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Tahverlee brings the stories of touring cyclists and hosts from around the globe together, to share knowledge and experiences of Warmshowers.org Foundation community.

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Tahverlee brings the stories of touring cyclists and hosts from around the globe together, to share knowledge and experiences of Warmshowers.org Foundation community.

    Where Music Meets Adventure

    Where Music Meets Adventure

    We are joined today by Antonio Piretti. Antonio is an Italian/Canadian musician who has just completed a 6000km musical bike tour through 16 European countries. He describes the trip as somewhat of a miracle in these "locked down" pandemic times.

    • 29 min
    Keeping Connections Alive

    Keeping Connections Alive

    We are joined today by Quintin Reich. Quintin is a cyclist and longtime Warmshowers.org host located on the Pacific Coast route.

    • 35 min
    Turns in the Road

    Turns in the Road

    We are joined by Harry Shepherd, a cyclist and environmental campaigner from England. 

    Today, Harry talks about what got him into cycling, his passion for the natural world, and an eventful journey across Europe during 2020. The trip formed part of the Team Townend Challenge, an annual cycling sportive held in the Lake District in memory of Niggy and Christian Townend, two cycling brothers who were killed on their bikes in 2010. Harry helps to organize the event with friends of the brothers each year. 

    When not on the bike, Harry works in environmental communications, promoting the work of organizations dedicated to protecting the natural world.

    You can learn more about Harry on his website at FollowTheShepherd.uk or Instagram at HarrySheph.

    To learn more about the Team Townend Challenge or make a donation, visit their website HERE.

    Join our community at www.warmshowers.org or you can reach Tahverlee at tahverlee@warmshowers.org.

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    • 28 min
    Touring Across England with E.T.

    Touring Across England with E.T.

    We are joined today by Josh Garman. Josh is a touring cyclist who lives in the U.K. and recently cycled 600 miles across England ~ with E.T. as his co-pilot!

    Josh is an accidental touring cyclist who started his first tour with no prior cycling experience. He had spent time in Australia as a barefoot long-distance walker but had never considered a bike tour. When Josh returned to England, he learned about Chris Brannigan, a father who walked across England barefoot to raise money for his daughter’s medical treatment. Josh was captivated by this unique story and decided right there and then that he would do something to help.

    He came up with the idea of doing a cycle tour to raise funds for Chris’s charity, Hope for Hasti. While planning his trip on a gloomy, rainy day, the scene from the movie E.T. where Elliot rides across the sky with E.T. on his bike came to him. The vision brought such a simile to his face, and he decided that he would take E.T. along with him to bring attention to his fundraising cause. In 2 short weeks, with very little planning, a small budget, and way too much gear, he set off. 

    Josh spent a total of 23 days on the road. It was very slow going at the start, and he quickly realized that a mountain bike loaded down with gear is not the right way to travel on the English roads! Having E.T. along brought him tremendous attention. Josh spent the first night sleeping in a small tent, but people started offering him shelter after news of his tour got out. He spent 21 of the 23 nights on the road staying in people’s houses, some of which were Warmshowers hosts. Josh was overwhelmed by the kindness he received from total strangers on his journey. 

    On the second last day of Josh’s tour, he and Chris Brannigan from Hope for Hasti finally got to meet. His trip was such a magical experience for him that he knew he would do it again. For his next challenge, he plans to cycle 5000 miles around the coast of England, towing a bicycle camper he built to resemble a school bus while raising money for charity.

    You can learn more about Josh on Instagram at ExpeditionJosh, on Facebook, on Patreon, YouTube, or his website ExpeditionJosh.com. 

    To learn more about Hope for Hasti, or make a donation, visit their website HERE.

    Join our community at www.warmshowers.org, or you can reach Tahverlee at tahverlee@warmshowers.org.

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    • 30 min
    Slow Traveler

    Slow Traveler

    We are joined by Josiah Skeats. Josiah is a people-focused author whose 3 year journey taught him to be a slow traveler.

