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2013-2014 Travel Talks



Want to keep your connection to bicycling and walking throughout the winter?  Come to Travel Talks--we've got a great adventure for you every month.  Travel Talks will take place in the ArtsRiot space at 7:00 pm.  Thanks to Paul Demers for volunteering to coordinate the series!


Travel Talks 2013-2014 Schedule:

  • November 13: Stu Lindsay, A Bicycle in our Baggage: Adventures in Travel through the Netherlands and Belgium by Solo and Tandem Bikes
  • December 11: Jeff MullenRacing the Great Divide: 2475 miles in 23 days
  • January 8: Dustin Rand, Pedaling While Parenting: Touring the North Country with Kids
  • February 12: Ryan Crehan, 2 Wheels across Europe Madrid to Croatia and Back
  • March 12: Annie and Andy Follett, Cycling the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal    
  • April NONE YET  Have an adventure that you'd like to share? Contact Mary Catherine.


Europe on 2 Wheels: Madrid to Croatia and Back


Ryan Crehan

When: February 12, 7:00 pm

Where: ArtsRiot, 400 Pine St. Burlington

 Without a chosen route, a few poorly detailed maps, and minimal camping gear, Ryan Crehan’s 2002 3-month adventure of 4,000 miles across 15 countries in the world before the Internet was a lesson in serendipity.

There was only one destination for the trip, a wedding in Croatia, a mere 45 days away. How to get there would be made up along the way. The route stretched from the snows of the Pyrenees to the heat of the Adriatic Coast. The return trip from Budapest to Belgium, passed through the lovely Czech Republic, bike-friendly Holland and brought a wealth of kind people and wonderful riding.

 Join us for a night of photos and stories and find out how little you need for a long distance cycle camping tour, the challenges of riding solo in foreign countries, and the exhilaration of it all. 



Cycling the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal

Annie F and Patty C

Annie and Andy Follett

When: March 12, 7:00 pm

Where: ArtsRiot, 400 Pine St. Burlington

    From Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. is an incredible 335 miles of rail trail and canal towpath. Ideal for cycling, it's an opportunity for a versatile adventure – one can ride the trail in segments or traverse its entire length in one experience. Join an organized group, stay in B&Bs, hotels, or hostels, or do-it-yourself like The Folletts and Patty Crowley did in September 2013, combining camping and indoor accommodation.


Join Annie and Andy Follett as they recount their eight day journey on the longest traffic-free cycling route in the U.S. Find out what makes The Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal unique adventures, from their distinctive trail surfaces, tunnels, viaducts, and bridges, to incredible history, free campgrounds, trail towns with amenities, and wildlife. Learn why both routes are attracting a growing number of travelers.



 Travel Talks From Earlier This Year


A Bicycle in our Baggage: Adventures in Travel through the Netherlands and Belgium by Solo and Tandem Bikes


Stu Lindsay

When: November 13, 7:30 pm

Where: ArtsRiot, 400 Pine St. Burlington

When Stu and Sue packed their Bike Friday tandem into a suitcase they had little idea what lay ahead when they finally landed in Amsterdam. With no real itinerary, they set out to explore the Dutch cities and countryside with little money and lots of curiosity. One trip led to another, visiting not only the Amsterdam area, but North Holland to Den Haag and Delft and the windmills of Kinderdijk, with separate trips highlighting Utrecht, and Brussels to Bruges and on to the North Sea coast. 

Stu will share their trips and tips for cycle travel on the cheap and also show examples of why the countries are a cyclists paradise. If you’ve been thinking of planning your own self-supported tour, you’ll find the slides will motivate you go out there and do it!





Racing the Tour Divide: 2745 Miles in 23 Days


Red Rock Pass Travel Talks


Jeff Mullen


When: December 11, 7:00 pm


Where: ArtsRiot, 400 Pine St. Burlington




 In early summer  of 2013, Jeff Mullen of Richmond, VT raced the Tour Divide with 142 other racers from throughout the US and around the world.  He used the ride to raise money for the Vermont Cancer Center (VCC), as a way to say "thank you" to all of the great nurses, doctors and support staff at the VCC, where he had been treated for stage III colon cancer, and as a celebration of being 5 years out from treatment, with no follow-ups needed. The race followed the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route which starts in Banff, Canada and continues through the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia and then through the states of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado before finishing in Antelope Wells, New Mexico at the Mexican border.  


Crossing the Continental Divide over 25 times with over 175,000 feet of elevation gain, the Tour Divide is often considered the most difficult mountain bike race in the world.


 Join Jeff as he talks about racing all 2,745  miles of "the rooftop of North America" solo and self-supported.


Pedaling While Parenting: Touring the North Country with Kids


Touring the North Country with Kids


Dustin Rand


When: January 8, 7:00-8:30pm


Where: ArtsRiot, 400 Pine St. Burlington


Does long distance bike touring have to end with the birth of children? 


Dustin Rand puts that issue to rest in his talk about the nuts and bolts of bike touring with kids. Since Dustin and his family have developed a bike touring tradition that has spanned all but a few years of their daughters’ lives, he provides a wealth of experience  making the right touring choices at the right ages.


 Dustin will highlight long distance, self-contained touring experiences  across Quebec, the Maritimes, and Northern New England to show how with a little flexibility, bike touring can be great family activity regardless of a child’s age.





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