Somewhere in the Wisconsin Driftless in 2009; photo credit: Bonnie Schmidt

Bike touring: The perfect pace for travel.

I just love bike touring -- the kind where you pack everything onto your bike and travel through beautiful places! The physical challenge is rewarding in and of itself, but there are many other things to appreciate. I enjoy the pace and slow change of scenery; driving is too fast (I miss things) and backpacking is too slow (it's hard to get anywhere -- and ugh, the weight!).  I dig the feeling of independence I get... I have everything with me to live indefinitely on my bike! And I appreciate the simple rhythm of the day -- pedal, eat, sleep, and repeat -- which leaves energy for panic when you inevitably make a wrong turn. :)

Day trips are fun, too, and helpful for getting in shape for a tour.

Bonnie pedaling through Governor Dodge State Park, WI
Click to enlarge and note the intricate brickwork around the doors! I would've missed that if I'd been driving.