    While studying law at university, Josiah came across an article about someone who had cycled around the world. The light bulb went off, and even though he was not a cyclist, he immediately started planning a solo trip. After graduation, he set out for his grand adventure to travel from England to Australia. Along the way, Josiah has fallen in love with bike touring, the experiences it brings, and mostly, with the people you meet.

    Josiah didn’t do much training to prepare, but he did tons of planning. He wrote a list of every obstacle he thought he would encounter on the trip and then tried to solve it. He laughingly recalls that a week after he set off, all his carefully made plans were discarded, and he decided to just wing it.

    A big turning point came for Josiah about a month into his trip. After rushing his way through Europe and central Asia, he met two fellow cyclists in Bosnia that significantly impacted him. They taught him it wasn’t about how fast you are going, but rather how slow. After this encounter, Josiah slowed way down, and his trip went from a planned one-year journey to three years. His goal became to seek adventure and learn about the people he met along the way.

    So many fantastic experiences came from that one decision back in university to cycle around the world. Looking back, Josiah is amazed that he dared to believe that a trip like this was possible. He urges everyone that if bike touring is something you are interested in, it is worth pursuing, even if you don’t have cycling experience.

    Josiah’s advice is to always be curious and open to the unexpected. Let your gut instincts guide your path, and you will be amazed at what opportunities arise. 

    You can reach Josiah on his website where he blogs about the projects he is working on at JosiahSkeets.com or follow his posts on Facebook at Josiah Skeets and Instagram at josiahskeets.

    Join our community at www.warmshowers.org or you can reach Tahverlee at tahverlee@warmshowers.org.

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    • 24 min
    Protecting our Planet

    Protecting our Planet

    We are joined by Mike Dits. Mike is a corn-fed Indiana Hoosier and adventurer who now lives in Colorado. He is extremely passionate about clean energy and sustainability.

    Mike had his first bike touring experience as a sophomore in college when he spent a summer working with a non-profit organization called Bike and Build. After touring the country helping to build homes for those in need, he knew that a solo bike trip was in his future.

    After graduation in August of 2015, Mike set off for a 4-year solo trip around the world. The theme of his journey was promoting sustainability and renewable energy. He spent his time learning about clean energy and helping install solar water systems for families in Africa.

    After visiting 63 countries and 5 continents, Mike returned home in October of 2019. You can tell how impactful this trip was on him by the enthusiasm in his voice when he recalls the amazing people he met along the way. He says nothing is better than traveling on two wheels to take in the world's beauty while learning about diverse cultures.

    Mike's advice for anyone planning a long-term trip is to put yourself in the proper mindset. His motto for life is simple; look around, smile, and keep your hands open. Don't just look ahead or behind but look all around and be totally present. Smile to bring a positive energy, an energy with respect and humility to everyone that you encounter. Keep your hands open, to receive but also to give.  

    You can reach Mike on his website, Renew Ride, where he blogs about the projects he is working on at RenewRide.com.

    Join our community at www.warmshowers.org or you can reach Tahverlee at tahverlee@warmshowers.org.

    Instagram: warmshowers_org

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

QuintinR ,

Resonates

So often when listening, I hear ideas, expressions, feelings, experiences and philosophies that truly resonate. We often think community building ends with the end of our tour. Tahverlee ensures that building continues. The community of bike tourists and hosts continues to expand in the time of global pandemic. Thank you Tahverlee.

Water Buffalom 73 ,

Soul energizing listening to others cycling voyages

This podcast is a gem for any cyclist who has or plans to voyage on two wheels for the first time or an across-the-world journey. It is a melting pot of people sharing their unique and soul transforming experiences of discovery and adventure by traveling to new countries on two wheels and meeting open arms and life time experiences along the way. Thanks for the listening enjoyment; it has been great fuel to look forward to my next journey on the road.

mywillone ,

Great listening, and a helpful way to learn about touring resources

Just listened to the episode about Bike Flights. Very informative. I wish I had known about this before I tried to ship my bike from WI to MA after my tour.

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