Tuesday, June 17, 2008

My First WarmShowers Hosting

For those of you who are cyclists, and even if you aren't, think about signing up to host a traveling biker(s) at warmshowers.org. I had received only one other call up to this point about hosting a bicyclist and his mileage was pushed off by a tailwind and put him through Vermillion early in the day so he rode on.

This guy was different. He emailed early in the week while I was on TdK and called me on Friday to let me know he was still planning on coming through on Sunday. I ended up being able to ride down to Elk Point on Sunday and escorting him back to Vermillion to stay at our house on Sunday night.

I loved having him stay with us and hearing about his travels so far. Not to mention we seem to have many similarities with our political/religious views so we had some good discussions. He was most gracious that we opened up our home to not only shower but to have a place to sleep indoors. He was prepared to sleep outside, but we offered a "bug-free" environment for him.

Check out his ride from his home in Florida to Portland when you get a chance HERE. I hope to have more like Brian come through. You never know when I might do something crazy like this and I hope others will open their homes to me. He used some homemade bucket panniers on his bike. Although it might look strange, it's actually quite practical. Especially when it comes to his sticker entourage.









6 comments:

thE_kErnEl said...

those stickers are righteous!

Tez said...

Way cool!

Snakebite said...

Cool dude!

Happy Rider said...

That guy is so lucky!

SD_pedalpower said...

Some people call them crazy, I call them interesting. It is so interesting meeting people that way. I've done 2 last year.

DIRK said...

I wish I had room for that many stickers on my bike.