|Maxine on her bike in Portland|
As the librarian for the Olympia Mountaineers, I make sure that we have a great selection of books for cycling, including how-to’s for Urban Cycling and great maps for biking in Europe, USA, and elsewhere. I love to help people get started in biking especially those who don’t seem to be “the type”. I was an earlier “adopter” of Warm Showers, and have virtually never driven to work over my entire career. A late bloomer, I was the last kid in my neighborhood who could balance on a bike. While in high school in Maryland, I heard of some kids who had biked to Canada. I was enthralled! For years I couldn’t find anyone to tour with, so finally I just went by myself…took 20 years to work up the desire enough to not worry about having a partner. My first bike tour was for 3 months, alone, camping, in Europe. I have never stopped since then. For that first tour I starting in Warsaw and biked through Lithuania to my Grandmother’s home town (think 1899) in Latvia. It was hard to find maps, so I just used a compass. Towns were too far apart so I slept in fields. I’m not strong or fast, but, who cares? Smile, you can go biking!