Bicycle Tourists At Mountain Jewel Through

in ecotrain •  5 months ago

When Ini and I traveled a lot via bicycle it was always the people we met who made the trip so memorable. We’ve done self supported trips, camped a lot, and also stayed with random people along the way.

One website that I loved to use to find hosts while on my cycling adventures is If you’ve heard of couch surfing, this is like that network but geared toward cyclists.


After so many wonderful experiences meeting kind hosts, we decided that we would love to host people in our out of the way off grid homestead. I wasn’t sure if anyone would ever come through our area on a bike trip, yet sure enough I got an email a few days ago that two ladies were coming through!


Their route they devised through the southern US

We were excited to host them and they were very enjoyable, swapping many stories of their adventures throughout the southern United States, while we got to dip into the memory reserves and share some of our stories as well.


Including the story of the guy who took them to Dollar General to get dishwashing gloves to protect their hands after the weather turned cold and rainy!

Enjoy the video to hear a little bit more about these two adventurous women, the reasons they took the trip, their mindset going into it, how their trip is been, and where they’re heading next!


We encountered them near the end of their trip and shared stories late into the night. It gives both of us a taste of the cycling bug and makes us want to get out again.

As always, it’s awesome to meet likeminded people who are into getting out, seeing the world, expanding their horizons and seeing the nuance and diversity of humanity instead of viewing those from different areas as caricatures completely different than ourselves. Travel for this reason is very important!


It was great this time to be the other side of the fence being able to host two travelers. Have a great trip ladies!



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I love warm showers! ... not to be confused with golden showers.

I have stayed with many wonderful people and hosted many wonderful ones as well. Glad to know that you all are part of the community :)


awesome! lol yes definitely not to be confused ;) glad to know you're a part of the community as well -we've definitely had great experiences too.

Your guests look like they are traveling very light. Were they camping?

I haven't hit the road on my bike since 2009 and I'm starting to get the itch to go again. My daughter doesn't like bicycles at all, but she is old enough to stay on her own now, so that my wife and I could take off for a weekend.


one of them hadn't put the panniers on yet, but yes they were traveling quite light! they had good set ups! they were camping along the way, although last night they stayed in our yurt.

that's awesome! this totally gave us the itch too! hope you get to take a trip soon :)

This is really cool! What fun. We've had people come to the homestead a few times now and It is always such an interesting experience.


cool! yeah i like hosting travelers. how have people made their way to your homestead in the past? i'm always curious how one connects with travelers. xo


Each time if seems that they connected with me though the website. Just people interested in this lifestyle who were bold enough to ask if they can come visit.

I've thought about offering a B&B homestead package of some kind. I'm not sure. I wish we had a little guest hut - it would be more ideal. Perhaps one day we'll have the means to do that.


That's a great idea for BandB. I think it could work really well and is something we're considering too. There's for sure a growing interest in agritourism. As you say a sEperate building would be ideal, could be a fun little side project;)

a circular tent of felt or skins on a collapsible framework, used by nomads in Mongolia, Siberia, and Turkey.

Spreading the yurt way of live lol. Cool that you do this for travelers and cool that someone showed up @mountainjewel


It's funny cause we are fairly sedentary, but it's a joy to share a nomadic structure with travelers. Thea yurt has served us well,

i think the people that live fairly close to work should use eletric bicycles


Ya, bikes are a great choice in urban centers, and so much fun to ride. I hope we can embrace them more as a culture.


to convert to electric bike only cost about a thousand or less ...sounds like a lot but they is the price of a new iphone

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No WAY!!! I missed your post until the first week was over, and out of all things it's a bike related one, speciffically warmshowers, which I have gotten a bit of a taste myself on this wonderful trip down the West coast. In fact, I can't wait to start hosting myself. What I think would be cool if you have sufficiet space, is to set up a bike stand with a set of tools as a workshop. Lots of cyclists who come would love to work on their bikes a bit, and it'd be a great learning for others as well. Anyway, awesome job! I would love to visit you guys as well, but the Ozarks are a bit far from here... But I'll keep it on my list for the next time I'm closer.