Willie Weir : January 1st, 2013
Until Kampot, Cambodia, I had never given pepper much thought. It is a staple on most tables at home in America, but I had no idea how fruity and fiery freshly dried pepper can be. The aroma is intoxicating! Rather like smelling tobacco leaves drying, there is a richer level of aroma than the familiar [...]
Willie Weir : June 1st, 2012
Have you ever in your bike touring experience asked yourself this question: How am I going to get my mail?
If you began bike touring within the last ten years, your answer will revolve around internet access and wi-fi availability.
But if you have been doing this for a long time, you’ll remember [...]
Willie Weir : March 3rd, 2012
I’ve written before about our unfortunate AMTRAK station in Seattle. It has been going through renovations at a glacial pace. And someday, it will be a shining example of alternate transportation. Maybe.
But in the meantime. Wow.
I was coming out of the lobby this evening, after having paid for a couple of [...]
Willie Weir : January 9th, 2012
Point of Entry
“Give the world outside a point of entry. It’ll give back to you.”
That lyric stuck in my soul the first time I heard it in Larry Murante’s title song of his album Point of Entry.
Music is an incredible force, and each listener interprets what they hear in their own [...]
Willie Weir : December 25th, 2011
What is the perfect gift? Ask a hundred people, and you’ll get a hundred different answers. But when you give one, or receive one — you know it.
I received one of those gifts thirty years ago. I still carry it with me today.
The summer of 1981 was magical for me. I’d [...]
Willie Weir : November 29th, 2011
The cold November rains have come and my mind drifts off to warmer places on the planet. While we are slamming into winter here in the U.S., New Zealand is sliding into summer.
If you have the pleasure of taking a bike trip in New Zealand, don’t miss the cathedral. While I know there [...]
Willie Weir : November 8th, 2011
When you read the word “crowded” what images come to mind? How about “crowded room” or “crowded bar” or “crowded bus”?
A couple of definitions I ran across were, “close to capacity” and “uncomfortably close together.”
But what is “capacity” and what is “uncomfortable”?
Let’s take the situation of putting your bike [...]
Willie Weir : October 26th, 2011
They are gifts of the road. Nature’s snacks ripened just for you. Their aromas fill the hot summer’s breezes and the late fall’s chill. Roadside trees, far from any home or farm, display these treats more beautifully than any row of sweets in a candy shop. They must have been planted for the benefit [...]
Willie Weir : October 11th, 2011
For the last two years I’ve been writing posts for the Adventure Cycling Association‘s blog. My column is called “Sights and Sounds” and I’ve been given the freedom to dig through photos (slides and digital) and recordings (cassette, mini-disc, and and digital) from my (our) travels by bicycle throughout the globe. Some I’ve re-posted on [...]
Willie Weir : September 18th, 2011
Last week I confessed my obsession of photographing house numbers during our bike journey in Portugal.
I realize the short “video” might have had a certain entertainment value, but probably fell far short of convincing the viewer that they should hop on a bike and tour there.
I now present “Countdown Redux”. [...]