Spots are already filling up so be sure to register by clicking “get tickets” in our bios. - There are two ticket options: FREE or the $45 ticket which includes a signed two-pack of Miles of Portraits magazines, a poster, plus the knowledge that you’re helping fund the crazy ideas of these two dreamers. 🌈 - Either way, your presence means everything. 💚 - - - At several events we’ll be raffling off items from our sponsors, @pearlizumiofficial, @biolite, @explorethousand, @ortlieb_waterproof, and @arcteryx. - - - #MilesOfPortraits #KindnessWins #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Wanderlust #Alaska #iLikeToRideMyBicycle #T1D #BeyondType1 #OptOutside @aspire_eyewear @revo @beyondtype1 @adventurecycling @arcteryxsoho #ThingsToDoInNYC #ThingsToDoInNJ #ThingsToDoInBoston #ThingsToDoInDC #ThingsToDoInProvidence #ThingsToDoInRI

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@718_cyclery! Thank you so much for hosting us. On Tuesday, we held our first-ever Miles of Portraits screening which kicked off our speaking tour. (Click “events” on milesofportraits.com to register for an upcoming January event in the northeast). What a wonderful turnout of neighborhood folks, peppering us with great questions and sharing our love for these two wheels. - Based in Brooklyn, 718 Cyclery is not just any bike shop. This is a store that is dedicated to building a community around the bicycle. They’re one of the few bike travel-focused shops around and host an array of free bike maintenance and wheelbuilding classes. Plus, they organize #718microtours –– short bike trips that all start from their doorstep. Their floors are wooden, their atmosphere is cozy, and they’ve got two adorable cats roaming around. Drop by if you’re in the hood! - Shout-out to Kevin at @arkelpanniers for introducing us to this place + providing a sweet handlebar bag for our raffle. - - - 📸: @718_cyclery - - - #MilesOfPortraits #KindnessWins #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #BicycleTouring #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Wanderlust #Alaska #iLikeToRideMyBicycle #ridemoredomore #T1D #BeyondType1 #BikeShops @pearlizumiofficial @aspire_eyewear @revo @arcteryx @biolite @explorethousand @beyondtype1 @adventurecycling

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Sometimes life is a little hard to believe. - This past summer, I had a 10-year reunion with the @teentreks group I cycled across America with in 2008. Our leaders, who met on the trip, ended up getting married, having two girls, and building a life on Orcas Island — not far from where we dipped our back tires in the Pacific Ocean 10 years ago. - Watching Matt and Kelley, whose love story began over our 4,000 miles, ride their bikes with Laurel and Daphne in tow, was probably one of the most surreal things I’ve ever seen. It’s funny how the counselors we jokingly called mom and dad ended up having two kids themselves. - We ferried from Orcas to Lopez Island and played hide and seek on the beach. Laurel taught us ballet and Daphne how to play “kitty dragons.” We reminisced like crazy and realized that after 10 years, none of us have really changed. 💚 - The Diamond-Sommer Family 📍 Orcas Island, WA June 25, 2018 - - - Pre-order the America + Alaska magazine! milesofportraits.com/pre - - - #MilesOfPortraits #Faces #Portraits #MakePortraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #iLikeToRideMyBicycle #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravels #OptOutside #BikeLove #BikeAcrossAmerica #LoveStories

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I asked Dale (right) why he rides. - "I thought about doing a bike tour for a while but never got around to it until my accident. That pretty much pushed me into making it happen. In August 2013, my family was on the way to the zoo when a semi truck turned and rammed into our vehicle. He didn’t see us because he was on his phone. I almost lost my arm and had to have four surgeries, one lasting 10 hours." - His scar is very visible on his forearm; a dent –– a reminder of the fragility of life. - I met Sonny (left), who is deaf, at a Warmshowers in Ordway, CO on the #acaTransAm last year. I felt bad, as a lot of us seem to, that Sonny must have felt isolated from the conversations we were having. He told me that cycling on his own, did indeed make him feel alone. - “My iPhone was my best friend.” - Now touring with Dale who is also deaf, has made a world of a difference. - I hosted them on #Warmshowers as they were biking from Florida to Maine. I made a salad and we scribbled notes to each other. - “Did you two meet any interesting characters on the road?" - "I think we meet less people because most people are stumped when they realize we are deaf. There was this one lady at a Maryland gas station who kept talking and talking, even after we told her that we were deaf. She gave us money! She wouldn’t take it back." - Sonny and Dale 📍 Brooklyn, NY September 15, 2018 - - - Milesofportraits.com/pre - - - #MilesOfPortraits #MakePortraits #Faces #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #iLikeToRideMyBicycle #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Wanderlust

