More Than Travel: Eyes Wide Open

March 31, 2015

I arrived in the rain to Bulgaria's capital of Sofia and to be honest, drab was my first impression but not just because of the dreary overcast. The skyline I saw as we skirted the city was of a Soviet influenced gray and I thought of stereotypical communist austerity and uniformity. Once downtown, walking the damp streets in a light drizzle, I was surprised by the splashes of color and vibrancy. Read More


More Than Travel

March 26, 2015 • 2 Comments

"Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." - Mary Ritter Beard Mary's Blog When I was just a kid, I heard about my cousin's studies in Spain. I was only 7 or so and knew that I too wanted to travel. The next best thing is pretending, no? So I had this area over our back hill that I called Spain. We would all travel to Spain over many years. Read More


Q&A With Author Steve Garufi

March 25, 2015

We recently had the opportunity to connect with Steve Garufi, bicyclist and author of "Under a Triumphant Sky, a Bike Across America Story." Steve is an avid bicyclist and traveler who has biked across the United States twice! Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself. How did you get into biking? A: I'm a single, 43-year-old American living in the Rocky Mountain region of Colorado. I work as a mental health therapist. Read More


Photo Friday: Emily Hull-Parsons

March 23, 2015 • 1 Comment

This week's Photo Friday includes some great pictures from our friend, Emily Hull-Parsons.Emily is a Nonprofit Management Consultant living in Monterey, CA. She enjoys hiking, biking, golf, painting and most of all meeting new people and seeing new places. She has been on two Tripsite tours including the Danube: Passau to Vienna and Holland: Southern Relaxed Tour. When asked her favorite place she has traveled, she replied there are so many places that are so beautiful she can't choose. Read More


Photo Friday: Dave and Jeanne Sampel

March 20, 2015

This week's Photo Friday highlights some great shots by Dave and Jeanne Sampel taken on our Mallorca Bike Tour. We had the opportunity to ask Dave and Jeanne some questions about their experience. Read on!(Above: Dave, Jeanne and friends roadside) Why did you choose to go on a bike tour? Why did you pick Mallorca? We love biking and had gone on a previous Tripsite tour. Mallorca looked beautiful. We liked the date and almond blossoming time. Read More


Golden Gate Bridge from Fort Point in San Francisco - photo via Flickr:Giuseppe Milo

San Francisco - Jan’s Golden Gate Bridge Bike Ride

March 7, 2015

I've lost count how many times I've done the bike ride shown below but it occured to me that I've never really documented it. As such, it would seem remiss to not make a pictorial blog post showing one of my favorite rides in the world. My family and I currently live near AT&T park which is in the SOMA area of San Francisco. The route I usually take loops around the ball park and follows waters edge all the way across the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin County. Read More


Photo Friday: Tim Manning

February 20, 2015

We are excited to announce a new column highlighting the beauty, adventure, and inspiration of bicycle travel through photography, as seen through the lens of Tripsite Friends! This week features some great shots by Tim Manning. Tim snapped these gems while biking through Burma. Read More


A postcard from Myanmar - Hennie’s last update from Asia.

February 19, 2015

It's not often you get one of these in the mail. Read More


Temples in Bagan - photo by Tim Manning who was also on the trip with Hennie

Update from Hennie in Bagan

January 29, 2015

I am in Bagan. It is amazing.This morning we went for a short bike ride to visit the various pagodas and temples. They are massive structures all built with red brick and some with steeples covered with gold leaves, many dating from the 11th century. Went to the market this afternoon to buy a few final souvenirs and then, the group went at 5:30 to the top of a temple to see the sunset. We were not the only ones. Droves of people go there to watch the sun rise and set. Read More


Mt. Popa @ sunset - photo courtesy of Tim Manning

Popa Mountain

January 28, 2015

The ride to and up Popa mountain wasn't very eventful except that it was a very tough climb. Only 4 of us took the challenge. I had fun, felt really strong, and feel a wonderful sense of accomplishment.The Popa mountain resort in which we stayed was spectacular. It was on top of a mountain and the view was incredible. We all wished we could have stayed another night. We left there this morning and biked about 60 miles. Read More


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