I’m a 50’s something cyclist from Seattle, Washington, USA. A father of one and married to Karen since 1984, Karen and I currently reside in in the farming community of Susterseel, Germany; an area known as the tri-border region. Located near the boarder between Germany, The Netherlands, and Belgium, Susterseel is ideally located to enjoy cycling in northern Europe.
I personally enjoy just about anything with two wheels, including road
bikes, mountain bikes, and motorcycles. But bicycles are what really capture my interest. As an engineer, I appreciate their mechanical simplicity and elegance. As a cyclist, I enjoy the engagement of all the senses while riding, the challenge of skill and fitness. As a person, I’m fascinated by the cultural aspects of cycling, how people and society relate to bicycles.
When we are in our own culture, we cannot readily see it, like trying to see a piece of white paper in a mountain whiteout. It is only when we step outside of our culture that we can truly begin to see it. Through the fresh eyes of a visitor, every day reveals something new about the bikes, cycling, and culture here in Europe. My hope is that you too will enjoy these musings and come to a greater appreciation of cycling the world over.