Marco Polo, 1254-1324, was one of the world's greatest explorers. On his deathbed, his family begged Marco to confess that he had lied in telling of his many travel stories. Marco refused, insisting "I have only told half of what I've seen".
My cycling journals have a lot in common with Marco's travel experiences as I have explored 54 countries. At last count I've traveled on more than 150 bike trips and have experienced and witnessed amazing sights and sounds during many years of touring. Touring at a cyclist's pace, while riding along less traveled roads, has rewarded me also been some tough challenges. My travel journals, written over a period of many years, have been sent to a lot of friends and acquaintances, and although I try to be thorough in describing the trips, I probably have not mentioned half of what I've seen or experienced. My early journals, before CGOAB, were hand written, then copies were mailed to friends and family. Then sometime in the early 1990s I started using e-mail to send my journals. A few years ago I discovered this great web site, www.crazyguyonabike, and it has been a wonderful method that allows others to read about a cyclist's many adventures and see great pictures of the world we live in.
I'm retired and been around for 72 years. I live in Chico in Northern California. Chico is a beautiful town with an area population of about 105,000 and is located in the great Sacramento Valley. I've lived in Chico for 58 years and although I travel a lot, I have not seen a place where I would prefer to reside. My first major travel experience was to Europe for 4 months in 1967. That trip was without a bicycle. I started touring by bicycle in 1982 and it has become my passion ever since. I make detailed travel plans and depart on trips several times each year. I've logged 105,912 miles (171,000 km)on my many bike trips. There are a number of countries that I've traveled to time and time again as I enjoy them so much.
My wife, Jackie, is not a cyclist, but she supports my cycling habit and allows me to travel as I wish. We do take a non-cycling vacation or two each year together too. A couple of trips each year is about all she likes to do as she spends much of her free time with her family, special interests, and her hobbies.
This is a great cycling site and although I cannot upload many of my past journals to this media, I hope you will enjoy the journals I have posted.