Bringing touring cyclists and hosts from around the globe together to share knowledge, experiences, and stories from the Warmshowers.org Foundation community.
Tahverlee brings the stories of touring cyclists and hosts from around the globe together, to share knowledge and experiences of Warmshowers.org Foundation community.
Candice Dawson joins the show to share her initial tour as a solo female, to moving and building a life around her passion for riding, hosting and touring. She has experienced new places and met amazing people on her journey. As part of the Warmshowers community, she shares openly about memories and experiences and meeting her partner on the road.
You can find Candice at:
To join our community, please visit us at https://www.warmshowers.org/ or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/warmshowers_org/.
Thank you to Bike Flights for fueling this show! https://www.bikeflights.com/warmshowers
66 year-old veteran bikepacker, Bill Roy, has logged over 20,000 miles through 20 states west of the Mississippi. In this episode, Bill shares some of his experiences and passions about traveling and hosting and has some tips for those looking to try bikepacking. “No matter what your age or experience, you can do it.”
You can find Bill at:
To join our community please visit us at https://www.warmshowers.org/ or on Instagram at warmshowers_org
Tim Mooney, an experienced bike packer from the DC area, lives by the motto “Let’s shrink the world by bike.” On this episode of Bike Life, Tim talks about how he was initially reluctant to try Warmshowers but he says that once he did, on a tour from DC to Cincinnati in 2019, he realized that the best part about bicycle touring has very little to do with the bicycling or the touring - it's the people you meet.
You can find Tim at:
https://pedalshift.net/ or @pedalshift on all the social media sites
To join our community, please visit us at
or on Instagram at warmshowers_org
After the death of his father, Alex de Chantal took 6 months off work to fulfill his father’s last wish: to have his ashes spread in his 6 favorite locations around the world – Quebec and British Columbia, Canada; Mexico; Mauritius; Thailand; British. Alex decided to do it all by bike. Things didn’t always go as planned, but he forged a lifetime of new memories and connections along the way.
You can read more about Alex’s trip here:
To learn more about our community, visit www.warmshowers.org.
Meet Jessica Levine.
Jessica and her friend Irena left home just outside of Seattle and embarked on a 3-month journey across Canada, culminating with a celebratory dip in the Atlantic ocean in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Throughout her nearly 5,000 mile journey, she learned that an open door is really just an open heart because letting people in your home is an act of courage and vulnerability. But her most valuable tool on the trip? A little black dress.
You can read more about Jessica’s trip here:
www.spokeandstories.com and Instagram: @olivemybike
To join our community, visit www.warmshowers.org or on Instagram at warmshowers_org
On this episode of the Bike Life podcast, Tahverlee interviews Allison and Justin, founders of the Clonakilty Bike Festival in southern Ireland. Allison and Justin’s passion for biking was invigorated when they were in their late 20’s and several of their friends shared with them their love for biking and about a bike festival they had been hosting in their own town. Immediately, Justin and Allison were drawn into the cycling community and they set up a festival in their hometown of Clonakilty which is celebrating its 9th festival this year. The festival is a very grassroots endeavor with very little formal marketing and overhead, but the comradery and support they receive every year confirms that they are doing it the right way. Allison and Justin have also set up a community bike workshop which is open year-round and they are constantly petitioning with their local governing bodies to make their town a bike town with the infrastructure needed to make the roads safe for everyone.
Allison and Jason also shared several heart-warming stories about their experiences with the Warm Showers Foundation. With over 100,000 users on the site, many of which reside in Europe, this is a great resource for long-distance bikers to find a welcoming place to stay along their route and get to meet some great people along the way. This is a tight-knit community of people who love biking and want to practice reciprocal hospitality, of which Allison and Justin are an active part.
Connect with the Clonakilty Bike Festival:
Connect with us:
Bike Flights: https://www.bikeflights.com/
Warm Showers Foundation: https://www.warmshowers.org/
Our guest on this episode of the Bike Life podcast is Caroline Burrows, a cycling enthusiast in Lancaster, UK. Caroline’s grandfather was really into cycling while she was growing up and she was always encouraged to ride her bike as a child and adolescent. When she was in her early 30’s, she decided to take her first ever solo tour, which she called the Tour de Family. You could say that she “caught the bug” to do more tours throughout Europe and as far away as Cuba, Argentina, and Mexico.
Caroline describes her relationship with her bike as the “most reliable and longest” in her life, so she decided to make a point of investing in that relationship and pursuing what she loved. One of Caroline’s other loves is literature and poetry, leading her to go on a “Jane Eyre to Dracula” tour in France and England to get to see the landscape surrounding her favorite literary figures. Her most significant tour to date is the tour she created for herself of Wilfred Owen’s school, museum, birthplace, and the house where his parents lived. Caroline appreciated his poetry prior to taking this tour, but her understanding of his life deepened after the trip to the point where she began doing presentations upon her return. Overall, Caroline has only experienced friendly people along her rides and she greatly appreciates her membership in the tight-knit worldwide biking community.
Connect with Caroline:
Bike Flights: https://www.bikeflights.com/warmshowers
Warmshowers Foundation: https://www.warmshowers.org/
On this episode of the Bike Life podcast, we are joined by Ann, a frequent Warmshowers host located on the western coast of Sweden. Ann is an American who met her boyfriend in Spain and then ended up moving back with him to Sweden a few years ago. She became aware of the Warmshowers Foundation around that time and she and her boyfriend signed up to be hosts as soon as they heard about the mission of the organization. Ann isn’t a cyclist herself, but she really enjoys hosting guests from all over Europe and the Americas and hearing all of their touring stories. She likes the fact that she doesn’t have to be 100% “on” when she is hosting because the cycling community is very laid-back and simple, really only requesting a shower and a place to sleep.
Ann says that 1-2 weeks advance notice is ideal, but she has had folks schedule months out or the night before. When she is deciding whether to accept an inquiry, she reads the person’s bio to see if they seem like a good fit, and then they communicate a few times before their arrival. As expected, she has not had any guests over the past few months, but she is hoping that cyclists will start touring again as soon as it is safe to do so because she loves being a part of the community. Some of Ann’s favorite guests have been families because she sees the benefit of traveling the world with your kids and she hopes to be able to do the same someday.
During this episode of the Bike Life Podcast, Tahverlee talks with Ken Francis, a Warmshowers user, host, volunteer, and former Board member. Ken began hosting cyclists through Warmshowers in 2013 and he has welcomed more than 250 cyclists over the years. Around that same time, he began volunteering with the foundation by reviewing new memberships for spam. He found this process very enlightening and it was a great help to the organization. Before Warmshowers came along, Ken had already completed 3 cross-country tours of the U.S. – in 1985, 1986, and 1994 – during which he relied on the hospitality of strangers when necessary, so he was very glad when Warmshowers came along.
Ken’s advice to hosts is to clearly communicate with the cyclists before and during their stay with you regarding expectations and house rules. He also recommends that you try to be unique, either giving your guests a small but memorable token, taking them to a local activity or restaurant, or by offering something else that will make their experience memorable. During this time of COVID-19 quarantine when people are not touring as much, Ken recommends looking for more local routes or alternative trips to the ones you had planned and to look back at photos or reach out to connections from previous trips to keep those memories alive until you can travel again.
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