Your hometown: Green Oaks, Illinois
What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?
There’s a quote that goes something like.. you know.. by that one guy… ? haha…But seriously, cycling has brought so many good things into my life. An awesome community, immersion in nature, new places, new challenges, freedom and simplicity, good health, and pure fun (both types!) to name a few. Everyone should have access to this and taking people on bike vacations allows me to be a part of it.
You can always find these 5 things in my pack:
Sunscreen, water, snacks (most likely a Snickers), photos of the fam, and a journal or notepad
What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?
So my dad, brother and I rented mountain bikes in Phoenix one afternoon. The singletrack was fun, but the ride back from the trailhead was by far the best part of the day. The sky was a lit in an orangey-purple that only existed for for an hour. The air was warm, breezy and fresh. I remember cruising downhill on buttery pavement through the neighborhood singing “Handlebars” by the Flobots – all hands proudly raised high off the bars, of course. We made it back to the rental trailer with perfect timing and in high spirits. Moments like this are the most fun on two wheels!
What is your claim to fame?
I’m born on the luckiest day of the year!