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I was sitting in #Warmshowers host Patrick’s home in Seward, AK when I got Emma and Tobias’ Warmshowers inquiry. The Swedish couple was biking from San Francisco to New York and wanted to stay at my place the day after I got back. I asked if they were okay with a foldout loveseat and floor space and they gave the exact response I gave to Patrick when he told us the same. - “No problem, that’s a luxury for us!” - Emma’s an arborist so she was particularly drawn to the massive oaks that line Bay Ridge’s streets. Tobias teaches mentally disabled kids back in Sweden. He formed a band with a few of them which has helped tremendously with their confidence levels. The group even made it on to Sweden’s Got Talent! - It’s their first time in America so they’ve made it their goal to try as many Ben and Jerry’s flavors as possible. They told me about the scariest and happiest moments of their trek across America. The scariest was when they were biking through the Nevada desert in the middle of the night and saw what looked like two eyes blinking in the distance. After freaking out for a good 30 minutes, they realized upon coming closer that it was just two lights blinking on a vending machine at a rest stop. 😂 The happiest moment was when they climbed up to a Jersey City rooftop and saw the NYC skyline for the first time. - “So, so many happy tears.” - Emma and Tobias 📍 Brooklyn, NY August 18, 2018 - - - Milesofportraits.com/pre - - - #MilesOfPortraits #MakePortraits #Faces #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #iLikeToRideMyBicycle #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Wanderlust #Sweden #VisitSweden #Happiness @benandjerrys

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When Pastor Howard refused to preach that 'God hates gay people’ at his previous church, he was kicked out. He’s since moved on to the Lutheran Church. - My #Warmshowers guests Sarah and Howard, who biked cross country a few years ago, cycled here from their home in Toledo, OH and are about to board the Queen Mary 2 for a five-week tour in the United Kingdom. Last summer, they hosted a total of 22 people on Warmshowers and try to accept every single request they get –– even from those who have so-so reviews. - “Lousy people need places to stay too!” - Despite living in a suburban area, they gave up their car years ago and are adamant about cycling everywhere. - Howard and Sarah Abts 📍 Brooklyn, NY August 26, 2018 - - - BTW, have you preordered the @milesofportraits magazine yet? Milesofportraits.com/pre - - - #MilesOfPortraits #MakePortraits #Faces #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #iLikeToRideMyBicycle #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Wanderlust #LutheranChurch #QueenMary2 #Ohio #VisitOhio #Toledo #Pastors #NewYork #Brooklyn @ortlieb_waterproof @dahonbikes

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Did you know that shipping a bike from New York City to Alaska costs about $600? - Hell no! - I figured I’d instead reach out to some Warmshowers hosts in Anchorage to see if anyone would be able to lend me their bike. Jason responded because he loves helping out with adventures like these. - Jason and his wife, Debbie might as well turn their garage into a bike shop because it is impressively stocked. Jason lent me his Surly Long Haul Trucker for our five-week, 1,000-mile ride around the state. As if that wasn’t enough, they also ended up lending us rain pants, picking Erik up from the airport, fixing his brakes, and outfitting his bike with better tires. - “Some of the roads you’ll be on are pretty gravely and I want you guys to have a good time in Alaska." - Jason and Debbie 📍 Anchorage, AK August 9, 2018 - - - #MilesOfPortraits #MakePortraits #Faces #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #iLikeToRideMyBicycle #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Wanderlust #Alaska #VisitAlaska #Kindness #Trust

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“You people pay good money for what I get paid to do!” - Warren, the conductor on our Seward to Anchorage train ride, clearly loves his job. The soon to be first tenured employee of the Alaska Railroad strives to “be the reason somebody smiles today.” In his multiple decades serving the railroad and criss-crossing Alaska, he’s seen it all. In those years looking out the window, the most drastic change he’s noticed has been the once massive glaciers receding into nothing. - He spent eight years as a conductor on the Hurricane Turn Train, a line that allows you to get off wherever you please. - Just before we pulled into Anchorage, he made an announcement and thanked his passengers. - "We fully realize that if you weren’t here we would have to get real jobs. And we don’t want that. We want to play around with trains." - Warren Redfearn 📍 Anchorage, AK August 8, 2018 - - - #MilesOfPortraits #MakePortraits #Faces #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #iLikeToRideMyBicycle #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Wanderlust #Alaska #VisitAlaska #SewardAlaska #AlaskaRailroad @alaskarailroad #TurnagainArm #Conductors #ILoveMyJob #Trains #Railroad #RidingTheRails

