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Photoshoot with Adventure Cycling Association

For three months I was working and collaborating with Adventure Cycling Association – America’s leading Bicycle Travel Experts on my master thesis about: ‚Co-Designing a human-centered cycling tourism experience‘. One day Saara Snow – Travel Initiatives Coordinator – asked me if I would like to go on a photoshoot with them. My answer: ‚Yes. For sure!‘ and I thought: What a nice relief from sitting in front of the computer all day writing my thesis. From Missoula, Montana where Adventure Cycling’s headquarter is based we drove out a couple of miles into the Bitteroot Valley to get some nice photographs. After living in Montana there is one thing I can say for sure: No matter where you go you’ll always find the most amazing and stunning scenery!

 

Thanks Adventure Cycling & Saara Snow for these beautiful pictures, memories, and my first photoshoot on a bicycle.

photo credit @ Saara Snow, Adventure Cycling.

A Bicycle Miracle

This is an amazing story and I need to share it with all of you. Read it! ALL! 🙂

 

— part 1: France —

Last year, when I was cycling from Germany to France, I met many amazing people on the way. One of them, a couple from Canada – Jacky & Ralf Winter – who had sold everything to head out with their bikes on a two year adventure. The first time our journeys crossed was in a hostel in Nantes; a few days after we stayed coincidently at the same campground in La Tranche-sur-Mer, where we went out together for dinner and ice cream sharing interesting bike stories and experiences; before we met again the next day just before arriving in La Rochelle.

 

Since I’m here in the US, I kept on thinking about the two, their great adventure & wondered where they would be at the moment. Their ideas on how to make Bicycle Travel better & more meaningful had inspired me and so I already had included a quote from them in the Prologue of my thesis.

 

— part 2: Phoenix, Arizona —

Last week I got the chance to meet with Christine, a member of the Warmshowers Community in Phoenix, who is planning her first long tour this summer, going all way from Seattle to San Diego. She’s been dreaming about this tour for years and we met in the Public Market Café to talk about bicycle travel as a solo woman. I tried to encourage her to do this amazing tour and turn her dreams into reality. After a night full of good talking we agreed to go on a short overnight bike tour together.

 

— part 3: A Bicycle Miracle —

Just two days after we have met, I got a message from Christine saying: „This is a bicycle miracle – I am hosting two warm shower cyclists who you met in France – Ralf & Jacky Winter“. This message was mind-blowing. The same Ralf & Jacky I met in August 2014 at the Atlantic Coast in France were here in Phoenix, Arizona staying with Christine, a girl I just met two days ago. Yesterday, I had the pleasure to spend the whole day with Ralf & Jack – going for lunch, showing them where I currently live and sharing many new inspiring cycling stories. Can I just quote everything you said? 😉

Safe & happy bike travels to both of you!

 

Thanks for this BICYCLE MIRACLE – I’m still overwhelmed with joy for this once in a life-time coincidence.

 

Phoenix Downtown: Art District

1st Friday! Every first Friday in a month, the Art District of Phoenix Downtown – Roosevelt Row is turning into a lively, vibrant and creative art space full of people doing and watching art. Graffiti is pretty big, and many former houses were turned into art galleries and workshops. Artists are spraying new graffitis, good sound is coming out of the speakers and people enjoy their time while being part of this artistic project. Pop-up art exhibitions and parties on dirt lots, with guitar players, barbecue and skatebord & BMX ramps, surrounded by graffiti art and people from all over who stop to have a beer together.

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