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stories, discoveries, anecdotes & more from the good life, by bike

Wildlife Encounters During Sojourn Bike Tours

You may not expect spontaneous wildlife encounters as part of the package when you sign on for a bike tour with Sojourn but that’s all part of the plan. After all, if we shared everything about what you might experience along your ride, it would diminish the adventure.

Given the scenic and off-the-beaten-path cycling routes and other activities including in Sojourn tours, there is always the possibility that one might have an incredible, chance encounter with wildlife – not the dangerous kind but the “wow, that was amazing” kind. As unpredictable as nature can be, it often has a way of surprising you just when you least expect it.

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The Boss On Tour: Arizona Bike Tour Reflections from the Road

OK, not THE Boss, just the Sojourn boss. Sitting in the airport in Tucson, having just spent the past week enjoying our Arizona bike tour with a group of fantastic people from all over the world, I find myself reflecting back on our week together. I’m struck by our conversations, the warm embraces from returning Sojourn friends, and the friendships formed with those new to us.

We are a wide mix of couples and singles from across the US and Canada, and as far away as Norway and Brazil who opted to leave cold dreary weather behind in search of warmer sunnier days. Two life-long friends living thousands of miles apart chose this as a reunion trip. Some are veteran Sojourn travelers and for others this is their first trip with us.

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Vermont: Little Known Anecdotes from the Green Mountain State

Our home state of Vermont is not only beautiful, it’s known for its history, agricultural roots, and its uniqueness. Vermont’s quiet country roads and charming New England villages connect the generations of Vermonters whose stories and anecdotes help keep the state’s rich heritage alive.

Vermont ranks first in the nation in the percentage of organic farms to total farms and first on the Localvore Index (ease of eating local foods).

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Go West, Part II: Arizona

Arriving in Tucson, the weather was exactly what I’d expected: clear, dry, and warm. Right there in the parking lot, I shucked off my Northeasterner’s garb faster than you can say frigid Vermont winter and donned shorts and a tee. Heaven! Joshua and I got busy prepping Sojourn’s new fleet of Cannondale bikes for the tour’s start on Sunday afternoon. We were diligent and focused, enough so that we had some late afternoon free time and an opportunity to hop on bikes, giving me my first taste of the vast network of sweet bike paths that criss-cross all over the city of Tucson.

Josh and I raced the setting sun to get in some miles on Sojourn’s new Cannondales

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Go West, Part I: California

Last month, I had the good fortune to travel to California and then on to Arizona for my first Sojourn bike tour since joining the staff last fall. This west coast trip, I knew, was an important opportunity to meet Sojourn’s partners face-to-face, view (and stay in) our beautiful lodging properties, and ride some the bike routes for myself. I was expecting to have a good time but, after all, this was still work, right?

It ended up being one of the most fun 16-day stretches of my adult life. (By the way, you can click on any of these thumbnail images to view these photos full size, if you like.)

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