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  • On July 20th, I'll be pedaling away from home to embark on the biggest adventure of my life (so far). I'm not sure exactly how far I'm going or how long I'll be gone. All I know is that I'm heading off into the Kansas horizon with my sights set on the mountains. Colorado is a given. My goal after that is to head to Ketchum, Idaho for my second 100 mile gravel race this season. From there, I'd be absolutely elated if I could make it over the Cascade Mountains before first snow and watch the sun set into the Pacific Ocean.

    I'll be making frugal choices and living on about $10 a day to stretch my modest savings. To help offset the costs of inevitable bike repairs and the occasional cushy bed and hot shower, I thought I'd give my friends and family the opportunity to support this soul-seeking pilgrimage. If you have it in your heart to assist a girl chasing her dreams with a million flat tires along the way, you can become part of the journey with me. In return, I'll mail you a handwritten, postcard update from wherever remote spot I happen to be.

    If you'd like to follow along with my journey you can see bike tour-specific posts right here.

    Peace, Love and Bicycles,

Bicyle tour packing list

Starting tomorrow, this will be my home for the next 2+ months. With the help of a few kind touring cyclists and some ultralight backpacking friends, I’ve whittled down the items I’ll be taking with me on my tour.


Arkel waterproof handlebar bag

*a quick note about Arkel. I received a noticed from their customer service department stating that the bag I wanted was on backorder because they were currently going into production. I replied back stating that I was on a time crunch for an upcoming tour and they said they’d try to have it out as soon as possible. I checked in once more a few days later and the kind ladies in the customer service department spoke with the seamstress and had one  rush- finished and out the door the same day. Not only is Arkel’s customer service fantastic, but this handmade bag is amazing quality. I, HANDS DOWN, recommend this bag over any other*

Sea to summit 20L dry bag

Ortlieb waterproof panniers

     bag 1:

     bag 2:

  • Patagonia Down Sweater jacket
  • Therm-a-Rest NeoAir sleeping pad
  • medical kit
  • bulk food (parboiled brown rice, quick oats, peanut butter, crunchy chickpeas, trail mix, lentils, Vega protein powder)
  • REI 40+ sleeping bag
  • bike tools (Alien 2 multiool, spare links, 2 tubes, chain cleaner and lube)


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Laura is having a baby

Actually, that should read Laura is having another baby. You see, Laura was my second, ever paid photo comission. I photographed her beautiful belly when she was pregnant with TJ..when TJ was born, when he turned 1, at Christmas, and when he turned 2… Then I moved to Colorado. Laura and I have stayed in touch for the last few years and I am just delighted to have the chance to document the new addition to her family.

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just play

The number of images in this post exceed any other post by A LOT.  I just had such a hard time narrowing down my favorites. This session was a landmark one. It started out like a lot of other sessions, as you can see. Lovely posed shots, nothing at all wrong with them. But then the kids got restless as kids always do- so I decided to use my nanny experience, get on their level and just play. (novel idea, right?;))For over an hour we slid down slides, jumped up and down, raced across the lawn, climbed on hay bales and explored. Garage sale rainbow necklace, wrist full of friendship bracelets, skinned knees, bug bites, wind-blown hair and so much laughter. These images just tell the story of childhood so well and I love them so much. I hope you do too.

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