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With only a few states left, this mother and daughter duo has set a goal to run a 10K in every single U.S. state. And it’s been a wonderful way to see the country. The hardest race was in Jackson Hole, WY where they had to run straight up a mountain and came in dead last. - Tammy and Kathryn Davidson 📍 Seward, AK August 8, 2018 - - - #MilesOfPortraits #MakePortraits #Faces #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #iLikeToRideMyBicycle #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Wanderlust #Alaska #VisitAlaska #SewardAlaska #BeforeiDie #BeforeiDieWall #GirlsWhoRun #Running #10K #TheLastFrontier

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The Soggy Bottom Bike Race, a 108-mile ride with 10,000 feet of elevation, starts and ends on Hope’s Main Street. That’s where neighbors Dru (left), Mason (middle), and Rebecca (right) live. As racers flew by, they waved the Alaska flag as hard as they could. - Everyone in town knows who Dru is. She’s a bubbly, energetic woman married to Johnny who helped organize the race. When I asked Johnny about the campground next door, he told me we could just camp on their property to save $15. - Love brought Rebecca to Alaska. Visiting from Melbourne years ago, she met her now husband when she hopped on the back of his snowmobile on a wilderness tour. The town of Hope is pretty isolated so typically when people first move here, they live in cabins that either lack water or electricity. Since bringing up Mason in a dry cabin (no water), the family has upgraded to a house that has both water AND electricity. - It’s a tight knit community that becomes even more tight knit in the winter. Rebecca remembers walking to the shore with Mason before the Seaview Cafe & Bar opened for the season. The cafe is the mainstay of town –– where everyone hangs out and where we all sat and cheered on the racers as they finished. When the cafe was closed, the land was absolutely barren; a ghost town. But the next day, when the cafe opened it’s doors, it came alive with people. It was like night and day. - Living under such sparse conditions has made Rebecca more aware of what she throws away. She joked that every time she goes to toss something in the garbage, one of her neighbors raises an eyebrow and asks her what that is and whether it can be used for something else. - Dru, Mason, and Rebecca 📍 Hope, AK August 4, 2018 - Pre-order the magazine! Milesofportraits.com/pre - - - #MilesOfPortraits #MakePortraits #Faces #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #iLikeToRideMyBicycle #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Wanderlust #Alaska #VisitAlaska #ReduceReuseRecycle #RRR #GravelGrinder #Aussies #SmallTowns

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Every once in a while, George drives two hours from Anchorage to his favorite reading spot. I was walking off a high blood sugar when we met in the middle of a sun drenched marsh. He came to Alaska in 1975 after his hockey coach at West Point told him Anchorage has a good team. Since then, he’s been painting scenes of the majestic landscapes, reproducing his art onto magnets and cards, and giving them out to those he meets. - George Clark 📍 Hope, AK August 3, 2018 - - - #MilesOfPortraits #MakePortraits #Faces #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #iLikeToRideMyBicycle #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Wanderlust #Alaska #VisitAlaska #Paintings #Art #CurrentView #GoldenHour #TurnagainArm

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This Danish couple who we met while hiking a beachside trail, is not quite used to the wildlife here in Alaska. They’ve already had two bear encounters and found that singing childhood songs helps. - “You see, in Denmark there are only four wolves and there’s been a controversy about what to do with them,” Until told us. - “Oh, four types of wolves?” Erik asked. - “No, four individual wolves.” - Until and Marienne Lorenzen 📍 Valdez, AK July 31, 2018 - - - #MilesOfPortraits #MakePortraits #Faces #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #iLikeToRideMyBicycle #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Wanderlust #Alaska #VisitAlaska #Denmark #Danes #OnlyInDenmark #AlaskaWildlife #BearEncounters

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After Patty told me I only had ten minutes before she closed the lodge shower, I ran to it as fast as I could. I hadn’t showered in a while. Dale, Tammy, Kevin, and Jenifer laughed at me as they drank beers from their cabin deck. By the the time I got out, Erik had joined them and had already been given a nickname –– Jersey. The group, visiting from Fairbanks and Arizona, joked that I looked 20 times happier after I bathed. We sat around the fire with them and learned about life in Alaska. They told us that in the wintertime, if you’re pulled over, every single car will check up on you. It’s one of the ways Alaskans look out for each other. - Dale, Tammy, Kevin, and Jenifer 📍 Kenny Lake, AK July 27, 2018 - - - #MilesOfPortraits #MakePortraits #Faces #Portraits #HomeIsWhereTheBikeIs #WorldByBike #AdventureCycling #BikeWander #TravelByBike #PedalPower #BicycleTouring #iLikeToRideMyBicycle #OneLessCar #HumanPoweredAdventures #SlowTravel #Wanderlust #Alaska #VisitAlaska