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Oh the Places you can go on a Bicycle…..


riding through the jungles, villages and temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

riding through the jungles, villages and temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Choosing to get on a bike and ride can take you to places you could never imagine, whether it be through the villages of Cambodia, down the winding and twisting road of Pike’s Peak,  through the amazingly scenic Yellowstone National Park, past the rice paddies of Vietnam, or beautiful beaches of Boracay,

beautiful views from the top of the peak in Boracay, Philippines...rough ride to the top, but fun going down

beautiful views from the top of the peak in Boracay, Philippines…rough ride to the top, but fun going down

pedaling away from Buffalo

pedaling away from Buffalo, Yellowstone National Park

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take the tram up the mountain if you desire, and enjoy the breathtaking views at the top and the amazing ride down, Pikes Peak, Colorado

it can leave you with a lifetime of happy memories and beautiful photos along the way. Hop on a bike today, See where you will go!  Don’t forget your Oklahoma Cycling Jersey when you set out on your adventure.  It is an awesome way to see the world and get some great exercise all in one package. Riding a bike is developing a lifestyle that can change yours forever. I must give thanks to my friend, Adam at Lee’s Bicycles in Tulsa, who hired me to work part time in his bike shop nearly 6 years ago. I knew nothing about bicycles and hadn’t ridden one in years. Who would have known that little part time job would take me all over the world on a bike. I have had the pleasure and opportunity to see and do so many things in the last couple of years, but adding to the adventures on a bicycle is more than I could have imagined. You don’t have to be a great cyclist, or even have the best carbon fiber frame, you just need  a sense of adventure and be willing to take on all life has to offer on two wheels.  Life is good, tell your friends…..get out and pedal today.

hop on for a spin, this bike belongs to one of the locals....Changdu, China

hop on for a spin, this bike belongs to one of the locals….Changdu, China

through the rice paddies

through the rice paddies, Dalat, Vietnam

past the coconut farms, where you can even stop for some coconut water

past the coconut farms where you can stop for some coconut water, Phuket Thailand

stop for a card game with the locals, they are always willing to teach you a game or two
stop for a card game with the locals, they are always willing to teach you a game or two, near Shanghai China

ride past a man walking his goats in Vietnam

ride past a man walking his goats in Vietnam

stop by one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Oklahoma
stop by one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Oklahoma


On our Way to Mount Rushmore……


I can’t even describe our drive/ride to Mount Rushmore!  We drove through Big Horn National Forest located in North Central Wyoming between Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone.  The diverse mountainous landscape included glacier carved valleys, rivers, rolling hills, and  moose, big horn sheep, deer, elk, buffalo, and pheasants.  It was amazing!

amazing cut out view of George Washington, taken as we rode by on our bikes

I can only imagine the Rainbow, Brook and Brown Trout swimming in the lakes and rivers.  I wish I had brought a frying pan and fishing permit.  I didn’t have those but I did have my bike.  I asked Eric to pull over and let me out.  I rode my bike down the mountainous road.  I gained speeds of 35-40 mph on my mountain bike.  It was all down hill.  When I reached the bottom I pulled into a little gas station and put my bike back on the rack. I couldn’t describe the feeling to Eric.  It was exhilarating. Limitless.  No Boundaries.  I told him he needed to take the next ride.  After some convincing he decided to give it a whirl.  We pulled over at a scenic pullout at the top of the next mountain and he got out.  He took off and headed straight down.  I drove behind him and took some pictures.  He was gaining some nice speed and at the bottom of the downhill, rounded a corner and OOPS!  all of a sudden straight uphill went the road!!  I couldn’t help but laugh!  I pulled up beside him and took some pictures.  He made some kind of comment about how “fun it was!”  NOT! I went ahead and drove to the top of the mountain and waited for him to get there.  I don’t think he was quite impressed!!!

We discovered a moose in BIg Horn National Forest

As we left Big Horn National Forest, it wasnt too much longer until we reached Mount Rushmore.  We found a campground at the bottom of Mount Rushmore hill and pitched our tent.  It rained!  But this time we purchased a tarp and wrapped our little tent up in the tarp to keep the rain out.  It worked for the most part.  We had a few soggy blankets the next morning.  But again, we threw them over the car to dry and took off on our bikes up to Mount Rushmore.

I noticed some beautiful rocks lying on the ground as we were riding so of course I had to stop and pick some up.  I stuffed them into Eric’s backpack to which he wasn’t too pleased.  But they were small rocks!  It was about a seven mile ride up to Mount Rushmore.  All uphill on our mountain bikes!!!! But when we got there, I must admit, it was the “best deal” of the whole trip.  It was totally free!  Cars and trucks had a fee to pay to park, but bicycles could go in for free.  We locked our bikes up to a sign inside the park and walked around to take in the amazing views.  The history is very interesting and the sight is incredible. It took about an hour and a half to see the whole park, then we hopped on our bikes and headed DOWN the hill back to the tent to pack our tent and head home. This was such an amazing trip.

I highly recommend this route to anybody, either on a mountain bike or a road bike.  I would include some more camping time, especially in Big Horn National Forest.  It was absolutely beautiful there!

a stop along the way to the top of Mount Rushmore

I am so glad I had the opportunity to take in these amazing views before I head to China.

Mount Rushmore view from inside the park


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