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Joyride012: Meet bicycle touring spinster Gretchen Howell

Meet Gretchen!


Mei Mei at Mt. Rushmore // Photo Credit: Gretchen Howell

Howdy Joyriders!

On this week’s episode I chat with Gretchen Howell, a lifelong travel junkie, currently on a solo bike tour of the US and Canada and visiting writing workshops along the way.

Her first bike tour was from Seattle to San Diego. Her longest tour lasted 2 1/2 years through 11 countries in Asia, mostly solo and unsupported.

Make sure you check out Gretchen’s blog – Spinstera. She’s a talented writer, and it’s fun to follow along on her journey.
On this episode we’ll chat LIVE from an RV park in Hill City, South Dakota about the touring obsession, free camping and random acts of kindness.

Home, sweet home. // Photo Credit: Gretchen Howell

Here are the timestamps to some of the things we chat about:

1:39 The touring obsession
2:51 First bike
8:50 Best day, Free camping, George Mickleson Trail
12:35 The case for hills
17:50 Map nerds
24:30 Things that go bump in the night
27:15 Cycle-touring Asia
30:48 The bright side & random acts of kindness
37:40 Snack time!
38:33 Fantasy Ride
41:06 Shifty in Gilroy, Gearheads in Moab
45:35 Travel bug & Gretchen’s little sister Mei Mei
48:00 Words of wisdom
Connect with Gretchen at her blog or via Facebook. Click here to buy her a coffee.

Next week on the show we’ll have a chat with bike racer and coach, Elisabeth Reinkordt from Team Laser Cats. Yeah, you read that right.

Be sure to follow me @girleatsbike on Facebook, the Twitter, Instagram – even Pinterest, where my new board called “Bike Snacks” is making me huuungry. Yeah, you know how I do.

I hope you enjoy the show! Let me know what you think at girleatsbike[at]gmail.com.

Joyride, on!



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By |2018-02-26T15:50:54+00:00May 15th, 2016|Bicycle Touring, Podcast|0 Comments

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