Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Bicycle Touring Radio Show

(From the Adventure Cycling Organization's Bike Bits Newsletter, Vol. 9, No. 2, January 17, 2007)

"Cycle tourism was all the rage in the late 1800s when getting on two wheels and heading off into the distance was described as the perfect way to escape and abandon the pressures of life. This enthusiasm for bicycling holidays continued until travel by car and plane developed from the 1950s." So begins the introduction to an "Excess Baggage" audio piece from BBC Radio 4 that first aired on January 6--and which demonstrates that the enthusiasm for bicycling holidays is alive and well in the twenty-first century. Host John McCarthy talks to Mark Waters, information officer for the CTC (Great Britain’s counterpart to Adventure Cycling) and to other cycle tourists, including Kieron Yates, a Brit who cycled the length of the Mississippi River last summer. McCarthy also visits with Wendy Law Suart, who cycled around Australia with a friend for three years in the late 1940s, when the pair "lived on ice cream". Have a listen to the entertaining, half-hour-long broadcast by clicking here:

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